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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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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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Feb252019

No Offseason In NFL: League, Marketers, Media Prepare For 2019 Scouting Combine

NYSJ Sports-Entertainment Business News Service

February 23, 2019: It’s been three weeks since Super Bowl LIII and as it readies for its year-long 100th anniversary celebration, the NFL has managed to stay in the news, for good and bad reasons.

Off the field, Super Bowl champion New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft is facing charges of solicitation in Florida, which officials say is linked to a larger and dangerous human trafficking situation under investigation.

On the field, the league is anticipating the 2019 season this week with the NFL Scouting Combine Presented by Verizon from Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.

Coverage for incoming players will be intense for the event, which begins Feb. 27, with player workouts scheduled to start March 1.

NFL Media will offer 50 hours of live Combine week coverage, with members of the 2019 NFL Draft class expected to include quarterbacks led by Heisman Trophy Kyler Murray,  Dwayne Haskins, Drew Lock and Daniel Jones; and top defensive prospects Nick Bosa, Quinnen Williams, Josh Allen, Rashan Gary and Greedy William.

Live coverage of 2019 NFL Scouting Combine Presented by Verizon on-field drills begins March 1 with running backs, offensive linemen and special teams.

March 2 will see quarterbacks, wide receivers and tight ends.

Defensive linemen and linebackers  are the focus March 3 and defensive backs on March 4.

Coverage of workouts begins at 9 AM (ET) Friday, Sunday and Monday; 10 AM (ET) Saturday on NFL Network and NFL.com.

For the first time, overage of the quarterback and wide receiver workouts will also be available on ABC on March 2 (1-3 PM ET).

Live NFL Network coverage of the 2019 NFL Combine Presented by Verizon is available across devices (smartphone, PC, tablet and connected TVs) through the NFL app or NFL.com/watch for subscribers of participating NFL Network providers.

Full NFL Network audio simulcast coverage will be carried live on the TuneIn app. Additionally, SiriusXM's NFL Radio will be broadcasting live from Indianapolis all week. (Details here.)

NFL Network’s “Path to the Draft” will take an inside look at the NFL Scouting Combine on Feb. 27 and Feb. 28.

For the 15th year, at the close of the 2019 NFL Scouting Combine Presented by Verizon, Rich Eisen will run the 40-yard dash. As it did last year “Run Rich Run” will benefit the NFL PLAY 60 alliance with St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

Since 2012, NFL PLAY 60 has been the “official champion of play”  at St. Jude, helping to give all kids the chance to play.

NFL Network will donate $50,000 to the cause.

Courtyard by Marriott has also generously pledged donations to help support play therapy at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

People can show their support by donating to the cause while demonstrating their own athleticism by submitting videos of themselves running the 40-yard dash.

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