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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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E-Poll: Wentz, Watt Most Appealing NFL Players, Frito-Lay Favorite Fan Brand

By Barry Janoff

September 13, 2018: Despite the presence of Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers, Odell Beckham Jr. and other well-known NFL players, Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz tops all NFL players in E-Score “appeal” and “marketable attributes” while Frito-Lay is the brand most appealing to fans.

Wentz, who was on track to compete for the 2017 MVP award before an ACL injury in his left knee forced him to miss the last three games of 2017 and the entire post-season, comes in with a league-leading 80 E-Score, according to a just released study from E-Poll Market Research, Encino, Calif.

Frito-Lay a division of PepsiCo, posting a 45 E-Poll score among avid NFL fans, leading all NFL marketing partners..

In a separate category, Wentz also came in No. 1 as having the most “interesting” marketable attributes.

A celebrity or athlete’s E-Score is calculated based on combined awareness and appeal, using more than 40 attributes, and each person is ranked relative to all.

In addition, “Having a top NFL athlete as an endorser can significantly boost a brand’s profile, especially among NFL fans – who make up a large part of the U.S. population,” according to E-Poll.

In overall appeal, Wentz is followed by JJ Watt (Houston Texans, 73 E-Score), Larry Fitzgerald (Arizona Cardinals, 67), Clay Matthews (Green Bay Packers, 66) and Nick Foles (Eagles, 65), who replaced Wentz during the post-season and was named MVP of Super Bowl LII following the Eagles 41-33 win over the New England Patriots.

To view the potential impact of a sponsorship, E-Score Brand said it “allows key measures to be filtered by NFL fandom, helping gauge the influence a brand has on NFL fans versus non-fans.”

Frito-Lay is followed by Nike (38 E-Poll score among avid NFL fans), Bose (36), Under Armour (31), Microsoft (30), Gatorade (26), Marriott (25), Dannon Oikos (22), Budweiser (20), Lincoln (17), Verizon (17), Bud Lights (16), Sleep Number (16), Castrol (15) and Microsoft Surface (15) among NFL sponsors “appeal by fandom.”

Among the Top Five players with most interesting marketing able attributes, Wentz was followed by Antonio Brown (Pittsburgh Steelers), Julian Edelman (New England Patriots), JJ Watt and Drew Brees (San Diego Chargers).

Watt was No. 1 among most influential NFL players, in large part due to his efforts in the Houston area and neighboring regions following Hurricane Harvey.

Beckham Jr. was No. 1 in stylish marketability attributes.

When it comes to marketable looks, Brady of the New England Patriots and Aaron Rodgers were tied for No. 1.

More than half of the Top 20 most-liked athletes are quarterbacks, led by Wentz. Teammate Foles (65 E-Score) came in at No. 5.

Brady was not among the Top 20 atheltes

• No. 7 Brees (61 E-Score)

• No. 8 Rodgers (58)

• No. 9 Alex Smith (Kansas City Chiefs, 57)

• No. 10 Russell Wilson (Seattle Seahawks, 56)

• No. 13 Jimmy Garoppolo (San Francisco 49ers, 54)

• No. 14 Matthew Stafford (Detroit Lions, 54)

• No. 18 Dak Prescott (Dallas Cowboys, 53)

• No. 19 Matt Ryan (Atlanta Falcons, 53)

• No. 20 Philip Rivers (San Diego Chargers, 52).

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