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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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Winning Pays: NBA Teams Set Record Value, Led By Warriors, Knicks, Sixers

By Barry Janoff

February 7, 2018: With the NBA All-Star Game just around the corner, the league keeps getting all-star news about its financial, marketing and fan status.

On average, NBA teams are worth a record $1.65 billion, 22% over last year, and every team is worth at least $1 billion for the first time, according to a new report from Forbes.

The New York Knicks, valued at $3.6 billion, are the NBA’s most valuable franchise for the third consecutive year, but are up just 9% in value versus the previous year, according to Forbes.

The Philadelphia 76ers had the biggest gain in value among all teams at 48% to $1.18 billion (No. 21 overall among NBA teams)

Earlier this season, numbers were released that showed sponsorship spending on the NBA and its 30 teams hit a record $861 million in the 2016-17 season, a 7.8% increase from the previous season. according to research and consulting firm ESP Properties, Chicago.

ESP Properties also projected that the NBA would see sponsorship dollars "skyrocket" during the 2017-18 campaign, led by the new eight-year, $1 billion deal with Nike as the league’s official on-court uniform provider (replacing adidas) and the beginning of a three-year trial period during which teams are allowed to sell ad patches on game jerseys for the first time in league history.

Nineteen teams have inked deals to date at an average annual rate of $9 million a year, with the bottom line being almost $200 million in new revenue for for the NBA.

That all translates very well for the league and team owners.

The Golden State Warriors moved up to No. 3 among the NBA’s most valuable teams at $3.1 billion, plus 19% in value (passing the No. 4 Chicago Bulls), thanks to national and global marketing and awareness after winning two of the past three NBA titles.

The Cleveland Cavaliers with LeBron James are valued at $1.325 billion (No. 15 overall among NBA teams), up 10% in value versus the previous season.

The average NFL franchise is worth $2.5 billion, 52% more than the average of NBA teams, “but that spread has been more than halved in the past five years,” reports Forbes.

“Franchise values have tripled over the past five years. Credit the league’s economics, in particular, its international growth prospects, which are the best of any major U.S. sports league.”

The defending league champion Warriors have a three-year, $60 million jersey patch contract with Rakuten; followed by the Los Angeles Lakers three-year, $40 million deal with Wish, Goodyear’s $30 million three-season ad patch alliance with the Cavaliers and GE’s $24 million three-year deal with the Boston Celtics.

In addition, “The start of the league’s new TV contract with Time Warner’s TNT and Walt Disney’s ESPN are worth $24 billion, three times the value of the previous pact on an annual basis,” per Forbes.

Top Five Most Valuable NBA teams are:

1. New York Knicks $3.6 billion
2. Los Angeles Lakers $3.3 billion
3. Golden State Warriors $3.1 billion
4. Chicago Bulls $2.6 billion
5. Boston Celtics $2.5 billion

The Houston Rockets, which added Chris Paul to a roster led by James Harden, went up 33% in value to $2.2 billion (No. 7 overall among NBA teams).

The Milwaukee Bucks, moving into a new arena next season and celebrating the franchise’s 50th anniversary this season, are valued at $1.075 billion, up 37% (No. 26 overall among NBA teams).

The Knicks crosstown rivals, the Brooklyn Nets, are valued at $2.3 billion (No. 6 overall among NBA teams), but increased 28% in value.

The Minnesota Timberwolves ($1.06 billion), Charlotte Hornets ($1.05 billion), Memphis Grizzlies ($1.025 billion) and New Orleans Pelicans ($1 billion) each increased in value versus the previous year but are the least valuable teams in the NBA landscape, per Forbes.

See the full Forbes list here.

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