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• The Professional Baseball Agreement between MLB and minor league teams expires at the end of the 2020 season. But if a new MLB proposal were to become reality, more than three dozen cities with affiliated minor league teams will lose those teams a year from now and thousands of minor league players will be out of work as well. Full story here.

• "We said there's no chance that's happening. There’s no chance we’ll even discipline him." — NBA commissioner Adam Silver regarding China’s request that the league fire Houston Rockets GM Daryl Morey

• "The losses have already been substantial. Our games are not back on the air in China as we speak, and we'll see what happens next. I don't know where we go from here. The financial consequences have been and may continue to be fairly dramatic." — NBA commissioner Adam Silver at the Time 100 Summit on Thursday regarding the league’s on-going situation with China.

• Showtime Sports will launch on Oct. 21 a weekly podcast, All The Smoke with Matt Barnes and Stephen Jackson, in which the two NBA veterans (now retired) and NBA champs (Golden State Warriors and San Antonio Spurs, respectively), will “deliver an authentic, unfiltered perspective on the most polarizing topics in and around the game of basketball.”  It will air Thursdays on the Showtime Basketball YouTube Channel.  

• Bluberi Gaming has signed a deal with WWE to develop a series of licensed slot games featuring WWE Superstars and Legends. Among those to be featured include John Cena, Triple H, Becky Lynch, Roman Reigns and Ronda Rousey. The first WWE series of slot games is scheduled to hit casinos October 2020.

• HarperCollins Publishers said it has acquired world rights to Back, the first memoir authored by Tiger Woods. According to Woods, “This book is my definitive story. It’s in my words and expresses my thoughts.” A publication date was not given.

• Halloween this year is Oct. 31, and retailers, marketers and consumers are ready for another season of trick-or-treat. Total spend on Halloween 2019 is expected to reach $8.8 billion according to the National Retail Federation, Washington, DC. Full story here. 

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Most Popular NBA Player Jerseys (based on eBay sales October 2018-October 2019)
1. LeBron James Los Angeles Lakers
2. Stephen Curry Golden State Warriors
3. Kyrie Irving Brooklyn Nets
4. Giannis Antetokounmpo Milwaukee Bucks
5. Kevin Durant Brooklyn Nets
6. Dwyane Wade Miami Heat (retired)
7. Kawhi Leonard Los Angeles Clippers
8. Zion Williamson New Orleans Pelicans
9. Carmelo Anthony (most recently with Houston Rockets)
10. Russell Westbrook Houston Rockets

Most Popular Player Merchandise (based on eBay sales October 2018-October 2019)
1. LeBron James Los Angeles Lakers
2. Stephen Curry Golden State Warriors
3. Kevin Durant Brooklyn Nets
4. Kyrie Irving Brooklyn Nets
5. Giannis Antetokounmpo Milwaukee Bucks
6. Paul George Los Angeles Clippers
7. James Harden Houston Rockets
8. Dwyane Wade Miami Heat (retired)
9. Kawhi Leonard Los Angeles Clippers
10. Russell Westbrook Houston Rockets
SOURCE: STUBHUB.COM

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Weekend Box Office Oct. 11-13
1. Joker $55M
2. Addams Family $30.3M
3. Gemini Man $20.5M
4. Abominable $6.2M
5. Downton Abbey $4.9M
6. Hustlers $3.9M
7. Judy $3.3M
8. It 2 $3.2M
9. Jexi $3.1M
10. Ad Astra $1.9M
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NFL UK 2019
• Oct. 27  Cincinnati Bengals v Los Angeles Rams Wembley Stadium
• Nov. 3 Houston Texans v Jacksonville Jaguars Wembley Stadium

NFL Mexico 2019
• Nov. 18 Kansas City  Chiefs v Los Angeles Chargers Mexico City Estadio Azteca (ESPN Monday Night Football)

NBA 2019 Opening Nights
• Oct. 22 New Orleans Pelicans vs. Toronto Raptors TNT 8 PM (ET)
• Oct. 22 Los Angeles Lakers vs. Los Angeles Clippers TNT 10:30 PM (ET)

• Oct. 23 Boston Celtics vs. Philadelphia 76ers ESPN 8 PM (ET)
• Oct. 23 Denver Nuggets vs. Portland Trail Blazers ESPN 10 PM (ET)

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Super Bowl Champ Tom Brady Is The G.O.A.T. Of NFL’s $1.6B Official Merch Sales

By Barry Janoff

April 24, 2019: Winning the Super Bowl is not getting old for Tom Brady, and neither is being the player with the best-selling NFL merchandise.

For a second straight year, consumer spending made the New England Patriots quarterback No. 1 on the year-end Top 50 Player Sales List, according to the NFL Players Assn.

