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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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MLB, MLB TV Unveil Multi-Media Marketing Support For Hispanic Heritage Month

NYSJ Sports-Entertainment Business News Service

September 13, 2018:
MLB has been and will continue to commemorate Hispanic Heritage Month in September with events and efforts to spotlight the contributions to baseball by Hispanic and Latino players.

The campaign is an extension of the league’s “Ponle Acento” (“Put an accent on it”), launched in 2016.

MLB will debut a TV spot this weekend with Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Enrique "Kiké" Hernández, "Ponle Acento: Herencia Hispana," which follows the step-by-step journey a “Ponle Acento” accented jersey takes from conception to utilization on the field.

The spot is complemented by short animated films on social media highlighting both the history and heritage of Hispanic contributions to MLB and the impact of past and present players on the game.

The spot will air nationally on Fox, FS1, ESPN, TBS, MLBN, ESPN Deportes and Fox Deportes, as well as on MLB digital and social assets.

A Spanish version will air on CNN En Español, ESPN Deportes, Fox Deportes and LasMayores.com, MLB’s official Spanish-language Web site.MLB said that, to date, more than 170 MLB players and coaches have changed their name presentation to include diacritics (e.g. accent, tilde, etc.) as a result of the efforts of the #PonleAcento campaign.

MLB said that on Opening Day 2018, 258 players — almost 30% of the league — were of Latino descent.

MLB Network said it would produce several new vignettes to air on the network and on its social media platforms throughout the month, each focusing on current Hispanic MLB players.

Those being featured include Ronald Acuña Jr., José Altuve, Miguel Andújar, Javier Báez, Johan Camargo, Maikel Franco, Francisco Lindor, Yasiel Puig and José Ramirez.

MLB said that all of its teams have developed both Spanish-Language Facebook and Twitter accounts to further engage Hispanic and Latino audiences.

MLB.com, Las Mayores and all of MLB’s Spanish-Language platforms will celebrate the contributions of Hispanic and Latino players past and present putting special emphasis during Hispanic Heritage Month.

MLB has also debuted media platforms designed to provide real-time, quality content to the Spanish-speaking Hispanic and Latino audience, including @Corte4 and Corte4.com — the Spanish-Language counterparts of "Cut4."

All MLB teams are celebrating Hispanic and Latino culture through a series of in-park activities throughout Hispanic Heritage Month.

Activations include pregame ceremonies, theme nights at ballparks, alternate uniforms, unique food options and wearing “Ponle Acento” BP shirts on a date of their club’s choice in the month of September,

MLB Hispanic Heritage Month T-shirts and other items are available at the league’s online shopping Web site as well as at individual team Web sites.

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