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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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Hyundai Gets Into Driver’s Seat For 2018 NFL, NBC 'Sunday Night Football'

NYSJ Sports-Entertainment Business News Service

August 30, 2018:
To support its fourth season as an official NFL sponsor, Hyundai said it would unveil traditional, digital and experiential marketing “designed to enhance the experience for fans.”

A key element for Hyundai is signing 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.

Hyundai’s NFL marketing program begins on Sept. 6 with the 2018 NFL Kickoff Driven by Hyundai in Philadelphia, leading to the Super Bowl LII champion Eagles hosting the Atlanta Falcons.

For the fourth consecutive season, Hyundai is the presenting sponsor of the NFL’s Kickoff celebration, this year at Penn’s Landing  (Columbus Boulevard at Market Street) in Philadelphia.

“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.

“Our new NBC Sunday Night Football sponsorship is a perfect complement to our overall NFL marketing program and allows us to reach the NFL’s largest broadcast audience each week. Passion is a shared value between the NFL and Hyundai and we plan on showcasing that throughout the season.”’

As part of its activation, Hyundai will a sponsor a custom-branded content series, “Cover 2,” that will provide a close look at some of the league’s best rivalries.

Hyundai said the three-part series would bring together a former player from each of the teams playing that night, “who will discuss aspects of the rivalry that make it special to them, the fans and the teams, while driving around the home-team city in a Hyundai Santa Fe.”

The videos will run during three of this year’s match-ups: Baltimore Ravens at Pittsburgh  Steelers, (Sept. 30), Los Angeles Rams at San Francisco 49ers (Oct. 21) and Green Bay Packers at Minnesota Vikings (Nov. 25).

A 30-second version of each video will air during the broadcast and people will be directed to HyundaiUSA.com to watch the completed piece.

According to  Dan Lovinger, evp-advertising sales, for NBC Sports Group, “We’re excited to welcome Hyundai as the new presenting sponsor of our weekly Sunday Night Football Kickoff show, and to work with them to build an unparalleled marketing program to reach the largest, avid fan base in sports.”

Sunday Night Football has been prime time TV’s No. 1 show for an unprecedented seven consecutive seasons, averaging more than 18 million viewers each week last season.

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