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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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Winter Olympics Going To The Dogs With Milk-Bone Athletes-Pups Campaign

Special to NYSJ Sports-Entertainment Business News Service

January 5, 2018: J.M. Smucker has been an official sponsor with the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Teams since 2013, activating with Smucker’s. Folgers, Jif,and Uncrustables brands in marketing.

For the 2018 Games, J.M. Smucker is adding Sahale Snacks and Milk-Bone, the latter to get support from athletes and their pups.

Among the ten athletes part of the overall J.M. Smucker effort, four will activate with Milk-Bone in multi-platform efforts to include their canines to show “how dogs support and comfort their owner athlete no matter the circumstance.”

Jessie Diggins (pictured, right), cross-country skier, with her spaniel, Brittany.

Hailey Langland (pictured, below), snowboarder, with her dog Denver.

• Maia and Alex Shibutani, ice dancing, with their dogs Lily and Po.

In its “Dogs Inspire More” campaign, unveiled today, Milk-Bone invites people to share their own dogs' supportive and inspirational stories by using #DogsInspireMore on their social channels.

People can also submit photos of their own #TeamUSAPups for the chance to win a Team USA and Milk-Bone prize.

Via Milk-Bone, according to Sean McCann, senior sports psychologist with the U.S. Olympic Committee, “There is a big body of work to show how dogs have such a positive impact on people: Decreased heart rate, better sleep, lower blood pressure . . . Every aspect of an athlete’s life is considered a performance factor and there is hardly any performance factor than being happy.”

According to Diggins, ”My dog Leo is really special to me because no matter how my training sessions go, he always comes running, looking for cuddles. While training for the 2018 Olympic Winter Games, sometimes it can be hard to get out the door when I'm tired or sore, but Leo's excitement and energy inspires me to keep going.

“I’m excited to work with Milk-Bone to celebrate the steadfast support dogs give their owners."

"Everything is a performance factor for an athlete, and there's hardly any bigger factor than being happy," said McCann. "Directing attention to a companion gives an athlete a greater sense of purpose and makes a big difference with happiness. Dogs are funny, they make us laugh, and all these things are good for an athlete."

The six J.M. Smucker brands will "leverage a mix of marketing and communications elements to convey their support for Team USA,” including TV and digital advertising, custom packaging, retail promotions and athlete partnerships, according to J.M. Smucker.

Milk-Bone and sibling Meow Mix were not part of the company until a $3.2 billion acquisition of Big Heart Pet Brands in 2015.

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