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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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Dec202017

Quiet Kawhi Leonard Goes Wild In Foot Locker-Air Jordan Gatorade Campaign

By Barry Janoff

December 20, 2017: Kawhi Leonard, who has just returned to the San Antonio Spurs line-up after missing the first months of the season with right quadriceps tendinopathy, gets a starring and humorous role in Foot Locker's "Bold Like Kawhi,” which seeks to pay homage to Michael Jordan and Gatorade’s “Be Like Mike” campaign from the 1990s.

The anchor spot, "Bold Like Kawhi,” follows the all-star forward, usually known for his low-key, relaxed demeanor, through a day of high-key, energized adventures after receiving a new pair of orange “Be Like Mike”  Air Jordan I OG High Gatorade hoops shoes from teammate LaMarcus Aldridge.

According to Leonard, "I had a ton of fun partnering with Foot Locker and Jordan Brand to show off another side of my personality that most fans don't get to see every day.

“Being part of a holiday campaign that pays homage to the original 'Be Like Mike' Gatorade ad is really special."

When Leonard puts on his new Jordans, he excitedly shares the news on social media via his cell phone. He then proceeds to go on a pumped-up day-long road trip while wearing the new kicks.

Among other encounters, all shared on social media, he shows up in a recording studio with rapper Nipsey Hussle, goes to an auction and bids on a piece of eccentric art, breaks boards in a taekwondo studio, parties in a nightclub with Les Twins and drives a low-rider muscle car dubbed “Kawheels.”

When later interviewed by the media about about his day, Leonard, wearing a "Be Like Mike" T-shirt, says with a sly smile, “I was hacked.”

The spot will break on ESPN and ABC during NBA Christmas Day games.

Support includes Internet, social media and POP.

Lead agency is BBDO.

"We were thrilled to partner with Kawhi Leonard for our Jordan holiday campaign," Patrick Walsh, vp-marketing for Foot Locker North America, said in a statement,

"We all know Kawhi is bold on the court, but highlighting his style and confidence in the new Air Jordan Gatorade Collection will help all of our customers at Foot Locker make bold sneaker selections this holiday season,” said Walsh.

The campaign supports the release of a premium assortment of the Air Jordan Gatorade Collection, including the Air Jordan I OG High Gatorade in four flavorways — Orange, Lemon Lime, Grape and Cool Blue — (launching Dec. 26) and Air Jordan VI Gatorade (launching Dec. 30).

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