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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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Like Money In The Bank: San Antonio Spurs Sign Frost Bank To Jersey Patch Deal

By Barry Janoff

August 22, 2018: The San Antonio Spurs have finally joined the ranks of NBA teams with jersey patch advertising deals, signing a multi-year alliance with locally headquartered Frost Bank.

The alliance will come with multi-platform marketing support, including signage in AT&T Center and in Frost Bank locations as well as a “comprehensive community engagement platform.”

Financial terms of the pact were not shared.

The Spurs are the 23rd NBA team with a jersey-logo deal and the second to be signed following the conclusion of the 2017-18 season.

The Memphis Grizzlies signed a jersey patch deal with FedEx earlier this month. FedEx also has a naming-rights deal for the team’s home venue, FedExForum.

The average value of the previous NBA jersey-patch deals is about $9 million, per industry analysts.

The Spurs-Frost Bank alliance dates back to 1973 when then president Tom C. Frost provided the financing necessary to move the franchise, then part of the ABA, from Dallas to San Antonio. Throughout the 45-year relationship, Spurs Sports & Entertainment said it has also "relied on Frost as its longest-tenured partner and bank, according to the team and financial institution."

Frost Bank is a Texas-chartered bank based in San Antonio with 134 branches and 1,300 ATMs, all in Texas.

“We’re proud to be a sponsor and a partner with such a well-regarded, successful organization as the Spurs,” Phil Green, Frost chairman and CEO, said in a statement. “We wanted to partner with them because Frost and the Spurs share the same values of integrity, caring and excellence.

“All across Texas, Frost bankers can be recognized by the Frost logo pins they proudly wear . . . As we welcome the Spurs into the Frost family, we hope they will wear the logo as proudly as we do.”

The Spurs jerseys will be unveiled prior to the start of the season and debut on-court when they host the Miami Heat on Sept. 30 in the first game of the 2018 pre-season.

The NBA is entering the second season of a planned three-season jersey patch trial.

Among the biggest financial deals, the Golden State Warriors jersey-logo pact with Rakuten is valued at $60 million over three years.

The Los Angeles Lakers signed with e-commerce firm Wish, a three-year deal that analysts put at $12-$14 million annually, similar in value to an alliance between the New York Knicks and SquareSpace.

The Cleveland Cavaliers signed with Goodyear for $30 million over three years. The Boston Celtics have a three-year deal with GE valued at $24 million.

According to Rick Pych, Spurs Sports & Entertainment President and CEO, “It was very important for us to find a jersey patch partner that best aligned with our company culture and values, and Frost Bank is the perfect match as demonstrated in the exemplary professional and community service that they have provided to Texans for now over 150 years.

“In our 45 years of partnership with Frost, we have witnessed firsthand the commitment to building long-term caring relationships with their customers as well as to the communities in which they serve.”

NBA Teams With Jersey-Logo Deals (to date):

• Atlanta Hawks (Shareware)

• Boston Celtics (GE)

• Brooklyn Nets (Infor)

• Charlotte Hornets (LendingTree)
• Cleveland Cavaliers (Goodyear)

• Dallas Mavericks (5miles)

• Denver Nuggets (Western Union)

• Detroit Pistons (Flagstaff Bank)

• Golden State Warriors (Rakuten)

• Los Angeles Clippers (Bumble)

• Los Angeles Lakers (Wish)
• Memphis Grizzlies (FedEx)

• Miami Heat (Ultimate Software)

• Milwaukee Bucks (Harley Davidson)

• Minnesota Timberwolves (Fitbit)
• New Orleans Pelicans (Zatarain’s)
• New York Knicks (Squarespace)

• Orlando Magic (Disney World)

• Philadelphia 76ers (StubHub)

• Sacramento Kings (Blue Diamond)
• San Antonio Spurs (Frost Bank)

• Toronto Raptors (Sun Life)

• Utah Jazz (Qualtrics)

 

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