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• Shareef Abdur-Rahim, NBA vp-basketball operations and a former NBA All-Star, has been named President of the NBA G League. Abdur-Rahim will replace Malcolm Turner, who will step down Jan. 11, 2019, to become the AD for Vanderbilt University.

• The Golden State Warriors have been named the Sportsperson of the Year by Sports Illustrated.

• MLB Network will mark its 10th anniversary Jan. 1, 2019 at 6 PM ET – “exactly 10 years to the minute when MLB Network came on the air” – with “MLB Network: 10 Years and Counting.” It will follow that with a re-airing of Don Larsen’s perfect Game Five from the 1956 World Series.

• MiLB has expanded its deal with Allegiant Airline to launch Allegiant World MasterCard, which includes points for every purchase, no blackout dates for travel, rewards specific to cardholder's favorite MiLB teams and local communities.

• The Big East has signed a deal to keep its men’s basketball conference tournament in New York’s Madison Square Garden through 2028, extending a contract that was scheduled to run through 2026 but with an opt-out clause for  2022. Financial terms were not shared.

• With one week left in NFL Pro Bowl 2019 voting the leaders are:

Drew Brees (950,818), Patrick Mahomes (884,888), Todd Gurley (747,516), Saquon Barkley (718,108), James Conner (664,897), Jared Goff ( 658,150), Antonio Brown (630,392), Alvin Kamara (582,550), Tyreek Hill (560,994) and Travis Kielce (551,249).

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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

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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. 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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May102018

Future Of Boxing: $1B Strategy Seeks To Excite Fans, ‘Reignite Boxing’ In The U.S.

By Barry Janoff

May 10, 2018: That did’t take look.

One day after naming former ESPN president John Skipper as its new executive chairman, Perform Group has signed a joint-venture deal with Matchroom Boxing with the intent to “re-ignite the sport of boxing in the U.S. for fans.”

The eight-year pact was put at $1 billion and called “the biggest-ever deal in boxing.”

Global sports media company Perform Group and Matchbox Boxing, both based in the U.K., said they have ”have worked closely together for over ten years.”

Eddie Hearn, managing director for Matchroom Boxing (pictured, middle), and Simon Denyer, CEO for Perform Group (pictured, right), unveiled  the joint venture — to be known as Matchroom Boxing USA — Thursday at a press conference in New York.

The nucleus of the pact will see Matchroom Boxing USA promote 16 fights a year with boxing’s “biggest stars at the best venues across America.”

DAZN, Perform Group’s live and on-demand streaming service, will be the exclusive U.S. broadcast partner for the 16 U.S. fights, in addition to Matchroom’s existing 16 fight nights in the U.K.

Early marketing support is labeling the platform, “The Future of Boxing.”

According to Hearn, “This is a dream scenario for us. We can build a formidable team of fighters and also put our stamp on events from production to talent to in arena experience.”

He said the plan is to make DAZN the “home of boxing, and with 32 big fight nights already confirmed from the U.S. and U.K. we are nicely on our way.”

Although the sport maintains a core audience, boxing’s popularity in the U.S. has not fully impacted  casual and non-boxing fans — and potential marketing partners —  due in part to the rise of UFC and MMA.

This week, Walt Disney Co. and UFC signed a five-year media rights pact, valued at $750M, for exclusive UFC content on ESPN+ as well as programming to air on ESPN networks, social and digital platforms, beginning January 2019, with 12-fight cards to live-stream under the banner, UFC on ESPN+ Fight Night.

Matchbox Boxing believes it has the star power to attract audiences en masse.

Leading Matchroom Boxing’s roster is British heavyweight boxer Anthony Joshua (21-0, 20 KOs), who won the gold medal in the super-heavyweight division at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London and currently holds the heavyweight titles for the IBF, WBA, IBO and WBO.

Joshua had one of the top fights of 2017, an 11-round TKO of Wladimir Klitscho in front of 90,000 people in London’s Wembley Stadium. Joshua’s last three fights had a combined live gate of more than 250,000, according to Matchbox Boxing.

Matchroom Boxing made its first foray into the U.S. boxing scene this past September, signing  Brooklyn, NY-born Daniel Jacobs (34-2, 29 KOs) — who lost his WBA middleweight title to Gennady Glolovkin in 2017 — and promoting two fights in New York.

“This is a historic moment for Matchroom and the sport of boxing,” said Hearn.

“Since our expansion to the U.S., we have been looking for a partner that shares our vision and that can give us the volume of dates and rights fees required to build the strongest stable in world boxing and take it to a new level.”

"We can build a formidable team of fighters and also put our stamp on events from production to talent to in arena experience.”

According to Skipper (pictured above, left), “DAZN has already proven itself in Japan, Germany and Canada as the best platform for delivering great live sport to passionate fans. It’s time to bring DAZN to America, and the amazing events we have planned with Matchroom is a great place to start.”

Denyer said that Perform Group “has a rich history of long term strategic partnerships with the best rights holders in world. I’m excited about working with Matchroom; we share the same passion and vision for reigniting boxing in the U.S.

“It’s a better deal for everyone — especially fight fans.”

Matchroom Boxing said it has promoted more than 100 boxing events over the past five years, with 57 World title fights, as part of an exclusive broadcast deal with Sky Sports.

PHOTO: Ed Mulholland/Matchroom Boxing USA

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