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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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Top Ten Sports Marketers Of The Year 2016: From Surreal To Sir Real To The Real Deal

By the Staff of NYSportsJournalism.com

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Janaury 1, 2017: According to Merriam-Webster, America's leading dictionary publisher, the Word of the Year for 2016 is “surreal,” so designated based on a “high volume of lookups and a significant year-over-year increase in lookups.”

Merriam-Webster defines the word surreal as "having the disorienting, quality of a dream; unreal; fantastic."

And that may be one way to also define the Top Ten Sports Marketers of the Year for 2016.

Surreal could include the Chicago Cubs winning the World Series for the first time since 1908, the NFL’s Rams moving back to Los Angeles after more than 20 years in St. Louis, the 500 NFL players who helped to design their own shoes for the "My Cleats My Cause" campaign, Los Angeles being selected by the U.S. Olympic Committee to bid for hosting duties for the 2024 Summer Games after Boston dropped out and NBCU’s success broadcasting the 2016 Summer Games despite a plethora of challenges.

Sir Real would be a way to refer to Craig Sager and his amazing fight with cancer until sadly succumbing on Dec. 15, with one positive result being the attention and public awareness for the Sager Strong Foundation and its support of cancer research.

And the real deals would be a category for the American Cancer Society and its joining with universities and college coaches for nationwide cause marketing efforts; the glittering growth of Topgolf and the NOW line from Topps over the past year; and the NHL putting together the World Cup of Hockey, a success on the ice and in marketing.

There were many reasons that the ten leagues, organizations and events were selected as the Top Ten Sports Marketers of the Year by the staff of NYSportsJournalism. But the underlying and uniting reason was that they separated themselves from all others in marketing, activation, awareness and creativity.

The list was compiled after a review of the stories, articles, Q&A's, features, social media strengths, marketing, business efforts and response from readers, consumers and industry peers about companies, people, organizations, teams, leagues, agencies, medial outlets and others throughout the year.

This was also the reason why two men and two women were named, respectively, as the Male and Female Sports Marketers of the Year: Shaquille O’Neal, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, Simone Biles and Carli Lloyd.

The ten companies, leagues and categories will now go to a vote among the public-at-large.

Ultimately, one of them will become the Grand Sports Marketer of the Year and join past winners including BBVA Compass (2010), Mission AthleteCare (2012), Stand Up to Cancer with MLB and MasterCard (2013), The ALS Assn. (2014) and Special Olympics World Games Los Angeles (2015).

Congratulations to all of those nominated for the work and achievements you have had in 2016, and to the achievements to come in 2017 and beyond.

The Top Sports Marketers of the Year for 2016 (in alphabetical order): 2024 Olympics L.A./Paris, American Cancer Society, Chicago Cubs, Los Angeles Rams, NBCU Rio 2016 Olympics, NFL "My Cause My Cleats", NHL World Cup of Hockey, #SagerStrong with Turner Sports/NBA, Topgolf and Topps NOW.

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Top Ten Sports Marketers of the Year

• 2024 Olympics L.A./Paris (See the full story here.)
• American Cancer Society (See the full story here.)
• Chicago Cubs (See the full story here.)
• Los Angeles Rams (See the full story here.)
• NBCU Rio 2016 Olympics (See the full story here.)
• NFL "My Cause My Cleats" (See the full story here.)
• NHL World Cup of Hockey (See the full story here.)
• Sager Strong with Turner Sports/NBA (See the full story here.)
• Topgolf (See the full story here.)
• Topps NOW (See the full story here.)

Male Sports Marketer of the Year: Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson (See his full story here)

Male Sports Marketer of the Year: Shaquille O’Neal (See his full story here.)

Female Sports Marketer of the Year: Simone Biles (See her full story here.)

Female Sports Marketer of the Year: Carli Lloyd (See her full story here.)

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