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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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• MC5
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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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Dec182016

Unlike NFL, Houston Super Bowl LI Host Committee In Tune With Downhome Talent 

By Barry Janoff

December 18, 2016: New York City-born Lady Gaga may be the featured act for the Super Bowl LI Pepsi Zero Sugar Halftime Show in Houston’s NRG Stadium — a geographical anomaly that long has been the NFL’s trademark — but the Super Bowl LI Host Committee knows what the people who live in and will visit want to hear: home-grown authentic music born-and-bred in Texas.

To that end, the roster of musicians just named by the Host Committee and scheduled to play Super Bowl LIVE in downtown Houston is topped by "That Little ‘Ol Band From Texas," ZZ Top, which is still comprised of the original trio of Billy F. Gibbons, Dusty Hill and Frank Beard, who have been making music for more than 40 years.

In fact, the Host Committee said that "Houston Pride will be the overriding theme throughout Super Bowl LIVE, both in the performers, the attractions and the food throughout the festival."

"The Host Committee has championed the theme that Houston is the city of the future throughout our preparations for Super Bowl LI," Sallie Sargent, Host Committee president and CEO, said, in a statement. "There are so many great features and stories to tell about Houston, we wanted to make sure we showcased as many as we could for the thousands of visitors that will be coming here."

Super Bowl LIVE is the Host Committee’s signature nine-day free fan festival leading up to Super Bowl LI in Houston, on Feb. 5, 2017.

A free event with music, food, games and attractions, it will be located in and around Discovery Green Park in downtown Houston from Jan. 28-Feb. 5.

The Host Committee said it is anticipating attendance of one million people over the nine days.

"A tremendous mix of musical styles and genres will take the main stage of Super Bowl LIVE over the course of the nine days," said the Super Bowl LI Host Committee, "focused on local Houston and Texas acts to feature on the main stage."

ZZ Top is scheduled to be be on the main stage at Super Bowl LIVE on Feb. 4, the day before the Big Game, joined by Gary Clark Jr. (born in Austin) and The Suffers (based in Houston).

On Feb. 3, the main stage is scheduled to see performances by Leon Bridges (a native of Fort Worth, TX), Shakey Graves (from Austin) and Robert Ellis (Lake Jackson, TX).

On Feb. 2, the lineup is scheduled to include Solange Knowles, Robert Glasper and Lizzo (all born and/or raised in Houston.

Houston-based performers will also be on the main and secondary Super Bowl LIVE stages throughout the week, including The Tontons, Wild Moccasins, Los Skarnales, Nick Gaitan, Fat Tony and Buxton.

Houston LIVE, an exhibition located within the Super Bowl LIVE footprint, will focus on the history of the city with three major themes: Celebrate,‘Inspire and Energize.

In addition the Host Committee said it would showcase the space industry by partnering with NASA and leading aerospace companies to create Future Flight, the signature attraction of Super Bowl LIVE. Future Flight combines a virtual reality experience with a 90-foot drop tower "that takes passengers on a trip to Mars and back."

The Host Committee plans to make extensive use of Houston-area food trucks to feed the crowds at Super Bowl LIVE, "strategically located in several areas throughout the festival."

For various reasons — logistically, financially, spiritually, ecumenically and grammatically— the NFL has long been adverse to featuring hometown musicians as the lead performers during its half time shows.

This past February, with the historic Super Bowl 50 played in Santa Clara and encompassing the San Francisco Bay Area, the Pepsi Half Time show starred London-based Coldplay, Houston-born-and-raised Beyoncé (who would have been a perfect choice for this coming Super Bowl) and Bruno Mars, from Hawaii.

Super Bowl XLIX, played in the University of Phoenix, featured at half time Santa Barbara, Calif.-born Katy Perry (who, again, would have been a great lead player for Super Bowl 50) and New York-born Lenny Kravitz.

Kravitz should have been a lead player during Super Bowl XLVIII in MetLife Stadium, home to the New York Giants and Jets, which starred at half time Bruno Mars and Los Angeles icons Red Hot Chili Peppers.

In Super Bowl XLVII, played in music-rich New Orleans, the half time show was led by Beyoncé and a reunion of her Destiny’s Child. Michigan’s own Madonna starred during the half time show at Super Bowl XLVI (played in Indianapolis).

L.A.- based Black Eyed Peas topped the bill in the half time show at Super Bowl XLV. But at least Dallas native Usher performed during the game that year, played in what is now AT&T Stadium, home to the Dallas Cowboys.

Will the NFL make some ammends during Super Bowl LII in 2018, to be played in Minneapolis' U.S. Bank Stadium by having a half time show with some dedication to the late local icon, Prince (who led the Super Bowl XLI halftime show in Miami)? Time will tell.

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