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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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Channel Chasers

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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NBA Nation 2013: Hoops And Hype, Chocolate Thunder, Sprint And Sprite 

Special to NYSportsJournalism.com

May 20, 2013: What tours the country, includes interesting events for hoops fans and sports fans alike and offers the opportunity to meet the likes of NBA icon Darryl Dawkins, current league up-and-coming stars and the Warrior Girls and the Laker Girls.

It is NBA Nation presented by Sprint, the league's mobile basketball playground, which is scheduled to begin its eighth summer tour on May 25 and visit eight cities through mid-July. Dribble to Stop Diabetes (a partnership among the NBA, Sanofi US and the American Diabetes Assn.) and Sprite are associate partners of NBA Nation presented by Sprint.

According to the league, NBA Nation presented by Sprint is a 20,000 square foot operation that includes full and half courts, free interactive basketball activities and autograph signings by Dawkins, NBA players and entertainers.

NBA Nation presented by Sprint is scheduled to travel more than 10,000 miles and make stops in San Francisco (Carnaval, May 25-26), Los Angeles (Universal CityWalk, June 1-2, Charlotte (Taste of Charlotte, June 7-9), Chicago (Taste of Randolph, June 15-16(, Washington D.C.(Safeway Barbecue Battle, June 22-23), East Rutherford (State Fair Meadowlands, June 28-30), Philadelphia (Wawa Welcome America! Taste of Philadelphia, July 5-7) and Dallas (Taste of Dallas, July 12-14).

Among the sponsored events, the Sprint Unlimited NBA Experience offers the Kevin Durant Unlimited Free Throw Competition and the Steve Nash Fast Break Challenge, offering the opportunity to win a new Sprint phone and other prizes; Sprite’s Slam Dunk Showdown, where people at each stop can display their best dunks before a panel of judges (including Dawkins), with one winner from each city receiving a $2,500 and the opportunity to compete in the championship event at NBA All-Star 2014 to win $10,000; and the Dribble to Stop Diabetes tent can participate in a pop-a-shot challenge, photo opportunities and a chance to win exclusive prizes while learning more about how to help stop diabetes.

According to Dawkins, "You can always visit Charming Chocolate, but other great legends show up on the tour . . . and current day players will show up for sure. NBA Nation does it right, we do it pure. Young talent in the Sprite Slam Dunk Contest bring their very best. What is left over, we call that a mess. Hanging with the sponsors, like Sprint, get up to date on the latest tech. Don't wear a suit, you will get some lint."

Dawkiins also named a dunk for the following tour stops:

Los Angeles: Layin' it back LA, where the talent is always up to par.
Charlotte: Hottest stop on the tour, it’s always 102 for sure.
Chicago: No sand in your teeth, it could get gritty, come out to Chi-town, it will get windy.
Washington D.C.: DC . . . where you can ride a llama or see Obama, hanging with me.
East Rutherford: The city that is growing and people not knowing, the lights are glowing, Nation’s still going.
Philadelphia: Don't stop to look at the morning Dove, come to Philadelphia to see what you’re made of, cause it’s the sure enough city of brotherly love.
Dallas: Dazzling Dallas where they do ribs right, up all morning and still all night.

PHOTO: Courtesty NBA

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