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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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Quinnipiac Poll Shows People Support NFL Players Who Kneel, Nike’s Kaepernick Ad

By Barry Janoff

September 13, 2018: The decision by NFL players to kneel during the National Anthem has been a topic of heated discussion and controversy since it began during the 2016 season, led by then San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who was protesting and bringing to light racial and other social injustices in the U.S.

The discussion was revisited this month when Nike unveiled its 30th anniversary “Just Do It” campaign, fronted by Kapernick.

Nike's stock took an initial hit, but has since not only rebounded but has passed the level it was at when the campaign launched. Nike said sales also are up.

A new poll shows that among those surveyed, 67% of voters in America feel that NFL players have the right to protest by taking a knee during the National Anthem, with 30% saying they do not have that right.

Concurrently, people are divided 47%-47% on whether they actually approve of NFL players kneeling in protest during the National Anthem, according to a Quinnipiac University National Poll released today (Sept. 13) by the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute, Hamden, Conn

In the same poll, American voters approve 49%-37% of Nike’s decision to feature Colin Kaepernick in its “Just Do It” ad campaign.

Quinnipiac said there is a wide age gap over the situation as voters 18-34 years old approve (67%-21%), while voters over 65 years old disapprove 46%-39%.

“Take a knee. It’s your right, American voters tell NFL players,” Tim Malloy, assistant director for the Quinnipiac University Poll, said in a statement. “But many voters who agree with the right to protest, disagree with the actual protests.

“But as for putting Colin Kaepernick’s name alongside the Nike swoosh, voters say, ‘Just do it.’”

The Nike multi-media effort includes TV (“Dream Crazy”) and print with Kaepernick’s face and the text, “Believe in something. Even if it means sacrificing everything.”

The TV spot itself has had more than 25.7 million views on YouTube since it was posted.

In addition to Kaepernick, who appears in it and does the voiceover, the full ad includes such high-profile Nike endorsers as LeBron James, Serena Williams, New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. and Seattle Seahawks rookie linebacker Shaquem Griffin.

Among other findings from the Quinnipiac University Poll:

• Men (67%-30%) and women (67%-31%) are almost identical in their support for NFL players right to take a knee.

• Republican voters do not support the right to protest 60%-39%, making it “the only listed party, gender, education, age or racial group opposed to this right.”

• Republican voters also overwhelmingly disapprove of players actually talking a knee during the National Anthem (89%-75). Democrats overwhelmingly approve (79%-14%)

• Men disapprove on whether players actually should kneel during the National Anthem (50%-43%) but women approve (51%-43%).

• White voters disapprove of taking a knee (53%-41%), black voters approve (77%-14%).

• Hispanic voters are divided (48%-48%) as are independent voters (46%-47%).

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