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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. 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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ESPN Unveils Sponsor Roster For 2019 ESPYs To Benefit The V Foundation

NYSJ Sports-Entertainment Business News Service
July 3, 2019:
Capital One, Cadillac, Coors Light, Dove Men+Care, eBay, Gatorade, Hotels.com and MassMutual are among the partners that will help bring ESPN’s 2019 ESPY Awards to life on July 10 from Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.

The partner making the most impact: The V Foundation for Cancer Research, founded in 1993 by ESPN and Jim Valvano, former head basketball coach for North Carolina State University, who passed away in April of that year.

Capital One returns as presenting sponsor of the show and will also award the Capital One Cup.

The Cup is presented annually at The ESPYS to the nation’s best men’s and women’s Division I college athletic programs in the country.

The programs also receive a combined $400,000 in student-athlete scholarships.

First-time associate sponsor MassMutual will present the Pat Tillman Award for Service, which will be givento former U.S. Marine Kirstie Ennis.

Cadillac will present the Arthur Ashe Award for Courage, being given to Bill Russell, Boston Celtics legend and NBA Hall of Famer.

The Jimmy V Award for Perseverance is being presented to Rob Mendez, head coach of the junior varsity team at Prospect High School, Saratoga, Calif.

Among other activation, Century 21 sponsors the Best Breakthrough Athlete Award and Red Carpet Sky Cam, Dove Men+Care presents the Sports Humanitarian of the Year and Gatorade sponsors the Gatorade High School Athlete of the Year program recognizing the nation’s most elite high school athletes.

Coors Light is the presenter of the official ESPYS Post Party and Hotels.com will have an interview with Captain Obvious on the red carpet.

Sponsorship benefits and hospitality opportunities include various media components across ESPN platforms, including ESPN, ESPN.com, the ESPN app and ESPN across social platforms.

Sponsors also participate in the ESPYS Celebrity Golf Classic presented by Capital One, benefiting the V Foundation for Cancer Research.

ESPN and eBay's ESPYs Auction Benefitting the V Foundation items includes more than 80 celebrity experiences now available on eBay through July 10.

“Every year the ESPYs Auction significantly contributes to and supports the critical work being done through the V Foundation,” Kevin Martinez, ESPN vp-corporate citizenship, said via the company.

“Every year the ESPYS Auction significantly contributes to and supports the critical work being done through the V Foundation."

“With the generous support of sports fans, employees, and partners we are close to reaching the major milestone of helping to raise over 100 million dollars for cancer research and we need your help to get there.”

They include include a UFC Ultimate Fan Experience, plus Private Meet & Greet with Dana White; Pitch Lunch with Dallas Mavericks' owner Mark Cuban; announce a selection at the 2020 NFL Draft in Las Vegas; appear in a This is SportsCenter commercial; attend the premiere of Star Wars: The Rise of SkyWalker; and an invitation of Jennifer Lopez’ birthday party.

According to Brenda Halkias, GM for eBay for Charity, “eBay is the only platform that can provide purpose, fandom and passion in one vibrant marketplace, connecting shoppers to the causes and charities they care about the mos.

“Together with our annual ESPN collaboration, we’re able to offer entertainment and sports fans one-of-kind experiences they can’t find anywhere else and support the V Foundation’s mission to achieve victory over cancer.”

Since 1993, the V Foundation has funded more than $225 million in cancer research grants nationwide.

ESPN will provide three hours of pre-show coverage live from Los Angeles beginning with ESPYs Red Carpet Live on ESPN2 (5 PM ET), then on ESPN (from 6 PM ET).

Actor and comedian Tracy Morgan will host.

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