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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

SOURCE: COMSCORE.com

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Hot Shots: NBA Going All-In With Las Vegas MGM Resorts Summer League

Special to NYSJ Sports-Entertainment Business News Service

January 30, 2018: Las Vegas, which last October dealt with the tragedy of a mass shooting that left 58 people dead and more than 850 wounded, is rebounding thanks in large part to sports.

The NHL’s Vegas Knights are in their first season of play, the WNBA moved its San Antonio franchise to the city and renamed it the Las Vegas Aces beginning with the 2018 season in May and the NFL’s Raiders are continuing to move ahead with their planned 2020 relocation.

The NBA has now upped its ante for Vegas, unveiling a plan that for the first time will see all 30 teams compete in the MGM Resorts NBA Summer League, its annual showcase for up-and-coming talent.

With every team participating, NBA Summer League 2018 will expand to 12 days and 82 games as part of the usual tournament-style competition.

 Last year’s event featured 24 NBA teams playing 67 games.

The 14th NBA Summer League is scheduled for July 6-17 at the Thomas & Mack Center and Cox Pavilion on the campus of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

NBA Summer League in Vegas began in 2004 with six NBA teams playing a total of 13 games.

The 2017 MGM Resorts NBA Summer League experienced record attendance, driven largely by the presence of such incoming rookies as Lonzo Ball, Kyle Kozma, De’Aaron Fox, Jaylen Brown and Jason Tatum.

NBA Summer League 2017 set records for total attendance (127,843) and single-day attendance (17,500), according to the NBA.

In addition, ESPN and NBA TV combined to televise the most-viewed NBA Summer League ever, averaging 227,000 daily viewers (up 29% from 2016).

A game between the Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Lakers was the most-watched NBA Summer League game in history, with 1.1 million viewers on ESPN.

Across social media platforms, the NBA said fans accounted for 436 million video views, an increase of 37% from 2016.

The Vegas expansion means that the league officially will end the Orlando Pro Summer League, which has been hosted by the Magic since 2002, with teams moving to the Las Vegas competition.

Eight teams played in the 2017 Mountain Dew Orlando Pro Summer League, including the Charlotte Hornets, Dallas Mavericks, Detroit Pistons, Indiana Pacers, Miami Heat, New York Knicks, Oklahoma City Thunder and the Magic.

The Mavericks and Heat also played in the 2017 Vegas event.

The league said that ticket information and complete game and broadcast schedules for MGM Resorts NBA Summer League 2018 would be announced at a later date.

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