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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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National Champion Alabama Tide Tops StubHub List Of In-Demand CFB Games

By Barry Janoff

August 15, 2018: Winning the college football’s National Championship has its perks.

For the first time in five seasons, the University of Michigan football team is not the most in-demand ticket on StubHub.

The Wolverines dropped to No. 2 after being ousted by the 2017 National Champion Alabama Crimson Tide, which moved up from No. 3 last season to No. 1.

Demand is up 45% year over year for Alabama games on StubHub, based on ticket sales.

The Crimson Tide also leads the list as a top seller in nine unique states, the most of any school.

Beyond Alabama itself, the states include Kentucky, Missouri, New Mexico, Arizona, Idaho and the New England contingent of Vermont, Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

Alabama’s move to the top was “driven by eagerly anticipated Southeastern Conference rivalry match-ups against Auburn and Texas A&M returning to Bryant Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa,” according to StubHub.

The most in-demand game to date based on ticket sales is Miami vs. LSU at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, in the Advocare Classic on Sept. 2. This game marks the first time these two schools have played since 2005.

Tickets are averaging $226 on StubHub.

However, the game with the highest average ticket price on StubHub is Michigan at Ohio State on Nov. 24, averaging $695.

Not far behind: Michigan at Notre Dame on Sept. 1, averaging $652.

The San Francisco-based ticket marketplace said its Top 10 ranking and Top 10 most in-demand games are based on the amount of ticket sales per team on its site (to date) for 2018 NCAAF regular season games.

"With key rivalry games at home this season, Alabama is seeing extraordinary demand on StubHub," Jill Krimmel, StubHub general manager for NCAA Sports and MLB, said in a statement.

"Coming off another national championship victory and given the additional excitement of these match-ups, it's understandable that we're seeing Alabama dethrone Michigan from a five-year reign."

According to StubHub, in addition to Michigan dropping from the top, only half the teams were on the Top Ten list last year, and four of the teams added to the Top 10 this season had never been placed higher than No. 15 in the past four years.

StubHub said it has NCAA deals with more than 60 universities, including the recently added partnership with Texas A&M.

At. No. 8, Texas Christian University is StubHub's top-trending team year-over-year, with demand for the Horned Frogs up 298% based on StubHub sales, “making the largest jump in demand among StubHub's Top 10 selling teams.”

Two team with big gains over the past three seasons are Penn State and Georgia.

The Bulldogs were ranked No. 15 in 2016 based on StubHub ticket sales, No. 4 last season and now No. 3 going into 2018.

The Bulldogs were ranked No. 18 in 2016, No. 14 last season and are now at No. 5.

The Top 5 also includes the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at. No. 4.

Big Ten is the most popular conference heading into the season for the fifth year in a row.

Overall, about 58% of regular season ticket sales on StubHub come from buyers located more than 120 miles away from the venue.

In Alaska, the Ole Miss Rebels are StubHub’s top-selling tickets. In Nevada, LSU is No. 1. In Maine, the Ohio State Buckeyes top the StubHub list.

"College football fans are a different breed," said Krimmel. "There is a passion that is hard to find anywhere else, as we've seen fans are willing to travel greater distances to see their team play than any other sport."

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