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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
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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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Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.
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Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.
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Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.
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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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Jan102010

NFL Serves Up Brown, Rice, Smith As 2010 Hall of Fame Candidates

January 10, 2010: Tim Brown, Jerry Rice and Emmitt Smith, three of the greatest players in NFL history, are expected to make it into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in their first year of eligibility when the Hall’s selection committee meets in Miami on Saturday, Feb. 6, a day before Super Bowl XLIV. The trio head a list of 15 modern-era finalists who will be considered for election. The inductees will be unveiled live on NFL Network.

Unlike Major League Baseball, the NFL's all-time leading players over the past 15-20 years have not been tainted by steroids scandals, clearing the way for such players as Brown, Rice and Smith to be judged by their respective on-field merits. By comparison, such players as Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa have found their current or potential future baseball Hall of Fame paths filled with obstacles.

In recent years, Smith and Rice have become celebrities off the gridiron. Smith won the Dancing with the Stars third season of competition on ABC in November 2006, and he currently has endorsement deals with Just For Men, Good Feet and  the National Pork Board. Rice was a runner-up in the second season of Dancing with the Stars in February 2006, appearing in the first season of Spike TV's reality show, Pros vs. Joes, and has written books, appears as an analyst on sports shows and made other TV appearances.

In conjunction with its official process, the Pro Football Hall of Fame has been running a promotion with Phillips-Van Heusen and JC Penney providing a  forum for fans to offer their unofficial opinions on which players should be part of the Class of 2010. The Van Heusen Fan’s Choice selections will also be unveiled live on NFL Network just prior to the official announcement from the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Although the outcome has no official determination on which players will actually be inducted, the fan’s choice list includes seven candidates who also appear on the official Pro Football Hall of Fame selection committee's list of 15: Brown, Cris Carter, Richard Dent, Charles Haley, Rice, Shannon Sharpe and Smith.

Brown, who was named to nine Pro Bowls in his 17-year career, caught 1,094 passes (third best all-time)  for 14,934 yards and 100 TDs, returned 326 punts for 3,220 yards and three TDs and 49 kickoff returns for 1,235 yards and a TD. Rice The Class of 2010 will be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio, on Aug. 7. Participating teams in the Hall of Fame game, scheduled for Aug. 8, have yet to be announced by the NFL. Rice is the NFL's all-time leader with 1,549 receptions, 22,895 yards gained, 76 games with 100 or more yards in pass receiving and 197 career TDs in a career that spanned from 1985-2004. Smith is the all-time leaders with 18,355 yards rushing, 164 rushing TDs and most games with 100 or more yards rushing (78) from 1990-2004).

Among those players and coaches on the Hall of Fame list, Russ Grimm has been eligible 14 years, Roger Craig has been eligible 12 years, Rickey Jackson 10 years, Dent eight years, Haley six years, Andre Reed, Dermonti  Dawson and Cortez Kennedy five years, Carter three years, and John Randle and Sharpe two years. Carter, Dawson, Dent, Grimm, Kennedy, Randle, Reed, and Sharpe have all been finalists in previous years. Although they were eligible in previous years, this is the first time Don Coryell, Craig, Haley, Jackson, Little and Dick LeBeau have been finalists.
 
To be elected, a finalist must receive a minimum positive vote of 80% when the 44-member selection committee meets. No more than five modern-era nominees can be elected in a given year and a class of six or seven can only be achieved if one or both senior nominees are elected. The 15 modern-era finalists were determined by a vote of the Hall’s selection committee from a list of 131 preliminary nominees that earlier was reduced to a list of 25 semifinalists. To be eligible for election, modern-era players and coaches must be retired at least five years (prior to 2007 coaches were eligible immediately after retiring).

The official Pro Football Hall of Fame selection committee’s 2010 finalists (15 modern-era and two senior nominees*) in alphabetical order with their positions, teams, and years active:

Tim Brown: WR/KR – 1988-2003 Los Angeles/Oakland Raiders, 2004 Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Cris Carter: WR – 1987-89 Philadelphia Eagles, 1990-2001 Minnesota Vikings, 2002 Miami Dolphins

Don Coryell:– Coach – 1973-77 St. Louis Cardinals, 1978-1986 San Diego Chargers

Roger Craig: Running Back – 1983-1990 San Francisco 49ers, 1991 Los Angeles Raiders, 1992-93 Minnesota Vikings

Dermonti Dawson: Center – 1988-2000 Pittsburgh Steelers

Richard Dent: DE – 1983-1993, 1995 Chicago Bears, 1994 San Francisco 49ers, 1996 Indianapolis Colts, 1997 Philadelphia Eagles

Russ Grimm: OG – 1981-1991 Washington Redskins

Charles Haley: –DE/LB – 1986-1991, 1999 San Francisco 49ers, 1992-96 Dallas Cowboys

Rickey Jackson: LB – 1981-1993 New Orleans Saints, 1994-95 San Francisco 49ers

Cortez Kennedy: DT – 1990-2000 Seattle Seahawks

*Dick LeBeau: CB – 1959-1972 Detroit Lions

*Floyd Little: RB – 1967-1975 Denver Broncos

John Randle: DT – 1990-2000 Minnesota Vikings, 2001-03 Seattle Seahawks

Andre Reed: WE – 1985-1999 Buffalo Bills, 2000 Washington Redskins

Jerry Rice: WR – 1985-2000 San Francisco 49ers, 2001-04 Oakland Raiders, 2004 Seattle Seahawks

Shannon Sharpe: TE – 1990-99, 2002-03 Denver Broncos, 2000-01 Baltimore Ravens

Emmitt Smith: RB – 1990-2002 Dallas Cowboys, 2003-04 Arizona Cardinals


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