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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
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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NFL UK 2019
• 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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• 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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IOC Adds 3x3 Hoops, Seeks ‘More Urban, Youthful Gender-Balanced’ Olympic Games

By Barry Janoff

June 9, 2017: In what was defined as a major move to make the Olympics more "youthful, more urban and (to) include more women," the International Olympic Committee today (June 9) approved several significant changes for the 2020 Summer Games in Tokyo, including adding 3x3 Basketball medal events for men and women and several mixed-gender events that would feature men and women competing together and against each other.

The executive committee also approved a decision to select host cities for the next two available Summer Games, meaning that Los Angeles and Paris, the only two cities currently in the running to host upcoming Summer Games, would each be named.

These changes are in addition to a previous decision to add five sports to the 2020 Olympics, including baseball/softball, skateboard, surfing, karate and sport climbing.

The new mixed-gender events are scheduled to include swimming (4x100 meter medley), archery, judo, table tennis and the triathlon.

"The fascinating new events that we approved today, together with the five new sports that were added to the Tokyo 2020 program last year, represent a step-change in the Olympic program," Thomas Bach, IOC president, said during a media conference following a meeting of the IOC executive committee in Tokyo.

"I am delighted that the Olympic Games in Tokyo will be more youthful, more urban and will include more women," said Bach.

The next Summer Youth Olympic Games, scheduled to be held in Buenos Aires in October 2018, already includes BMX Freestyle, Karate and Sport Climbing, as well as what were described as “innovative urban sports such as Breakdance and Roller Sports.”

The IOC is scheduled to name specific host cities for the 2024 and 2028 Summer Games on Sept. 13 in Lima, Peru, during en executive committee annual meeting.

"This represents a golden opportunity for the Olympic Games and for the IOC," said Bach during the media conference.

"Both cities have really embraced Olympic Agenda 2020 in different ways, but particularly in the way they are planning to use a record number of existing and temporary facilities. This is something we have not seen in this dimension before in the Olympic Games and this will lead to significant cost reductions in the organization of the Olympic Games and will make the Games more sustainable and more feasible," said Bach.

According to the IOC, these and other approved changes would lead to a "net increase of 15 events, an overall reduction of 285 athletes from Rio 2016 and the highest representation of female athletes in Olympic history."

The 2020 Games would see 48.85 women athletes, double the number of mixed events compared to the 2016 Games in Rio (from 9 to 18) and the most women’s events, per the IOC.

"The decision is a significant step towards achieving the 50% gender balance at the Olympic Games in both athletes and events, as clearly stated by Olympic Agenda 2020," according to the IOC.

The IOC said that Basketball 3x3 was a "successful innovation" at the Youth Olympic Games in Singapore 2010 and Nanjing 2014.

FIBA, the international organization that oversees basketball, said that 3x3 is "widely considered the No. 1 urban team sport — perfect for social media engagement with youngsters — and is simple enough to be played anywhere by anybody."

"This is a historic day for FIBA and 3x3," Patrick Baumann, FIBA secretary general and an IOC member, said in a statement.

"It is the recognition of ten years of hard work to codify the rules of 3x3 and to innovate with a unique 3x3 digital platform and player ranking system that bring together athletes with private and institutional organizers in a worldwide network of FIBA organized or sanctioned 3x3 events."

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