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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

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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Nov152017

The Hartford Launches ‘I Will’ Campaign To Support Athletes, ’18 Winter Paralympics

By Barry Janoff

November 15, 2017: Insurance company The Hartford has been a sponsor of athletes with disabilities since 1994, becoming a founding partner of U.S. Paralympics and the U.S. Olympic Committee in 2003  as the “official disability insurance sponsor of the U.S. Paralympics.”

In anticipation of the 2018 Winter Paralympics this March 9-18, The Hartford has unveiled a multi-platform campaign under the umbrella theme, “I Will,” which features Paralympic athletes who are part of Team Hartford.

An anchor spot, “Believe In The Will To Prevail,” shows members of Team Hartford training and competing.

According to The Hartford, these athletes “personify the energy, confidence and optimism that drive achievement, and remind us that ability and the will to prevail lives within each of us.”

The Team Hartford roster includes: Keith Gabel (snowboarding), Andrew Kurka (skiing), Oksana Masters (Nordic skiing), Mike Shea (snowboarding) and Evan Strong (snowboarding).

The Team Hartford U.S. Paralympic athletes will be prominently showcased through a number of "inspiring messages and stories that show their personal journeys."

Support includes print, digital and social media.

“The ‘will to prevail’ is a powerful message — one that we all connect to,” Kathy Bromage, CMO and chief communications officer for The Hartford, said in a statement. “We have more than 20 million customers, many of whom we help overcome challenges every day.

“We are honored to have five athletes join Team Hartford to help highlight the importance of pushing forward in the face of adversity and help to encourage everyone to find their own will to prevail.”

According to The Hartford, the new campaign demonstrates the company’s “continued belief in the transformative power of the human spirit to overcome unexpected adversity. “

Through the campaign, The Hartford said it would “urge people to celebrate the idea that it’s possible to see challenges as opportunities to succeed."

In the spot, athlete comments are interspersed with that of a voiceover. “I will do what it takes. I will find a way. I will keep going no matter what. I will succeed.”

“Inside all of us is the will to prevail. It drives our U.S. Paralympians. It drives us in helping over 20 million Americans overcome challenges every day.”

When the athletes say,” I will defy the odds,” the voiceover replies, “He will. We will. Will you?” (See the full spot here.)

Earlier this week, The Hartford has received a perfect score of 100% on the 2018 Corporate Equality Index, a national benchmarking survey and report on corporate policies and practices related to LGBTQ workplace equality, administered by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation. This marks the tenth year The Hartford has received this recognition.

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