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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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Sounds Of Music: NBA, Beats By Dre Sign Global Marketing, Merchandise Alliance

By Barry Janoff

September 5, 2018: Already the headphones of choice by many players in the NBA, Beats by Dre has made it official, signing a multi-year global marketing and merchandising partnership naming the company the official headphone, wireless speaker and audio partner of the NBA, WNBA, NBA G League and USA Basketball.

Financial terms of the alliance, which begins in October, were not disclosed.

Beats by Dre replaces Harman JBL in the category, an alliance that dates back to 2014.

An intro spot, “NBA and Beats,” puts many of the brand’s endorsers front-and-center, including LeBron James, Draymond Green, James Harden, Ben Simmons, Jayson Tatum and Karl-Anthony Towns.

Beats by Dre was founded in 2006 by Dr. Dre (Andre Romelle Young) and Jimmy Iovine and acquired by Apple Inc. in July 2014 in a deal valued at $3 billion.

“Beats revolutionized the music industry and has become one of the most innovative and culturally-influential brands in the world,” NBA commissioner Adam Silver said in a statement.

“Through our partnership, we have an exciting opportunity to merge sports, pop culture and technology to deliver unparalleled experiences and premium products to our fans.”

In addition to multi-media marketing support, Beats said it would “collaborate with and establish separate deals with NBA teams and launch a line of its audio products for fans around the world including NBA team-branded headphones.”

Beats said it would provide product to players and activate during such marquee events as NBA All-Star, NBA Draft presented by State Farm, international NBA games in China and Europe, WNBA All-Star, WNBA Draft presented by State Farm and USA Basketball men’s and women’s national team exhibition tours. 

According to Luke Wood, president of Beats by Dre, “This partnership with the NBA is the perfect alignment for Beats. It feels like coming home.

“The NBA and its players have long been significant drivers of global culture. Basketball, music and style speak as one voice: Julius Erving became a style icon, Allen Iverson cemented hip hop’s place on and off the court and LeBron James is breaking new music every day . . . the list goes on and on," said Wood.

The intro spot shows players on off the court wearing Beats headphones and using other Beats products. Text offers: “The game will never sound the same.”

“I always want to be the best and work with the best,” Harden said in a statement.

“That’s why I joined the Beats fam — they have the best headphones and they made them a style icon when no one else thought of electronics that way . . .

“I can’t imagine listening to anything without them. Beats loves basketball and always works to tell the stories of their favorite players.  I’m excited to see what they do," said Harden.
 
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