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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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• 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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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

NFL Mexico 2019
• Nov. 18 Kansas City  Chiefs v Los Angeles Chargers Mexico City Estadio Azteca (ESPN Monday Night Football).

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Jan102019

Report: Legal Sports Betting Revenue In U.S. Could Hit $5B, 25 States By 2023

By Barry Janoff

January 10, 2019: Even casual observers of the U.S. legal sports betting scene would have to admit that, based on recent deals signed by the NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL and other pro sports, the category is a booming business with no foreseen end in sight.

Following the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in May that overturned the national law preventing legal betting on sports in individual states, allowed each state to decide whether or not to enact laws governing legal sports betting.

Legal sports wagering in the U.S. is expected to hit $400 million in 2018 (when all the numbers are finalized) and is projected to approach $650 million this year.

Total revenues could then grow to $1-$2 billion 2020 and reach at least $3.1 billion by 2023 and possibly topping $5 billion, with more than half online, according to the just released U.S. Sports Betting Outlook from GamblingCompliance, a leading provider of independent business intelligence to the global sports betting industry.

Revenue here is defined as "the amount retained by sports-wagering operators after all winnings bets are paid and not handle, or the total amount staked by bettors," per GamblingCompliance. It does not include such ancillary factors as income from marketing, data and sponsorships.

Entering 2019, states that allowed legal sports betting included Delaware, Mississippi, Nevada, New Jersey, West Virginia, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island; as well as limited locations in New Mexico.

According to London and Washington DC-based GamblingCompliance, the number of U.S. states with legally approved sports betting could top 18 this year and 25 by 2023, depending on individual state legislation moves.

“As many as 33 states are expected to consider bills to regulate sports wagering during their 2019 legislative sessions, according to the U.S. Sports Betting Outlook.

“Of those, between six and 13 states are tipped to pass legislation, while other states are expected to move forward this year under the terms of laws already on the statute books.”

According to GamblingCompliance, topping the list of states most likely to pass bills or adopt implementing regulations are New York, Michigan, Indiana, Arkansas, Kentucky and Connecticut, plus the District of Columbia.

Other states to watch include Illinois, Iowa, Massachusetts and Ohio.

Pro sports leagues in the U.S. are set to receive a potential $4.2 billion boost in annual income, not just from the betting but also from such platforms as advertising, data. merchandise and sponsorship, according to the American Gaming Assn., Washington, DC.

The NFL's annual income alone may increase by $2.3 billion a year due to widely available, legal, regulated sports betting.

According to AGA, people in the U.S. bet an estimated $150 billion illegally annually on U.S. sports, including 97% of the nearly $5 billion wagered on Super Bowl LII in February 2018.

The NFL recently signed Caesars Entertainment as its official casino sponsor. The deal does not include sports betting, daily fantasy or hotels/resorts, according to the league.

The NBA, MLB and NHL each have official alliances with MGM Resorts International.

In September, the Dallas Cowboys became the first NFL team with a casino deal, signing a multi-year pact naming WinStar World Casino and Resort as the official casino of the team.

"After the Supreme Court's ruling, the U.S. sports betting market is set to quickly become one of the largest in the world."

Seven NFL clubs have relationships with Caesars Entertainment, including the Atlanta Falcons, Baltimore Ravens, Chicago Bears, Indianapolis Colts, New Orleans Saints, Oakland Raiders (with expanded elements when the franchise moves to Las Vegas for the 2020 season) and Philadelphia Eagles.

"After the Supreme Court's ruling, the U.S. sports betting market is set to quickly become one of the largest in the world, surpassing the U.K. and potentially China within five years," James Kilsby, managing director-Americas for GamblingCompliance, said via the group.

However, GamblingCompliance said the path to legal sports wagering will be anything but easy.

"Several prominent states will pass bills in 2019, but none of them will find the discussions straightforward or free from lobbying conflict - and lawmakers will invariably find sports betting to be a more complicated issue than they anticipated," said Kilsby.

"If the story of 2018 was the running battle between major sports leagues and gaming interests over sports betting policy, then the lobbying field will be even more crowded this year as the needs of state lotteries, Indian tribes and non-casino sports brands come into play in state houses across the country.”

GRAPHIC COURTESY GAMBLINGCOMPLIANCE

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