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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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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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How Big A Role Did Serena Have In Colin Kaepernick Scoring A New Nike Campaign?

By Barry Janoff

September 3, 2018: Colin Kaepernick, known more these days for his role as a catalyst for social change than as a NFL quarterback, will be part of an upcoming Nike “Just Do It” 30th anniversary campaign.

Kaepernick shared the news on his Instagram and Twitter accounts on Labor Day.

He posted a photo showing a close-up of his face imprinted with the text, “Believe in something. Even if it means sacrificing everything. #JustDoIt.”

The post on Twitter had 47,000 retweets and almost 105,500 likes.

On Instagram, the ad received more than 191,000 likes.

Kaepernick last played in the NFL during the 2016 season with the San Francisco 49ers, when he started a league-wide movement of players kneeling during the National Anthem to protest racial and other injustices in the U.S.

One of his biggest supporters has been Serena Williams, who is one of Nike’s major endorsers and also will appear as part of the 30th anniversary campaign.

Others in the new "Just Do It" effort include LeBron James, NFL wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. and Seattle Seahawks rookie linebacker Shaquem Griffin.

Kaepernick will also have a signature line including shoes, shirts and jerseys.

Kaepernick and Eric Reid, a former teammate who also knelt during the National Anthem, were both at the U.S. Open last week to watch Serena play Venus Williams, and received support from Serena.

“Every athlete, every American and definitely every African American should be completely grateful for and honor that Colin and Eric are doing so much for the greater good,” Williams said during her post-match press conference. “They really use their platform in ways that is really unfathomable.

“I feel like they obviously have great respect from a lot of their peers, especially other athletes, people that really are looking for social change.”

During an interview with Time magazine in early August, Williams praised Kaepernick’s actions and even said that if signed he could league a team to a Super Bowl, as he did with the Niners in Super Bowl XLVII (February 2013), where the team lost to the Baltimore Ravens, 34-31.

Williams is a minority owner of the Miami Dolphins.

Earlier this year, Williams donated $10,000 to Imagine L.A., which aids homeless people, as part of Kaepernick’s goal to raise $1 million for the foundation.

Kaepernick’s Twitter account has a photo of Serena in action on the court with the words, “The Greatest!!”

Kaepernick is suing the NFL claiming teams colluded to keep him out of the league. The NFL has denied collusion as the reason for Kaepernick not being signed by any team in the league,

He has been official Nike endorser since 2011, but has not been part of an official Nike effort for several years.

In 2014, he appeared with a group of other quarterbacks, including Russell Wilson, Drew Brees, Aaron Rodgers and Andrew Luck as part of the Nike Field Generals Collection campaign.

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