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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
SOURCE: STUBHUB.COM

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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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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)

Friday
Nov242017

NHL Icon Wayne Gretzky, Stars McDavid And Toews Are The Toast Of The Town

By Barry Janoff

November 24, 2017: Companies offer some quirky items for sale during the holidays.

You’d have to look hard to find one quirkier than this. But at least the money went for a good cause.

NHL icon Wayne Gretzky league staars Jonathan Toews and Connor McDavid each lent their image to the Canadian Tire Jumpstart "Give a Toast” charity platform, which helps Canadian children who come from financially distressed families participate in organized sports.

The limited-edition appliances, which toast bread and, more importantly, imprint each player's face on every slice, were so popular that all three styles sold out in a day earlier this week (Nov. 20). (The Web site proclaimed: “That’s it. They’re toast.”)

Each toaster — available only in  "goalpost red" and only available in Canada — was given a name.

Gretzky: ”The Great Toast.” McDavid: “Toaster of Tomorrow.” Toews: ”The Toews-ter.”

Toews (Chicago Blackhawks), McDavid (Edmonton Oilers) and Gretzky each recorded a video to support the effort.

According to Gretzky’s promo, “This isn’t just a toaster. This isn’t even just a good toaster. This is The Great Toaster, and it could be the greatest toaster of all time. This is the one that changed the game. The one that grew up toasting on an outdoor rink in his backyard. The one with four Stanley Crusts.

"It doesn’t go where the toast is, it goes where the toast is going to be. And it’s going to be in your kitchen.”

McDavid’s push claimed, “Every once in a while, a new innovation comes about that changes our perception of the world, challenges the status quo, and sets human history on a new course. And while all this is going on, we eat toast.

"So ask yourself, do you want a toaster with today’s technology, or do you want to upgrade to something better, something faster, and something that could change the face of bread forever? The choice is yours. The toaster can be too.”

Toew’s offer explained, “If you want to be like Jonathan Toews don’t eat bread, and do 1,000,000 push-ups per week, and become one of the best players in the game. But that’s hard — so instead, why not eat like Toews, if Toews did eat bread. Even though he doesn’t.

"This is the Toews-ter — the obvious choice for those who want to be like Jonathan Toews, but can’t be.”

All proceeds — $24.99 (Canadian) per toaster — are going to Jumpstart charities to help more than “2,500 kids get off the sidelines and into the game.”

On its Twitter site, Canadian Tire tweeted, “We want to #GiveAToast to all those who helped @CTJumpstart get 2,500 kids off the sidelines and into the game. Pass the toast, and spread the generosity. Thank you to all those who ordered. Now get toasting!”

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