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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
SOURCE: STUBHUB.COM

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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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Nov272018

NFL Expands My Cause, My Cleats Platform Through 2018 Season, Playoffs

By Barry Janoff

November 27, 2018: Having seen tremendous response to its first two My Cause, My Cleats activation, the NFL is expanding and enhancing its third annual event beginning this week to encompass the remainder of the regular season and through the playoffs.

Today has been designated as My Cause, My Cleats Unboxing Day, when teams will debut their players' custom cleats for this weekend's launch of the 2018 My Cause, My Cleats campaign.

During Weeks 13-15, each NFL team will designate one home game as their My Cause, My Cleats game, when players will wear customized cleats reflecting their commitment to charitable causes during these games.

More than 800 players are planning to showcase their causes on-field during My Cause, My Cleats games.

Players and teams worked directly with local customizers, as well as Nike, Under Armour and adidas, to design their cleats.

According to the NFL, 25% of player causes support health and wellness, 19% youth-related programs, 16% cancer awareness and prevention, 6% military, 6% social justice, 3% mental health issues and 25% various causes such as anti-bullying, domestic violence, prevention of animal cruelty, gun violence prevention, drunk driving prevention, literacy and special needs.

"The philanthropic passions of NFL players come to life in incredible ways all year long," NFL commissioner Roger Goodall said via the league .”We are proud to expand our efforts to highlight the extraordinary impact of NFL players and teams in communities across the country."

Throughout January and February, the NFL said it would focus specifically on the cause of social justice as part of a new Inspire Change initiative.

This new platform will highlight league, player and team programs and initiatives that reduce barriers to opportunity, with a priority on supporting improvements in education and economic advancement, community-police relations, and the criminal justice system.

Support will include a new PSA, digital content, social media with the hash tags #mycausemycleats and #inspirechange, grassroots funding, community activation and new nationwide programming.

In addition, the NFL Network multi-part series Impact & Influence — currently airing in short form on NFL Network and digitally and through NFL social channels — will broadcast episodes in January and February focusing on player-led work to promote social and racial equality.

Players have the opportunity to raise funds for the causes of their choosing by auctioning their cleats at NFL Auction, with 100% of funds raised will be donated to charities selected by players.

People can bid on game-issued player cleats to help players raise funds for their chosen causes.

Working with Pizza Hut, Todd Gurley of the Los Angeles Rams will support literacy efforts for the NFL's My Cause My Cleats initiative by wearing custom-designed Nike cleats dedicated to reading during the Rams' home game on Dec. 16.

The cleats feature Todd's children's book of choice, "The Magician's Hat," written by NFL player Malcolm Mitchell; and Pizza Hut partner First Book, a non-profit dedicated to creating equal access to quality education for children in need.

Among the other players and their causes:


• Jaron Brown WR Seattle Seahawks Make-a-Wish
• Russell Wilson QB Seattle Seahawks Why Not You Foundation Supporting Friends of the Children
• Von Miller LB Denver Broncos Von’s Vision Foundation
• Detrez Newsmen RB Los Angeles Chargers National Down Syndrome Society (pictured, right)
• Patrick Mahomes QB Kansas City Chiefs Team Luke  (Brain Injury Prevention & Awareness)
• Khalil Mack LB Chicago Bears Lupus Foundation of America
• Mitchell Trubisky QB Chicago Bears Thumbs Up Mission
• Matthew Slater WR New England Patriots International Justice Mission
• DeSean Jackson WR Tampa Bay Buccaneers DeSean Jackson Foundation
• Lamar Jackson RB Houston Texans Chauncy Glover Project
• Christian McCaffrey RB Carolina Panthers Wounded Warrior Project (pictured above)

More details will be unveiled on each element of the player cause platform as it launches.

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