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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. 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)

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Olympic Meltdown: Winter 2022 Games Losing Political Heat Among Bid Cities

By Barry Janoff

October 2, 2014: For those people thinking of playing in, covering or being a spectator at the 2022 Winter Olympics, starting planning your trip now — to either Beijing or Almaty, Kazakhstan.

Citing financial challenges and lack of support from the government and citizens, Oslo, Norway has dropped out of the bidding process to host the Games that year.

The moves follows similar withdrawals of official bids over the past few months from Stockholm, Krakow (Poland) and Lviv (Ukraine). In addition, St. Moritz (Switzerland) and Munich did not pursue bids they initially had undertaken, also citing lack of financial and political support.

Officials in Oslo had previously reduced the allotted budget they were planning and said that rather than build new venues they would use as many existing facilities as possible, including those from the 1994 Winter Games in Lillehammer.

Oslo also hosted the 1952 Winter Olympics and Lillehammer will host the 2016 Youth Winter Olympics.

The International Olympic Committee is scheduled to name a host city for the 2022 Games this coming July.

Beijing hosted the 2008 Summer Games. Neither Beijing or Almaty has hosted the Winter Olympics. If Beijing is named, it would become the first city to host both a Winter and Summer Olympics, according to NBC.

NBC Universal earlier this year agreed to pay $7.75 billion, according to industry analysts, for the exclusive U.S. broadcast rights to the Olympic Games from 2022 through 2032, extending a deal with the IOC dating back to 1992.

Following Oslo's withdrawal, the IOC said it would not re-open the bidding process to additional cities.

"The IOC is sticking to its commitments," IOC president Thomas Bach told the Associated Press on Thursday. "We have issued the invitation for bidding. There is a clear and transparent procedure. We will follow this procedure with two candidates."

The last time there were only two cities bidding to host the Olympics was in 1999 when Turin, Italy was named over Sion, Switzerland, to host the 2006 Winter Games, according to GamesBids.com.

In a statement, the IOC decried Oslo's withdrawal.

"This is a missed opportunity for the City of Oslo and for all the people of Norway who are known world-wide for being huge fans of winter sports," wrote Christophe Dubi, IOC Executive Director of the Olympic Games. "And it is mostly a missed opportunity for the outstanding Norwegian athletes who will not be able to reach new Olympic heights in their home country.
 
It is a missed opportunity to make the most of the $880 million investment the IOC would have made to the Games that would have built a considerable legacy for the people.

"In addition, national sponsorship rights granted by the IOC would have delivered a considerable sum and almost certainly substantially more than the $181 million estimated in the bid. The most recent editions of the Olympic Winter Games (for instance Vancouver and Sochi), which have all either broken even or made a profit, have made sponsorship revenue four times higher than that," wrote Dubi.

"This is a missed opportunity for the City of Oslo and for all the people of Norway who are known world-wide for being huge fans of winter sports."

Dubi said that the IOC would continue to "work closely with the Olympic Movement in Norway to make the Lillehammer Winter Youth Olympic Games in (Feb. 12-21) 2016 a success for the young athletes."

Upcoming Olympics include 2016 Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro and 2018 Winter Games in PyeongChang, South Korea.

The U.S. Olympic Committee said it was studying whether or not to bin on the 2024 Summer Olympics. The U.S. las hosted the Summer Games in 1996 in Atlanta and the 2002 Winter Games in Salt Lake CIty.

Global IOC marketing partners include Atos, Coca-Cola, Dow Chemical, General Electric, McDonald's, Omega, Panasonic, Procter & Gamble, Samsung and Visa.

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