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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

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. 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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Dec042014

U.S. Post Office, Sixers Stand Tall To Honor Wilt Chamberlain, First NBA USPS Stamps

By Barry Janoff

December 4, 2014: With the team's first win of the 2014-15 season under its belt, the 1-17 Philadelphia 76ers can now focus on a more glorious time in their hisotry with an event that will honor one of the greatest players in NBA history.

During halftime of the team's game on Friday night (Dec. 5) against the Oklahoma City Thunder, the Sixers and the U.S. Postal Service, with cooperation from the NBA, will formally dedicate the Wilt Chamberlain Forever Stamps in a halftime ceremony.

In addition, the USPS is hosting a Twitter "huddle" prior to and then during the game. (Details here.)

The stamps, which are an oversized two-inches tall (to reflect Chamberlain's 7'1" stature), are the first USPS stamps to feature an NBA player. They go on sale Dec. 5 in a variety of options.

Two versions of the Chamberlain show him in a Philadelphia Warriors jersey and in a Los Angeles Lakers uniform, respectively.

The stamps come six years after Donald Hunt, a veteran sportswriter for the Philadelphia Tribune, initiated a campaign to immortalize Chamberlain on a U.S. postage stamp

Chamberlain, who passed away in 1999 at the age of 63, played for the Philadelphia Warriors (1959-62), the relocated San Francisco Warriors (1963-mid-65), was traded to the Philadelphia 76ers (mid-1965-1968), then was traded to the and finished his NBA career with the Lakers (1968-1973).

He won an NBA title with the Sixers in 1966-67 and the Lakers in 1971-72.

According to the team, the halftime dedication ceremony will feature the use of the Sixers’ 3-D court projection system in a new video. Scheduled to attend are Chamberlain’s sisters, Barbara Lewis and Selina Gross, whowill  take part in the ceremony, as will Sixers' legends Julius "Dr. J" Erving and Wali Jones, Sixers' advisor Sonny Hill and Sixers Director of Statistical Information Harvey "Super Stat" Pollack.

All fans attending the game will receive a commemorative poster featuring images of Chamberlain from his career as well as an image of the stamps, according to the Sixers.

Part of the event might recall Chamberlain's NBA-record 100-point game (March 2, 1962) but likely will overlook the infamous claim in his book, A View From Above, that he slept with 20,000 women.

"It is an honor to be a part of history as we dedicate this stamp and celebrate the great Wilt Chamberlain with his family, friends and teammates," Scott O’Neil, CEO for the Sixers, said in a statement. "That he is the first NBA player to be featured on a United States Postal Service stamp speaks to the untouchable legacy he left behind on the court, and we are proud to call him a Sixer."

Antonio Alcalá, an art director from Alexandria, VA, designed the stamps; Kadir Nelson, of San Diego, CA, created the two stamp image portraits, according to the USPS.

Among the products are a 18.5 x 27.5-inch press sheet with die-cuts, containing nine panes of 18 Wilt Chamberlain Forever stamps positioned two across by four down ($70.56); a First Day Cover set of two stamps ($1.86); and a set of 18 Forever stamps ($12.95).

During his NBA career, Chamberlain won two NBA titles (1967, 1972), was a four-time MVP and a member of 13 All-Star Games.

Chamberlain, who was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1979, scored 31,419 points during his career (currently fifth all-time) and holds the rebounding record with 23,924.

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