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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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• Doobie Brothers
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• Judas Priest
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• MC5
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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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NFL Unveils $3M Helmet Challenge In Quest To Develop Better Player Headgear

By Barry Janoff

September 12, 2019: In an effort to design a new helmet that “outperforms, based on laboratory testing, all helmet models currently worn by NFL players.” the league today unveiled the “NFL Helmet Challenge,” described as an “innovation challenge that aims to stimulate the development by experts, innovators and helmet manufacturers..”

Up to $3 million will be available in the challenge, including $2 million in grant funding to support the development of a helmet prototype and a $1 million award.

The league works with numerous companies that manufacture helmets — including Shutt, Riddell Zenith and Vicis — but is now taking its quest for safer helmets to the public-at-large.

"Helmet technology is advancing at an impressive rate,” Jeff Miller, the NFL's evp-health and safety innovation, said via the league. “Yet, we believe that even more is possible.

“The NFL Helmet Challenge represents an unprecedented combination of financing, research, data and engineering expertise in an effort to create a more protective helmet.”

A symposium will be held Nov. 13-15 in Youngstown, Ohio, to officially launch the challenge. It is intended to “bring together experts from different industries to share information and work collaboratively on innovative helmet ideas.”

The NFL Helmet Challenge will culminate in May 2021 with the applicants submitting helmet prototypes for testing in laboratory conditions “that represent potentially concussive impacts in the NFL.”

Applicants will compete for up to a $1 million award. (Details here.)

Football helmets have been in the news of late, in part because of the start of the NFL season, in part due to the saga between the league and wide receiver Antonio Brown.

Brown, then with the Oakland Raiders and now with the New England Patriots, was not allowed to wear the helmet he said he has worn for nine seasons because the league claimed it was too old and did not meet NFL safety requirements.

More than 30 players this season had to change their helmets because they were on the NFL’s list of “prohibited headgear,” based on a list of approved and non-approved helmets released in April by the NFL and NFL Players Assn.

The list was the result of an annual laboratory study to assess the performance of helmets worn by NFL players.

This challenge is the next phase in the league's "Engineering Roadmap," which “aims to improve the understanding of football biomechanics and to create incentives for businesses, entrepreneurs, innovators and helmet manufacturers to develop new protective equipment.”

Of the Top 25 rated helmets on the 2019 list, Shutt had 11, Riddell 7, Zenith 6 and Vicis 1 — with the Vicis Zero1 helmet earning the No. 1 ranking.

The NFL and NFLPA said that after releasing its 2018 list of tested helmets, “Approximately 50% of NFL players upgraded to a better-performing helmet . . . The percentage of players wearing helmets in the top-performing category increased by one-third to 74% of all players by the end of the 2018 season.”

The NFL and NFLPA said that as of the final week of the 2018 season, only 32 players (less than 2% of total players) remained in one of the prohibited helmets.

Between the NFL Helmet Challenge symposium in November and the submission of helmets for final evaluation in May 2021, the NFL said that applicants would have access to a range of resources to support the development of their helmet prototype.

That would include up to $2 million in HeadHealthTECH Challenge grant funding.

To encourage broad participation, the league said it is also offering grant funding to “certain requesting university students and faculty to offset travel costs associated with attending the symposium.”

"Innovation can be catalyzed if we engage with creative and talented people from across disciplines to attack this challenge together,” said Miller.

“In collaboration with the NFL Players Assn., we are making changes on and off the field in an effort to improve protection for every player. Trying to ensure that players wear the best possible helmet is a substantial part of that commitment."

Details here to request an invitation to attend the symposium, with registration open until Oct. 2.

NFL Helmet Test Having Major Impact With Players

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