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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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Candy, Cars, Bathroom Stalls: Supercuts Rituals Ready To Go For MLB Post-Season

By Barry Janoff

October 5, 2018: Baseball players are known for their rituals and superstitions, and MLB partner Supercuts seeks to uncover many of them in its new post-season campaign, "Rituals.'

The multi-media effort, part of the brand’s umbrella "Ready to Go" effort, focuses on several players who are or have been part of the 2018 playoffs.

The roster includes Didi Gregarious (New York Yankees), Justin Verlander (Houston Astros), Lorenzo Cain (Milwaukee Brewers), Francisco Lindor (Cleveland Indians), Brock Holt (Boston Red Sox), Ben Zobrist (Chicago Cubs) and Oakland A’s manager Bob Melvin.

Each gets a stand-alone spot either on TV or Internet, with support also including mobile, social media (#ReadytoGo) and a dedicated page at the Supercuts Web site, “The Rituals of Ready to Go,” which includes a mini-quiz asking people to match the ritual to the correct player.

A voiceover in the spots explains, "Rituals get baseball players ready to go. Our rituals get you ready to go."

The spots will run across MLB media partners, including TBS, Fox, FS1 and MLB Network and elsewhere during the playoffs and World Series.

Supercuts also has in-game activation, with the brand logo displayed as replays of key pitches, at-bats or defensive plays in the field are shown, with game announcers offering, "That was a 'Ready to Go' moment presented by Supercuts."

This is the biggest effort to date for Supercuts as part of its alliance with the league since it signed this past January as MLB’s “official hair salon” and “official hair stylists.”

The player with the most unusual ritual might be Holt, who lines up sunflower seeds and flicks them onto the field during games.

Close behind is Verlander, who has a passion for the number three, which he says includes “always using the third stall in the clubhouse bathroom, tying my cleats with a triple knot and swiping the rubber on the pitcher’s mound three times.”

Gregarious’ ritual is creating a special handshake for each of his Yankees’ teammates, often accompanied by a dance move.

Zobrist says he “never moves from his spot on the bench during a rally,” while Cain constantly goes through a routine of fidgeting with his cleats, bat and especially his batting gloves while he is at-bat.

Melvin, who was a MLB player for more than a decade before becoming a two-time manager of the year, has the most complicated routines of the Supercuts group.

According to Melvin, he drives the same route to the ball park during winning streak, and when the team loses he follows a different route and then sticks with that until the A’s lose again.

At the stadium, he parks in the same spot at the stadium (No. 6). He eats candy during games, but only in odd innings, and has to have a specific “green candy, the most powerful candy there is,” during the 9th inning.

Are these rituals successful?

“Nothing works all the time,” saids Melvin, “but you are always experimenting with things that work at the highest percentage. When you lose some games, you look for different options.”

Supercuts, a division of Regis Corp., has been touting its MLB alliance this past season in its more than 2,600 locations nationwide.

According to Hugh Sawyer, president and CEO for Regis Corp., “Given the quality and breadth of MLB, we believe this (is) a home run for our Supercuts salons, stylists and guests.”

MLB Takes Its (Super) Cuts At The Plate With New Hair-Care Partner

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