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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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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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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
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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 Expanding International Games To Mexico in '16, Eyes More Games In U.K.

By Barry Janoff

February 7, 2016: After an absence of more than ten years, the NFL is returning to Mexico.

"We are coming back to Mexico next season. We’re excited," NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said during his State of the NFL media conference Friday (Feb. 5) in San Francisco as part of Super Bowl 50 activations.

"We’ll have a game on Nov. 21 between the (Oakland) Raiders and the (Houston) Texans," said Goodell. "We’re very excited about being back. As you know, we have a tremendous fan following down in Mexico. We believe it’ll be a tremendous success and we’re excited about being there."

The NFL said that the decision to return to Mexico was based upon several factors, including general fan interest, current NFL visibility through existing media agreements, the size and value of the overall sports and entertainment market there and the "potential to build year-round marketing, sponsorship and fan engagement."

The last time the NFL played a  game in Mexico was Oct. 2, 2005  when the Arizona Cardinals defeated the San Francisco 49ers 31-14 in Mexico City before a crowd 103,467.

On Nov. 21, the Raiders will host the Texans in Estadio Azteca Stadium, to be televised by ESPN as the first Monday Night Football game outside the U.S.

ESPN televised the 2005 game in Mexico as part of what had been its Sunday Night Football package. It also will be show on Televisa and ESPN in Mexico.

“The NFL’s return to Mexico will be a signature game during the 2016 NFL season and ESPN’s Monday Night Football and our NFL studio shows will properly showcase this event both in the U.S. and in Mexico," ESPN president John Skipper said in a statement.

In addition to reaching the NFL's growing Hispanic fan base, Skipper said ESPN would use the game to help launch its production studios and daily NFL Live show in Mexico City.

For the NFL, the Mexico game is the next step in its plan to expand its international presence.

NFL owners last year approved a resolution to extend International Series regular-season games through 2025 and and to move beyond the U.K., where the NFL has played since 2007.

According to the league, the success of the International Series in the U.K. has "helped more than double the Sunday television viewership of NFL games there with the Super Bowl audience increasing more than 75% (and) has developed new and stronger business partnerships (with a) U.K. fan base of more than 13 million."

The three games scheduled for the 2016 season already are sold out, according to Goodell.

In 2016. the NFL's U.K. International Series, which has seen 14 games played in London since 2007, includes two games in Wembley Stadium and for the first time one in Twickenham Stadium.

Among the companies that are officially aligned with the NFL International Series and/or the NFL U.K. Web site are Anheuser-Busch (Budweiser), DraftKings, Five Guys, Hyundai, Pepsi Max, Visa, Microsoft, Marriott, Papa John's, Virgin Atlantic, Majestic, Bose and Ion Camera.

"As you know, we’re playing in two different stadiums this year, so that gives us a little bit more flexibility in how we do that, but I believe the future will see more games in the U.K.," said Goodell.

"Every time we give our U.K. fans, and I think this is true on a global basis, an opportunity to engage with football, the fans want more, and the key to our strategy several years ago was to give them the real thing, regular season games, and I think that’s worked. Fans have appreciated that."

According to Goodell, "Every year I go back to London, I see the fans are more sophisticated. They understand the game more. They’re following it more. We expect a big audience will be in the U.K. watching the Super Bowl."

Beginning in 2018, the NFL will also play a minimum of two games per season in a new stadium that will be home venue to the Tottenham Hotspur of the English Premier League, to be scheduled concurrently with games in the two other U.K. stadiums.

The Jacksonville Jaguars recently extended their deal to play a game per year in the U.K. through 2020.

Regarding putting a franchise in London, Goodell said the league was still in a wait-and-see mode.

"Let’s continue to grow. Let’s continue to see that excitement and enthusiasm, passion and support continue to develop. If it does, I think that’s a realistic possibility," said Goodell.

There also has been talk of holding the Super Bowl in London, but that discussion, too, has been channeled to a later date.

The Raiders, currently in a relocation limbo between remaining in Oakland and possibly moving back to Los Angeles, where the franchise played from 1982-1994, to join the Los Angeles Rams, see the Mexico game as an opportunity to build its fan base.

"Every year I go back to London, I see the fans are more sophisticated. They understand the game more. They’re following it more."

"The Raiders are honored to once again represent the National Football League in its International Series," Mark Davis, Raiders majority owner, said in a statement, referring to a game the Raiders played in London 2014 against the Miami Dolphins. "The Raiders are truly a global brand and we look forward to visiting the loyal and passionate members of the Raider Nation in Mexico City."

The 2016 schedule will see the Indianapolis Colts vs. Jaguars in Wembley Stadium (Sunday, Oct. 2), Los Angeles Rams vs. the New York Giants in Twickenham Stadium (Sunday, Oct. 23) and the Washington Redskins vs. Cincinnati Bengals in Wembley (Sunday, Oct. 30).  

Of the previous 14 games played in the U.K., including three this past season, only one drew fewer than 80,000 fans (Chicago Bears-Tampa Bay Buccaneers Oct. 23, 2011). The three games this past season averaged more than 83,700.

The game between the Buffalo Bills and Jaguars this past Oct. 25 was the first global live stream of a regular season NFL game across devices.

London Town's A Go-Go For NFL In 2016 And Beyond

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