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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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Rock & Roll Hall of Fame 2020 Nominees

• 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
• Thin Lizzy

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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
SOURCE: STUBHUB.COM

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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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Jun192019

Topps Puts Mike Trout In Place Of Honor For Milestone Living Set Card No. 200

By Barry Janoff

June 19, 2019: Topps’ special Living Set, which launched in March 2018 with Aaron Judge of the New York Yankees as Card No. 1, has reach another milestone: Card No. 200, which features arguably the best MLB player over the past few years, Mike Trout.

The two-time NL MVP Los Angeles Angels outfielder follows in a place of honor Babe Ruth, who was featured on Card No. 100 late last year.

As with all Living Set cards, the Trout card will be available for one week (now through June 26, approximately 2 PM ET) and then be out-of-print.

Trout’s card is also available in a three-card bundle, including No. 199 Christin Stewart and No. 201 Martin Prado.

It also comes with a bonus: Two Living Set checklist cards: No. 1-100 and No. 101-200, respectively.

This is week 67 of the on-going set, modeled after the historic 1953 Topps baseball design, the first hand-painted set.

The Topps Living Set is being created with artwork by renowned sports artist Mayumi Seto.

Trout will seek to reach a sales plateau attained by only 16 other Topps Living Cards to date — selling more than 10,000 units.

Topps prints only as many cards as it receives orders for each player.

Ruth Topps Living Card Set No. 100 sold 14,976 pieces, Judge’s No. 1 13,256.

The top-selling card to date: No. 19 Ronald Acuña Jr. of the Atlanta Braves, with a print run of 46,809.

The Top Five to date also include Card  No. 43 Juan Soto (28,572), No. 34 Gleyber Torres (28,550), No. 179 Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (27,749) and No. 7 Shohei Ohtani (20,966)

Topps has been interspersing MLB legends along with current players, including No. 14 Derek Jeter, No. 46 Hank Aaron, No. 55 Ted Williams, No. 76 Roberto Clemente and No. 193 Ken Griffey, Jr.

Topps honored Jackie Robinson by putting him on card No. 42.

According to Topps, Living Set breaks with tradition in that the collection began with No. 1 and will run sequentially but will not have a final card number, enabling the collection to live “year after year.”

Three cards will be produced at a time but will be available for one week only and never reprinted. Players themselves will not be repeated unless they sign with a new team.

The only player to date with three Topps Living Cards is Manny Machado, who is pictured as a member of the Baltimore Orioles, Los Angeles Dodgers and San Diego Padres, respectively.

Babe Ruth Unveiled As Card No. 100 In Topps Living Set Collection

Topps Gives Judge Leadoff Spot In Living Set Collection

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