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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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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

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• 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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With 2020 Vision On Summer Olympics, USA Basketball Unveils 35-Man Roster

NYSJ Sports-Entertainment Business News Service

April 8, 2018: With the 2020 Summer Games in Tokyo just a little over two years off, USA Basketball has named 35 players to a roster from which will come the 12 members who will compete in the Olympics as well as members representing the U.S. in the 2019 FIBA World Cup.

The national team pool includes 11 gold medalists from the 2016 Rio Olympic team, seven 2012 London Olympics gold medalists, eight members of the gold medalist 2014 FIBA World Cup Team and five players who were members of the 2010 USA team that captured the FIBA World Cup title.

The 35-man pool is led by Stephen Curry (Golden State Warriors), Anthony Davis (New Orleans Pelicans), Kevin Durant (Golden State Warriors), Paul George (Oklahoma City Thunder), James Harden (Houston Rockets), Kyrie Irving (Boston Celtics), LeBron James (Cleveland Cavaliers), Kawhi Leonard (San Antonio Spurs), Damian Lillard (Portland Trail Blazers), Kevin Love (Cleveland Cavaliers), Chris Paul (Houston Rockets), Klay Thompson (Golden State Warriors), John Wall (Washington Wizards) and Russell Westbrook (Oklahoma City Thunder).

The 2017-20 USA Basketball National Team staff is headed by USA National Team and San Antonio Spurs head Gregg Popovich, who last year took over the National Team position from Duke University head coach Mike Krzyzewski.

The 2018 USA National Team is scheduled to hold a minicamp with daily practices (July 25-27) in Las Vegas in UNLV’s Mendenhall Center.

Players such as Irving and Isaiah Thomas (Los Angeles Lakers) may not participate due to post-surgery rehabilitation.

FIBA World Cup qualifying games are being used to name 31 of the 32 nations that will compete in the 2019 FIBA World Cup (Aug. 31-Sept. 15). China has automatically qualified as host nation for the World Cup.

The 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games (July 24-Aug. 9) will feature 12 nations in the Olympic men’s basketball competition.

Results from the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 will qualify seven teams for Tokyo 2020: The top two finishing teams in the World Cup from the Americas and Europe, as well as the top finisher from Africa, Asia and Oceania.

Four nations will qualify through four FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournaments to be held in 2020 in advance of the Olympics.

Olympic host Japan has automatically qualified.

“While we do not have an official competition that we need to prepare for in 2018, the selection and announcement of our new pool of national team members and this year’s July minicamp are important first steps in our preparations to defend the FIBA World Cup and Olympic titles we won during the last two quadrenniums,” Jerry Colangelo, managing director of the USA National Team, said in a statement.

“This year’s minicamp is an opportunity for us to continue and expand the culture, brotherhood and camaraderie that has been built.”

According to Colangelo. “As is shown by the return of 29 past national team players, our pipeline is well developed and it is a key factor in our success.

“We’re also excited about the new players who have been added to the program and the roster will remain fluid over the next three years as we continue to look for and consider players who can contribute to our program.”

The full 35-man pool and their current NBA team includes:

  • Harrison Barnes (Dallas Mavericks)
  • Bradley Beal (Washington Wizards)
  • Devin Booker (Phoenix Suns)
  • Jimmy Butler (Minnesota Timberwolves)
  • Mike Conley Jr. (Memphis Grizzlies)
  • DeMarcus Cousins (New Orleans Pelicans)
  • Stephen Curry (Golden State Warriors)
  • Anthony Davis (New Orleans Pelicans)
  • DeMar DeRozan (Toronto Raptors)
  • Andre Drummond (Detroit Pistons)
  • Kevin Durant (Golden State Warriors)
  • Paul George (Oklahoma City Thunder)
  • Eric Gordon (Houston Rockets)
  • Draymond Green (Golden State Warriors)
  • Blake Griffin (Detroit Pistons)
  • James Harden (Houston Rockets)
  • Tobias Harris (Los Angeles Clippers)
  • Gordon Hayward (Boston Celtics)
  • Kyrie Irving (Boston Celtics)
  • LeBron James (Cleveland Cavaliers)
  • DeAndre Jordan (Los Angeles Clippers)
  • Kawhi Leonard (San Antonio Spurs)
  • Damian Lillard (Portland Trail Blazers)
  • Kevin Love (Cleveland Cavaliers)
  • Kyle Lowry (Toronto Raptors)
  • CJ McCollum (Portland Trail Blazers)
  • Khris Middleton (Milwaukee Bucks)
  • Victor Oladipo (Indiana Pacers)
  • Chris Paul (Houston Rockets)
  • Isaiah Thomas (Los Angeles Lakers)
  • Klay Thompson (Golden State Warriors)
  • Myles Turner (Indiana Pacers)
  • Kemba Walker (Charlotte Hornets)
  • John Wall (Washington Wizards)
  • Russell Westbrook (Oklahoma City Thunder)


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