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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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Dec182017

Fans Favor Steelers Bell, Brown, QBs Brady, Wentz, Brees In Final '18 Pro Bowl Voting

By Barry Janoff

UPDATED December 19, 2017: NFL fans have spoken, and it appears they favor players from the Pittsburgh Steelers as well as quarterbacks such as Tom Brady, Carson Wentz and Drew Brees.

The Steelers had two players among the Top Three and quarterbacks took half of the Top Ten spots in the final voting for the 2018 Pro Bowl.

Pittsburgh RB Le’Veon Bell received 855,539 total fan votes to lead all NFL players in balloting while teammate WR Antonio Brown finished third with 832,446 votes,

New England Patriots QB Tom Brady (833,481 votes) was second to lead all NFL quarterbacks.

Quarterbacks who also finished among the Top Ten were No. 4. Carson Wentz-Philadelphia Eagles (829,174 votes); No. 5. Drew Brees-New Orleans Saints (743,355), No. 7. Russell Wilson-Seattle Seahawks (651,592) and No. 8. Jared Goff-Los Angeles Rams (571,565).

Wentz, who tore his left knee ACL on Dec. 10 and underwent season-ending surgery, will be replaced on the roster.

Editor's Note: The 2018 Pro Bowl rosters were revealed exclusively on Dec. 19 live on NFL Network’s Pro Bowl special NFL Total Access: Pro Bowl Players Revealed. The Steelers placed a league-high eight players on the team, the Saints and Eagles six players eash. See the full Pro Bowl rosters here (subject to change due to injury and other issues).

Players for the game are determined by the consensus votes of fans, players and coaches, with each group’s vote counting  a third toward determining the 88 All-Star players who will be selected to the Pro Bowl.

Fan voting ended on Dec. 14.

NFL players and coaches cast their votes on Dec. 15.

The 2018 Pro Bowl will air live from Camping World Stadium Jan. 28 on ESPN and ESPN Deportes and simulcast on ABC (3 PM ET).

Live audio coverage will also be available on Westwood One, SiriusXM NFL Radio and on the TuneIn app.

The NFL will host Pro Bowl Week events throughout include the Pro Bowl Skills Challenge and NFL Pro Bowl Experience, a free football festival, located in the ESPN Wide World of Sports.

Pro Football Hall of Famers Derrick Brooks, Warrick Dunn, Jason Taylor and LaDainian Tomlinson will serve as 2018 Pro Bowl Legends Captains.

NFL Pro Bowl 2018 Top Ten Votes
1. LeVeon Bell RB Pittsburgh Steelers 855,539
2. Tom Brady QB New England Patriots 833,481
3. Antonio Brown WR Pittsburgh Steelers 832,446
4. Carson Wentz QB Philadelphia Eagles 829,174
5. Drew trees QB New Orleans Saints 743,355
6. Todd Gurley RB Los Angeles Rams 693,697
7. Russell Wilson QB Seattle Seahawks 651,592
8. Jared Goff QB Los Angeles Rams 571,565
9. Rob Gronkowski TE New England Patriots 551,058
10. Leonard Fournette RB Jacksonville Jaguars 544,068

Among other top vote getters by position were:

FB Kyle Juszczky-San Francisco 49ers (361,196 votes), T Zack Martin-Dallas Cowboys (211,690), G David DeCastro-Pittsburgh Steelers (253,504), C Travis Frederick-Dallas Cowboys (246-255), DE Joey Bosa-Los Angeles Rams (406,873), DT Aaron Donald-Los Angeles Rams (314,522), OLB Von Miller-Denver Broncos (248,278), ILB Luke Kuechly-Carolina Panthers (288,830), CB A.J. Boule-Jacksonville Jaguars (319,638), SS Kam Chancellor-Seattle Seahawks (149,793) and FS Kevin Byard-Tennessee titans (157,036).

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