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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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EA Sports Puts A Rap On Madden NFL '19 Marketing With Nicki, Lil Dicky, Quevo

By Barry Janoff

August 3, 2018: EA Sports’ Madden NFL 19 is en route (Aug. 10), but multi-media marketing is already here.

An extended three and a half minute video, “Make Your Play” — which will be used in 15-, 30- and 60-second formats — tells the story of gamer named Will and "The Greatest Play Call Ever."

If nothing else, it boasts a roster of sports and entertainment celebs, some in extended roles, some in cameos, including Nicki Minaj, Lil Dicky, comic Chris Redd, DeAndre Hopkins (Houston Texans), Joel Embiid (Philadelphia 76ers) and even SpongeBob SquarePants and Patrick Starfish.

Lil DIcky and Redd are sitting in a diner, with Redd telling the story of Will.

The narrative is like a game of Telephone, where the basic story becomes more and more exaggerated.

Redd not only knows the story, but says emphatically, “Man, I was there!”

It seems that Will, who may (or may not) be a fictional character, made a Madden NFL call with time running out in a game between the Philadelphia Eagles and Dallas Cowboys that has become legendary.

“Down by three, seven seconds on the clock, seven-yard line, fourth and three, no timeouts left. The only option he has: A field goal to tie it up and force overtime,” says Redd.

“So Will brings out his field goal unit like anybody would do. The opponent calls time out to ice the kicker. So Will says to himself, ‘Let’s go. I got this.’ Will eyes the coverage . . .  decides to take a shot.”

By now, the conversation has attracted a crowd, including Nicky Minaj, a self-professed Madden player.

Instead of a field goal, Will sends out the offensive unit and calls a play, which goes from a run by Dallas quarterback Dak Prescott to a lateral to TE Geoff Swain (“A blocking TE with no career TDs,” boasts Will) who dives into the end zone in to score the game-winning TD.

“So Will starts going crazy,” continues Redd with the story. “Starts talking mad trash. That’s the Greatest Call Ever!”

While jumping around, Will’s cell phone falls out of his pocket and dials a random number — turns out it belongs to rapper Quavo, who happens to be playing Madden, who hears Will’s excitement and decides to turn it into a song.

“I’m a legend like Will/Be real like Will/Big rings like Will/I score at will.”

"That’s when things get really crazy," explains Redd

Will gets his own hot sauce, Fourth and Hot; a 30 for 30 documentary on ESPN; a freeway billboard; jewelry with his image on it; and being included in the plot line of an episode of SpongeBob SquarePants.

Even more amazing, Quevo's song was playing on the radio in a hospital room where Will’s aunt was in a coma, which woke her up, according to the story.

When the camera pull’s back, we see the name of the diner they have been sitting has changed from Chips to Will’s.

All or some of which may or may not be true, But as Nicki and others say at the end, “Heck of a play call.”

The video is from ad agency Johannes Leonardo, NY.

Nicki Minaj is also part of the Madden NFL 19 soundtrack on three songs: Post Malone’s “Ball For Me” (feat. Nicki Minaj) YG’s “Big Bank” (feat. 2 Chainz, Big Sean & Nicki Minaj) and Young Thug’s “Anybody” (feat. Nicki Minaj).

The Madden NFL 19 soundtrack created its own news when it was uncovered that YG’s song, "Big Bank," had been altered to eliminate the name of Colin Kaepernick.

In the original lyrics, Big Sean raps, “Feed me to the wolves/Now I lead the pack and shit/You boys all cap/I’m more Colin Kaepernick."

The soundtrack, omits Kaepernick's name.

“We made an unfortunate mistake with our Madden NFL soundtrack," EA said in a statement.

"Members of our team misunderstood the fact that while we don't have rights to include Colin Kaepernick in the game, this doesn't affect soundtracks. We messed up, and the edit should never have happened.

“We will make it right, with an update to Madden NFL 19 on August 6 that will include the reference again. We meant no disrespect, and we apologize to Colin, to YG and Big Sean, to the NFL, to all of their fans and our players for this mistake."

Last month. EA Sports unveiled Pittsburgh Steelers WR Antonio Brown as the Madden NFL 19 and Madden NFL Overdrive cover athlete. He also is part of the Madden 99 Club, joining "an elite group of players rated 99 OVR."

Former NFL WR and new Pro Football Hall of Fame member Terrell Owens is on the cover of the Madden NFL 19 Hall of Fame edition

Antonio Brown Catches Madden NFL 19 Cover

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