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• 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. It describes how I feel and what’s happened in my life.” A publication date was not given.

• Turner Sports’ eLeague has signed a deal with tech solutions and services provider CDW to “create enhanced fan experiences across eLeague’s properties on television, digital, social and in-arena.” The alliance also names CDW an “official arena partner” for eLeague and the Rocket League Championship Series. Full story here.

• San Manuel Casino, under the auspices of the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians, has signed a deal to become a Founding Partner for Allegiant Stadium, scheduled to open at the home of the Raiders for the 2020 NFL season when the franchise relocates from Oakland to Las Vegas.

• The XFL has named David Michael as its Chief Technology Officer (CTO). Michael was most recently chief information officer for The Madison Square Garden Company and previously was with GroupM North America, UBM Tech and PR Newswire.

• 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. 

• The Paley Center for Media, NY, will honor the 100th season of the NFL with a new exhibit: "A Century of Football: Celebrating the NFL’s 100th Season," free and open to the public (thru Oct. 27).

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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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NFL UK 2019
• Oct. 6 Chicago Bears v Oakland Raiders Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
• Oct. 13 Carolina Panthers v Tampa Bay Buccaneers Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
• 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).

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With Eye On 2020 Olympics, USA Hoops Squad Preps For FIBA World Cup China

NYSJ Sports-Entertainment Business News Service

August 5, 2019:
With a berth in the 2020 Summer Games in Tokyo on the line, USA Basketball this week begins practice and then exhibition games leading to the FIBA Basketball World Cup in China, scheduled for Aug. 31-Sept. 15.

The 15-member USA National Team training camp roster and the 14-member USA Select Team opened training camp today (Aug. 5) in UNLV’s Mendenhall Center.

The official, 12-member roster for the 2019 USA Basketball Men’s World Cup Team is scheduled to be named on Aug. 17.

A record 32 nations will compete in the 18th edition of the FIBA Basketball World Cup, which will take place in China for the first time.

Also for the first time, the 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup will qualify seven teams directly for the Olympics (July 24-Aug. 9, 2020).

They include the top-ranked team from Africa, Asia and Oceania, respectively; and the top two ranked teams each from the Americas and Europe.

The 16 next best teams at the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 will each be granted a place in one of the four FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournaments in 2020, where they will have another chance to qualify for the Olympic Games.

USA is in Group E with Turkey, Czech Republic and Japan, playing six games each before moving to the next round. In all, there will be 92 games played in 16 days.

USA is the two-time defending champion (2010, 2014).

ESPN holds the U.S. broadcast rights to the 2019 FIBA World Cup.

NBA TV will televise all five USA Basketball Men’s National Team scheduled exhibition games presented by Nike (see schedule below).

USA Basketball Men’s National Team coverage throughout August and September will include game highlights and practice reports via NBA TV’s signature studio show, NBA GameTime.

The training roster has made news recently following a number of withdrawals.

They included James Harden, Anthony Davis, Damian Lillard, Bradley Beal, CJ McCollum, Tobias Harris, Kevin Love, Eric Gordon, Paul Millsap, Andre Drummond, Julius Randle  and Zion Williamson.

USA National Team members expected at the World Cup training camp include Bam Adebayo (Miami Heat); Harrison Barnes (Sacramento Kings); Jaylen Brown (Boston Celtics); Kyle Kuzma (Los Angeles Lakers); Brook Lopez (Milwaukee Bucks); Kyle Lowry (Toronto Raptors); Khris Middleton (Milwaukee Bucks); Donovan Mitchell (Utah Jazz); Mason Plumlee (Denver Nuggets), Marcus Smart (Boston Celtics); Jayson Tatum (Boston Celtics); P.J. Tucker (Houston Rockets); Myles Turner (Indiana Pacers); Kemba Walker (Boston Celtics); and Thaddeus Young (Chicago Bulls).

USA Basketball is now in Las Vegas under the guidance of head coach Gregg Popovich (San Antonio Spurs).

Serving as USA assistant coaches are Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr, Atlanta Hawks head coach Lloyd Pierce and Villanova University head coach Jay Wright.

Concurrently, the 14-man USA Basketball Select Team is expected to include Jarrett Allen (Brooklyn Nets); Marvin Bagley III  (Sacramento Kings); Mikal Bridges (Phoenix Suns); Jalen Brunson (Dallas Mavericks); John Collins (Atlanta Hawks); Pat Connaughton (Milwaukee Bucks); Craig; De’Aaron Fox (Sacramento Kings); Joe Harris (Brooklyn Nets); Jonathan Isaac (Orlando Magic); Jaren Jackson Jr. (Memphis Grizzlies); Mitchell Robinson (New York Knicks); Derrick White (San Antonio Spurs); and Trae Young (Atlanta Hawks).
 
Jeff Van Gundy, former NBA head coach and current ESPN NBA analyst — who served as head coach of the 2017-19 USA Basketball’s six World Cup Qualifying Teams and the gold medalist 2017 USA AmeriCup Team — will serve as head coach of the 2019 USA Basketball Select Team.

Gonzaga head coach Mark Few, who was head coach of the 2015 U.S. Pan American Games Team, will serve as the USA Select Team assistant coach.

Other international NBA players are expected to compete for spots with their respective countries.

Daily practices will be held Aug. 5-8, highlighted by a USA Blue-USA White exhibition game that is scheduled for Aug. 9 in T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, which will feature members of the World Cup training and USA Select teams.

Following the Las Vegas camp, selected team finalists will reassemble in Los Angeles to train Aug. 13-15 , then play an exhibition contest versus FIBA’s No. 2 world ranked team, Spain, at the Honda Center in Anaheim on Aug. 16.
 
The USA Basketball squad will continue its World Cup preparations Aug. 19-24 in Melbourne, Australia, and play a pair of exhibition games versus Australia (Aug. 22, Aug. 24) in Marvel Stadium.

The USA will complete its pre-World Cup tour Aug. 25-28 in Sydney, Australia.

Scheduled to conduct training camps on Aug. 25, 27 and 28, the U.S. will close out its exhibition tour on Aug. 26 facing Canada in Qudos Bank Arena.

NBA TV offer re-airs for all five exhibition games, including same day replays for all three games from Australia.

FIBA World Cup partners include Beijing Enterprises Group, Ganten, Molten, Nike, TCL, Tencent, Tissot and Wanda Group.

Th full USA Basketball Men’s National Team schedule is here.

The 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup schedule is here.

NBA TV USA Men’s Basketball Exhibition schedule (subject to change):

• Aug. 9: USA Men’s National Team: Blue Team vs. White Team 10 PM (ET)
• Aug.16: USA Men’s National Team vs. Spain 10 PM (ET)
• Aug. 22: USA Men’s National Team vs. Australia  5:30 AM (ET)
• Aug. 24: USA Men’s National Team vs. Australia 12 Midnight (ET)
• Aug. 26: USA Men’s National Team vs. Canada 5:30 AM (ET)

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