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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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Apr192018

Tom Brady, Eagles Drive Sales In NFL $1.65B Licensed Merchandise Category

By Barry Janoff

April 19, 2018: Tom Brady is not only good at throwing footballs, he’s good at moving merchandise.

For the second time in three years, the quarterback for the New England Patriots started and ended the 2017 season No. 1 on the Top 50 Player Sales List as compiled by the NFL Players Assn., a position he also held for the 2015 season.

In 2016, Ezekiel Elliott of the Dallas Cowboys became the first rookie to finish the year atop the NFLPA full-season sales list.

For the fourth consecutive year, NFLPA licensees generated record retail sales, exceeding $1.65 billion during the year.

The list is based on total sales of officially licensed NFL player-identified merchandise, tracking year-end results from March 1, 2017- Feb. 28, 2018.

This year’s Top Ten had six quarterbacks among the group, led by Brady, No. 2 Dak Prescott (Cowboys), No. 3 Carson Wentz (Philadelphia Eagles), No. 6 Aaron Rodgers (Green Bay Packers), No. 8 Russell Wilson (Seattle Seahawks) and No. 10 Derek Carr (Oakland Raiders), who finished in the Top 10 on the year-end list for the first time in his career.

NFLPA said that Brady and Wilson are the only quarterbacks to top it’s quarterly Top 50 Players Sales List five times — twice as year-end retail kings. Wilson topped the year-end charts in 2014 and 2015.

This is also a record 12th appearance for Brady in the Top 3 since the quarterly and annual Player Sales List’s inception in 2014. He has never ranked outside of the Top Nine.

The Top Ten for the 2017 season also includes No. 4 Elliott, No. 5 Antonio Brown (Pittsburgh Steelers), No. 7 Odell Beckham Jr. (New York Giants) and No. 9 Rob Gronkowski (Patriots).

The Super Bowl champion Eagles have five players in the Top 50, the most of any NFL team, including title game MVP Nick Foles (No. 22), who returns to the list after a two-year absence.

Foles sold the most drinkware product from Wincraft, ten times more than any other player, and led in sales of T-shirts and hoodies from 500 Level, according to NFLPA.

Brady led in sales across a number of product categories, including Forever Collectibles bobbleheads, youth sleepwear and Fathead wall decals.

Beckham Jr and Wentz were No. 2 and No. 3, respectively in Fathead sales.

Four of the Top 6 leaders in women's jersey sales belonged to Cowboys players: Prescott, Elliott, Dez Bryant (no longer with the team) and Jason Witten.

Witten was strong in another category, finishing third behind Brady and Rodgers for most licensed cornhole boards sold from Wild Sports and Victory Tailgate.

Quarterbacks led the offensive positions, with 18, followed by wide receivers (14), running backs (6) and tight ends (4).

The lone offensive lineman was Pittsburgh Steelers OT Alejandro Villanueva (No. 30).

Seven players on defense made the year-end list, topped by Denver Broncos LB Von Miller (No. 13).

Houston Texans DE J.J. Watt was No. 15, while his brother, Steelers LB T.J. Watt was No. 40.

According to NFLPA, the Watt brothers appearing in the Top 50 matches a feat most recently accomplished by Peyton and Eli Manning at the end of the 2016 fiscal year.

Among other sales highlights:

• Von Miller (Denver Broncos) finished first for most adidas Texas A&M collegiate co-branded jerseys sold.

• Five of the Top 10 in Strideline socks sales were Eagles: Foles, Wentz, Chris Long, Jay Ajayi and Alshon Jeffery.

• Marshawn Lynch (Raiders) topped sales of women’s apparel from G-III.

• J.J. Watt was a top seller of calendars from The Lang Companies.

The Top 50 Player Sales List is released quarterly by the NFLPA, via its licensing and marketing arm NFL Players Inc., and is based on overall sales of all NFL player licensed products via online and traditional retail outlets as reported by more than 70 NFLPA licensees.

Licensees include Fanatics, Nike, Outerstuff, Forever Collectibles, Funko, Fathead, Hallmark, McFarlane Toys, Strideline socks and Wincraft.

Licensed product categories include men’s, women’s and youth game jerseys and T-shirts, wall decals, figurines, toys, matted and framed photos, vinyl collectibles, bobbleheads, ugly sweaters, plush dolls, drinkware, socks, virtual goods, holiday ornaments and novelties.

NFLPA Year-End Top 50 Player Sales List (March 1, 2017 – Feb. 28, 2018)

1. Tom Brady, QB, New England Patriots

2. Dak Prescott, QB, Dallas Cowboys

3. Carson Wentz, QB, Philadelphia Eagles

4. Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Dallas Cowboys

5. Antonio Brown, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers

6. Aaron Rodgers, QB, Green Bay Packers

7. Odell Beckham Jr., WR, New York Giants

8. Russell Wilson, QB, Seattle Seahawks

9. Rob Gronkowski, TE, New England Patriots
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10. Derek Carr, QB, Oakland Raiders

11. Marshawn Lynch, RB, Oakland Raiders

12. Dez Bryant, WR, Dallas Cowboys*

13. Von Miller, LB, Denver Broncos

14. Jason Witten, TE, Dallas Cowboys

15. J.J. Watt, DE, Houston Texans

16. Khalil Mack, LB, Oakland Raiders

17. Zach Ertz, TE, Philadelphia Eagles

18. Julio Jones, WR, Atlanta Falcons

19. Ben Roethlisberger, QB, Pittsburgh Steelers

20. Cam Newton, QB, Carolina Panthers

21. Adam Thielen, WR, Minnesota Vikings

22. Nick Foles, QB, Philadelphia Eagles

23. Le'Veon Bell, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers

24. Matthew Stafford, QB, Detroit Lions

25. Deshaun Watson, QB, Houston Texans

26. Drew Brees, QB, New Orleans Saints

27. Julian Edelman, WR, New England Patriots

28. Jimmy Garoppolo, QB, San Francisco 49ers

29. Amari Cooper, WR, Oakland Raiders

30. Alejandro Villanueva, OT, Pittsburgh Steelers

31. Jordy Nelson, WR, Green Bay Packers*

32. Stefon Diggs, WR, Minnesota Vikings

33. Richard Sherman, DB, Seattle Seahawks*

34. Matt Ryan, QB, Atlanta Falcons

35. Philip Rivers, QB, Los Angeles Chargers

36. Christian McCaffrey, RB, Carolina Panthers

37. Mitchell Trubisky, QB, Chicago Bears

38. JuJu Smith-Schuster, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers

39. Larry Fitzgerald, WR, Arizona Cardinals

40. T.J. Watt, LB, Pittsburgh Steelers

41. Todd Gurley, RB, Los Angeles Rams

42. Luke Kuechly, LB, Carolina Panthers

43. Alshon Jeffery, WR, Philadelphia Eagles

44. Clay Matthews, LB, Green Bay Packers

45. Jay Ajayi, RB, Philadelphia Eagles

46. Travis Kelce, TE, Kansas City Chiefs

47. A.J. Green, WR, Cincinnati Bengals

48. Jarvis Landry, WR, Miami Dolphins*

49. Eli Manning, QB, New York Giants

50. Jameis Winston, QB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
 
*Team listed indicates player’s team for sales during the 2017 season

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