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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
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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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.
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Channel Chasers

NFL UK 2019
• Oct. 6 Chicago Bears v Oakland Raiders Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
• Oct. 13 Carolina Panthers v Tampa Bay Buccaneers Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
• 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).

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Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare Gets Full-Blitz Mtn. Dew, Doritos Marketing Support

NYSJ Sports-Entertainment Business News Service

September,10, 2019:
PepsiCo brands Mountain Dew, Mountain Dew Amp Game Fuel and Doritos will take lead positions to support the release of Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare from Activision is scheduled for global release Oct. 25.

Beginning this week, the brands will work with Activision for a multi-platform campaign including TV, digital, social media, POP and on-package rewards.

Packaging will display Call of Duty: Modern Warfare-inspired graphics.

Mountain Dew Amp Game Fuel is using the release of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare to introduce a limited-time edition flavor — Charged Orange Storm.

"This dynamic collaboration is a best-in-class example of the power of PepsiCo's food and beverage portfolio coming to life for consumers on one of the world's largest stages," Leslie Vesper, senior director-marketing  for Doritos, said via the brand.

"Doritos and Dew are known for providing players with unique ways to access exclusive gaming experiences, and now we're taking this to a new level by working closely with Activision for Modern Warfare."

The activation officially launches on Sept. 14 with a live-streamed, competitive event — the Mountain Dew Amp Game Fuel Celebrity Pro-Am.

This special pre-release exhibition pairs gaming professionals with celebrities to highlight the new 2v2 game mode in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare.

The event, in the Thunder Esports Center, Long Beach, Calif., will pair such gamers as Shroud, H3CZ and Aydan with NBA athletes scheduled to include D'Angelo Russell (Golden State Warriors) and Karl-Anthony Towns (Minnesota Timberwolves) and other celebs including actress Ajiona Alexus (subject to change and availability).

The Mountain Dew Amp Game Fuel Celebrity Pro-Am.will be live-streamed across Twitch, Facebook and Twitter (12 PM PT).

The winning team will receive a prize of $25,000 to donate toward their choice of a participating charity; the secondary charity will also receive a $10,000 donation.

The charities are The Call of Duty Endowment (placing U.S. and UK military veterans into high quality civilian careers) and The AbleGamers Charity (dedicated to improving the quality of life for people with disabilities)

From Oct. 6-Dec. 31, people will be able to unlock 2XP with codes found on participating Doritos packs; and Mountain Dew, Diet Mountain Dew and Mountain Dew Amp Game Fuel cans.

In addition, with the first purchase of select Mountain Dew Amp Game Fuel coded products, people will receive their own #VictoryInACan with access to an exclusive operator skin (timed exclusive until Dec. 31, 2019).

According to Erin Chin, senior director-marketing for  Mountain Dew and Mountain Dew Amp Game Fuel, ”We're thrilled to join forces with Activision just ahead of the hugely anticipated Call of Duty: Modern Warfare release.

“We put a stake in the ground when we launched Game Fuel last year, and we're excited to continue delivering one-of-a-kind experiences.”

The first version of Call of Duty was released in 2003.

Since then, the Call of Duty franchise has sold nearly 340 billion copies worldwide, led by Call of Duty:Modern Warfare 3 in 2011 (more than 30.7 million copies), Call of Duty: Black Ops in 2010 (30.4 million) and Call of Duty: Black Ops II in 2012 (29.6 million).

The figures includes sales of Xbox 360, PS3, PS4, Wii U, Wii, and PC versions, according to research and consulting firm Statista.

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