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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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• 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
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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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Jun072017

Money Ball: Ronaldo, LeBron, Messi, Federer, World’s Highest Paid Athletes

By Barry Janoff

June 7, 2017: On the court, LeBron James is associated with the defending NBA champion Cleveland Cavaliers.

Off the court, he has deals that include Nike, Coca-Cola (Sprite, picturred), Kia and Beats by Dre.

Put them together and James is the second-highest paid athlete in the world, earning $86.2 million between June 2016-June 2017, including the second-most in endorsements among all athletes worldwide, taking in $55 million.

In fact, James is among 32 NBA players who made the 2017 World’s Highest-Paid Athletes In The World list, just released by Forbes.

Although he strives to be No. 1, that position among the world’s highest-paid athletes goes to Cristiano Ronaldo, forward for Real Madrid and the Portugal National Team.

Ronaldo earned $58 million in salary and bonuses, an additional $35 million from such endorsement deals as Nike, Tag Heuer, Herbalife and Abbott Labs. His CR7 brand includes shoes, underwear, clothing, cologne and an investment in hotels.

On the list of endorsement deals, James is second behind tennis star Roger Federer, who earned $58 million in deals that include Rolex, Mercedes-Benz, Nike, Moet & Chandon, Barilla, Lindt, NetJets, Wilson and Credit Suisse.

According to Forbes, the 100 highest-paid sports stars earned a cumulative $3.11 billion over the past 12 months. Although that was down 1% from the previous year, the cutoff point to even make the list rose $600,000 to $21.4 million.

There was only woman athlete on the list: Serena Williams at No. 51, who had $8 million in tennis winnings and $19 million in endorsements including Nike, Chase (pictured), Intel, Tempur-Pedic, Beats by Dre, Berlei, Audemars Piguet and Wilson (not counting money from partnership deals including Mission and the Miami Dolphins).

Maria Sharapova, who was the only other woman in the previous Top 100, did not make this list because she was off the court due to her suspension for use of a banned drug. Her endorsement deals on the 2016 list totaled about $19 million.

There were athletes from 21 countries, but America-born players led the list with 63.

Three of the Top Eight highest-paid players are currently involved in the NBA Finals: James and Golden State Warriors teammates Kevin Durant (No. 5) and Stephen Curry (No. 8).

Following the NBA’s 32 players, the Top 100 also includes 22 MLB players, 15 from the NFL, nine soccer stars, six each from tennis and auto racing, four from golf and three boxers.

Three athletes were the sole representatives from their respective sports: Usain Bolt (track & field), Conor McGregor (UFC/MMA) and cricket star Virat Kohl.

Of the 22 MLB players, Clayton Kershaw of the Los Angeles Dodgers topped the list at No. 28, earning $33.3 million total in total but only $800,000 from endorsements. Buster Posey of the San Francisco Giants topped MLB players with $4 million in endorsement deals.

Among the 15 NFL players. Drew Brees led in endorsements with $14 million while Cam Newton was second in endorsements at $13 million.

In auto racing, Lewis Hamilton at No. 10 earned $46 million overall and took in $8 million from endorsements. Dale Earnhardt Jr. also had $8 million in endorsements but came in at No. 100 overall.

Golf’s foursome was led by No. 3 Phil Michelson with $40 million in endorsements. Tigers Woods was No. 17 with $37.1 million in total, but just $107,000 in prize money. At one time, he earned more than $110 million from endorsements alone.

Boxing’s trio was topped by Canelo Alvarez at No. 43 with $26.6 million in overall earnings, but No. 98 Wladimir Klitschko led the category with $4 million in endorsements.

There was no Floyd Mayweather Jr. on the list, although he has been atop the list over the past few years, as he has not fought since September 2015 and earns no money from endorsement deals.

That could change for the next list because of the hyped and, to date, much talked about bout with Conor McGregor comes to fruition.

According to Forbes, earnings figures include salaries, prize money and bonuses earned between June 1, 2016, and June 1, 2017.

Top 15 Athletes By Endorsement Earnings
1. Roger Federer Tennis $58 million
2. LeBron James NBA $55 million
3. Phil  Mickelson Golf $40 million
4. Tiger Woods Golf $37 million
5. Ronaldo Soccer $35 million
6. Stephen Curry NBA $35 million
7. Kevin Durant NBA $34 million
8. Rory McIlroy Golf $34 million
9. Rafael Nadal Tennis $32 million
10. Usain Bolt Track $32 million
11. Kei Nishikori Tennis $30 million
12. Novak Djokovic Tennis $28 million
13. Lionel Messi Soccer $27 million
14. Neymar Soccer $22 million
15. James Harden NBA $20 million

30 Highest-Paid Atheltes (Total/Endorsements)
1. Cristiano Ronaldo Soccer $93M $35M endorsements
2. LeBron James NBA $86.2M $55M endorsements
3. Lionel Messi Soccer $80M $27M endorsements
4. Roger Federer Tennis $64M $58M endorsements
5. Kevin Durant NBA $60.6M $34M endorsements
6. Andrew Luck NFL $50M $3M endorsements
7. Rory McIlroy Golf $50M $34M endorsements
8. Stephen Curry NBA $37.3M $35M endorsements
9. James Harden NBA $46.6M $20M endorsements
10. Lewis Hamilton Auto Racing $46M $8M endorsements

11. Drew Brees NFL $45.3M $14M endorsements
12. Phil Mickelson Golf $34.3M $40M endorsements
13. Russell Westbrook NBA $38.6M $12M endorsements
14. Sebastian Vettel Auto Racing $38.5M $500K endorsements
15. Damian Llilard NBA $38.4M $14M endorsements
16. Novak Djokovic Tennis $37.6M $28M endorsements
17. Tiger Woods Golf $37.1M 437M endorsements
18. Neymar Soccer $37M $22M endorsements
19. Dwayne Wade NBA $36.2M $13M endorsements
20. Fernando Alonso Auto Racing $36M $2M endorsements

21.Jordan Spieth Golf $34.5M $29M endorsements
22. Derrick Rose NBA $34.3M $23M endorsements
23. Usain Bolt Track $34.2M $32M endorsements
24. Gareth Bale Soccer $34M $11M endorsements
25. Conor McGregor MMA $34M $7M endorsements

26. Kei Nishikori Tennis $33.9M $30M endorsements
27. Fletcher Cox NFL $33.4M $75K endorsements
28. Clayton Kershaw MLB $33.3M $800K endorsements
29. Carmelo Anthony NBA $32.6M $8M endorsements
30. Zlatan Ibrahimovic Soccer $32M $5M endorsements

See the full list here.

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