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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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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

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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. 6 Chicago Bears v Oakland Raiders Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
• Oct. 13 Carolina Panthers v Tampa Bay Buccaneers Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
• Oct. 27  Cincinnati Bengals v Los Angeles Rams Wembley Stadium
• Nov. 3 Houston Texans v Jacksonville Jaguars Wembley Stadium

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• Nov. 18 Kansas City  Chiefs v Los Angeles Chargers Mexico City Estadio Azteca (ESPN Monday Night Football).

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Jun092014

Richard Sherman Boosts Marketing Visibility With 'Madden NFL 15' Cover Selection

By Barry Janoff

June 9, 2014: The motto of Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman has pretty much been, "I can cover anyone."

Now, he finds himself being covered.

Sherman, who helped to lead the Seahawks to a victory in Super Bowl XLVIII this past February, has been voted as the cover athlete for EA Sports' Madden NFL 15 video game.

The voting began with 16 NFL stars and saw some 9.6 million votes cast during the entire campaign. In the final round, 661,412 votes were cast, of which Sherman received 56% and Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton received 44%.

Sherman is a roll both on and off the field. He recently signed endorsements with Campbell Soup, BodyArmor sports drink and Oberto beef jerky, and last month inked a $57.4 million contract extension with the Seahawks

The Final Four were Sherman, Newton, San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick and Andrew Luck, quarterback for the Indianapolis Colts.

Head-to-head, Sherman also beat out Alshon Jeffrey and Jimmy Graham during the span of voting en route to the honor. It was unveiled during a live event in L.A. Live on June 6.

"Madden cover! Thank you everyone who voted for me," Sherman posted to his Instagram account.

"Richard Sherman is a fantastic cover selection by the fans. Defense is a big focus for Madden NFL 15, and he is one of the brightest defensive stars in the NFL."

“Richard Sherman is a fantastic cover athlete selection by the fans,” Anthony Stevenson, vp-global marketing for EA Sports, said in a statement. “Defense is a big focus for Madden NFL 15, and Sherman is one of the brightest defensive stars in the NFL.  He shares the same energy and passion for the game as our ‘legion’ of Madden fans.”

Sherman is expected to be the focus of a marketing campaign to include TV, print, Internet and social media.

This was the fourth year that fans and consumers were able to vote for the cover athlete.

A preview trailer for the game featured Carolina Panthers Luke Kuechly. Other players in the competition included Alfred Morris (Washington Redskins), Eddie Lacy (Green Bay Packers) and Antonio Brown (Pittsburgh Steelers).

All player participation has been facilitated by NFL Players Inc., the licensing and marketing subsidiary of the NFL Players Assn.

"I knew going up against Cam was going to be tough competition," Sherman said during the cover unveiling. "It was a grew battle. I glad I cam out on top."

Madden NFL 15 is due to hit stores Aug. 26. EA Sports was named a Top Ten "Sports Marketer of the Year" by NYSportsJournalism for last year's edition, Madden NFL 25, which celebrated the 25th edition of the video game.

Sherman, Kaepernick, Newton, Luck Get A Shot At Madden NFL 15 Cover

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