Numbers are based on total sales of all officially licensed NFL player merchandise from March 1, 2018 through Feb. 28, 2019, which includes Super Bowl LIII.

The NFLPA did not release specific sales numbers but did say that official licensees generated record retail sales, exceeding $1.6 billion during the year.

According to NFLPA, Brady is the only player to claim the retail crown three times. Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson has finished on top of the year-end sales list twice.
 
This also marks a record 15th appearance for Brady among the Top Three best-selling player merchandise since the list’s inception in 2014. Overall, he has never ranked outside of the Top Nine.

Dak Prescott, quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys, was No. 2 in sales for a third straight year.

Running back teammate Ezekiel Elliott was No. 4, meaning the duo has held two of the top four spots on the last eight Top 50 player lists, according to the NFLPA.

Carson Wentz, quarterback for the Philadelphia Eagles, was No. 3
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Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes II came in No. 5 following his All-Pro season.

Several players in the Top 25 should fare as least as well in upcoming sales lists as they all have changed teams and should fare well in sales of jerseys and other merchandise with new team logos.

Wide receiver Antonio Brown (No. 11) moved from the Pittsburgh Steelers to the Oakland Raiders, wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (No. 13) went from the New York Giants to the Cleveland Browns and quarterback Nick Foles (No. 24), left the Eagles to join the Jacksonville Jaguars.

The five most popular Nike jerseys were Brady (jersey No. 12), Khalil Mack (No. 52), Mahomes (No. 15), Todd Gurley (No. 30) and Super Bowl LIII MVP Julian Edelma (No. 11).

The top selling collegiate alumni football jerseys from Nike were LeSean McCoy (Pittsburgh), Brady (Michigan), Bryant (Oklahoma State), Joe Thomas (Wisconsin) and Marcus Mariota (Oregon).

Giants running back Saquon Barkley at No. 6 overall was the highest ranking rookie on the NFLPA list since Ezekiel Elliott topped the year-end list in 2016.

Baker Mayfield (No. 12), Sam Darnold No. 26), Leighton Vander Esch No. 31) and Josh Allen (No. 48) were the other rookies among the Top 50.

"This marks a record 15th appearance for Brady among the Top Three best-selling player merchandise since the list’s inception in 2014."

Fathead wall decals and cutouts of Brady, Barkley, Beckham Jr., Mayfield and Mahomes II were the best-sellers.

Brady also sold the most cake toppers from DecoPac, jigsaw puzzles from MasterPieces, youth apparel from Outerstuff and pet jerseys from Pets First.

The NFLPA Top 50 Player Sales List is the only verified ranking of all officially licensed, NFL player-branded merchandise sold from online and traditional retail outlets as reported by more than 70 NFLPA licensees.

They include Fanatics, Outerstuff, Nike, Fathead, FOCO, Wincraft and Funko. Licensed product categories include video games, trading cards, men’s, women’s and youth game jerseys, T-shirts and hoodies, backpacks, wall decals, pennants, collectible figurines, matted and framed photos, bobbleheads, plush, drinkware and pet products.

Top 25 NFL Players (based on officially licensed products sold March 1, 2018-Feb. 28, 2019).
1, Tom Brady, QB, New England Patriots
2. Dak Prescott, QB, Dallas Cowboys
3. Carson Wentz, QB, Philadelphia Eagles
4. Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Dallas Cowboys
5. Patrick Mahomes II, QB, Kansas City Chiefs
6. Saquon Barkley, RB, New York Giants
7. Aaron Rodgers, QB, Green Bay Packers
8. Deshaun Watson, QB, Houston Texans
9. Khalil Mack, LB, Chicago Bears
10. Drew Brees, QB, New Orleans Saints
11. Antonio Brown, WR Pittsburgh Steelers*
12. Baker Mayfield, QB, Cleveland Browns
13. Odell Beckham Jr., WR, New York Giants*
14. Todd Gurle, RB, Los Angeles Rams
15. Rob Gronkowski, TE, New England Patriots
16. Adam Thielen, WR, Minnesota Vikings
17. Mitch Trubisky, QB, Chicago Bears
18. Alvin Kamara, RB New Orleans Saints
19. Russell Wilson, QB, Seattle Seahawks
20. Zach Ertz, TE, Philadelphia Eagles
21. Travis Kelce, TE, Kansas City Chiefs
22. JuJu Smith-Schuster, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers
23. Jimmy Garoppolo, QB, San Francisco 49ers
24. Nick Foles, QB, Philadelphia Eagles*
25. Julian Edelman, WR, New England Patriots

*Now with new team
Source: NFLPA

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