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• ESPN said it would add two late-night shows to its programming line-up beginning Jan. 28, 2019: Now or Never (ESPN2) hosted by Steve Covino, Rich Davis, and Janelle Marie Rodriguez; and Ahora o Nunca (ESPN Deportes),hosted by ESPN Deportes’ Mauricio Pedroza, Herculez Gomez and Janelle Marie Rodriguez. The shows “will be dedicated to covering the intersection of sports and pop culture for young, multicultural sports fans.”

• Sports apparel firm Fanatics, which has alliances with most of the major pro sports leagues, has signed its first college deal, with the University of Oregon, to become a licensee, manufacturer and retailer for the University’s apparel, headwear and numerous other product categories. The deal, which begins Jan. 1, 2020, was put at $25 million for ten years by industry analysts. Nike and Columbia Sportswear will remain as prominent University of Oregon partners.

• The 2019 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic between the  Boston Bruins and host Chicago Blackhawks is scheduled for Jan. 1 outdoors in Notre Dame Stadium. Before that happens, Road To The NHL Winter Classic docu-series returns to go behind the scenes with both teams, with the three-week, limited series premiering in the U.S. Dec. 19 on NBCSN (11:30 PM ET).  The series is produced by Ross Greenburg Productions in association with NHL Original Productions.

• Seeking to continue expanding its presence in China, the NFL has signed a digital partnership with Youku, the video entertainment platform for Alibaba Group, intended to “bring high-quality football programming to Chinese fans.” Weekly programming on Youku's sports channel will feature game highlights and behind-the-scenes stories from NFL games, including the Super Bowl, NFL Kickoff, Thanksgiving, NFL Draft and NFL International series.

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Eight Teams And Venues For XFL 2020

• Dallas – Globe Life Park
• Houston – TDECU Stadium
• Los Angeles – StubHub Center
• New York/New Jersey – MetLife Stadium
• St. Louis – The Dome at America’s Center
• Seattle – CenturyLink Field
• Tampa Bay – Raymond James Stadium
• Washington, DC – Audi Field

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BABE RUTH MEMORABILIA AUCTION

A live auction is scheduled to take place in Yankee Stadium on June 15, 2019 under the auspices of Hunt Auctions, to include 100s of items from the Babe Ruth family that have been in their possession since he passed away in 1948, most of which have not been seen in public. A portion of the proceeds will go to charity.

Among the items: 
• Babe Ruth Professional Model cleats
• Babe Ruth 60th Home Run Autographed display piece
• Babe Ruth 1934 Tour of Japan Champion Batsman presentational trophy
• Lou Gehrig signed and inscribed photograph to Babe Ruth
• Babe Ruth's 1930-31 New York Yankees "Better year than President" player contract
• Babe Ruth 1935 Boston Braves autographed contract agreement
• Babe Ruth personal check ledger with related signed documents
• Babe Ruth single signed baseballs and autographed photographs
• Babe Ruth 1934 Tour of Japan presentational pass
• Babe Ruth personal photographic albums including autographed exemplars
• Babe Ruth 12 Point Deer Trophy Mount with photographic provenance

Other items not from the Ruth family include:
• Babe Ruth Professional Model Bat with Home Run Notches c.1926-29
• Babe Ruth "Bustin Babes" barnstorming equipment travel case c.1920s (Waite Hoyt provenance)
• Highly significant 1923 New York Yankees World Championship presentational Spalding trophy
• 1923 New York Yankees World Champions team autographed ledger sheet

BUY SELL

Weekend Box Office Nov. Dec. 7-9
1. Ralph Breaks the Internet $16.1M
2. The Grinch $15.7M
3. Creed II $10.3M
4. Fantastic Beasts: Crimes of Grindelwald $6.8M
5. Bohemian Rhapsody $6M
6. Instant Family $5.6M
7. Green Book $3.9M
8. Robin Hood $3.6M
9. Possession of Hannah Grace $3.2M
10. Widows $3.1M

SOURCE: COMSCORE.com

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Santa Has A Bag Of Unusual Presents To Give Players For NBA Xmas On ESPN

By Barry Janoff

December 11, 2017: Christmas is a holiday, and the NBA is big on TV and social media on Christmas.

But is Xmas the official holiday of the NBA?

ESPN says so, and they get support from Santa — or, at least, their Santa, played by actor/comic/writer Jon Glaser — who gets some NBA stars to sit on his lap as part of ESPN’s humorous campaign to support Christmas Day coverage on ESPN and ABC.

The NBA has five nationally televised games on Dec. 25, with the lone non-Disney-owned network game on TNT (Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Los Angeles Lakers).

This will be the 15th season that the NBA has five nationally televised games during Xmas and the fourth year of ESPN’s Santa campaign.

The new ESPN-ABC campaign features Ben Simmons (Philadelphia 76ers), John Wall and Bradley Beal (Washington Wizards), Nick Young (Golden State Warriors), J.R. Smith (Cleveland Cavaliers) and a guest appearance by Kristaps (The Unicorn) Porzingas of the New York Knicks.

The campaign was shot in Los Angeles back in September.

Lead agency is Funworks.

In the spots, Glaser as a somewhat mischievous Santa has unusual presents for his NBA guests.

In “A Gift for Ben Simmons,” to support the 76ers playing the Knicks, Santa offers the young 76ers star a stuffed unicorn, which is adored with a photo of Porzinas, making Simmons less than happy.

In his spot, Nick Young has several requests in anticipation of the Warriors playing the Cavaliers in a rematch of the last three NBA Finals: “A win. A triple-double would be great. At least 48 points. A clean block on LeBron. I would like you to take me to space.”

“Sounds fun,” says Santa. “We got you this ($25) gift card.”

Santa has one-of-a-kind items in a spot for the Washington Wizards backcourt duo of Wall and Beal: An ugly Xmas sweater for John Wall with the word “Alley” on it and one for Beal with the word “Oops.”

“I’m not not wearing a sweater with the word “Oops on it,” says Beal. Santa has an option: “How about the matching Oops underwear?”

In “John Wall Dreams of Breaking Ankles,” Wall has his own gift. He is eating a gingerbread man and starts by breaking one of its ankles..

In the spot with JR Smith, Santa wants to give Smith a new name. “Everyone knows why you are called X-Factor (for being unpredictable). Not everyone knows why you are JR . . . Jumpshot Ron! Jumpshot Ronald!”

“No,” corrects JR. “ It stands for Junior.”

“You don’t want to jazz that up? “ asks Santa, who gives Smith a big yawn.

The campaign will run through Christmas Day. Support includes Internet, social media and ESPN on-air mentions.

NBA Xmas National TV Schedule

• Philadelphia 76ers vs New York Knicks ESPN Noon (ET)
• Cleveland Cavaliers vs Golden State Warriors ABC 3 PM (ET)
• Washington Wizards vs Boston Celtics ABC 5:30 PM (ET)
• Houston Rockets vs Oklahoma City Thunder ABC 8 PM (ET)
• Minnesota Timberwolves vs Los Angeles Lakers TNT 10:30 PM (ET)

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