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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
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• Nine Inch Nails
• Notorious B.I.G.
• Rufus feat. Chaka Khan
• Todd Rundgren
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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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Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.
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Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.
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Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.
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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)

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Feb012014

Ten Things (At Least) Tim Tebow Can Do Besides Be An NFL Quarterback

By Barry Janoff

January 31, 2014: Tim Tebow doesn't need no stinking NFL contract.

At least according to a campaign from T-Mobile breaking on national TV during Super Bowl XLVIII on Fox.

Tebow, who won a Heisman trophy in college and two national championships with Florida, has played for the Denver Broncos and New York Jets. But he has not officially appeared on an NFL field since he was cut from the practice squad of the New England Patriots last August.

The Bellevue, Wash.-based T-Mobile effort actually touts the fact that Tebow is currently not under contract to any NFL team. That, Tebow offers in the new spots, is also what makes T-Mobile the best choice.

“Why would anyone in their right mind stay in a situation that restricts them?” John Legere, president and CEO of T-Mobile US, said in a statement. “We want everyone to be able to exercise their own choice which comes with contract freedom. We thought Tim Tebow was the perfect choice for these spots. And, like T-Mobile, he has the grit, determination and passion for doing the right thing.”

T-Mobile will air two 30-second spots during the Big Game on Feb. 2. They can both be traced to a 60-second spot that is running on YouTube. Thirty-second spots were going for upward of $4 million, according to Fox.

“T-Mobile came to me with a great idea around a fun and creative Super Bowl spot. I love what they’ve been doing and how they treat their customers," Tebow said in a statement." It was a blast filming all of the various scenes, and working with T-Mobile to highlight their concept around no contracts for their customers.”

"Tim Tebow here," he says to open one spot. "Everyone thinks I want [an NFL] contract. But without one, I've done so much this year."

Among the things that Tebow has done during his time away from the NFL:

• Delivered a baby ("Is that Tim Tebow?" the mom-to-be asks the dad in the delivery room.)

• Tracked down, captured and took a selfie photo with Big Foot.

• Revealed a plan for world piece at a global summit. ("We can save the whales. We can talk to animals. And we can bring world peace!")

• Fulfilled a lifelong dream of playing football on the Moon.

• Rode a bull in a rodeo.

• Became a fireman, where he saved puppies from a burning building.

• Toured the world as a heavy metal rock star.

• Did his own stunts as the star of the movie, Illegal Formation.

• Became a stand-up comic. ("I mean, talk about illegal use of the hands!")

• Became a world-champion chess player.

Many of the scenarios are fleshed out in their own 30-second versions.  

"Bottom line," says Tebow,. "Contracts hold you back." (See the full spot here.)

Tebow has appeared in other marketing campaigns, most notably for Jockey and  TiVo. He also has deals with EA Sports, Soul Electronics and PDQ quick-serve restaurants. In December, he signed a deal with ESPN to become an analyst for the new Southeastern Conference Network, scheduled to launch prior to the 2014 college football season. He appeared on-camera during ESPN's coverage of the BCS National Championship game.

"I feel like I'm the best that I've ever been as a quarterback right now. I hope I get the opportunity to show that," Tebow said in a statement at that time. "But I'm also looking forward to being part of SEC Nation and part of ESPN.

""I'm not sure what's ahead of me. I'm very excited to have this opportunity at ESPN. But who knows what the next few months will hold?"

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