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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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State Farm Continues Name Game, Adds NFL Super Bowl Stadium To Roster

By Barry Janoff

September 4, 2018: One week after taking naming rights to the arena that is home to the NBA’s Atlanta Hawks, State Farm has added another venue to its roster, signing an 18-year naming rights deal to the home of the NFL’s Arizona Cardinals.

The stadium that since its opening in August 2006 has been known as University of Phoenix Stadium will now be called State Farm Stadium, with signage to be installed in time for the team’s home opener on Sept. 9 against the Washington Redskins.

Arizona Sports & Tourism Authority is the owner of the stadium.

Financial terms of the deal were not shared.

Among other recent NFL stadium naming rights deals, Mercedes-Benz in 2015 signed a 27-year deal for the Atlanta Falcons new home, valued at upward of $324 million; U.S. Bank in 2015 signed a 25-year deal for the Minnesota Vikings new stadium valued at $220 million; and Hard Rock International in 2016 signed an 18-year deal for the Miami Dolphins home stadium valued at $250 million, all according to industry analysts.

“We were intent on finding a relationship that was an ideal fit with our organization and this community in terms of values, priorities and culture,” Cardinals president Michael Bidwill said in a statement.

“With State Farm, we absolutely did that.”

The Stadium is scheduled to host Super Bowl LVII in February 2023 — its third following Super Bowl XLII (2008) and Super Bowl XLIX (2015) — and the NCAA Div. I Men’s Final Four in 2024 (which the venue hosted in 2017).

In addition, State Farm Stadium is scheduled to be the site for a College Football Playoff semifinal game three times between now and 2026.

It also hosts the annual college football Fiesta Bowl.

State Farm now has naming rights to sports venues in two of its three regional hubs, Atlanta and Phoenix. The third hub is Dallas, according to the firm.

The Bloomington, Ill.-headquartered insurance firm has naming rights to the multipurpose State Farm Arena in Hidalgo, Texas., located about 500 miles south of Dallas.

In 2013, State Farm signed a 30-year deal with the University of Illinois, valued at $60 million, for naming rights to sports venue, State Farm Center.

On September 26, 2006 the University of Phoenix acquired the naming rights to the stadium valued at $154.5 million over 20 years.

In April 2017, University of Phoenix said it would end its naming rights deal after 11 years, citing financial problems.

University of Phoenix will remain a team sponsor as the Cardinals' "official education partner."

The stadium has undergone a $28 million renovation over the past two years, according to Arizona Cardinals ownership. “The stadium has never looked better,” Bidwill said in a statement.

“We were intent on finding a relationship that was an ideal fit with our organization and this community in terms of values, priorities and culture."

As in its other regional hubs. State Farm said it is an active member of the local community.

According to Michael Tipsord, State Farm chairman and CEO, “State Farm is committed to making a difference and so are the Arizona Cardinal.

“Working with them gives s the chance to build even stronger communities in Arizona and helps us build our brand nationally.”

“While this is a comprehensive marketing agreement, there will be a major focus on community programs that will have a positive impact across our state,” the Cardinals’ Bidwlll said in a statement.

“State Farm is one of the most-respected and recognizable brands in the world and Phoenix is fortunate to be one of its three hub markets.”

Although financial information for State Farm’s naming rights deal in Atlanta was put at $175 million over 20 years, a company spokesperson said in a statement “that was not correct.”

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