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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

See full story here.

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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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No Business Like Shoe Business: Adidas Grand Sports Marketer Of The Year

By the Staff of NYSportsJournalism

In January, NYSportsJournalism selected the Top Ten Sports Marketers of the Year for 2017.

Now, adidas has been named the Grand Sports Marketer of the Year based on votes cast among the more than 50,000 readers of NYSportsJournalism.

Votes cast at a dedicated polling site, via social media and via personal input from sports and business marketing analysts and writers nationwide.

Adidas now joins all-time NYSJ Grand Sports Marketer of the Year, including: BBVA Compass (2010), Mission AthleteCare (2012), Stand Up to Cancer with MLB and MasterCard (2013), The ALS Assn. (2014), Special Olympics World Games Los Angeles (2015) and the American Cancer Society (2016).

Adidas had major impacts among teams, leagues and consumers in 2017.

According to the company’s year-end financial report, “2017 was a strong year — financially and operationally. We made great progress toward achieving our mission to be the best sports company in the world. Our strategic growth areas — North America, Greater China and digital commerce — were the main drivers of our performance,” adidas CEO Kasper Rorsted said in the report.

Sales were up 35% in fiscal 2017 versus 2016, a driving factor that enabled adidas to pass Jordan Brand as  No. 2  in U.S. sneaker sales and pass Under Armour for No. 2 in apparel sales (both behind Nike).

With an eye on sustainability, the company said that one million pairs of its shoes were made from Parley Ocean Plastic.

Having such high-profile NBA stars as James Harden and Damian Lillard kept adidas footwear front-and-center with consumers.

And as various publications offered, “Stan Smith (tennis) shoes are cool again.”

In September 2015, adidas signed a seven-year deal with the NHL naming it the official provider of on-ice uniforms and supplier of licensed apparel and headwear, taking over for its Reebok division beginning with the 2017-18 season.

Adidas unveiled its first official league uniforms, and supported the alliance with a multi-platform campaign, "What if Hockey . . . Here to Create."

A separate year-end campaign, “Calling All Creators,” via 72andSunny, showcased a number of the brand's “most innovative technologies and coveted footwear” by introducing what it calls the Creators of Sport Culture, representing the present and future of adidas.

The roster across all platforms includes:

• Current and former soccer stars Lionel Messi, Paul Pogba and David Beckham

• Current and former NBA stars Harden, Lillard, Kristaps Porzingas, Derrick Rose, Jeremy Lin,  Brandon Ingram and Tracy McGrady

WNBA stars Candace Parker and Chiney Ogwumike

NFL players Aaron Rodgers, DeAndre Hopkins and Von Miller

• Carlos Correa of the World Series champion Houston Astros and Kris Bryant of the 2016 World Series champs Chicago Cubs

• NHL Nashville Predators P.K. Subban

• Two-time tennis Grand Slam winner Garbine Muguruza.

Beyond sports, the campaign also features fashion designer Alexander Wang, model and businesswoman Karlie Kloss and ten-time Grammy winner Pharrell Williams.

Revenues for the Reebok brand grew 4%, “driven by double-digit sales increases in Classics as well as low-single-digit growth in the running category,” according to adidas.

Facing challenges in certain areas, adidas divested its TaylorMade (including the TaylorMade, Adams Golf and Ashworth brands) and CCM Hockey businesses.

Adidas was also at the center of a NCAA investigation, including alleged payments to schools and/or coaches regarding high school prospects. The company said it would “fully cooperate with authorities to understand more.”

James Gatto, head of sports marketing for adidas, was indicted by a New York-based federal grand jury for his alleged role in the case. Now on administrative leave, Gatto has filed a motion to dismiss the charges.

Looking ahead, the company is planning for an even stronger showing in 2018.

Adidas is an official partner with the FIFA World Cup this summer and will have global marketing and activation.

The brand is celebrating its 30th anniversary with the Boston Athletic Assn. and the Boston Marathon (April 16).

BIG3 — under the auspices of co-founders and co-CEOs Jeff Kwatinetz and Ice Cube — and adidas signed a three-year alliance under which adidas is the official outfitter of the league, including the official BIG3 jersey provider, outfitting all players in addition to developing new lines of licensed products for fans, including hoodies, T-shirts and uniforms.

The league will also collaborate with adidas for ongoing player development and grassroots efforts.

The partnership begins at the 2018 BIG3 Combine, scheduled for April 11 in Los Angeles, where adidas will be presenting partner.

"adidas has long been at the nexus of sport and innovation, making them the perfect creative partners in our work to propel the game of 3-on-3 basketball on a global stage,” BIG3 commissioner Clyde Drexler said when the deal was unveiled earlier this month.

According to adidas CEO Kasper Rorsted, “2018 is a key milestone on the road to achieving our long-term targets for 2020. We expect quality growth, with over-proportionate bottom-line improvements. This will enable an even stronger increase in profitability by 2020 and allows us to upgrade our long-term target yet again.”

Congratulations again to all of the Top Ten Sports Marketers of the Year 2017 (in alphabetical order):

adidas, Athlete Ally, eSports, Golden State Warriors, Las Vegas, Mayweather Jr.-McGregor, MLB, NFL My Cause My Cleats, Topps NOW, WWE.

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