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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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• 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
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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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Sep282017

Behind 'Honor Of Kings', Video Game Revenues Blast To Record $41.4B

By Barry Janoff

September 28, 2017: Led by Tencent and the enormous popularity of its Honor of Kings game — plus the fervent fans of such titles as League of Legends, Call of Duty, Grand Theft Auto and The Legend of Zelda — mobile and video game revenues generated by the top 25 public companies topped $41.4 billion in the first half of 2017.

That represents a 20% increase versus the same period in 2016, when revenues were $34.5 billion, according to the just released Global Games Market Report from Newzoo, San Francisco.

The $41.4 billion figure for the first half of 2017 is nearly double that from the first half of 2013, when the Top 25 public companies had game revenues of $22.2 billion.

First-half revenues in 2014 were $25.8 billion, $28.4 billion in 2015.

With China-based Tencent entrenched at No. 1, the Top Ten companies generated $31.4 billion of this, up 24%.

Mobile gaming accounted for 42% of all revenues generated by the Top Ten companies, up 40%. according to Newzoo.

Tencent stayed firm in its top position with revenues of $7.4 billion, a 50% increase versus the same period last year.

Tencent’s  growth was driven by the strength of Honor of Kings, a multi-player battle game for mobile phones, which the report said has 200 million players in China alone and more than 50 million daily users. The app is free but users can purchase items to advance and become stronger in the game.

The game is so popular in that nation that parents and teachers began to complain, according to local news reports. That led Tencent to limit that number of hours players under 18 could access the app and play per day, about 1-2 hours.

Looking forward, Tencent said it would be releasing a version of Honor of Kings in the U.S and Europe.

Tencent also plans to launch gaming platform WeGame and also a free-to-play version of Rocket League in China.

Tencent games also include League of Legends (via Riot, owned by Tencent), Clash of Clans (via Supercell, majority owned by Tencent), Call of Duty and World of Warcraft (the latter two via ownership deals with Activision Blizzard).

Sony was No. 2 among the top 25 public companies with revenues of $4.3 billion, up 25%. "That was primarily due to an increase in sales through the PlayStation network," according to Newzoo’s report.

"Honor of Kings is so popular in China that parents began to complain, moving Tencent to limit that number of hours players under 18 could access it."

Activision Blizzard was No. 3 with $3.9 billion in revenue (up from $3 billion in the first half of 2016).

Microsoft was No. 4 ($3.2 billion) and tied for No. 5 were Apple and EA ($3 billion each).

The Top Ten also includes NetEase ($2.9 billion), Google ($2.1 billion), Bandai Namco ($1.1 billion) and Nexon ($1 billion).

Newzoo said the fastest-rising company here was Korea-based Netmarble, (No. 12 overall behind Nintendo), "which completed a successful IPO in May and reported revenue growth of 81% versus the first half of 2016."

Among the companies that showed a decline versus the first half of 2016 were GungHo Entertainment (down 20%), which Newzoo said "struggled to replicate the success of Puzzles & Dragons"; Disney (down 8%) and Warner Bros. (down 2%).

See the full Top 25 numbers here.

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