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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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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)

Wednesday
Dec192018

NFL Saints, NBA Pelicans Bring Harrah’s New Orleans To The Sports Betting Table

By Barry Janoff

December 19, 2018: When the Supreme Court in May overturned the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act, it opened the door for all states and the District of Columbia to enact legislation approving legal sports betting.

It also was a catalyst for deals between casinos or sports betting firms and pro leagues and teams.

In that vein, the NFL’s New Orleans Saints and NBA’s Pelicans have signed an alliance with Caesars Entertainment naming Harrah's New Orleans “an official casino partner of the New Orleans Saints" and “a proud casino partner of the New Orleans Pelicans."

The Saints and Pelicans are both majority owned by Gayle Benson.

Louisiana does not have legal sports betting, but state legislators are moving in that direction for 2019, which would coincide with the start of the Saints and Pelicans alliance with Harrah’s.

Financial terms of the Saints and Pelicans deal with Caesars Entertainment were not shared.

The Dallas Cowboys, New York Jets, Baltimore Ravens and Raiders (beginning in 2020 in Las Vegas) also have deals with casino groups, the latter two with Caesars Entertainment.

Caesars Entertainment also has deals with the NBA’s Philadelphia 76ers  and the NHL’s New Jersey Devils.

According to ownership of the teams, the partnership includes “unique opportunities for Harrah's to bring the Saints and Pelicans experience to life . . . Harrah's will be able to develop customized experiences, in game features, a Saints-branded area on property and be designated as an official post-game destination.”

"We are proud to align ourselves with a brand such as Harrah's New Orleans Casino that is an industry leader not only nationally but on a local level as well," Dennis Lauscha, president for the New Orleans Saints and Pelicans, said via the teams.

“Located in the Heart of Downtown New Orleans, Harrah's vision for development and commitment to the city mirror that of the Saints and Pelicans and we could not be happier about this partnership."

States that currently allow legal sports betting are Delaware, Mississippi, Nevada, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and West Virginia.

In New Mexico, the Santa Ana Star Casino & Hotel, located on the Pueblo of Santa Ana in Bernalillo, started taking sports bets in October through a tribal gambling compact.

City lawmakers in Washington, D.C., this week voted to legalize sports betting in the District of Columbia, which now requires Congressional approval.

The NBA, NHL and MLB each have official alliances with MGM Resorts International.  

On Wednesday, Sen. Charles Schumer (D-New York) and Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) introduced the Sports Wagering Market Integrity Act of 2018.

According to the two senators, the bill would have the U.S. Justice Department “set minimum standards states must meet in order to offer sports betting."

"The partnership includes unique opportunities for Harrah's to bring the Saints and Pelicans experience to life."

The bill would require sports wagering operators use data provided or licensed by the leagues.

It would also provide federal funding from sports betting taxes for programs to address problem gambling.

According to a recent report from the American Gaming Assn., the NFL, MLB, NBA and NHL could realize a combined $4.2 billion in annual revenue.

That would come not just from legal, regulated sports betting, but from such related platforms as increased consumption of the leagues' products, revenue as a result of spending by betting operators and data providers, advertising, sponsorship revenue and data.

According to the AGA, the NFL alone could realize $2.3 billion in increased annual revenue.

Annual revenues for MLB and the NBA have the potential to increase by $1.1 billion and $585 million, respectively, while the NHL  could see an annual bump of $216 million.

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