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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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House Money: NBA Places Its Bets With MGM Resorts As Official Gaming Partner

By Barry Janoff

July 31, 2018: When the Supreme Court in May ruled to overturn the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992, it opened the doors for a plethora of deals that had been hidden under tables.

The NBA, which has been at the forefront of pushing for legalized betting — and also to be compensated for the rights to use its statistics and data — has signed a multi-year partnership naming MGM Resorts International the official gaming partner of the NBA and WNBA.

The partnership is the NBA’s first with a sports betting operator in the U.S. and is the first of its kind between MGM Resorts and a major professional sports league.

The deal was unveiled by NBA commissioner Adam Silver and MGM Resorts International chairman and CEO Jim Murren at a media event in New York.

"Jim and I had an opportunity to spend a fair amount of time together in July when I was in Las Vegas for the Summer League and we said let’s take advantage of this opportunity to do something historic," said SIlver during the media event. "To enter into the first commercial partnership between a gaming establishment and the NBA."

MGM Resorts International had a hand up in signing the deal, having been title sponsor for the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas for the past two seasons and also majority owner of the WNBA’s Las Vegas Aces, which relocated from San Antonio for the 2018 season.

Among the layers in the alliance, MGM Resorts will have rights to use official NBA and WNBA data and branding, on a non-exclusive basis, “across MGM Resorts’ land-based and digital sports betting offerings throughout the U.S.”

Financial terms were not shared, but were put at $25 million over three years by industry analysts.

MGM Resorts and the NBA said they would partner on “best-in-class practices to protect the integrity of NBA and WNBA games, including anonymized real-time data sharing.”
 
The NBA and MGM Resorts will also work together to create a series of integrations across NBA platforms, including a special digital content series.
 
MGM Resorts will be promoted across the NBA’s digital assets, including NBA TV, NBA.com, the NBA App and NBA social media platform.

The NBA will be promoted across MGM Resorts’ sports betting platforms.

According to the NBA and MGM Resorts, “This historic partnership will bring millions of NBA fans and MGM Resorts guests together through an innovative collaboration that will open new and exciting opportunities to engage with each other’s world-class brands and products.”

“As the landscape for sports betting in the U.S. continues to evolve at a rapid pace, MGM Resorts is a proven gaming leader for us to work with on this groundbreaking partnership,” said Silver.

“Our collaboration will result in the best possible gaming and entertainment experience for consumers through the use of accurate, real-time NBA and WNBA data, and our collective efforts to maintain and enhance the integrity of our games.”

"Let’s take advantage of this opportunity to do something historic. To enter into the first commercial partnership between a gaming establishment and the NBA."

The NBA, then led by commissioner David Stern, had a serious situation ten years ago when Tim Donaghy, who was a league referee from 1994-2007, pleaded guilty to two counts of felony associated with charges that he had bet on NBA games, including those in which he officiated, and had provided outside sources with insider information such as the health of players and which refs would be assigned to which games.

The 2007 NBA All-Star Game was played in Las Vegas in UNLV’s Thomas and Mack Center. The NBA did not allow wagering within the state of Nevada on the results of the game.

Under the Supreme Court ruling, each state is overseeing how, and if, legal sports betting would be conducted within their respective borders.

Silver, who became NBA commissioner in February 2014 and has held executive positions with the NBA since 1992, wrote an Op-Ed piece in The New York Times, published Nov. 13, 2014, “Legalize and Regulate Sports Betting.”

“Some estimate that nearly $400 billion is illegally wagered on sports each year.,” he wrote.

“There is an obvious appetite among sports fans for a safe and legal way to wager on professional sporting events.

“Let me be clear: Any new approach must ensure the integrity of the game. One of my most important responsibilities as commissioner of the NBA is to protect the integrity of professional basketball and preserve public confidence in the league and our sport. I oppose any course of action that would compromise these objectives.

“I believe that sports betting should be brought out of the underground and into the sunlight where it can be appropriately monitored and regulated,” wrote Silver.

According to Murren at the media event in New York, “The NBA has always been an innovator at the forefront of sports evolution, and MGM Resorts is thrilled to partner with the league to revolutionize sports betting in the United States.

“Integrating the NBA’s assets and having official NBA data showcased across the MGM Resorts platforms will provide us with a distinct advantage and instill more confidence in knowing that our data is directly from the NBA.”
 
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