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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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Shot In The Arm: College Football Outland Trophy Signs Presenting Deal With NFID

NYSJ Sports-Entertainment Business News Service

July 23, 2018: The prestigious Outland Trophy, awarded annually by the Football Writers Association of America to the top interior lineman in college football, has a new partnership and presenting alliance.

FWAA has signed a pact with the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases to present the 2018 Outland Trophy as part of a public awareness campaign “focused on the importance of influenza (flu) prevention during the 2018-2019 flu season.”

As part of the public awareness campaign, the award will be rebranded as the Outland Trophy presented by the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases.

Financial terms were not shared.

As part of marketing support, the hashtag #FightFlu will appear on all Outland Trophy advertising, marketing, social media and public relations materials.

Branded content and advertising will promote the award and the public awareness campaign in Touchdown Illustrated game day programs at more than 1,000 college football games during the 2018 season.

Content will also appear in many major bowl game programs — including the College Football Playoff — as well as most NFL game day programs.

Joe Thomas, the 2006 Outland Trophy winner while at the University of Wisconsin, will serve as the Outland Trophy #FightFlu ambassador.

Thomas retired earlier this year after an11-year career with NFL's Cleveland Browns.

“Now that I’m retired I’ve decided to help give the @OutlandTrophy a shot in the arm by partnering with @NFIDvaccines and @TheFWAA to promote the importance of getting vaccinated for the flu #FightFlu,” Thomas posted on his Twitter account.

According to  Steve Richardson, FWAA executive director, ”This partnership with the Outland Trophy offers NFID a timely platform to promote the importance of flu prevention to college football fans all across the U.S. and remind fans that annual flu vaccination is recommended for all individuals age six months and older.”

NFID said that influenza (flu) is a “highly contagious and sometimes life-threatening disease that affects between 5-20% of the U.S. population annually and accounts for more than 200,000 hospitalizations and 3,000-49,000 deaths in the U.S. each year.

They said that getting an annual flu shot is the most effective way to prevent influenza.

Thomas will announce the recipient of the 2018 Outland Trophy during ESPN's The Home Depot College Football Awards on Dec. 6 in the College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta.

"Influenza is a highly contagious and sometimes life-threatening disease that accounts for more than 200,000 hospitalizations and 3,000-49,000 deaths in the U.S. each year."

The official presentation to the winner will be made at the Greater Omaha (Nebraska) Sports Committee's Outland Trophy Banquet on Jan. 9, 2019.

"The FWAA is delighted to partner with NFID in this Outland Trophy sponsorship,” Richardson said in a statement

“NFID is an influential thought leader promoting important public health messages around disease prevention and treatment. Using one of college football's oldest and most revered awards to help promote flu prevention is a winning play on any field as far as the FWAA is concerned.”

The Outland Trophy, now in its 73rd year, was created in 1946 when Dr. John Outland presented the FWAA with a financial contribution to initiate the award.

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