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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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PGA, CBS, ESPN Sign ‘Historic’ 11-Year Alliance For Championship Coverage

NYSJ Sports-Entertainment Business News Service

October 10, 2018:
The PGA of America, CBS and ESPN have signed what was called a “historic and comprehensive” 11-year multi-media agreement for TV, digital and OTT rights to the PGA.

Beginning in 2020, the deal will be driven by “wall-to-wall, live full-field 72-hole coverage of the PGA Championship.

CBS, ESPN and ESPN+ will combine to air more than 175 cumulative hours of live coverage across broadcast, cable and digital platforms.

Left out is Turner Sports, which has aired early rounds of the Championship for the past 29 years.

Financial terms of the deal were not released.

CBS Sports, which first broadcast the event from 1958-1964 and has been the home for the PGA Championship since 1991, will continue to broadcast the third and final rounds on Saturday and Sunday, increasing its coverage by one hour each day.

For the third and final rounds, ESPN and ESPN+ will have multiple hours of live coverage throughout the morning, leading into the CBS telecast.

The PGA of America will retain the rights to PGA.com and produce the Web and mobile app.

This new partnership among CBS Sports, ESPN and the PGA of America also includes what were called “strategic elements and multi-platform support for key PGA initiatives to help showcase and celebrate the PGA of America, its members, coaches, PGA Jr. League and the golfers who compete in the championship each year, building a compelling future for this major championship and growing the game of golf.”

The PGA Championship moves to May beginning in 2019, becoming the second major championship on the golf calendar following The Masters (April), and ahead of the U.S. Open (June) and Open Championship (July).

The next PGA Championship, the last involving Turner Sports, is scheduled for May 13-19, 2019, and will be the first PGA Championship held on the Black Course at Bethpage State Park, Long Island, NY.

“It’s expected that 1,800 temporary, full-time and part-time jobs will be created along with 100 million dollars in economic generation as a result of the Championship,” according to local officials.

The 2020 Championship will be in Harding Park, San Francisco; 2021 in Ocean Course, Kiawah Island SC.

"For nearly a half-century, CBS Sports has been a vital member of the PGA of America extended family while delivering our major championship to golf fans across the country," Seth Waugh, PGA CEO, said via the organization. ”We are also thrilled to partner with ESPN and connect with sports fans through the reach of the ESPN networks.”

The PGA said moving its Championship ”heightens the PGA's brand and its initiatives, and further elevates the stature of the championship, as the PGA now falls when television viewership is higher and the vast majority of PGA Members are at the front-end of the golf season.”

“The PGA is a major that not only typically delivers the strongest field in golf, but is synonymous with historic moments that resonate with golf fans everywhere. As we move this iconic championship to May, we are extremely excited that CBS and ESPN will present the highest-quality product with the state-of-the-art technology through a broadcast team that shares our mission to grow the sport of golf,” said Waugh.

The new schedule also enables CBS, ESPN and the PGA of America to “effectively promote important ‘grow-the-game’ initiatives to a larger and more engaged audience.”

“The PGA is a major that not only typically delivers the strongest field in golf, but is synonymous with historic moments that resonate with golf fans everywhere."

Under the terms of the new deal, CBS also receives expanded highlight and digital rights, including distribution of its coverage across all CBS platforms such as CBSSports.com, CBS All Access and all mobile applications.

In addition, CBS will offer on-site ancillary programming on CBS Sports Network as well as on its digital and social platforms during championship week. 

Exclusive live coverage of the first and second rounds will appear across ESPN and ESPN+.

For the third and final rounds, ESPN and ESPN+ will have multiple hours of live coverage throughout the morning, leading into the CBS telecast.

The agreement includes live action on ESPN and ESPN+ across all four days of the tournament, as well as pre-tournament and other ancillary coverage. ESPN+ will also air featured hole and featured group coverage for all four days of the tournament, including during the weekend afternoon windows.

CBS Sports will serve as the lead production entity producing all of the traditional 72-hole coverage for the entire tournament.

“We’ve had a successful partnership with the PGA of America for many years, including continuous innovations throughout our portfolio that have greatly enhanced the experience for golf fans,” Turner Sports wrote in a statement. “We wish them all the best in their future pursuits.”

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