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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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Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Class of 2019

• The Cure
• Def Leppard
• Janet Jackson
• Stevie Nicks
• Radiohead
• Roxy Music
• The Zombies

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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. 14-16
1. Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse $35.4M
2. the Mule $17.2M
3. The Grinch $11.6M
4. Ralph Breaks the Internet $9.6M
5. Mortal Engines $7.5M
6. Creed II $5.4M
7. Bohemian rhapsody $4.1M
8. Instant Fanily $3.7M
9. Fantiatic Beasts $3.7M
10. Green Book $2.8M

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Bryan Brothers Return To The 1930s (and '60s, '90s) To Sell Esurance At Open In 2013

By Barry Janoff

July 29, 2013: With the 2013 U.S. Tennis Open fast approaching, online insurance company Esurance has launched a multi-media marketing campaign featuring the Bryan Brothers, who are ranked No. 1 in the world among men's doubles tennis teams.

The campaign, "Tennis for the Modern World," is anchored by TV spot that compares the progression of tennis styles and equipment to the modern technology used by Esurance (and other unnamed insurance companies) to offer the best service to consumers.

This is the third year of the alliance between Esurance, a division of Allstate, and Mark and Bob Bryan.

This year's effort also includes an extensive Facebook sweepstakes offering a trip for two to New York to attend opening night at the U.S. Open on Aug. 26 as special guests of the Bryan Brothers. The winner also receives spending money, hotel and an Esurance gift pack. (Details here.)

The spot will run on network and cable, including during in U.S. Open and U.S. Open Series. The campaign also includes print, online, search, display and social media elements that will run through Sept. 9, the final day of this year's tournament. Lead agency is Leo Burnett, Chicago.

The U.S. Open will air on CBS, ESPN and Tennis Channel. In 2010, Esurance signed on as the official car insurance partner of the U.S. Open. Esurance recently expanded its tennis alliance to include sponsorship of the Emirates Airline U.S. Open Series, the six tennis events that lead to the U.S. Open.

The primary TV spot shows the Bryans in tennis outfits, using tennis racquets and playing on tennis courts in the 1930s, 1960s, 1990s and 2013. Breakout spots follow the Bryans behind the scenes and then during the filming of each of the time-period segments.

"Over the last 100 years, tennis has gotten a lot less . . . dainty.," offers a voiceover. "Racquets are less splintery. Courts more surfacey. Technology made the game a whole lot faster. And awesomer. It's a lot like how Esurance has used technology to build car insurance for the modern world. Advantage, you. Let's give it up for the modern world." (See the full spot here.)

Esurance activation also includes support of Arthur Ashe Kids' Day on Aug. 24. The Facebook destination also includes downloadable infographics highlighting the Bryans' careers as well as advancements in racquet technology, tennis fashion and doubles tennis.

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