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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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ESPN 'MNF' Halftime Show Gets Presenting Sponsor With Hyundai’s Genesis

NYSJ Sports-Entertainment Business News Service

September 10, 2018: Hyundai, now in its fourth season as an official NFL marketing partner, continues to add to its presence across the league, signing a deal naming its Genesis auto brand as the marquee sponsor for ESPN’s Monday Night Football Halftime Show.

The alliance begins tonight when ESPN airs a Monday Night Football season-opening double-header, with the New York Jets at Detroit Lions (7 PM ET) and Los Angeles Rams at Oakland Raiders (10:15 PM ET).

Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

The Genesis Monday Night Football Halftime Show — hosted by Suzy Kolber with Steve Young and Louis RiddicK — will be presented commercial free courtesy of Genesis.

A special custom opening each week will feature landmarks and vistas from the host city will introduce that week’s musical artist and flow into the halftime show, according to ESPN.

Hyundai this season also signed on as the new presenting sponsor of NBC’s Sunday Night Football Kickoff show, complete with marquee presence leading into the prime-time game each week.

“Everyone at Hyundai is excited for the start of the NFL season and the opportunity to engage with football fans across the country,” Dean Evans, CMO for Hyundai Motor America, said in a statement.

Hyundai and ESPN said that Genesis would be incorporated into Monday Night Football through several branding elements, including on-screen graphics, desk signage, tune-in messaging and audio mentions.

The brand will also receive commercial inventory throughout the season.
 
“Genesis is partnering with ESPN to re-define Monday Night Football halftime shows and expand our presence as the official luxury car of the NFL,” Manfred Fitzgerald, evp and global head of the Genesis brand, said in a statement.

“We bring culture into everything we do at Genesis and we’re excited to combine sports and music performance for Monday Night Football.”

According to both parties, the cornerstone of the agreement will be a “unique musical performance to close the halftime show, by a different artist each week.”

Week 1 will see Boyz II Men will perform a special tribute to Aretha Franklin in Detroit with special guest Tori Kelly.

ESPN said that on select Monday nights, these performances would be live, on the field, during halftime of the Monday Night Football game. Other artists to be featured during the season include Zac Brown Band, Ciara and Daughtry.

According to Renie Anderson, svp-NFL partnerships, sponsorship and consumer products, “One of the benefits of being a league partner is that Genesis has the ability to leverage this authentically with ESPN, unlike any other in their category.

“Having the NFL’s official luxury automobile have a presence in one of the premier brands across the entertainment landscape – Monday Night Football – is a perfect combination.”

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