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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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Show Starter: LeBron James Making The Most Of Move To Los Angeles With CBS

By Barry Janoff

August 7, 2018: LeBron James relocated from Cleveland to Los Angeles to become part of the Lakers’ ‘Showtime” on-court and the showtime of Hollywood off the court.

It seems as if he’s doing all he can to make that happen.

Keeping its eye on James, CBS Entertainment said it has ordered a ten-episode series with the working title, Million Dollar Mile, whose executive producing companies include Springhill Entertainment, under the auspices of James and Maverick Carter.

CBS described Million Dollar Mile as a “high-stakes competition series that challenges everyday athletes’ physical and mental toughness like never before with an opportunity to change their lives forever.

The CBS show comes one day after Showtime unveiled plans for a three-part documentary series, Shut Up and Dribble, from executive producers James and Carter.

Showtime is a subsidiary of CBS Corp.

CBS said that after shutting down the streets of a major city, contestants would have the chance to win $1,000,000 every time they run the Million Dollar Mile.

“Standing in their way is the most challenging course ever designed and a group of elite athletes with one mission — stop the contestants from winning the money at all costs,” per CBS.

The roster for Million Dollar Mile includes executive producers Allison Grodner and Rich Meehan (whose credits include Big Brother) with Fly on the Wall Entertainment and Warner Horizon Unscripted & Alternative Television.

Jamal Henderson and Philip Byron will oversee the project for SpringHill.

“LeBron represents the epitome of strength, vision and determination — all skills one will need to complete this one-of-a-kind course where every runner has a chance to win $1,000,000,” Sharon Vuong, svp-alternative for CBS Entertainment., said in a statement.

“Couple that with Allison and Rich’s unrivaled skill for storytelling and game, and we feel like we have a championship-caliber team.”

Million Dollar Mile is currently casting nationwide. CBS Entertainment did not give a time frame for its airing.

At the casting site, Million Dollar Mile said it is seeking people of “all shapes, sizes and athletic abilities to test your strength, speed, agility, endurance and mental capacity in this larger-than-life competition series.”

“Think you’re good under pressure? Come put yourself to the test in a never-before-seen series of challenges, where the decisions you make can earn you BIG MONEY!”

The casting page then asks, “Are you a current or former athlete? Do you consider yourself a competitor?

“Whether you’re in the best shape of your life or just a weekend warrior . . .  We Want You!” (Full details here.)

According to Maverick Carter, “This show takes competition series to a whole new level. It’s intense, it’s entertaining and it has a twist that will have people on the edge of their seats while also creating an opportunity to change the contestants’ lives.

“It’s exactly the type of aspirational content SpringHill Entertainment is about, and we can’t wait for people to experience it.”

Million Dollar Mile is a 180-degree turn from Showtime’s Shut Up And Dribble, which was described as a “powerful inside look at the changing role of athletes in our fraught cultural and political environment, through the lens of the NBA.”

The title comes from title from Fox News’ Laura Ingraham, who said the phrase to James in February after an interview on ESPN during which he talked about politics — specifically the divisive situation in the White House — as well as his family and sports.

"It's always unwise to seek political advice from someone who gets paid $100 million a year to bounce a ball," she said. "Keep the political comments to yourselves. ... Shut up and dribble."

Shut Up And Dribble is a presentation of Showtime Sports Documentary Films and SpringHill Entertainment.

James and Carter are also at the center of an HBO series, The Shop, a casual talk show-type setting that seeks to emulate experiences James and many others have had in which the local barbershop is the focal point for sometimes easy, sometimes heated, conversation among friends and others from the neighborhood.

The Shop is scheduled to debut on HBO Aug. 28, with James interacting with such athletes and celebs as rap icon Snoop Dogg, New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr., running back Alvin Kamara of the New Orleans Saints, Golden State Warriors star and three-time NBA champion Draymond Green, Los Angeles Sparks star and two-time WNBA MVP Candace Parker and Jon Stewart.

In addition, Warriors of Liberty City, a six-part documentary series from Springhill Entertainment, is scheduled to debut on Starz on Sept. 16, It follows a season with the youth football team Liberty City Warriors and shows how the tough Miami neighborhood has produced a number of NFL stars.

James last week opened the I Promise School in his hometown of Akron, OH, providing education, meals, transportation and other perks to 240 “at-risk” third- and fourth-grade kids, with plans to expand in the coming years.

LeBron James Talks (Barber) Shop In HBO Series

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