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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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Oct012018

NBA Plays China Games With Vivo, Nike, Full Roster Of Marketing Partners

By Barry Janoff

October 1, 2018:
When the Dallas Mavericks and Philadelphia 76ers face off in a pair of pre-season games in China over the next week, they will have plenty of marketing support.

Vivo, the official smartphone of NBA China, has signed a multi-year extension of their partnership, naming it the presenting partner of the NBA China Games through 2020.

In addition, more than a dozen other brands have attached themselves to the two-game series and related events, including Beats by Dr. Dre, Chivas, Clear, Ctrip, Dongfeng Nissan, ExxonMobil, Gatorade, Harbin Beer, Linglong Tire, Master Kong, Mengniu, Mission Hills, Nike, SAP, Tissot and X Financial.

Support will including multi-media marketing as well as fan activation during the week and through the games themselves, with participation from such current and former NBA stars as Joel Embiid of the Sixers, Ray Allen and Dikembe Mutombo.

Vivo has been a partner of NBA China since 2016.

“This year’s NBA China Games will bring together exciting new and longstanding partners who will be activating in unique ways to create memorable NBA experiences for our passionate fans in Shanghai and Shenzhen,” Derek Chang, NBA China CEO, said via the league.

The Mavericks and 76ers will both play in China for the first time when they meet on Oct. 5 in Shanghai’s Mercedes-Benz Arena, followed by a rematch on Oct. 8 in the Shenzhen Universiade Center.

NBA Fan Day presented by Dongfeng Nissan will be held on Oct. 4 in the Oriental Sports Center in Shanghai.

The games will be available in more than 200 countries and territories on TV, digital and social media.

Among the activation:

• Vivo will conduct a three-point shooting contest and host a concourse booth featuring its new X23 mobile phone.

• Chivas Regal will be presenting partner of the NBA China Games Welcome Reception and Party Chivas, hosting NBA legend appearances and meet-and-greets with fans in both cities.
 
• Ctrip will provide fans in China with extensive NBA-themed travel products and services.

• Dongfeng Nissan will present NBA Fan Day and is a partner of the NBA Cares basketball clinic in Shanghai and NBA Cares legacy project in Shenzhen.

• ExxonMobil will host an interactive augmented reality booth and photo area inside the arenas in Shanghai and Shenzhen.

• The “Gatorade Dream Court” shooting contest will invite past “Shoot for a Million” winners to square off in a half-court shooting challenge.  Each contestant will represent a basketball court that needs to be refurbished, with the winning court receiving a donation from Gatorade for the refurbishment.

• Harbin Beer will launch an online NBA China Games-themed video challenge, providing fans the opportunity to win an NBA China Games trip.

• Linglong Tire will host an interactive booth at the Shanghai game to display its products and engage fans with interactive experiences.

• Master Kong has launched 700,000 special bottles featuring team mascots, will host interactive games and will have endorser Joel Embiid speak to fans at a Master Kong charity event in Shanghai.

• Mengniu will launch its “Born for Greatness Shooting Star” campaign during NBA China Games to connect with consumers through online and offline activations.

An NBA Exhibit and Retail Store will be located in the middle of “Mission Hills Centerville” and will feature interactive exhibits, NBA memorabilia and merchandise, and other unique fan experiences.

• Nike will present the “Dare to Become” skills challenge during the NBA China Games, inviting participants to compete against each other to test their ball-handling, passing and scoring ability. Nike athletes have been invited to Nike’s NBA China Games activations.

• SAP and NBA Hall of Fame member Ray Allen will host an “Intelligent AI Coach” interactive booth for fans at the game in Shanghai.

• Tissot will host a basketball clinic in Shanghai.

• X Financial will host an event with NBA global ambassador Dikembe Mutombo in Shenzhen ahead of the game on Oct. 8.

According to NBA commissioner Adam Silver, “These games will not only bring the excitement of NBA action directly to our passionate Chinese fans, but also provide our teams and players an opportunity to experience the rich culture and history of the country.

“The Mavericks and 76ers, both playing in China for the first time, will be able to encounter firsthand the incredible support of our Chinese fans and bond with one another through projects and events in the local community.”

Following the NBA China Games 2018, the NBA’s 25th and 26th games in China, 17 NBA teams will have participated since 2004, in Beijing, Guangzhou, Macao, Shanghai, Shenzhen and Taipei.

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