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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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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. 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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Mar222013

Montana, Peterson, Sanders Top Opening Round 'Madden NFL 25' Cover Votes

By Barry Janoff

March 21, 2013: If there was any talk that EA Sports' Madden NFL franchise was losing momentum, one need look no farther than the current voting process to see how popular the video game appears to be in its 25th anniversary.

EA Sports is, for the third year, enabling consumers to vote for the NFL athlete who will appear on the cover. To honor the game's quarter-century, the voting began with a bracket of 32 NFL legends pitted against each other and a bracket of 32 current NFL stars on the other side. One player from each will emerge victorious, for the right to face each other for the cover.

According to EA Sports, more than 21 million votes were cast in the first round, for Madden NFL 25, when half the field from each bracket were eliminated, not only besting last year’s week one tally but already topping the total number of votes for the entire Madden NFL 13 cover voting process.

Joe Montana, a Hall of Fame quarterback who played most of his career with the San Francisco 49ers, led all "old school" players with 640,000 votes, while Adrian Peterson, who was the NFL MVP this past season with the Minnesota Vikings, led the "new school" bracket with 594,000 votes, per the video game company. In addition, the Montana vs. Jake Delhomme match-up led the first round head-to-heads with more than 700,000 total votes.

Peterson and Hall of Famer Barry Sanders had the biggest margin of victories in the first round, with Peterson claiming 94% of the votes in his victory over Oakland Raiders' quarterback Carson Palmer and Sanders taking 95% of the overall vote against former Chicago Bears linebacker and current Carolina Panthers head coach Ron Rivera.

Deion Sanders received 93% of the vote in his match-up and Montana 92%. Andrew Luck, the first-year quarterback for the Indianapolis Colts, had 89% of the vote in his match-up.

Concurrently, Von Miller defeated Victor Cruz with 51% of the votes, the closest margin in the opening round.

Montana also is leading the way for other current and former members of the 49ers, with Hall of Fame wide receiver Jerry Rice and current Niners' quarterback Colin Kaepernick joining Montana in the second round.

Among the most intriguing match-ups in the second round are Montana against Jerome Bettis, Dan Marion against Marshall Faulk, Sanders against Marcus Allen and Ray Lewis against LaDanian Tomlinson in the "old school" bracket; and Arian Foster against Julio Jones, Andrrew Luck against Clay Matthews, Rob Gronkowski against Darrelle Revis and Dez Bryant against Ray Rice in among the current players.

Peyton Hillis, then of the Cleveland Browns, won the first cover vote, which was conducted for Madden NFL 12. Calvin Johnson of the Detroit Lions won the vote last year for Madden NFL 13. The game was renamed Madden NFL 25 this year, instead of 14, to honor the franchise's silver anniversary.

Voting for the next round continues through March 27. Round three will be March 27-April 3, the quarter-finals April 3-10 and the semi-finals April 10-17. The final vote will be conducted April 17-24.

EA Sports has teamed with Pepsi Max, ESPN's SportsNation and the NFL Players Assn. to support the Madden NFL 25 vote. The game hits retail Aug. 27.

Madden NFL 25: Old, New, Curse

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