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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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Ticketmaster Offering Free NFL Season Tickets To Support Launch Of ‘Presence’

By Barry Janoff

August 3, 2018: The average cost per ticket on the secondary market to an NFL game ranges from more than $600 for the New England Patriots and more than $300 for the Green Bay Packers to just over $100 for the Buffalo Bills and Cleveland Browns, according to various online ticket reselling firms.

Ticketmaster, the official ticketing marketplace of the NFL, wants people to have NFL tickets for free.

To coincide with the 2018 season, and to support the NFL’s league-wide adoption of Ticketmaster's next generation venue software, Presence, the company has launched its first 32-team season ticket giveaway.

The goal: Find 32 people who each will win a pair of season tickets to the NFL team of their choice — one pair for each team.

The effort seeks to separate the true, dedicated fans from the rest of the pack (or Packers).

"As we gear up for the NFL 2018 kickoff, we're excited to celebrate alongside the NFL's true MVPs — the fans," Greg Economou, chief commercial officer and head of sports for Ticketmaster North America, said in a statement.

"Made possible by the strength of our official partnership with the NFL, we're proud to offer a campaign of this magnitude as our way of saying thanks to the amazing fans for their incredible spirit."

Via Presence, paper tickets are replaced with tickets that can be digitally delivered to NFL fans using proximity-based digital technology to enable a “tap-and-go” venue entry system.

The platform was unveiled this past October when Ticketmaster and the NFL signed a multi-year extension of their partnership.

With an all-digital ticketing marketplace, Ticketmaster said it would provide NFL fans with authentic, downloadable tickets that can be easily accessed on their mobile devices.

All NFL stadiums accept tickets on mobile devices but are in the process of installing Ticketmaster Presence tap-and-go entry systems, which the company said would offer “improved security and streamlined venue operations, delivering insights into the ticket lifecycle and fan engagement and reducing fraud.”

The NFL and Ticketmaster said that some five million people buy fake NFL tickets every year from unofficial sources.

"We're proud to offer a campaign of this magnitude as our way of saying thanks to the amazing fans for their incredible spirit."

Ticketmaster has primary ticket deals with 30 of the league’s teams, with the Dallas Cowboys and New Orleans Saints using SeatGeek as their primary ticketing partner.

The social-media driven ticket giveaway effort directs people to follow Ticketmaster on Twitter and/or Instagram (@Ticketmaster).

They then need to post a photo or video using the hashtag #TicketmasterNFLentry and @tagging the team of their choice.

Ticketmaster said that submissions can include “personal highlights from past game days, fans watching their team, creative team cheers or any other moments that convey how much they love their team.”

(Full details here.)

According to the Los Angeles-based company, “Ticketmaster is with NFL fans every step of the way as 2018 marks league-wide adoption of digital ticketing, digital download/mobile ticket delivery, guaranteed ticket transferring, and tailored push notifications that can help fans with everything from parking to an assortment of helpful venue suggestions tied to their team."

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