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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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• Dave Matthews Band
• Depeche Mode
• Doobie Brothers
• Whitney Houston
• Judas Priest
• Kraftwerk
• MC5
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• Nine Inch Nails
• Notorious B.I.G.
• Rufus feat. Chaka Khan
• Todd Rundgren
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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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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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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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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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Carli Lloyd, Kerri Walsh-Jennings Among Team Visa Eyeing 2016 Summer Olympics

By Barry Janoff

September 23, 2015: World Cup U.S. women's soccer champion Carli Lloyd, three-time Olympic gold-medal volleyball star Kerri Walsh-Jennings and world-class Canadian swimmer Ryan Cochrane are among more than 30 athletes unveiled today as members of Team Visa, all of whom will be supported by the company as they seek spots on the Olympic and Paralympic teams participating in the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro.

The athletes were revealed today as part of a two-day Team Visa Summit at the company’s headquarters in San Francisco. Also shared were new mobile and payment technologies that are expected to be implemented at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, including Visa Checkout and Samsung Pay, as well as a preview of future payment technology applications including biometric payment options and wearables.

The Summit, which included San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee and representatives of the International Olympic Committee, launched Visa’s year-long program leading up to the 2016 Games. Visa is expected to include some of the athletes in a multi-media marketing campaign that will break closer to the Olympic Games.

Visa, a top-tier global partner with the IOC as well as the U.S. Olympic Committee, began its official alliance with to the Olympics in 1986, with more than 300 athletes having been sponsored through the Team Visa program.

Visa's current deal with the IOC runs through 2020.

“The Rio 2016 Olympic Games will feature the latest technology and payment innovations that will enhance the Olympic experience for athletes, fans, card holders and clients,”  Jim McCarthy, evp-innovation and strategic partnerships for Visa. “Whether you’re competing in the Olympic Games or a passionate spectator on the sidelines, Visa will help you experience the latest ways to pay.”

“The Rio 2016 Olympic Games will feature the latest technology and payment innovations that will enhance the Olympic experience for athletes, fans, card holders and clients."

According to Thomas Bach, IOC president, “The IOC has been proud to call Visa a worldwide partner of the Olympic Games for the past 30 years, and their support has helped ensure the continued success of the Olympic Games. The athletes are at the heart of the Olympic Movement and through the Team Visa program, Visa has supported young athletes from around the world in achieving their dreams. We look forward to continuing our partnership for many years to come.”

Visa said that it selects its athletes based on criteria including the athlete’s personal journey to the Olympic and Paralympics Games, athletic achievements, and community involvement.

“I’m excited to join Team Visa and the more than 30 other world-class athletes as we prepare for Rio 2016,” said Lloyd, who was in attendance along with some 20 other members of Team Visa. “For me, the support I receive from my fiancé, friends, coaches, teammates and sponsors, like Visa, is critical to my success and I’m so thankful that it has allowed me to pursue my goals.”

TEAM VISA RIO
• Jennifer Abel, Canada, Diving
• Valerie Adams, New Zealand, Athletics – Shot Put
• Rebeca Andrade, Brazil, Gymnastics
• Leandro Aparecido da Silva, Brazil, Equestrian – Dressage
• Alison Cerutti, Brazil, Beach Volleyball
• Ryan Cochrane, Canada, Swimming
• Daniel Dias, Brazil, Paralympic Swimming
• Ashton Eaton, USA, Athletics – Decathlon
• Maria Espinoza, Mexico, Taekwondo
• Ivan Garcia, Mexico, Diving
• English Gardner, USA, Athletics
• Terezinha Guilhermina, Brazil, Paralympic Athletics
• Benoit Huot, Canada, Paralympic Swimming
• Kim Jae-Bum, Korea, Judo
• Mark de Jonge, Canada, Sprint Canoe
•  Gwen Jorgensen, USA, Triathlon
• Yana Kudryavtseva, Russia, Rhythmic Gymnastics
• Carli Lloyd, USA, Soccer
• Chen Long, China, Badminton
• Alana Nichols, USA, Parakayak
• Maria Pajon, Colombia, Cycling – BMX
• Sally Pearson, Australia, Athletics – Hurdles
• Zhang Peimeng, China, Athletics – 100 m & 200 m
• Emanuel Rego, Brazil, Beach Volleyball
• Bruno Rezende, Brazil, Volleyball
• Svetlana Romashina, Russia, Synchronized Swimming
• Daiya Seto, Japan, Swimming
• Tiago Splitter, Brazil, Basketball
• Brianne Theisen-Eaton, Canada, Athletics – Heptathlon
• Olesya Vladykina, Russia, Paralympic Swimming, Russia
• Kerri Walsh-Jennings, USA, Beach Volleyball
• Pamela Ware, Canada, Diving
• Kanako Watanabe, Japan, Swimming

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