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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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Rock & Roll Hall of Fame 2020 Nominees

• Pat Benatar
• Dave Matthews Band
• Depeche Mode
• Doobie Brothers
• Whitney Houston
• Judas Priest
• Kraftwerk
• MC5
• Motorhead
• Nine Inch Nails
• Notorious B.I.G.
• Rufus feat. Chaka Khan
• Todd Rundgren
• Soundgarden
• T. Rex
• Thin Lizzy

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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
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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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Channel Chasers

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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Dec162018

Brees, Mahomes 'Millionaires'; Barkley, Gurley Top Fan Voting For 2019 Pro Bowl

NYSJ Sports-Entertainment Business News Service

December 15, 2018: Quarterbacks and running backs have all five of the highest vote totals and eight of the Top Ten in the third and final 2019 Pro Bowl tally released by the NFL.

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees topped all players with 1,270631 votes.

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes was second (1,197,370 votes) and was the only other player to top a million fans votes for the 2019 Pro Bowl presented by Verizon.

They were followed by New York Giants rookie running back Saquon Barkley (987,562) and Los Angeles Rams running back Todd Gurley (957,052), and were the only other players to top 900,000 fan votes.

The Top Five also includes Rams quarterback Jared Goff (838,561).

Fan voting ended on Dec. 13.

Players for the game are determined by the consensus votes of fans, players and coaches. Each group’s vote counts one-third toward determining the 88 All-Star players who will be selected to the Pro Bowl.

NFL players and coaches cast their votes on Dec. 14. Those totals were not released by the league.

Pro Bowl rosters will be revealed Dec. 18 live on NFL Network’s Pro Bowl special NFL Total Access: Pro Bowl Players Revealed (8 PM ET).

The 2019 Pro Bowl presented by Verizon will air live on ESPN, ESPN Deportes, Disney XD and simulcast on ABC (3 PM ET).

The game is scheduled for Jan. 27 in Orlando’s Camping World Stadium.

The Top Ten in final fan voting also includes Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott (827,888), Pittsburgh Steelers running back James Conner (817,495), Steelers teammate wide receiver Antonio Brown (778,630), running back Alvin Kamara of the Saints (776,846) and wide receiver Tyeek Hill of the Chiefs (753,981).

Among other leading vote totals by fans, Travis Kelce of the Chiefs led all tight ends (745,416), Terron Amstead of the Saints led all tackles (346,860), J.J. Watt of the Houston Texans led of defensive ends (547,364), the Rams Aaron Donald led all defensive tackles (505,207), Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. was second among all wide receivers (688,760) and Zach Ertz of the defending Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles was second among tight ends (648,992).

Pro Football Hall of Famers Jim Kelly, Emmitt Smith and Brian Urlacher and Demarcus Ware will serve as 2019 Pro Bowl Legends Captains, the NFL announced. The Pro Bowl will feature a match-up between the AFC and NFC, with each conference led by two Legends Captains - one offensive and one defensive.

Kelly (offense) and Ware (defense) will lead the AFC, while Smith (offense) and Urlacher (defense) will lead the NFC. The four Legends Captains, who were collectively selected to 30 Pro Bowls, will serve as mentors for the Pro Bowl players and be present on the sidelines on gameday.

The captains will not only be present at the Pro Bowl game, but they will also be attending various events throughout Pro Bowl Week in Orlando.

For the third consecutive year, Pro Bowl Week festivities will take place at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World Resort and across the Orlando area.

Pro Bowl Week events include Pro Bowl Practices, Pro Bowl Skills Showdown, NFL Flag Championships Powered By USA Football and Play Football Celebrity Flag Game.

Final Top Ten 2019 NFL Pro Bowl Votes By Fans

1. Drew Brees QB New Orleans Saints 1,270,631
2. Patrick Mahomes QB Kansas City Chiefs 1,197,370
3. Saquon Barkley RB New York Giants 997,562
4. Todd Gurley Los Angeles Rams 957,052
5. Jared Goff QB Los Angeles Rams 838,561
6. Ezekiel Elliott RB Dallas Cowboys 827,888
7. James Conner RB Pittsburgh Steelers 817,495
8. Antonio Brown WR Pittsburgh Steelers 778,630
9. Alvin Kamara RB New Orleans Saints 776,846
10. Tyreek Hill WR Kansas City Chiefs 753,981

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