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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

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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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Giancarlo Stanton Bringing Home Run, Marketing Power To New York Yankees

By Barry Janoff

Updated December 11, 2017: According to a spot that Giancarlo Stanton does for Six Star Pro Nutrition, “You will be misunderstood. There will be detractors. But every day I hustle. This is my reality.”

Just days after Aaron Boone was introduced at Yankee Stadium as the next manager of the New York Yankees, the team added Stanton, the 2017 NL MVP, via a trade with the Miami Marlins.

When the news of the trade had been confirmed, new teammate Aaron Judge wrote on his Twitter page, “Hey, @Giancarlo818 . . .  attached to a Gif from the 2008 movie Step Brothers, with Will Farrell saying, “Did we just become best friends?”

Stanton’s addition also brings a player with a solid endorsement roster to the Yankees. Among his current and recent deals are Nike, Tag Heuer, Six Star Pro Nutrition, Majestic, T-Mobile and Barneys.

He also is featured in yearly MLB campaigns, including “This Season On Baseball” in 2017.

Stanton, being officially introduced at a media conference on Monday (Dec. 11), will appear in Yankees marketing, should continue to be one of the key faces for MLB efforts.

His expected to get a boost in personal endorsements with his move to New York, including local and national companies, according to industry analysts, potentially doubling his current endorsement income of about $4-$5 million over the next few seasons.

The deals would be in keeping with his Stanton’s self-professed lifestyle, which includes living and eating healthy and being well-groomed.

Stanton’s first official No. 27 Yankees jersey from Majestic on MLBShop.com is expected to become a top-seller, according to industry analysts.

His marketing is handled by WME (William Morris Endeavor) Agency.

During his introductory media event on Monday at the MLB Winter Meetings in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., Stanton was introduced by his new (and the Yankees new) manager, Aaron Boone.

"This will be a great new chapter in my life and my career," Stanton said while wearing his No. 27 New York Yankees jersey. "I will play wherever I can play to best fit the team even DH, whatever works to make us better."

Stanton said he had some discussions with new Marlins owner Derek Jeter — who spent his entire soon-to-be Hall of Fame career with the Yankees — but that they did not agree on the direction of the team.

"I wanted to go forward, add pitchers, they wanted to subtract," said Stanton. "I didn’t want to be part of another rebuild and what I saw would be a losing season."

He said he looks forward to playing alongside Judge but that they have not spoken as yet since the trade was finalized.

Judge this past season become became only the second rookie in baseball history to lead MLB in jersey sales for the entire season, joining Kris Bryant of the Chicago Cubs, who accomplished the feat during this rookie season in 2015.

Judge has been adding to his marketing alliances, signing with Pepsi during the off-season.

He also has alliances that include Under Armour and Fanatics, and will be the cover athletes for MLB The Show 18.

Last season, Stanton hit 59 home runs while Aaron Judge hit a single-season MLB rookie record 52 home runs.

The Stanton deal had people running to the record books for the most-prolific home run tandem on one team in MLB history.

They didn’t have to look far: In 1961, Yankees teammates Roger Maris and Mickey Mantle combined for 115 homers — a then-season record 61 from Maris and 54 from Mantle.

In 1927, Yankees teammates Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig combined for 107 homers, 60 from Ruth alone.

Among non-Yankees, in 2002, Texas Rangers teammates Alex Rodriguez (later to be a Yankee) hit 57 and Rafael Palmeiro (43) combined for 100 home runs.

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