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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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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

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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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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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• Oct. 23 Denver Nuggets vs. Portland Trail Blazers ESPN 10 PM (ET)

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Novak Djokovic Heads Into Australian Open With New Sponsors, Rusty Elbow, Questions

By Barry Janoff

January 14, 2018: Novak Djokovic knows about change.

With the Australian Open underway (Jan. 15-28), he is tweaking his serve due to on-going problem with right elbow.

Last May, he signed as brand ambassador for Lacoste after a five-year alliance with Uniqlo.

Now he is bringing a new shoe deal into the first tennis Grand Slam of 2018, signing a deal with Asics after previously wearing adidas.

Beginning with the Australian Open — where he will face No. 3 ranked Grigor Dimitrov in the opening round — Djokovic will wear Gel-Resolution Novak, which, according to the brand, “features Djokovic’s favorite Asics technology, expertly curated to offer players superior stability when they hit the court."

Financial terms were not disclosed.

“I’m thrilled to be partnering with Asics,” Djokovic said in a statement. "They have gone above and beyond to ensure the technology is the best and specific to my needs as a player, on the court.

“The light weight and support structures on the mid-foot allow me to move quickly and ensure I have the right stability throughout my performance," said Djokovic.

He will appear in multi-media marketing for the brand, including an intro spot to unveil the alliance and social media with the hash tag, #IMoveMe."

Djokovic's marketing partners also include Seiko, Jacob’s Creek, Anz and Head. He is among the highest paid athletes in the world, taking in almost $30 million in endorsements last year, according to industry analysts.

The 12-time Grand Slam winner — including six Australian Opens — is currently ranked No. 14 in the world, having spent 223 weeks at No. 1 during his career.

He was last seen in competition during the Wimbledon quarter-finals in July, when he retired during his match against Tomas Berdych due to on-going problems with his right elbow.

The Mubadala World Tennis Championship in December was scheduled to mark his return to competition, but he withdrew from the tournament citing ongoing elbow soreness and rehabilitation.
 
"Unfortunately, the situation with the elbow has not changed for the better since yesterday. I still feel the pain," Djokovic said in a statement at the time. "After the thorough consultations with the medical team, we decided to keep up with the therapies and elbow treatments.

"Only when I'm 100% ready to play, I will be able to come back. I hope it will be soon. I want to thank everyone for patience and understanding,” said Djokovic.

Entering the Australian Open, he has played just a few exhibition matches as a tune-up, during which he talked about slightly adusting his game to take some pressure off his elbow.

On an ESPN media conference call before its coverage of the Australian Open, tennis great Chrissie Evert, an ESPN tennis analyst, talked about Djokovic’s situation.

“Wherever you have had a certain serve or a certain swing for so long, to tweak it even a little bit, you don’t want to do that your first tournament back, a Grand Slam tournament,” she said. “You want to have a lot of matches, a lot of smaller tournaments, to see if it’s going to really improve your serve, if it’s going to really help the elbow.”

On whether Djokovic could win his seventh Australian Open, Evert said, “Obviously he’s a big question mark. He needs to play. He’s playing a couple exhibitions, but then you get to a place where you have to play seven matches in a row in the course of two weeks. That’s a whole different story. That’s really testing the elbow to the highest level.

“We can only speculate at this time what’s going to happen with him. You know he’s great in-season. Off-season, he was one of the hardest workers ever. You know physically he’s got to be in great shape. The question mark, again, is how the elbow is going to hold up.”

In the intro “I Move Me” spot, we see Djokovic on court wearing his new Asics.

“Success does not come at once,” he says. “It is not achieved overnight. It is the result of many years of hard work, sacrifice and determination to achieve goals both on and off the court.

To be at the top, yo have to keep moving and focusing on every aspect of your game. Sport is not just a game. It is a way of life. My name is Novak Djokovic and I move me.”

The Djokovic shoe will be available at Asics stores and on asics.com beginning this week.

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