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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.

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• 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. 

• 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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U.S. Open 2018: John, Patrick Talk Serena, Roger, Rafa, Novak, Andy, Tiger, Phil

By Barry Janoff

August 25, 2018: The U.S. Open, the fourth and final Grand Slam for 2018, begins Aug. 27, celebrating its 5th0 anniversary.

The U.S. Tennis Assn. has completed a five-year, $600 million strategic transformation, highlighted by the official opening of the new Louis Armstrong Stadium last week.

Among the key story lines, Serena Williams, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray will all be playing in the same Grand Slam since the 2017 Australian Open.

Murray has not played in a Grand Slam event since Wimbledon in July 2017.

After winning the Australian Open in January 2017, Serena took most of last year off to have a baby and get married before returning to the circuit this year.

Serena has 23 Grand Slam titles (two at the U.S. Open), Federer 20 (five U.S. Open titles), Nadal 17 (three at the U.S. Open), Djokovic 13 (two at the U.S. Open), Murray three (one U.S. Open title).

Federer, Nadal and Djokovic have shown this year they are back in form, winning Grand Slam events (Federer the Australian Open, Nadal the French Open, Djokovic at Wimbledon).

Nadal comes into the U.S. Open seeded No. 1 overall, Federer No. 2, Djokovic No. 6. Murray was able to use his “protected ranking” to become part of the U.S. Open field.

Williams is seeded No. 17 on the women’s side.

Federer is the highest-paid tennis player in the world, taking in more than $12 million in winnings and some $65 million in endorsements over the past year, according to industry analysts.

His deals include Uniqlo, which he unveiled in July at Wimbledon, as well as Barilla, Credit Suisse Group, Jura, Lindt, Mercedes-Benz, Moet & Chandon, NetJets, Rolex and Wilson.

Nadal earned about $41 million over the past year, $27 of that from endorsements including Babolat, Banco Sabadell, Kia Motors, Nike and Telefonica,.

Djokovic earns about $22 million in endorsements from such companies as ANZ, Asics, Head, Lacoste, and Seiko.

Murray comes in with marketing partners including Under Armour, Jaguar, NHS and Head.

Serena Williams brings in some $20 million annually (not including investments in her own clothing line and other companies), including alliances signed this year with automaker Lincoln and Upper Deck.

ESPN tennis analysts John McEnroe and Patrick McEnroe participated in a media phone conference on Aug. 24, previewing the US Open, to air on ESPN and its platforms through the women’s finals on Sept. 8 and the men’s finals on Sept. 9.

Q. When you look at the field and you see Serena and Murray, Djokovic, Nadal and Federer all in one Grand Slam for the first time since early 2017, does it make you appreciate all those years so much more when maybe people took it for granted they’re all going to play and keep going forever?

JOHN McENROE: I think it gives you an appreciation of how resilient they’ve been and how good they’ve been, that they’ve been in the mix for so long and they’re still winning most of the majors.

What particularly Roger did coming back and winning three of the next five is to me the greatest achievement in the last 40 years. Serena having a baby, that’s like a whole new ball game for her, to figure out how to sort of keep herself motivated while starting a family. She got to the finals of Wimbledon.

"It gives you an appreciation of how resilient they’ve been, how good they’ve been, that they’ve been in the mix for so long and are still winning most of the Majors."

Obviously in tennis the interest relies on rivalries as well as the big names. It goes without saying it’s nice to see all the top players playing again at the U.S. Open, with a lot at stake for the end-of-the-year top gun in the men and women.

PATRICK McENROE: I would add Venus Williams to that list, as well. Here she is in her late 30s still playing at a pretty high level. It does make you appreciate having them all back, that we missed them in the last couple years, at least having all of them there. Djokovic sort of finding his way back at Wimbledon, now certainly one of the favorites to win this.

On the flip-side of that is who’s going to step up, who of the younger generation. We keep saying that and asking that question year after year after year, more so on the men’s side obviously than on the women’s side. That question continues to hang out there in the balance.

Q. Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods are playing each other for $9 million in 'The Match' scheduled for Thanksgiving weekend. Would that work in tennis or is there a way to make that work? Would you play each other for $9 million?

PATRICK McENROE: (Laughs) Sign me up. Sign me up.

JOHN McENROE: (Laughs) We’re headed to the court right now.

I don’t know if that will work. Sort of I’m surprised there’s going to be a Pay-Per-View between Phil and Tiger when they’re clearly sort of not at their peak of power. But God bless them, if they can go out and spark that interest.

Obviously in golf you’re not out there playing against directly the other person. The shots you make don’t directly influence, maybe they do mentally a little bit what the other guy does. But that’s why match play in golf is interesting to see, when they are playing one-on-one, hole-by-hole.

