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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

See full story here.

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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

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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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Serena, Venus Williams Plan New York Trip For Tie Break Tens Tennis Tournament

By Barry Janoff

January 11, 2018: She may have pulled out of the Australian Open, but Serena Williams plans to compete in Tie Break Tens, a non-stop, short-form tennis format, in New York this March.

The 23-time Grand Slam winner, who gave birth to daughter Alexis Olympia, this past September and then got married in November. will be joined by sister and ten-time Grand Slam winner Venus Williams.

This will be the first Tie Break Tens event played in the U.S.

“Tie Break Tens is a really interesting fast-paced format that is taking the tennis world by storm," Serena Williams said in a statement. "I am excited to be playing in the first ever U.S. tournament and cannot wait to play at Madison Square Garden with my sister.”

Echoed Venus Williams, “I’m looking forward to playing in the next Tie Break Tens tournament with my sister, particularly in front of a New York crowd on home soil. It’s unlike anything we’ve seen in tennis before and it helps bring in new fans to the sport.”

The remaining six participants in the New York tournament will be unveiled shortly.

A Tie Break Tens event in Madrid in 2017 featured some of the top women on the circuit, including now No. 1 ranked Simona Halep, Garbiñe Muguruza, Madison Keys, Svetlana Kuznetsova, Agnieszka Radwanska, Jo Konta, Monica Puig and Maria Sharapova.

The most recent Tie Break Tens tournament was held in Melbourne Park’s Margaret Court Arena Jan. 10 in association with the Australian Open.

That tournament included world No. 1 ranked Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Nick Kyrgios, Milos Raonic, Tomas Berdych, Dominic Thiem, Lucas Pouille and Lleyton Hewitt. Berdych defeated Nadal for the title.

The first Tie Break Tens tournament was held in 2015 in London’s Royal Albert Hall, followed by a Tie Break Tens tournament in Vienna (2016).

Tie Break Tens tournaments are held over one session and involve eight players competing in a knock-out format, with each match consisting of a super tie-break to ten points. The New York competition will offer a $250,000 winner’s prize.

According to marketing support, "Tie Break Tens is NO GAMES. NO SETS. JUST TIE BREAKS. Break the rules. Break the competition. Break the mold. Every Point Counts."

Additional marketing will support the March event in New York.

Prior to an exhibition match in December, Serena Williams had not been part of an official tennis competition since winning the 2017 Australian Open last January, taking time off to give birth to her first child, Alexis Olympia, this past September and to get married in November.

Williams was back in play on Dec. 30, facing French Open winner Jelena Ostapenko in the 10th Mubadala World Tennis Championship in the International Tennis Centre at Zayed Sports City, Abu Dhabi.

“We’re thrilled that Serena and Venus are competing in the first Tie Break Tens to be played on U.S. soil, in such an iconic venue."

Williams lost her match against Ostapenko, then decided to withdraw from the Australian Open (Jan. 15-28).

"After competing in Abu Dhabi I realized that although I am super close, I'm not where I personally want to be," she said.

“We’re thrilled that Serena and Venus are competing in the first Tie Break Tens to be played on U.S. soil, in such an iconic venue,” Felicity Barnard, CEO for Tie Break Tens, said in a statement.

“Hot on the heels of a sell-out men’s tournament in Melbourne this week, it’s clear that Tie Break Tens is fast becoming a regular fixture in the Tennis calendar.”

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