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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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May302017

NHL Building Sport With China, But Still Not Planning To Participate In Olympic Games

By Barry Janoff

May 30, 2017: Having already scheduled two pre-season games in China, the NHL said it would seek to build its presence in the nation with players, sponsors and multi-level activation.

"We're working very hard and [we're] very focused with developing the Chinese market in part because we have been told by the Chinese government at very high levels that there is, leading to (the Beijing Winter Olympics in) 2022, a priority to develop winter sports," Gary Bettman, commissioner for the NHL, said during a media conference on Monday (May 29) in Pittsburgh prior to the first Stanley Cup Finals game between the Nashville Predators and the hometown Penguins.

"I was told by the minister of sport when I was there about a month ago that they would like to see 300 million more participants in winter sports, particularly and including hockey," said Bettman.

The first NHL games to be played in China are scheduled for Sept. 21 in the Mercedes-Benz Arena, Shangha; and Sept. 23 in the Huaxi LIVE Wukesong's LeSports Center, Beijing.

The 2017 NHL China Games presented by O.R.G. Packaging will feature the Los Angeles Kings vs. Vancouver Canucks, the first under a multi-year deal among the NHL, the China government and Bloomage International Group, a privately owned corporation that said it is "devoted to expanding sports and promoting a healthy lifestyle across the country."

AEG, the Kings' parent company, owns the venue in Shanghai.

Bloomage International Group owns the Huaxi LIVE Wukesong's LeSports Center.

According to the NHL, the Canucks and Kings have each held youth hockey camps in China in recent years.

NHL said it is "committed to working with sports bureaus across China to help develop grass-roots hockey programs."

Several other NHL clubs have conducted hockey camps for Chinese youth in recent years both in China and North America, including the Boston Bruins, Montreal Canadiens, New York Islanders, Toronto Maple Leafs and Washington Capitals.

"We said we would work very closely with the government to try to help grow the game at all levels,” Bettman said during the media event. “They said they would help us grow the business of the game at all levels. So it looks like the making of a very good partnership."

The NHL is following in the footsteps of the NBA, which has played games in the nation dating back to 2004 (when the Sacramento Kings and the Houston Rockets played games in Shanghai and Beijing); has offices in Beijing, Shanghai and Taipei; and an official NBA China web site.

The Golden State Warriors and Minnesota Timberwolves will play two pre-season games in China as part of the NBA Global Games China 2017, The games are scheduled for Oct. 5 in Shenzhen at the Shenzhen Universiade Center,; and Oct. 8 in Shanghai at the Mercedes-Benz Arena.

Although the ’22 Winter Games will include hockey, Bettman said that its growth in China does not mean the league will participate in the Olympics.

"I was told by the minister of sport that they would like to see 300 million more participants in winter sports, particularly and including hockey."

The NHL has already stated that it would not send players to the next Winter Games, being played in 2018 in PyeongChang, South Korea.

"The issue of the Olympics of 2022 in all my meetings when I was in Beijing never came up, and I think the focus is more about long-term developing the sport, not necessarily what happens for two weeks in 2022," said Bettman.

The commissioner also stated that NHL non-participation in the 2018 PyeongChang Olympics in South Korea was a “settled issue.”

"Six weeks ago, we were very clear and definitive that the teams had no interest in going to the Olympics in PyeongChang."

"It is not and has not been (an open issue).”

Regarding the pre-season games, Trevor Linden, president of hockey operations for the Canucks, said this would be a long-term commitment.

"(We want) to figure out a sustainable long-term plan to be involved in the development of their hockey culture in China,”  Linden said when the China Games were unveiled in March.

"This isn't about doing some one off games but to be integrated at the grass-roots level. The games we play here in September are a nice piece of it, but if it's not backed up with grass-roots support, it doesn't make sense. It's going to be a comprehensive program. I know that's the NHL's plan and certainly that's the Vancouver Canucks' plan."

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