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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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UFC Drafts Modelo To Replace Bud Light, Anheuser-Busch In New Brew Alliance

By Barry Janoff

October 9, 2017: There is a new brew partner in the UFC universe, and its name is Modelo.

UFC signed its second major partnership in a week, naming Modelo Especial as its official beer and malt beverage in the U.S.

The multi-year alliance begins in 2018, with Modelo replacing Anheuser-Busch Inbev’s Bud Light, the UFC’s official global partner since 2008.

It was called a multimillion-dollar deal by UFC and Modelo.

The new partnership comes a week after Las Vegas-based UFC signed a deal naming BodyArmor as its official sports drink.

Other UFC partners include 7-Eleven, Reebok, Harley-Davidson, Toyo Tires and sports supplement company Performance Inspired,

Unlike its arrangement with Anheuser-Busch, the Modelo pact allows UFC to sign deals with other brewers around the world.

"Modelo is an amazing brand that shares UFC’s unmatched commitment to its fan base,” UFC president Dana White said in a statement. "I love Modelo and we’re already talking about doing a lot of exciting things together."

UFC and Modelo said they would work together to "create unique and engaging content to inspire their fans."

Among other activation, Modelo said it would have branding and signage in the Octagon during bouts, presenting sponsorship for select UFC Pay-Per-View events and VIP Experiences.

As part of its planned multi-media marketing, Modelo said it would use UFC athletes in advertising, with support to include POP, live-viewing parties at select UFC event, a national sweepstakes campaign, a presence during live-event broadcasts and on UFC.com, as well as being integrated across multiple UFC-based social and digital platforms.

Modelo is brewed, imported and marketed exclusively for the U.S. by Constellations Brands, the No. 3 beer company in the country behind Anheuser-Busch and MillerCoors.

Constellations Brands also handles Corona Extra and Ballast Point as well as Casa Noble Tequila and Svedka Vodka.

According to Ann Legan, vp-marketing for Casa Modelo with Constellation Brands Beer Division, "Uniting the passionate fans of UFC with Modelo, a brand that stands for the fighting spirit is an ultimate win for our consumers and our company.

"With both UFC and Modelo driving unprecedented growth for our respective industries, this partnership is a game-changer for Modelo and we look forward to creating new experiences for fans."

Modelo also has alliances that include the defending NBA champion Golden State Warriors, Chicago White Sox, the CONCACAF Gold Cup and the self-acquired title as the "official beer of the beautiful game."

UFC was acquired by WME-IMG in 2016 for $4 billion, according to industry analysts.

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