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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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Dreams Of Gold: Team USA Skates To Winter Games Without NHL Players

By Barry Janoff

January 2, 2018: This past April, the NHL, stating that “the overwhelming majority of our clubs are adamantly opposed to disrupting the 2017-18 NHL season for purposes of accommodating Olympic participation by some NHL players,” officially decided not to allow players under contract to play for their respective national teams in the 2018 Winter Games.

USA Hockey has moved on, naming its roster from among a pool of some 100 players currently not on NHL contracts, from among U.S. players “based in Europe, playing in the American Hockey League or other minor leagues, or playing college hockey,” according to USA Hockey.

The move has also significantly impacted the Canadian men’s hockey team, which has won the past two gold medals.

The last time the NHL did not have players in the Olympics was 1994 in Lillehammer, Norway.

Among the players named to the Team USA men’s team are James Wisniewski and Jim Slater, who have each played more then 500 NHL games.

Three players currently participate in the AHL: Chris Bourque (Hershey Bears), Bobby Butler (Milwaukee Admirals) and John McCarthy (San Jose Barracuda).

Five of those named to the Team USA roster come from teams in Switzerland’s National League: Bobby Sanguinetti, Mark Arcobello, Broc Little, Garrett Roe and Slater.

Five players from the Kontinental Hockey League made Team USA as did two who currently play in the Swedish Hockey League.

Tony Granato, the men’s head coach at the University of Wisconsin, is Team USA’s Olympic head coach.

“We really like our roster,” according to Jim Johannson, GM for the 2018 U.S. Olympic Men’s Ice Hockey Team and also USA Hockey assistant executive director for hockey operations. “It’s a group that brings versatility and experience and includes players who have a lot of passion about representing our country.”

On the women’s side, Team USA will be led by Hilary Knight (pictured), Meghan Duggan, Kacey Bellamy and twins Monique Lamoureux-Morando and Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson.

PyeongChang marks the third consecutive Winter Games for all five players.

Team USA won the first women’s ice hockey Olympic gold medal in 1998, followed by silver in 2002, 2012 and 2014, and bronze in 2006.

Canada has won gold at each of last four Winter Games.

“Today we took another step closer towards achieving our ultimate goal, which is to bring home a gold medal from South Korea,” said Reagan Carey, GM for the 2018 U.S. Olympic Women’s Ice Hockey Team and also the director of women’s hockey for USA Hockey, said in a statement.

“We’ve had an exceptional four months in Wesley Chapel leading up to this point and are confident that these 23 women give our country the best opportunity to reach the top of the podium in February.”

More than half of the players named to the 2018 U.S. Paralympic Sled Hockey Team are returning gold medalists, including four two-time returning gold medalists — Adam Page, Nikko Landeros, Josh Pauls — and three-time Paralympic gold medal goalie Steve Cash.

Six other players were part of the gold-medal winning team in Sochi.

The Winter Games are scheduled for Feb. 8-25, NBC Sports.

The Paralympic Games are scheduled for March 8-18, NBC Sports.

2018 Olympics U.S. Men’s Roster

2018 Olympics U.S. Women’s Roster

2018 Paralympics U.S. Men's Roster

NHL Puts 2018 Winter Games On Ice

Hilary Knight Photo NBC Sports

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