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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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Messi, Manchester United Make Their Mark As Soccer’s Most Valuable Franchises

NYSJ Sports-Entertainment Business News Service

June 13, 2018:
Soccer supporters call their sport the biggest in the world.

They have a solid argument, especially during the World Cup.

The 20 most valuable soccer teams in the world are worth an average of $1.69 billion, up 14% over the past year and 74% since 2013.

The top 20 teams raked in an average of $428 million in revenue during the 2016-2017 season, 40% more than five years ago, according to a new report from Forbes.

Manchester United is the world’s most valuable soccer team, valued at $4.12 billion.

That figure is up from $3.69 billion last year.

In addition, Manchester United generated the most revenue ($737 million) during the 2016-2017 season and nearly 50% more operating income ($254 million) than any other soccer team, according to Forbes.

Among ManU’s partners are automotive and jersey sponsor Chevrolet, adidas, AON, 20th Century Fox, DHL, EA Sports, Gulf, Epson, New Era, Tag Heuer and Uber.

The Top Ten most valuable soccer franchises in the world behind ManU include: 2. Real Madrid ($4.09 billion), 3. Barcelona ($4.06 billion). 4. Bayern Munich ($3.05 billion), 5. Manchester City ($2.47 billion), 6. Arsenal ($2.24 billion),  7. Chelsea ($2.06 billion), 8. Liverpool ($1.94 billion), 9. Juventus ($1/47 billion) and 10. Tottenham Hotspur ($1.24 billion).

The top-valued uniform sponsorships are led by Barcelona (Rakuten $247 million), Manchester United (Chevrolet $202 million) and Real Madrid (Emirates Airlines $200 million).

Manchester United brings the heat in media, as well: More than 73.6 million likes on Facebook, 18.3 million followers on Twitter, 22 million followers on Instagram.

The highest-paid soccer players in the world, according to Forbes, are led by Leo Messi, who earned $111 million over the past 12 months, including $27 million in endorsements.

His deals include adidas, Pepsi/Gatorade, MasterCard, Huawei Technologies and Ooredoo.

He also is his own social media cottage industry, with more than 89.7 million likes on Facebook, 93.1 million followers on Instagram, 29.3 million followers for Messi’s Barcelona club plus several fan-run Messi Twitter accounts that top three million followers.

Among the other top-paid soccer stars are Cristiano Ronaldo ($108 million, with $47 million in endorsements), Neymar Jr. ($90 million, $17 million in endorsements),  Gareth Bale ($34.6 million total), Paul Pogba ($29.5 million total), Oscar ($27.4 million), Luis Suarex ($27 million), Wayne Rooney ($27 million), Sergio Aguero ($23.5 million) and Angel Di Maria ($22.6 million).

Even with all of its assets, Manchester United is not the most valuable sports franchise in the world.

That title belongs to the NFL’s Dallas Cowboys ($4.8 billion), followed by Manchester United, according to Forbes.

The Top Ten also includes Real Madrid ($4.09 billion), Barcelona ($4.06 billion), MLB’s New York Yankees ($4 billion), NFL's New England Patriots ($3.7 billion), NBA’s New York Knicks ($3.6 billion), Los Angeles Lakers ($3.3 billion), New York Giants ($43.3 billion) and two time-defending NBA champion Golden State Warriors ($3.1 billion).

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