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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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• Dave Matthews Band
• Depeche Mode
• Doobie Brothers
• Whitney Houston
• Judas Priest
• Kraftwerk
• MC5
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• Todd Rundgren
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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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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. 6 Chicago Bears v Oakland Raiders Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
• Oct. 13 Carolina Panthers v Tampa Bay Buccaneers Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
• 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).

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Dec132016

NFL Loving Fish & Chips, Bangers & Mash, Continues To Build Presence In U.K.

By Barry Janoff

December 13, 2016: In its ongoing effort to bring American football to the masses in the U.K. — and potentially set the stage for a future franchise or Super Bowl there — the NFL has expanded its schedule to include four games in London in 2017.

That would be the most in one season since the NFL began to play regular season games with the inception of the London Games Series — now known as the NFL International Series — in 2007.

The eight teams, named today, that will play there in 2017 are:

Baltimore Ravens vs Jacksonville Jaguars Wembley Stadium (9-24 or 10-1)
• New Orleans Saints v Miami Dolphins Wembley (9-24 or 10-1)
• Minnesota Vikings v Cleveland Browns Twickenham Stadium (10-22 or 10-29)
• Arizona Cardinals v Los Angeles Rams Twickenham (10-22 or 10-29)

Times are TBD. The NFL is said to be considering pushing back start times in London so the games do not begin at 9 AM EDT/6 AM PDT in the U.S., as they have been.

The Jaguars will play a home game in London for the fifth consecutive season. The Dolphins will play their fourth regular-season game in London. First-timers are Baltimore, Cleveland and Arizona.

"We are honored to once again represent the NFL on a global level and help grow the game of football," Mark Wilf, owner-president for the Vikings, which played in London against the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2013, said in a statement. "This is a unique opportunity to continue highlighting the Vikings brand on an international stage and to give our fans around the world another opportunity to see their favorite team up close."

"This is a good opportunity for the Ravens and we are very excited about playing a game in London," team president Dick Cass said in a statement regarding the Raven’s first International Series game. "We hope to see many of our fans at Wembley Stadium in London."

The NFL said that at the conclusion of the 2017 season, 27 teams would have played in London since 2007. The remaining five would be the Philadelphia Eagles, Green Bay Packers, Carolina Panthers, Seattle Seahawks and Tennessee Titans.

The league played one game a season in the U.K. from 2007-2012, added a second game in 2013 and a third in 2014.

In 2017, the NFL is also scheduling its second consecutive game in Estadio Azteca Stadium in Mexico City, between the New England Patriots and Oakland Raiders (date TBD) following this season’s Monday Night Football game (ESPN) there between the Raiders and the Houston Texans, which drew a crowd of 76,473.

London fans are not necessarily getting the best the NFL has to offer. Jacksonville (2-11), Cleveland (0-13) and Los Angeles (4-9) are a combined 6-33 as of Dec. 12.

The league remains gung-ho on U.K. development based on several key factors.

Since 2007, when the New York Giants defeated the Miami Dolphins, 13-10, in front of 81,176 fans in Wembley, the NFL said that Sunday viewership in the U.K. of NFL games “has more than doubled and the Super Bowl audience has increased more than 75%.”

This season, the NFL said it is on pace to reach a record number of unique TV viewers in the U.K.

in addition, the league said it has "developed new and stronger business partnerships and, according to internal research, has a U.K. fan base of more than 13 million, including close to four million avid fans."

NFL U.K. partners include Anheuser-Busch (Budweiser), Hyundai, Pepsi Max, Discover Los Angeles, Microsoft, Marriott Rewards, Papa John’s, Virgin Atlantic, Visa, Bose and Thomas Cook Sport and New York Bakery Co.

"We continue to be incredibly excited by the passion and love for the NFL shown by our millions of U.K. fans."

"London staging a fourth NFL game is fantastic news — not only for the millions of sports fans who get to enjoy our iconic stadiums — but also because it confirms our status as the go-to choice for hosting the world’s biggest sporting events," London mayor Sadiq Khan, said in a statement. "London is the international home of the NFL and staging the equivalent of what would be half an American football team’s home games in the city is a huge step towards my ambition of bringing a franchise to the capital."

The NFL and local partners are also empowered by the fact that American football is now an officially recognized sport in U.K. universities and schools.

According to the NFL, "Participation in amateur football in the U.K., has risen by approximately 15% per year since 2007, with the latest figures from Sport England showing that 40,000 people age 14 or older play regularly."

"We continue to be incredibly excited by the passion and love for the NFL shown by our millions of U.K. fans," NFL commissioner Roger Goodall said in a statement. "London is an amazing city. We have had tremendous support from our fans, from Mayor Khan and other government leaders and business partners, and we are looking forward to taking the next step in the U.K. by playing four games in London next season."

Of the 17 games (featuring 26 teams) played in the U.K. since 2007, 15 have attracted crowds in excess of 81,000, with a high of 84,448 this past Oct. 30 when the Washington Redskins played the Cincinnati Bengals.

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