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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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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

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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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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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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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Mar142012

Tiger Woods Channels Bruce Lee In Ultimate Kung-Fu Fight Vs. Shaquille O'Neal

By Barry Janoff

March 14, 2012: EA Sports has "revealed" the real reason that Tiger Woods withdrew from the Cadillac World Golf Championships this past Sunday before completing the final round. Not because of a "mild strain" of his left Achilles tendon, as Woods has said. But because of an intense kung-fu style golf competition against former NBA star Shaquille O'Neal.

The action takes place in a trailer promo that is part of marketing support for the upcoming release of EA Sports' Tiger Woods PGA Tour 13, due to his stores on March 27 for Playstation 2 and XBox 360.

"Duel of the Masters" pits Woods — here known as "Crimson Cat" — against his nemesis, "Swinging Giant." Someone has done their kung-fu movie research: The trailer is shot in a grainy, cloudy style that harkens back to the Hong Kong action cinema flicks of the 1970s, complete with bad dubbing, cheesy acting and overblown sound effects.

In particular, it seems to channel the 1972 film, The Game of Death, in which Bruce Lee takes on a much taller foe, played by then NBA star Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.

In the Woods-Shaq version, Woods enters a pagoda and finds O'Neal meditating. "Swinging Giant," Woods states as he calls out his foe. "How's it going?" replies Shaq.

A series of ceremonial grunts, snarls, bows and kung-fu golf moves leads to the swing showdown, which plays itself out in real life and on a TV screen via a Kinect for XBox 360 integration swing mechanic in Tiger Woods PGA Tour 13 that allows players to create up to 62 million different shot combinations, according to EA Sports.

After several swing challenges, "Swinging Giant" seems to have the upper hand. "You' ll be sorry, Little Cat," Shaq belittles his challenger. But when "Crimson Cat" sinks a challenge-winning 30-foot putt, "Swinging Giant" shouts, "Oh, no!" and blows up.

Closing credits are in an Asian language except for English text that reads, "Tiger Woods PGA Tour 13: Master Your Swing," and "Better with Kinect — XBox 360." (See the full trailer here.)

"You won this battle," O'Neal wrote at his Twitter account. "But I'll return more 'Shaq-furious' than ever," hinting at a possible marketing-driven rematch.

Another new feature, "Tiger Legacy Challenge," enables gamers to re-enact Tiger Woods' most memorable golf moments, dating back to his appearance on The Mike Douglas Show in 1978 when the then two-year-old Woods putted on national TV against Hollywood legend and avid golfer Bob Hope.

Tiger Woods PGA Tour launched in 1999. Following a vote that EA Sports opened to the general public, Woods appears on the PGA Tour 13 videogame box cover alongside Rory McIlroy, currently the No. 1 ranked golfer in the world, on the European version and alongside Rickie Fowler in the U.S. release.

Woods did not appear on the cover last year for the first time in franchise history, with EA Sports opting instead to highlight a new alliance with The Masters tournament.

Why Tiger Woods Still Has Star Power For EA Sports

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