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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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Ticket King: Demand For Lakers Up 400% Thanks To A Guy Named LeBron

By Barry Janoff

October 3, 2018: When it comes to NBA tickets that are most in-demand for the upcoming season, there is the Los Angeles Lakers, followed by the Los Angeles Lakers, followed by the Los Angeles.

For the second consecutive year, the Lakers are the most in-demand team, with demand to see the team having increased by 427% over last season following the off-season signing by LeBron James, according to event marketplace StubHub.

The Lakers' home opener on Oct. 20 against the Houston Rockets — and LeBron's regular-season debut in Staples Center in a Lakers uniform — is the most in-demand game of the season. Average ticket prices in are going for $934 on StubHub.

The Lakers even dominate on the road. StubHub said it sees an increase of nearly 374% in sales over the average when the Lakers are the visiting team.

The second most in-demand game involves the Lakers visiting the  two-time defending NBA champion Golden State Warriors in Oracle Arena on Christmas Day, with tickets on StubHub averaging $713.

The third most in-demand game in terms of average ticket price is the Warriors visiting the Lakers on Jan. 21, going for $642.

Of the Top Ten most in-demand tickets on StubHub, seven involve the Lakers either at home or on the road.

Not on the current list but expected to move up as the date approaches: James making his return to Cleveland on Nov. 21 to face the Cavaliers in Quicken Loans Areana for the first time as a member of the Lakers.

"The overwhelming demand for Lakers tickets is a testament to the value of star power on a team, with fans excited to see LeBron in his new home," Scott Jablonski, StubHub's general manager of NHL, NFL and NBA, said via the company.

"It's not often that we see this large of a spike in demand for a team that already led sales the season before. There are only a handful of athletes in the world who can make an impact on ticket demand like LeBron can."

Based on the amount of ticket sales per team on StubHub (to date) for the upcoming season, the Lakers are the most in-demand, a spot they held in 2017 and 2015 (dropping to No. 3 in 2016).

The Top Ten most in-demand teams also include No. 2 Warriors (up from No. 4 in 2017), No. 3 New York Knicks (which had been either No. 1 or No. 2 since 2013), No. 4 Celtics, No. 5 Philadelphia 76ers, No. 6 Toronto Raptors, No. 7 Portland Trail Blazers (showing the biggest jump from No. 19 in 2017), No. 8 Brooklyn Nets, No. 9. Miami Heat (up from No. 15, due in part to the final season for Dwyane Wade) and No. 10 Los Angeles Clippers.

Versus 2017-18, the top-trending teams in ticket sales on StubHub are the Lakers, Trail Blazers, Phoenix Suns, Raptors and Utah Jazz.

Top-trending teams in ticket sales on StubHub over the past five seasons led by the Lakers, Raptors, Warriors, Milwaukee Bucks and Cavaliers.

"The overwhelming demand for Lakers tickets is a testament to the value of star power on a team, with fans excited to see LeBron in his new home."

The demand for anything LeBron includes, not surprisingly, sales of his Lakers Nike jersey and Nike basketball shoes.

LeBron’s Lakers jersey has been the top-selling NBA jersey on eBay this off-season, with more than 12,000  sold since he signed with Los Angeles on July 2.

Sales of his LeBron 15 signature shoe on eBay (which is a division of StubHub) doubled that of former teammate Kyrie Irving's Nike Kyrie 4.

Damian Lillard’s adidas Dame 4 is third, Stephen Curry’s Under Armour shoes fourth and Russell Westbrook’s Air Jordan Why Not Zero.1 fifth.

"At eBay, we most recently saw teams in the East drive the most sales for all NBA merchandise from June through August 2018," according to Sam Bright, eBay vp-soft goods, North America.

"LeBron's move to Los Angeles certainly ignites iconic rivalries and we look forward to seeing which coast moves the needle across fan sales at tip-off."

The 2018-19 NBA season is the first season in which StubHub is an official partner of the New Orleans Pelicans. StubHub official partners also include the 76ers and Cavaliers.

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