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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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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
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3. Kevin Durant Brooklyn Nets
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5. Giannis Antetokounmpo Milwaukee Bucks
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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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5. Downton Abbey $4.9M
6. Hustlers $3.9M
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NFL UK 2019
• Oct. 6 Chicago Bears v Oakland Raiders Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
• Oct. 13 Carolina Panthers v Tampa Bay Buccaneers Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
• Oct. 27  Cincinnati Bengals v Los Angeles Rams Wembley Stadium
• Nov. 3 Houston Texans v Jacksonville Jaguars Wembley Stadium

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• Nov. 18 Kansas City  Chiefs v Los Angeles Chargers Mexico City Estadio Azteca (ESPN Monday Night Football).

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FIFA Gives U.S-Led 2026 World Cup Bid Strong Marks Vs. Lone Rival Morocco 

By Barry Janoff

June 2, 2018: FIFA this past week reviewed bid reports from  the two main groups seeking to host the 2026 World Cup — Morocco and a United bid from the U.S.-Canada-Mexico — and came away with a 224-page report that states, “The Morocco 2026 bid and United 2026 bid represent almost two opposite ends of the spectrum when it comes to the nature of their bids.”

Perhaps the most impactful conclusion of the FIFA Bid Evaluation Task Force: The Untied bid would create a forecasted $14.3 billion in revenue for FIFA, the Morocco bid forecasted $7.2 billion for what would be the first 48-nation event in FIFA World Cup history.

The report was released less than two weeks ahead of a planned meeting on June 13 to name the 2026 host region, which itself comes just a day before the start of the 2018 FIFA World Cup (June 14-July 15).

Also of major importance to FIFA’s Task Force was the proposed stadiums in which games would be played.

United 2026 said that of the 23 potential stadiums that might be used for matches, 17 currently exist and need no major renovation for the World Cup, and the remaining six are built but are due for renovation.

Morocco is proposing 14 stadiums, nine of which have not yet been built and the other five of which exist but need renovation.

“The United 2026 bid has a clear lead in this area, with all major infrastructure already in place, allowing FIFA to focus on a number of exciting initiatives relating to sports science, fan engagement, multi-media integration and other new forms of digitalization," according to the FIFA committee.

“The amount of new infrastructure required for the Morocco 2026 bid to become a reality cannot be overstated."

The report from the Bid Evaluation Task Force examined a plethora of some 20 categories, from revenue and marketing to legalities, transportation, security and stadiums.

Although not the final decision, FIFA officials said they would use the report as a foundation when the voting process is enacted.

According to FIFA’s Bid Evaluation Task Force, in 20 categories, Morocco was deemed at “High” risk regarding stadiums, accommodation and transport; and at “Medium” risk in ten other areas, including organizing costs, safety and security, health and medical and human rights and labor standards.

The United 2026 bid had no “High” risk tags and just three deemed as “Medium”: Organizing costs, legal and government support and human rights and labor standard.

The United 2026 bid had “Low” risks in the 17 other categories.

“The Morocco 2026 bid is well presented and strong in terms of government commitment, but would need to newly build most of its tournament-related and wider infrastructure," according to the report. "The United 2026 bid, on the other hand, has promising levels of infrastructure already in place and fully operational."

Member associations from UEFA (European Football) and AFC (Asian Football Confederation) were not eligible to bid as the 2018 FIFA World Cup and 2022 Cup are being held in Russia (Europe) and Qatar (Asia), respectively.

However, should the two current bids both be rejected, those associations would be invited to bid among with others, according to FIFA.

“An obvious difference of the two bids is that the United 2026 bid is a joint bid (by the U.S. Soccer Federation, Canadian Soccer Association and Mexican Football Association), while the Morocco 2026 bid is a single bid (by the Moroccan Football Association),” wrote the FIFA committee.

“While single bids offer some advantages in terms of having just one host member association and one host country government, it should be noted that FIFA anticipated the possibility of joint bids — which offer the advantage of scale — when it decided to expand the format of the tournament to include 48 teams.”

For FIFA, Morocco’s bid has cost and marketing advantages over the U.S.-Canada-Mexico.

Morocco listed $1.87 billion in forecast organizing costs versus the United bid of $2.16 billion.

And, according to FIFA’s report, “Morocco’s advantageous location in terms of its proximity to Europe and the key TV markets for football is expected to produce an increase in media and marketing revenue connoted to the baseline figure calculated using revenue from the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil."

For the United bid, the report reads, “Distance from Europe and the world’s largest TV markets for football is expected to have a slight tampering effect on potential media revenues. Taking into account the tournament’s expansion to an 80-match format, however, global television audience figures comported to the 2014 World Cup are projected to increase by 9.3%.”

Of the 80 matches to be played in the expanded tournament, under the United bid, ten would be held in Canada, ten in Mexico and 60 across the U.S.

Among the United bid locations are Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Dallas, Denver, Edmonton, Guadalajara, Los Angeles, Mexico City, Miami, Montreal, New York-New Jersey, San Francisco Bay Area, Seattle, Orlando, Philadelphia, Toronto and Washington DC.

Considering its recent financial and legal problems, FIFA made sure in the report to emphasize transparency.

“When we are dealing with the most prestigious competition in the most popular sport on earth, there is simply too much at stake for this selection process to be tainted by any shadow of doubt,” wrote the Task Force committee.

“We have therefore committed to being fully open and transparent every step of the way.”

USSF Builds Effort For 2026 World Cup Bid

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