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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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Sep282018

Acuna Attire: Atlanta Rookie Joins Judge, Ohtani As Hits In MLB Jersey Sales

By Barry Janoff

September 28, 2018: Despite missing about two months with a broken wrist, Aaron Judge of the New York Yankees will finish the 2018 season with the top-selling Majestic MLB jersey, matching a feat he accomplished last year during his rookie campaign.

Two rookies this past season arguably made the biggest impact in jersey sales and are among the leading candidates for Rookie of the Year honor in their respective league: Shohei Ohtani of the Los Angeles Angels, with the No. 8 top-selling jersey and Atlanta Braves outfielder Ronald Acuña Jr. at No. 20.

Ohtani, a throwback player who evoked comparisons to the early career of Babe Ruth, came over from Nippon Professional Baseball's Pacific League in Japan and started ten games as a pitcher (4-2, 2.86 ERA) and appeared in more than 100 games as a batter, hitting 22 home runs with 59 RBI and a .283 batting average.

Unfortunately, Ohtani will undergo Tommy John surgery during the first week of the off-season to repair a damaged ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow. He is not expected to pitch again until 2020, but could return to the Angels as a hitter in 2019.

Acura Jr., who doesn’t turn 22 until Dec. 18, played a key role in leading the Braves to their first National League East title in five years. In doing so, became the youngest player to make the Top 20 top-selling jersey list since these rankings were first shared by MLB and MLB Players’ Assn. after the 2010 season.

The list is based on sales of Majestic jerseys from MLBShop.com, the official online shop of Major League Baseball, since Opening Day 2018.

Sales figures were not disclosed.

José Altuve of the defending World Series champion Houston Astros had the second best-selling jersey behind Judge up from No. 10 in 2017.

The Chicago Cubs placed three players among the Top 7: No. 3 Javier Báez, No. 6. Anthony Rizzo and No. 7 Kris Bryant.

The Top 5 also included  No. 4. Clayton Kershaw of the Los Angeles Dodgers and No. 5. Mookie Betts of the Boston Red Sox.

MLB Most Popular Player Jerseys – 2018
(Based on sales of Majestic jerseys from MLBShop.com since Opening Day)

1.  Aaron Judge, New York Yankees
2.  José Altuve, Houston Astros
3.  Javier Báez, Chicago Cubs
4.  Clayton Kershaw, Los Angeles Dodgers
5.  Mookie Betts, Boston Red Sox
6.  Anthony Rizzo, Chicago Cubs
7.  Kris Bryant, Chicago Cubs
8.  Shohei Ohtani, Los Angeles Angels
9.  Giancarlo Stanton, New York Yankees
10. Yadier Molina, St. Louis Cardinals
11. Mike Trout, Los Angeles Angels
12. Buster Posey, San Francisco Giants
13. Bryce Harper, Washington Nationals
14. Freddie Freeman, Atlanta Braves
15. Cody Bellinger, Los Angeles Dodgers
16. Andrew Benintendi, Boston Red Sox
17. George Springer, Houston Astros
18. Francisco Lindor, Cleveland Indians
19. Carlos Correa, Houston Astros
20. Ronald Acuña Jr., Atlanta Braves

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