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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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Sep272018

MLB, ESPN To Air ‘Shred Hate’ Anti-Bullying Campaign With Stars During Post-Season

By Barry Janoff

September 27, 2018: Nolan Arenado, Javier Báez, Mookie Betts, Sean Doolittle, Aaron Judge, Francisco Lindor, George Springer, Mike Trout  and Justin Verlander would make a formidable roster if they pooled their talent on one team.

They have, not on the playing field, but as part of an anti-bullying campaign, “Shred Hate," under the auspices of non-profit group No Bully and with the support of partners MLB and ESPN.

The PSA campaign is anchored by a spot, “Join Our Team,” in which the players urge people to join the anti-bully movement, which is being highlighted in October during National Bullying Prevention Month.

A separate spot starring 2017 World Series MVP George Springer is another a key element in the MLB component of the campaign.

“Join Our Team’ will break on ESPN during its MLB coverage this week, then run on its coverage of the National League Wild Card Game presented by Hankook  (Oct. 2).

“Join Our Team” and the Springer spot (pictured) will air throughout October during MLB post-season games on-air and at Web sites including MLB.com, MLB club sites and PlayBall.org.

Support includes social media with the hash tag #ShredHate and activation on-site at MLB post-season games.

Shred Hate is a joint program among MLB, ESPN and its X Games platform, "striving to put an end to bullying in schools by encouraging youth to choose kindness."

In addition to MLB and ESPN, No Bully partners include Abercrombie & Fitch, Burger King, the NBA’s Golden State Warriors, Hasbro and Toms.

“We are incredibly appreciative of each of these All-Stars, whose participation in this campaign to end bullying will have an impact on children throughout our country for years to come,” Billy Bean, vp and special assistant to MLB commissioner Rob Manfred, said via the league.

“Our sport has a unique opportunity to impact lives and help our youth re-define the school experience through the foundations of respect, kindness and dignity. We are fortunate to have some of baseball’s very best join us as we continue to battle against this epidemic.” 

Shred Hate was launched in January 2017 at X Games Aspen.

According to San Francisco-based No Bully, it has since reached nearly 30,000 students; and the No Bully System methodology, which is implemented in schools through the Shred Hate initiative, has been able to remediate more than 90% of bullying instances.

Numerous MLB clubs currently support Shred Hate in-school bullying prevention efforts, including the Chicago Cubs, Chicago White Sox, Los Angeles Angels, Los Angeles Dodgers, Minnesota Twins, Philadelphia Phillies, Pittsburgh Pirates, Texas Rangers and Washington Nationals.

“I went through the ups and downs from being made fun of, “ said Springer, who has continued to overcome his own personal experience with a stutter, and has been a major advocate for The Stuttering Association for the Young) while also regularly speaking out against bullying.

“Sports allowed me to do and be who I wanted to be, to participate and speak freely, and to come out of my shell. I want kids and adults to be themselves. Being who you want to be, and being who you are, is the most important thing in this world. Don’t let anybody stop you from that.”

According to Judge, “I don’t want to be defined only as a baseball player. There are a lot of things off the field that make me who I am.

"I want to be someone that helps spread the message that every kid should feel respected and understood. That’s the kind of mark I want to leave. I want to be a positive influence and a role model for kids.”

Lindor spoke for all the players when he said, “Shred Hate is delivering a really important message.

“Over ten million kids per year are targets of bullying in schools and even more are targeted on social media. No one deserves to be bullied and it’s up to all of us to make sure it doesn’t happen.”

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