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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. 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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Jan272017

He’s No. 1 (Again): Cubs’ Kris Bryant Gets Leadoff Spot For Topps ’17 Baseball

By Barry Janoff

January 26, 2017: As if he needed it, Kris Bryant has another reason to proclaim that he is No. 1.

Bryant, who in 2016 helped to lead the Chicago Cubs to the team’s first World Series title in 108 years, and was named both National League and World Series MVP, has been selected to appear on the prestigious card No. 1 in the 2017 Topps Baseball Series 1, which is due to hit retail on Feb. 1.

Bryant was afforded the honor by a vote among fans conducted by Topps.

Bryant not only had a good year on the field but also via endorsements. His deals include Under Armour, Gatorade, Express Men and New Era.

This past November, Bryant signed an exclusive multi-year deal with Topps that was called the largest in the trading card and memorabilia company’s history, which traces its roots back to 1938.

The Topps deal includes multi-media marketing, autographed cards and collectibles and other activation.

The one-week online vote took place this past October, during which people were able to select from among a list of 16 nominees on the Topps Web site.

Topps initiated its fan Vote for Card No. 1 in 2016, during which Mike Trout of the Los Angeles Angels won the honor.

Other players who have appeared on card No. 1 include Jackie Robinson, Ted Williams, Hank Aaron, Nolan Ryan, Mike Piazza and Derek Jeter.

"It’s a huge honor to be chosen as Card No. 1 since it has depicted so many legends before me," Bryant said in a statement. "It’s very humbling and nice to know it came from the fans."

Among the players on the list of nominees for 2017 were Bryce Harper, Buster Posey, Clayton Kershaw, Mike Trout, Mookie Betts, Yadier Molina, Gary Sanchez and David 'Big Papi' Ortiz.

The previous year, the top five in voting were Trout, Posey, Bryant, Josh Donaldson and Harper.

Topps did not share totals for the 2017 vote.

According to David Leiner, Gm and vp-Topps North American Sports & Entertainment, "Kris Bryant is an outstanding player with an infectious personality. He’s done so much in his career and has created fans throughout base."

According to Topps, Baseball Series 1 also contains ten cards depicting MLB Network on-air personalities, including John Smoltz, Sean Casey, Kevin Millar, Harold Reynolds, Greg Amsinger and Lauren Shehadi.

Topps Baseball Series 2 is scheduled to be released in June, followed by the October release of the 2017 Topps Baseball Update.

'Big Papi,' Trout, Harper, Bryant, Posey Vie For Topps ’17 Card No. 1

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