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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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Jun222017

Seattle NFL, MLB, MLS Teams Join Forces To Support Human Rights, LGBT Equality

By Barry Janoff

June 21, 2017: In what will be seen as a historic day in sports, five pro teams in Seattle came together this week in "a coordinated effort to celebrate LGBT equality."

With members of MLB’s Seattle Mariners, the NFL Seattle Seahawks, MLS Sounders FC, WNBA Seattle Storm and National Women’s Soccer League Reign FC in attendance, it marked "the first time that a city’s professional sports teams have partnered together in such an endeavor to stand in solidarity with the LGBT community," according to Athlete Ally, which organized the media conference and supporting activation.

"The Seattle sports community continues to demonstrate the power of sport in standing up and speaking out for LGBT equality," said Hudson Taylor, executive director for Athlete Ally, a non-profit organization whose mission is to "educate and activate athletic communities to eliminate homophobia and transphobia in sports and to exercise their leadership to champion LGBT equality."

"This effort is once again proving that the athletic community won’t be sidelined in the fight for LGBT equality on the field and under the law," said Taylor.

The media event, held on Tuesday (June 20) in The Ninety, the Sounders FC's event space, was part of a larger, on-going effort to bring the challenges facing the LGBT community to the public.

Named as Athlete Ally ambassadors were Brad Evans and Chad Marshall (Sounders FC), Madalyn Schiffel and Lauren Barnes (Reign FC), Sue Bird (Storm) and James Paxton (Mariners).

Athlete Ally said that more than 150 pro and Olympic athletes "have committed to using their platform to champion LGBT equality."

"The good news is that we’re witnessing the greatest expansion of athletic activism in history," said Taylor. "Never before have we seen athletes, teams and leagues speak out so regularly for LGBT equality.

"The launch of today’s partnership with the Seattle sports community is just another sign that the athletic community will no longer ‘stick to sports'."

The Mariners annual Pride Game, scheduled for June 22, will see the team partner with the Greater Seattle Business Assn. and T-Mobile on a special event that includes a ticket special, rainbow Mariners cap and pre-game mixer.

A portion of the tickets sold through the special offer will benefit the GSBA Scholarship Program, which supports LGBT and ally students from the state of Washington.

Some of GSBA’s 2017 scholars will be honored during a pre-game ceremony, scheduled to include Billy Bean, who is leading MLB’s diversity and inclusion efforts. T-Mobile will present the GSBA Scholarship Fund with a $10,000 donation during the pregame ceremony.

"We are stronger and better when we come together, whether it’s a sports team or our community," John Stanton, Seattle Mariners CEO, said in a statement. "The Mariners are proud to join with the Reign, Seahawks, Sounders, Storm and Athlete Ally to take a stand in support of equality and inclusion."

The Seattle Storm’s annual Pride Night is scheduled for June 23 (vs. the Phoenix Mercury).

Supported by PricewaterhouseCoopers, the Storm will be handing out rainbow Thunderstix, while Pride flags and tank tops will also be available for purchase in the Team Shop;

Athlete Ally will be selling a limited supply of "Equality is a Team Sport" T-shirts.

"It’s not just impactful to use professional sports platforms to promote equality, it is our responsibility," Storm president and GM Alisha Valavanis said a statement. “We are honored to lock arms with the Mariners, Reign, Seahawks and the Sounders in Seattle to demonstrate our collective commitment to equality and human rights.

"This special event beautifully illustrates our city’s values and leadership in the space of equality, inclusion and diversity.”

Seattle Reign FC’s Pride match presented by Carter Subaru is scheduled for June 24 (vs. FC Kansas City).

Reign FC is partnering with the Greater Seattle Business Association by donating a portion of proceeds from a special ticket offer to the GSBA Scholarship Fund.

A variety of activities are planned throughout the match, including a national anthem performance by Sensible Shoes, an ensemble part of the Seattle Women’s Chorus, one of the largest LGBTQ-identified women’s choruses in the world.

"Our partnership with the Seattle professional sports community comes at a critical moment in the continued fight for equality and acceptance," said Athlete Ally’s Taylor.

"Across the country, we continue to watch LGBT people be discriminated against, whether it’s through anti-LGBT legislation that’s being introduced, or inconsistent athletic policies that exclude and other LGBT players, coaches, fans, administrators or officials. It’s clear that our work is just beginning in the fight for LGBT acceptance and protection," said Taylor.

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