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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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• Pat Benatar
• Dave Matthews Band
• Depeche Mode
• Doobie Brothers
• Whitney Houston
• Judas Priest
• Kraftwerk
• MC5
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• 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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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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Sep182019

Nothing But Nets: Tsai Now Brooklyn Principle Owner, David Levy Named CEO 

By Barry Janoff

September 18, 2019: First Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving. Now Joseph Tsai and David Levy.

Are the Brooklyn Nets hot?

As Brooklyn’s 2.5 million-plus residents might say, “Hey, youse even gotta axe?!!”

Or to borrow a line from the Beastie Boys, “No sleep ’till Brooklyn wins a NBA title.”

On a double-dip day for the franchise, Tsai, who previously owned 49% of the franchise, was approved as principal owner and governor of the Brooklyn Nets and its affiliates and chairman of Barclays Center by the NBA’s Board of Governors.

Tsai then named Levy CEO of the Nets and Barclays Center, and president of J Tsai Sports, the sports investment and holding vehicle controlled by Tsai.

Levy will also join Tsai’s family office as a venture partner, with coverage of sports, media and entertainment investments globally.

Levy, who replaces the departing Brett Yormark, comes to the Nets after 32 years at Turner Broadcasting, the last six as president.

As president, Levy had oversight of Turner’s portfolio of brands and businesses, including TNT, TBS, Turner Sports, Bleacher Report, Cartoon Network, Adult Swim and truTV; as well as ad dales and distribution.

He played a key role in the agreement beginning in 2010 among Turner, the NCAA and CBS for the rights to the NCAA Div. I Men’s Basketball Championship, under which all of the tournament games are televised across four networks: TNT, TBS, truTV and CBS.

In 2008, he developed a joint venture with the NBA for Turner to manage the league’s digital portfolio, which includes NBA TV and League Pass.

“David brings a unique combination of sports and media know-how, strategic thinking and operating skills to our sports and entertainment business,” Tsai said via the Nets.

“He is an entrepreneur at heart with the experience of managing and scaling organizations, and I really look forward to working with him.”

The Nets are worth in excess of $2.3 billion, sixth most in the NBA, according to the most recent report from Forbes. (By comparison, the New York Knicks lead the league at $4 billion.)

The Nets made big strides last season, finishing 42-40 and making the playoffs after going 28-54 in 2017-18, 20-62 in 2016-17 and 21-61 in 2015-16.

The team scored big in off-season free agency, adding All-Stars Irving and Durant (who is out indefinitely following surgery this past June on his torn right Achilles tendon).

According to Levy, “I am looking forward to working alongside Joe and the talented forward-thinking executives and team members across the entire organization.

“(GM) Sean Marks and (head coach) Kenny Atkinson have done a terrific job instilling a winning culture and I am looking forward to supporting them as we build a sustainable foundation of success on and off the court. “

In addition to the Nets and Barclays Center (acquired in 2019 for $1 billion), other holdings of J Tsai Sports include the WNBA New York Liberty, San Diego Seals (National Lacrosse League) and investments in the Premier Lacrosse League, MLS Los Angeles FC and several sports media and technology companies based in North America and Asia.

He is co-founder and executive chairman for Alibaba Group, with a net worth close to $10 billion.

“We are thrilled that Joe Tsai is becoming the principal owner and governor of the Brooklyn Nets,” NBA commissioner Adam Silver said via the league.

“In addition to being a passionate basketball fan, Joe is one of China’s preeminent internet, media and e-commerce pioneers and his expertise will be invaluable in the league’s efforts to grow the game in China and other global markets.”

“With full ownership of the Nets and Barclays Center, we will continue to bring our exciting brand of basketball to our fans,” said Tsai.

“We’ve made a strong commitment to Brooklyn and it will be a privilege to present the best of Barclays Center with its great entertainment to our community.”

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