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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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May222018

LVCVA ’Only Vegas Moments’ Campaign Empowers People With ‘Adult Freedom’

By Barry Janoff

May 22, 2018: Las Vegas is still recovering from the tragic events of October 2017 when a mass shooting left 58 people dead and more than 850 wounded,

But Vegas has the NHL’s Golden Knights going to the Stanley Cup Finals and the WNBA’s No. 1 overall pick in A’Ja Wilson with the Aces in their first season after relocating from San Antonio.

And now a multi-platform campaign, “Only Vegas Moments,” from the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority.

The effort takes the iconic “What Happens In Vegas Stays In Vegas” to another level, described as “Adult Freedom,” showing how the city helps to empower people in a variety of situations to take charge and/or change their lives.

Four anchor TV spots come with different tag lines: “Destiny happens here,” “Rejuvenation happens here,” “Rekindled happens here” and “Reinvention happens here.”

Media buy includes ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox and cable.

Key elements also include digital and social media.

Lead agency is R&R Partners, Las Vegas.

The spot likely to draw the most attention, "Now & Then,” focuses on two young women who meet and marry in Vegas, with one of the women worried about how her parents might react — “My parents would never forgive me. They don’t see the world the way we do” — until they show up at her surprise wedding.

“Las Vegas’ release of ‘Only Vegas Moments’ is a cutting edge approach to create culturally relevant global tourism,” John Tanzella, president and CEO for the International Gay & Lesbian Travel Assn, Ft. Lauderdale, said in a statement.

"'Now & Then' is a perfect example of the inclusive environment that awaits all travelers in the destination.”

The storylines in the other three main TV spots include “Party of One,” about a woman whose change in travel plans gives her time in Las Vegas with the rare opportunity to do something without her husband and kids; “The Meetup,” about a businessman who decides to make his trip more interesting by transforming himself into a mysterious smooth operator; and “The Anniversary,” about a couple whose marriage is facing problems but decide on their anniversary to “embrace the freedom of Vegas in hopes of remembering why they fell in love in the first place.”

Full-length spots each run three minutes-plus but will be aired in 15-, 30- and 60-second components.

“The introduction of ‘Only Vegas Moments’ celebrates the long-standing promise of adult freedom in Las Vegas by embracing contemporary storylines that are relatable to a wide range of potential visitors,” Cathy Tull, CMO for LVCVA, said in a statement.

“Through authentic and empowering experiences, the new stories highlight Las Vegas as a destination where being whomever you want is not just allowed, but encouraged.”

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