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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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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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NFL Gives Animated, Semi-Accurate Account Of First 100 Seasons (In 3:30)

By Barry Janoff

October 6, 2019: The NFL is celebrating its 100th season this year, en route to its official 100th anniversary in October 2020, and even with the thousands of players, coaches and others who have been part of it, has managed to encapsulate its timeline into an animated spot that runs 3:30.

The “crash course on the past 100 years of the NFL," as the league describes it, begins in 1920, when the American Football Association made its debut, morphing into the NFL two years later.

The history lesson runs through 2019 to such relatively recent innovations as games “shown on TV networks and streaming services around the globe."

The anchor spot ultimately declares, “The league’s structure and revenue sharing among all teams have kept the NFL the most popular sports league in the U.S. for several decades, and is poised to remain so for many more. Here’s to the next 100 years.”

Big this is, in some cases, revisionitst history as told by the NFL.

In the spot, the league says it is now played during the season “three days a week." We see an animated hand circling on a calendar Monday, Thursday and Saturday (rare, and which doesn’t happen until December), but neglecting the league's biggest day, Sunday.

It addresses the NFL’s integration, with a voiceover offering, “Although the league featured black players prior, in 1946 the NFL officially integrated.”

Not detailed: Fritz Pollard and Bobby Marshall were the first black players in the AFA (now the NFL) in 1920. Pollard became in 1921 the first (and until 1989, only) black coach (Akron Pros).

In 1946, Kenny Washington of UCLA became the first African American to sign a contract with a NFL team, the Los Angeles Rams.

Also signing that year: Bill Willis and Marion Motley (Cleveland Browns) and Woody Strode (Rams).

Omitted, however, is the on-going situation involving Colin Kaepernick, who as quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers in 2016 knelt during the playing of the National Anthem in protest of the treatment of African Americans at the hands of the police.

And while four of the league's 32 franchises have women as a majority owner, only two have non-white majority owners (Kim Pegula, Buffalo Bills; Shahid Khan, Jacksonville Jaguars).

Also not part of this history lesson are such issues as concussions, the health challenges facing  former players, suspensions due to use of  unauthorized PEDs and player situations involving domestic violence and other serious issues.

But there are plenty of highlights crammed into the spot, which will appear in shorter versions as well as via digital, social media and in-stadium.

• In 1933, the Chicago Bears defeated the New York Giants (33-31) in the league’s inaugural championship game.

• The 1958 championship game on Dec. 28 in Yankee Stadium, in which the Baltimore Colts defeated the Giants in sudden death overtime, 23-17, in what became known as “The Greatest Game Ever Played,” as 45 million people watched on TV . . . “starting an explosion in viewership for future decades.”

• The NFL-AFL merger in 1966, leading to the first AFL-NFL World Championship, now known as Super Bowl I, with the Green Bay Packers defeating the Kansas City Chiefs, 35-10, on Jan. 15, 1967 in Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum (airing on both CBS and NBC, with a combined viewership of more than 51 million).

• The debut of Monday Night Football in 1970.

• The 1972 Miami Dolphins going 17-0 and becoming the first and still only team in the Super Bowl era to go undefeated, including their victory in Super Bowl VII.

• The Pittsburgh Steelers winning four Super Bowls in six seasons (Super Bowls IX, X, XIII and XIV).

• The dynasties of the San Francisco 49ers in the 1980s and the Dallas Cowboys in the 1990s.

• Tom Brady becoming the starting quarterback for the New England Patriots in 2001, with Brady now still playing and considered “the consensus choice as the Greatest Player Ever.”

And a statement that can be taken two ways: 20 of the NFL teams have won at least one of the first 53 Super Bowl, meaning that in the Super Bowl era, 12 teams are still seeking that elusive Lombardi Trophy.

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