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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

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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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Nick Of Time: John Cena’s Schedule Is Kids’ Choice, Slime, Ninja Turtles, Spotless

Special to NYSJ Sports-Entertainment Business News Service

January 11, 2018: John Cena, who continues to made his mark as a WWE Superstar, also continues to expand beyond that universe to become an actor and producer, adding to his global popularity en route.

Nickelodeon recognizes Cena’s impact, and has added more slime to its relationship with him.

The cable network said that Cena would return to host the Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards for the second consecutive year, “while also breaking new ground at the network with two firsts.”

Cena will be the voice of Baron Draxum, a villain in the new animated series, Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, scheduled to premiere later this year.

He also will be executive producer for the new competition series, Keep It Spotless, where teams of kids go head-to-head in a battle to stay clean, also scheduled to premiere later this year.

“The excitement can NOT be contained!” Cena wrote on his Twitter page. “It’s official: It’s slime season and I’m back to host the Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards for a second time on March 24.”

Regarding his other projects for Nickelodeon, “Humbled to work on so many projects with an amazing partner like Nickelodeon. Ready to bring energy to a celebrated franchise like #TMNT and fun show like #KeepItSpotless. #LetsGetToWork.”

Cena also posted video on YouTube revealing his upcoming Nickelodeon projects.

“John Cena is one of the biggest stars in the world. Kids just love him, which makes him the perfect partner for these upcoming projects,” Cyma Zarghami, president for Nickelodeon Group, said in a statement. “His blend of humor and originality brings a fresh voice to Nickelodeon both in front of the camera and behind.”

Cena’s recent roles include the voice of the title character in the animated movie, Ferdinand; and Ewan O’Hara, the special-ops brother to one of the lead characters in Psych: The Movie, a reprisal of the popular TV show that ran on USA Network from 2009-14.

He is among the most popular athletes on social media, part of a list that includes Cristiano Ronaldo, Leo Messi, David Beckham and fellow WWE star-turned-actor Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.

Cena has 45 million-plus likes on his Facebook page, 10.9 million followers on Twitter and 8.2 million followers on Instagram.

“I’m thrilled to partner with Nickelodeon on three big projects that run the range of what kids love: slime-filled live events, awesomely cool animation and competition shows where kids take their shot at being the best,” Cena said in a statement.
 
“It’s an honor to come back a second time to host the biggest, slimiest party of the year, the Kids’ Choice Awards. Not only do I get to be a cartoon character in the new Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles series, but I get to be a villain, too.

“And to top it all off, I’m stepping behind the camera to executive produce Nick’s new competition series, Keep It Spotless, which gives a whole new meaning to staying clean.” 

Sponsors of Nickelodeon’s 2018 Kids’ Choice Awards include Barbie, Cinnamon Toast Crunch, Swiffer and Toyota.
 
The presenting international sponsor for the 2018 Nickelodeon’s Kids' Choice Awards is Heelys.

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