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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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Led By ‘Money’ Mayweather Jr., 100 Highest-Paid Athletes In 2018 Earned $3.8B

By Barry Janoff

June 5, 2018: Over the past 12 months, the Top 100 highest-paid athletes  took in a cumulative $3.8 billion — almost a quarter of that (23%) from endorsements and personal appearances.

The 100 top-earning athletes in 2018 compete in 11 sports — led by 40 from the NBA — and come from 22 countries, topped by 66 from the U.S., according to the just-released "World’s Highest-Paid Athletes" from Forbes.

There are no women among the Top 100 and no players from the NHL.

Serena Williams, the only woman athlete on the 2017 list (No. 51), was off the circuit following her win at the Australian Open at the beginning of the year due to her pregnancy. She earned less than the $23 million in endorsements to reach the $23 million cutoff (although she has other earnings from businesses in which she has invested or owns).

Two of the top four athletes on the list earned the majority of their money together: No. 1 Floyd “Money” Mayweather Jr. and No. 4 Conor McGregor, the former UFC champ who got into the boxing ring with Mayweather Jr. in August 2017 in Las Vegas.

Mayweather Jr. earned $275 million over the past 12 months and another — and a mere — $10 million from endorsements.

McCregor took in $99 million overall, $85 million winnings, another $14 million from endorsements, including Burger King.

With the World Cup just days away, it is no surprise that soccer players are prominent and high on the list.

Leo Messi is No. 2 overall at $114 million, with $84 million in salary, with $27 million in endorsements.

Cristiano Ronaldo is No. 3 at $108 million, $61 million in salary and $47 million from endorsements.

Neymar took in $90 million, $73 million in salary and $17 million from endorsement deals.

LeBron James at No. 6 led all NBA players with $85.5 million in income. His $33.5 million salary from the Cleveland Cavaliers was topped by his $52 million from marketing deals, including Nike, Intel, Kia, Sprite, and Beats.

The leading tennis player on the list is No. 7 Roger Federer at $77.2 million, with his $12.2 million in earnings outweighed by more than five times by his $65 million in endorsements, according to Forbes.

Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors at No. 8 was second on the NBA list, his $76.9 million coming from $34.9 million salary and $42 million via endorsement deals.

If nothing else, the Forbes list shows that NFL players may have high salaries, but are soft in endorsements.

No. 9 Matt Ryan, quarterback for the Atlanta Falcons, heads up the list of NFL players at $67.3 million, a mere $5 million of that from endorsements.

No. 10 Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions quarterback, has $57.5 million in salary, just $2 million in endorsements.

The top golfer on the list is Tiger Woods at No. 16, with $42 million in endorsements and just $1.3 million in winnings due to his inactivity following surgery and rehabilitation.

The top MLB player on the list is Clayton Kershaw of the Los Angeles Dodgers at No. 37: $33.8 million in salary, $750.000 from endorsements.

See the full Forbes list here.

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