Top
NEWS REAL

• 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. 

POLL POSITION

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

VOTE HERE

KEEPING SCORE

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

BUY SELL

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
BoxOfficeMojo.com

SEARCH

NYSportsJournalism.com + Topic Of Requested Search

Showtime: All The Smoke See More Ads Below

COLLEGE

BodyArmor Into NCAA
No. 1 Colleges Since '92
Notre Dame Builds Brand
Cancer Drives Home
Men's Hoops Are 'Toxic'

Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.
Read more at http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/j/johnfkenn121400.html#46Ul8rBF4XpB4lo0.99
Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.
Read more at http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/j/johnfkenn121400.html#JZxA5jXY4rCwemgZ.99
Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.
Read more at http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/j/johnfkenn121400.html#JZxA5jXY4rCwemgZ.99
Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.
Read more at http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/j/johnfkenn121400.html#46Ul8rBF4XpB4lo0.99
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)

Tuesday
Jun022015

Cosmos, Cuba The Shape Of Bigger Things To Come For Business, Hollywood, Sports

By Barry Janoff

June 2, 2015: The ever-widening FIFA scandal may be tearing some huge holes in the fabric of global soccer, but thanks to President Barack Obama, the New York Cosmos of the North American Soccer League are helping to strengthen the sport as well as relations between the U.S. and Cuba.

The Cosmos are in Cuba to play a friendly against Cuba's National Team, which will air live in the U.S. this evening (June 2) via One World SportsESPN2, ESPN Deportes and ESPN Deportes Radio (5 PM ET). (Editor's note: The Cosmos defeated Cuba, 4-1.)

The event is a direct result of President Obama’s decision in December to move toward restoring full diplomacy between the U.S. and Cuba, a political and armed threat dating back to the Cold War. In April, the U.S. dropped Cuba from its blacklist as a state sponsor of terrorism.

The match is the first time a U.S. professional sports team will play in Cuba since 1998 when MLB's Baltimore Orioles played the Cuba National baseball team in an exhibition game in Havana. The match also marks the first visit by a U.S. pro soccer club to play in Cuba since the Chicago Sting (of the first incarnation of the NASL) in 1978,

“The best way to start any relationship is with a match and (this) match will be significant and historical,” said Bill Petersen, commissioner of the NASL.

But the game between the Cosmos and Cuba's team is not just about soccer.

In February, Netflix said that its streaming video service would be available in Cuba, although there are restrictions on how people living in the nation can obtain the service.

Earlier this year, American Express and MasterCard said that Americans would have their international credit cards accepted in Cuba, although, again, there are restrictions regarding how people living in Cuba can apply for and then use the cards.

In April, San Francisco-based Airbnb, which sublets homes and apartments in locations worldwide to tourists and visitors, began to operate in Cuba.

"Our vision is to create a world where you can belong anywhere — no matter who you are or how far you’ve traveled," Airbnb said n a statement. "For the first time in decades, authorized U.S. travelers will have the chance to experience authentic Cuban hospitality at homes across the island."

According to Airbnb, "Because we’re building on the rich Cuban tradition of home sharing, we’re uniquely positioned to help Cubans reap the rewards of economic growth while preserving their unique culture. When Airbnb guests stay in local neighborhoods, they bring business to surrounding entrepreneurs—whether they be hosts, artists, or even ice cream shop owners."

Hollywood and music stars have traveled to Cuba on a regular basis, among them most recently Sean Penn, Danny Glove and Jim Belushi. In 2013, Jay-Z and Beyoncé went to the island to celebrate their fifth anniversary.

On Christmas Eve last year, the musical “Rent” opened in Havana for a three-month run, the first American musical to do so since U.S. enacted its embargo in 1960.

Last year, Papa, a Hollywood biography of Ernest Hemingway, who lived in Cuba from 1939-1960, was filmed in Cuba.

Cuban Chrome, a reality series from Discovery Channel looking for vintage American cars is filming there.

In January, 25 American triathletes competed in the Habana Camtri Triathlon events in Havana.

In April, Steve Nash and Dikembe Mutumbo conducted a four-day NBA training camp in Havana.

According to MLB, there were 74 players from Cuba MLB or MiLB rosters on opening day, up from 63 in 2014 and 29 in 2008. Most notable among them: Yasiel Puig (Los Angeles Dodgers), Jose Abreu (Chicago White Sox), Rusney Castillo (Boston Red Sox) and Yasmany Tomas (Arizona Diamondbacks). In March, the Red Sox signed 20-year-old Cuban infielder Yoan Moncada to a $31.5 million deal, and he currently plays for the Single-A Greenville (SC) Drive.

"This will be an important step forward in growing the popularity of the global game in Cuba and in improving relations between two nations."

In the 1940s and 1950s, the Brooklyn Dodgers and New York Yankees conducted spring training in Cuba. This year, new commissioner Rob Manfred said that MLB was exploring the possibility of playing exhibition games in Cuba.

The Cosmos game tonight in Havana's 28,000-seat Pedro Marrero Stadium will get updates on SportsCenter.

"It makes me happy that once again football is helping with peace, between United States and Cuba," soccer icon Pelé, who is in Cuba with the Cosmos, said during a media conference there on Monday. "We see unhappily that there are a lot of political problems everywhere. But football brings people together. For me it's a big responsibility."

According to Cosmos head coach Giovanni Sarvarese, "Everyone is excited to be (playing) in Cuba. It is historical. It will be a good [opportunity] for us to unite the people in a common goal: soccer."

Petersen is thinking long-term for the NASL. "Everything can be on the table and we'll take it one step a time and manage the relationship carefully," Peterson said. “[We will be] exploring players in NASL, coaching, sharing among coaches between Cuba and our league, player development, officiating. Everything could be on the table and we will take it one step at a time.”

"We are extremely privileged and honored to accept this opportunity," Seamus O'Brien, chairman for the Cosmos, said during a press conference in March to unveil the game, "This will be an important step forward in growing the popularity of the global game in Cuba and in improving relations between two nations and two cities. I for one have always believed in the power of sport to bring people together and to bring down barriers. We hope we can inspire others."

NASL Beats MLS, Beckham To Miami

Back to Home Page