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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
• Motorhead
• Nine Inch Nails
• Notorious B.I.G.
• Rufus feat. Chaka Khan
• Todd Rundgren
• Soundgarden
• T. Rex
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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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Oct062019

Deal Enables Triple Crown’s Preakness To Remain On Track At Pimlico In Baltimore

By Barry Janoff

October 6, 2019: With a deadline looming that would move the second leg of horse racing’s Triple Crown from its home since 1873, politicians and civic leaders in Baltimore have reached an agreement with the Pimlico Race Course to keep the Preakness Stakes from leaving after the 2020 event.

The deal with the Stronach Group, owners of Pimlico and numerous other tracks, would, pending final approval, keep the Preakness in Pimlico at least through 2036.

Stronach Group indicated last year that the race — which is run annually in May after the Kentucky Derby and before the Belmont Stakes in New York — might be moved to Laurel Park race track (which it also owns and operates), located about 20 miles southwest from Baltimore.

"This is a historic agreement that preserves two iconic traditions in the State of Maryland — the running of the Preakness at Pimlico and the horse racing industry,” Donald Fry, president and CEO for the Greater Baltimore Committee, a regional organization of business and civic leaders that includes businesses, nonprofit organizations and educational and civic institutions, said via the group.

“The City of Baltimore and the Stronach Group should be commended for their hard work and persistence in finding common ground for the benefit of the citizens of Baltimore and the State of Maryland."

According to the Baltimore Sun, a study funded by the Maryland Stadium Authority, the Stronach Group-owned Maryland Jockey Club, the Baltimore Development Corp. and the city of Baltimore reported in December that “Pimlico would need to be demolished and rebuilt at a cost of $424 million to continue hosting Preakness.”

Under the new deal, the Stronach Group has agreed to donate the land in and around the track to the city for development.

The Stronach Group will lease the course for the Preakness for two months, with Pimlico receiving nearly $200 million as part of the deal.

The city “could find other uses” for the race track during the rest of the year, including festivals and city-specific events.

Once approved by the legislature, changes to Pimlico Race Track would include “building a new club house and rotating the track 30 degrees to make land available for private development,” according to the Baltimore Sun.

The grandstand, part of which has already been condemned, would be demolished and rebuilt.

Construction is expected to take three-four years, during which time the Preakness and surrounding events would continue to be held.

The next Preakness Stakes, it’s 145th running,  is scheduled for May 16, 2020.

An estimated 130,000-plus attend Pimlico.and releated events, according to the Stonach Group.

The Preakness airs on NBC.

Marketing partners include AB’s Bon & Viv Spiked Seltzer, 14 Hands Winery, Adena Springs, Boar’s Head, Effen Vodka and Northwestern Mutual.

“We continue to invest in this facility, in the customer experience,” Belinda Stronach, chairman and president for the Stonach Group, told the media earlier this year. “And every year it gets better and better.”

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