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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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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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Nike Eyes Future With LeBron On Lakers, Jumpman 23 Honors Jordan’s Past

NYSJ Sports-Entertainment Business News Service

July 2, 2018:
When it comes to G.O.A.T.’s, Nike and its Jordan Brand arguably have two of the best.

Even as Nike looks to the future with one of its top endorsers, LeBron James, it’s Jordan Brand division is honoring the past with arguably the greatest spokesman in its history, Michael Jordan.

With James moving from the Cleveland Cavaliers to the Los Angeles Lakers via a four-year, $154 million deal, Nike will ramp up kicks and accessories that reflect LeBron’s new purple-and-gold colors with at least several years of King James signature shoes.

Concurrently, the new International Flight Collection highlights three games in which Jordan excelled during the off-season.

According to Nike, "For Michael Jordan, there was no off-season. MJ went so far as to include a legendary ‘Love of the Game/ clause in his contract to ensure he could play year-round. The summer months were an opportunity to travel the globe and show off his legendary skills to thousands of passionate basketball fans in the U.S. and abroad, who were eager just to get a glimpse of the G.O.A.T."

On Aug. 8, 1988, Jordan played a charity game in front of  more than 17,500 people in Los Angeles, scoring 54 points. The game raised $650,000 for the United Negro College Fund — the nation’s largest private scholarship provider to students of color — an organization that Jordan Brand said it “has had a relationship with for over 30 years.”

The Air Jordan 3 “International Flight” has blue and red accents inspired by the jerseys players wore during the charity game. Jordan’s signature is on the tongue of the right shoe (Jordan is right-handed) and patterns on the collar were inspired by the stars on the jerseys.

Jordan played a game Aug. 30, 1990 in Barcelona, where two years later he would help to lead the Dream Team to an Olympic Gold medal in the 1992 Summer Olympics.

As part of a European tour that year, Jordan arrived just before the start of the Spanish League season, where he judged a slam dunk contest and played in a promotional game, finishing the evening with a team-high 37 points, according to Jordan Brand.

The Air Jordan 5 “International Flight” has an orange and blue mosaic pattern inspired by street art in Barcelona, as well as the colors of the jerseys Jordan wore during the game.

It also changes the spelling of Air to “Aire” on the tongue, referring to the Spanish translation of Air Jordan

The their part of the collection references a game on Sept. 12, 1996 t(he summer after the Chicago Bull’s 72-10 championship season).

Jordan and other NBA stars , in Tokyo for a basketball clinic, appeared before 32,000 fans and ”showed off by playing 1-on-1, 4-on-4 and even having a little friendly competition with some of Japan’s famous sumo wrestlers.”

According to Michael Finley, who was on that tour and became one of the first Jordan Brand athletes during his 17-year NBA career,  Jordan never lost his competitive nature.

“We did a little scrimmage against some local guys and a couple of the sumo wrestlers who probably had never touched a basketball in their lives,” said Finley, via Nike. “He had fun with them and joked around, but at the end of the day he told us, ‘Yo, we’re not losing this game.’ He said, ‘I don’t lose. Whether it’s for charity, scrimmage, or in the season, I don’t lose.’”

The Air Jordan 12 “International Flight” has a koi fish scale print on the mud guard and an embossed, kimono-inspired print on the upper. The characters on the heel of the shoe translate to “Air Jordan.”

• The Air Jordan 3 “International Flight” and jersey are now available.

• The Air Jordan 5 “International Flight” and jersey will be available Aug. 28.

• The Air Jordan 12 “International Flight” and jersey will be available Sept. 8.

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