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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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Sep242018

Buoyed By Boost In Attendance, Sales MiLB Doubles Copa Hispanic Campaign For 2019

By Barry Janoff

September 24, 2018: According to Minor League Baseball, more than 18 million U.S. Hispanics designate themselves as fans of MiLB, behind only the NBA and MLS.

This past season, MiLB unveiled Copa de la Diversión (“Fun Cup“) a season-long event in which 33 teams during select games donned caps and jerseys with the Hispanic versions of their names that were reflections of their local Hispanic communities and heritage.

The 33 teams who dedicated 167 games as Copa de la Diversión-designated events reported a 12.6% attendance increase compared to similar game dates in 2017, according to MiLB.

In addition to attendance and and increased interaction with the Hispanic community, MiLB said that retail sales of Copa-specific licensed merchandise via MiLB ballparks' team stores and MiLB teams' online stores “far exceeded participating teams' pre-season goals.”

MiLB said that sales projected to be more than 500% higher than pre-campaign estimates.

That encouraged MiLB to not only bring Copa de la Diversión back for 2019, but to more than double the platform.

All 33 teams who participated in the inaugural 2018 campaign will return for the expanded 72 teams in the 2019 edition.

The new Copa de la Diversión teams will also bring the total number of states represented from 19 to 29, with all teams representing "a diverse mix of market sizes and community demographics.”

MiLB, with offices based in St. Petersburg, Fla., encompasses some 260 teams.

Marketing will come with the tag, “72 Teams, 29 States, Copa.”

Last season’s list included the Albuquerque Isotopes transforming into the "Mariachis de Nuevo México" and the San Antonio Missions celebrating sandal-wielding matriarchs as the "Flying Chanclas de San Antonio.”

"The initial Copa de la Diversión results and overwhelmingly positive feedback suggest that our fans are embracing the passion and commitment our teams have poured into this transformative campaign," Kurt Hunzeker, MiLB' vp-marketing strategy and research, said via the league.

"We listened and learned from fans what we could do better next year, and those insights will help frame how our expanded Copa teams plan, prepare and activate fan engagement and marketing efforts celebrating their communities in 2019."

According to  Joe Ricciutti, president and GM for the Lakewood (NJ) BlueClaws, one of the teams joining the program in 2019, "We were very impressed watching the Copa de la Diversion program develop across Minor League Baseball this past season. We are excited and honored to be selected to be a part of the program in 2019 and look forward to bringing the Copa to the Jersey Shore!"

Final Copa de la Diversión results will be unveiled during the Baseball Winter Meetings in Las Vegas this December.

New culturally relevant Copa de la Diversión on-field brands will be unveiled in March 2019.

Details of marketing activation and availability of caps, jerseys and other merchandise will be available via each team’s respective Web site.

"The 33 clubs participating in the Copa de la Diversión program (last) year have committed approximately $500,000 in marketing resources to better engage their Hispanic consumers in their markets,” said Hunzeker.

“That's the very definition of commitment. They've reallocated their marketing funds to go after this vitally important, financially powerful, young (group).”

Copa de la Diversión grew out of a national marketing campaign MiLB launched in 2017, "It's Fun to Be a Fan" and corresponding Spanish-language Es Divertido Ser Un Fan marketing campaign.

That season, three MiLB teams adopted new alternate on-field names to reflect their unique and diverse fan bases: the Charlotte Knights (Caballeros), Las Vegas 51s (Reyes de Plata) and Visalia Rawhide (Toros).

MiLB said that the sales of licensed merchandise for of all 160 teams in 2017 set a MiLB record with more than $70.8 million in retail sales.

That marked a 3.6% increase over 2016's total of $68.3 million, which had been the highest total recorded since MiLB’s licensing program began in 1992.

The Hispanic names for the MiLB teams that will be joining Copa de la Diversión in 2019 will be unveiled in March.

MiLB teams that participated last season were:

• Albuquerque Isotopes: Mariachis
• Bowie Baysox: Cangrejos Fantasmas (Ghost Crabs)
• Brooklyn Cyclones: Jefes
• Charlotte Knights: Caballeros
• Corpus Christi Hooks: Raspas
• Daytona Tortugas: Tortugas
• Durham Bulls: Toros
• El Paso Chihuahuas: Chihuahuas
• Eugene Emeralds: Monarcas
• Everett AquaSox: Conquistadores
• Greenville Drive: Energía
• Hartford Yard Goats: Chivos
• Hillsboro Hops: Lúpolos (hops, as in the plant)
• Inland Empire 66ers: Cucuys (bogeymen)
• Kane County Cougars: Cougars
• Kannapolis Intimidators: Rápidos
• Lake Elsinore Storm: Storm
• Las Vegas 51s: Reyes de Plata (Silver Kings)
• Lehigh Valley IronPigs: Tocino (bacon)
• Memphis Redbirds: Música
• Oklahoma City Dodgers: Cielo Azul (Blue Sky)
• Omaha Storm Chasers: Cazadores de Tormentas
• Pawtucket Red Sox: Osos Polares (Polar Bears)
• Rancho Cucamonga Quakes: Temblores
• Round Rock Express: Chupacabras
• Sacramento River Cats: Dorados (Golden)
• Salt Lake Bees: Abejas
• San Antonio Missions: Flying Chanclas
• San Jose Giants: Gigantes
• Stockton Ports: Caballos
• Tulsa Drillers: Petroleros
• Visalia Rawhide: Toros
• Winston-Salem Dash: Rayados (Stripes)

New teams added for 2019 include:

• Arkansas Travelers
• Bradenton Marauders
• Carolina Mudcats
• Charleston RiverDogs
• Chattanooga Lookouts
• Clinton LumberKings
• Columbia Fireflies
• Columbus Clippers
• Delmarva Shorebirds
• Down East Wood Ducks
• Erie SeaWolves
• Florida Fire Frogs
• Fresno Grizzlies
• Greensboro Grasshoppers
• Gwinnett Stripers
• Hickory Crawdads
• Iowa Cubs
• Lake County Captains
• Lakewood BlueClaws
• Lancaster JetHawks
• Lansing Lugnuts
• Lexington Legends
• Louisville Bats
• Midland RockHounds
• Modesto Nuts
• Myrtle Beach Pelicans
• Nashville Sounds
• New Hampshire Fisher Cats
• Norfolk Tides
• Reading Fightin Phils
• Reno Aces
• Richmond Flying Squirrels
• Salem Red Sox
• Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders
• Tacoma Rainiers
• Trenton Thunder
• Tri-City Dust Devils
• West Michigan Whitecaps
• Wisconsin Timber Rattlers

 

Hispanic Push Helps MiLB Set Record In Licensed Merchandise Sales

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