It would be interesting. To me they’d have to make it somewhat different in tennis I would think because that’s what we do all the time, is we play against each other. Unless you did something, I don’t think you could really make that work.

Q: Back to tennis, whose draw do you like and who got stuck with a tough one?

JOHN McENROE: Looking at the draw, you see, for example, Roger and Novak in the same quarter. That would lead me to believe off the top of my head that when you look at Rafa’s draw, his draw is promising. Then it opens the door for some of these other guys, if they’re going to step up, the guys that we haven’t necessarily heard from maybe enough, they have this opportunity to do something big at a major where there’s a lot at stake. We have to wait and see.

To me, it would be hard-pressed for me to pick someone besides one of those three guys. But having Novak and Roger in one quarter, that means that guys presumably would have to beat two of these guys, unless they’re in that same section. You would think that opens the door for someone somewhere along the line where someone like (Alexander) Zverev. I’m trying to look where (Juan Martin) del Potro is in all of this, where he stands. Is he in Rafa’s quarter?

PATRICK McENROE: He’s in Rafa’s half because he’s a top four seed.

JOHN McENROE: That leads me to believe there’s someone out there like that player. I’m looking here. When you’re talking about winning this event, it’s going to have to be something, not be one of those guys, it’s going to be something surprising where two or three of these guys lose early enough where it’s going to open the door for someone. At the moment that seems fairly unlikely to happen.

PATRICK McENROE: Obviously Roger got a tough draw overall, in addition to having to play Novak in the quarters. It’s not that easy for him necessarily to get there. (Stefanos) Tsitsipas is another guy to keep an eye on. He had a big tournament in Canada, the youngster from Greece.

A lot of people are saying Djokovic is the favorite. I actually still think Nadal is the favorite, and he’s my pick to win it. I think he played well in Canada. He’s fresh coming in. I think he was smart to miss Cincinnati (Open, won by Djokovic over Federer earlier this month). Certainly one of the matches of the year was the semifinal loss in Wimbledon to Novak. But I think a hard court is a better surface for Rafa.

Obviously, Djokovic is awesome on hard court, too. The fact that they played so close at Wimbledon where I think Djokovic is definitely a better grass court player than Rafa, and I think Rafa is going to be incredibly motivated to win it because he sees that he can run down Roger in overall majors, not to mention the fact he wants to keep Djokovic at bay. Those three guys are the clear favorites.

But I think Roger has looked a little bit shaky in Cincinnati, although a shaky Roger still made to it final. He’s got to try to catch fire. If he can catch fire in week number two, that’s when he becomes super dangerous.

But John and I were lucky enough to play on the Armstrong court, and we both thought even though we don’t really hit the ball that hard, it’s pretty darn slow. If it’s slow on Arthur Ashe Stadium, as well, which is what I’m hearing, I think that hurts Federer more than the other two guys.

Q. It is the first tournament since Wimbledon in 2017 that all four of the men’s Big Four are back. Especially here in New York where spectacle is a big part of it, how special is it to have that reunion here?

JOHN McENROE: If you think about the fact that Federer won Australia, and he’s our greatest player ever, Nadal won the French, he’s our second greatest, Djokovic won Wimbledon, who is one of our top four or five greatest ever, and Murray is a first ballot Hall of Famer, even (Stan) Wawrinka has won three. If you look at those four, especially so far there seems to be a bit of a vacuum about who is going to step up, the unknown. You’re talking about a historic time in our sport for the past ten years.

Certainly the excitement level should be high knowing how few times in the future you’re going to see a situation where the top three guys are all expected to get — because two play in the quarters, you’re only going to have two, but deep runs in the tournament. Murray obviously is working his way back.

This is the situation where the No. 1 ranking is going to be at stake. It’s got a lot of ramifications for where the fallout is in the future for those guys. If Rafa were to win this, he’d be closer to Roger. If Djokovic were to win, he’d be closer to Rafa. If Roger would win it at 37, he would set a new standard, add to his record of slams. This is a pretty exciting tournament for us.

PATRICK McENROE: I think it’s a special time because we definitely got spoiled, now we have a chance to get spoiled again. Let’s hope Murray can get back in the mix. We both agree that he’s not really back at a level where he can compete to try to win the title.

But obviously the other three guys, you could make the case for any of the three of them that they can win this. Realistically you couldn’t make a case for anybody else. Maybe del Potro or (Marin) Cilic. Those guys have won here before. But it’s hard to make that case outside of top three that someone legitimately has a shot to win this whole thing.

Roger Federer, Serena Williams Artwork Courtesy ESPN (See spot here.)

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