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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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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

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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)

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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Jul242013

How The NFL Put NBC Sports Group In Driver's Seat With New Nascar TV Deal

By Barry Janoff

July 23, 2013: Nascar is a hot property, but it was the burgeoning ratings of Sunday Night Football that helped seal a deal with NBC Sports.

The racing circuit Monday unveiled a ten-year with NBC Sports Group, a division of NBCUniversal, for exclusive rights beginning in 2015 to the last 20 races each season in the Nascar Sprint Cup Series and the final 19 races in the Nationwide Series.

The new alliance returns NBC Sports to the Nascar track while signaling an end to broadcast alliances with ESPN and Turner. Nascar will continue to air on Fox and may even increase the coverage with Fox Sports.

Financial terms of the NBC deal were not disclosed. Industry analysts said it would surpass the deal Nascar and Fox signed last year, an eight-year extension for $2.4 billion beginning in 2015, which covers the first half of Nascar's Sprint Cup Series.

Nascar said that the presence of major sports programming on NBC, led by the highly rated NFL Sunday Night Football, impacted the decision. NBC said that seven races would air on Sunday afternoons, with the others to air on the NBC Sports Network.

NBC will have the opportunity to unveil marketing for its Nascar package this February during its coverage of the 2014 Winter Olympics from Sochi.

“We’re going to have the opportunity as we get into the fall season and the Chase for the Nascar Sprint Cup to be on Sunday afternoons leading into NFL football, and that’s an exciting opportunity for us, given the obvious power of the NFL," Steve Herbst, vp-broadcasting and production for Nascar, said during a media conference call. "We still have a ways to go to figure out what races and when, but it will be select races that go into Sunday Night Football.’’

"NBC is known for being an exceptional partner and delivering outstanding production quality and presentation of live sports, as well as its broad portfolio of broadcast and digital properties, so we are thrilled with the commitment they have made to Nascar and its future," Brian France, Nascar chairman, said during the media conference call.

The NBC pact also includes broadcast rights to the Nascar Hall of Fame ceremony and other post-season ceremonies, as well as rights to specific Nascar events. These include the K&N Series, Whelen Modified Tour and Toyota-Mexico races.

In addition, NBC Sports gets "TV Everywhere" live-streaming rights for the Sprint Cup Series and Nationwide Series, Spanish-language broadcast rights on Telemundo and Mun2 for national series events and the Toyota-Mexico Series races, according to Nascar.

NBC had been a Nascar broadcast partner in the recent past. It broadcast the second half of the Sprint Cup and Nationwide seasons from 2001-2006 in conjunction with Turner Sports, season finales in 1999 and 2000 and the Daytona 500 in 2002, 2004 and 2006.

ESPN, which has been a Nascar broadcast partner since the early 1960s (via its ABC sibling) through 2002 and then again since 2007, would continue to air the final 17 Cup races this season (beginning Sunday with the Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis) and in 2014, in addition to the complete Nationwide Series schedule.

"ESPN has enjoyed a long and mutually beneficial relationship with Nascar," ESPN president John Skipper said in a statement. "We have tremendous respect for the France family, the drivers and all in the sport and wish them well. We will continue to serve Nascar fans through 'SportsCenter' and our other news platforms as we continue to enhance our industry-leading collection of quality assets."

"To be on Sunday afternoons leading into NFL [Sunday Night Football], and that’s an exciting opportunity for us, given the obvious power of the NFL."

Turner Sports has completed its Nascar schedule for 2013 and will still have the broadcast rights for six races in 2014. Turner has been a Nascar partner since 2001.

According to Herbst, “[NBC's] football package on Sunday night is the number one show on television, and along with the Kentucky Derby and the Triple Crown, of course the NHL and the Stanley Cup playoffs, the French Open, they are the home to championship programming and we’ll be promoted and marketed and shown alongside those top tier events is a great day for Nascar."

“Acquiring the rights and bringing Nascar back to NBC comes at an important point in time for NBC Sports Network, NBC, and all of our distributors and affiliates,” said Mark Lazurus, NBC Sports Group chairman. “We look forward to working with Brian and his management team, who have brought a renewed focus to Nascar's intersection of sports and technology.”

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