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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

BUY SELL

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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Sep052018

Basketball Jones: ESPN To Air 20-Hour Ode To Hoops — Basketball: A Love Story

By Barry Janoff

September 5, 2018: In an effort approaching Ken Burns stratosphere and worthy of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, ESPN said it would air Basketball: A Love Story, a 20-hour, ten-part documentary, across its platforms “in a variety of viewing experiences.”

The documentary, from Peabody Award-winning director Dan Klores, was described by ESPN as a “sweeping project,” which consists of more than 60 interconnected ‘short stories’ consisting of more than 500 hours of interviews.

Official partners for Basketball: A Love Story are Geico, MetroPCS and Nike.

ESPN said that Klores’ short stories “explore the complex nature of love as it relates to the game and opens the window to insights and perspectives about race, politics, media, art, business, style and entertainment.”

Beginning Sept. 18, all ten episodes would be available on the ESPN App.

The full film will air in a serialized format in prime time on ESPN over five consecutive Tuesdays beginning Oct. 9.

The full project will be shown in two installments on ESPN2: Sept. 25 (Episodes 1-5) and Sept. 27 (Episodes 6 -10).

In addition, Crown Archetype, an imprint of the Crown Publishing Group, will publish Basketball: A Love Story by Jackie MacMullan and Rafe Bartholomew, based on interviews done for the film

It will be released on Sept 18 to coincide with ESPN’s first showing of the documentary.

The short stories include “Love of the Game,” “The Teachers,” “Origins,” ”Signature Moves,” “Tomboys,” “ABA," “Renegades,” “Title IX” and “Self Expression.”

Basketball: A Love Story features a Who’s Who of basketball, including Bob Cousy, LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Dr. J, Yao Ming, Stephen Curry, Diana Taurasi, Magic Johnson, Rebecca Lobo, Oscar Robertson, Bill Russell, Larry Bird, Chris Paul, Kobe Bryant, Mike Krzyzewski, Pat Riley, John Thompson, Allen Iverson, Earl Monroe, Lisa Leslie, Charles Barkley, Nancy Lieberman, Steve Kerr, Shaquille O’Neal, Steve Nash, David Thompson, John Havlicek, Cheryl Miller, former NBA commissioner David Stern and current commissioner Adam Silver.

ESPN said each episode would feature a different narrator: Chadwick Boseman, Julianne Moore, Chris Cuomo, Ashley Judd, Michael Che, Ansel Elgort, Ahmad Rashad, Robin Quivers, Daveed Diggs and Fisher Stevens.

“With Basketball: A Love Story, Dan Klores weaves together the threads of many current and historical elements in a way that has never been done before, and it brings people inside the game in a fascinating manner,” Connor Schell, evp-content for ESPN, said in a statement.

“This is a special labor of love for Dan, and that comes through in the remarkable stories he chooses, the intricate way that he intertwines them, and how he tells them with care and humor — exploring the game of basketball, the cultural themes around it, and our own connection to it.”

According to Klores, who in 2008 received the Peabody Award for his film, Black Magic, “I’ve wanted to do this for many years. I first pitched it more than a decade ago to ESPN. These are ‘short stories’ to which I think millions around the world can relate.

“The game, for me and others, has been an escape, a chance to pretend, feel safe, learn, love, lose and even despair. It has an obsessive quality to it, whether one is a player as great as Jordan or LeBron, a fan, a park player, a team member – and to me, 'obsession' is a form of love, so in a real sense each of these stories touches upon that feeling.”

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