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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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Rock & Roll Hall of Fame 2020 Nominees

• 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
• T. Rex
• Thin Lizzy

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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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Sep132010

First Pro Basketball, Then Boxing, Now Tennis Finds Its Way To Brooklyn

By Barry Janoff, Executive Editor

September 12, 2010: Back in the day, Brooklyn, NY was the sole possession of baseball's Dodgers. Since the franchise moved to Los Angeles following the 1957 season, there have been some significant sports events, but only the Brooklyn Cyclones, a minor league affiliate of the New York Mets, have permanently rooted in the borough.

Now, with the NBA's Nets officially and (mostly) legally cleared to move from New Jersey to a new arena, Brooklyn is becoming focal point of pro sports. Manhattan still gets the spotlight with the New York Knicks and Rangers, The Bronx has the Yankees and Queens has the Mets and the U.S. Open. But Brooklyn is coming out of the shadows and claiming some spotlight of its own.

Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment, the sales and marketing arm of the planned Barclays Center in Brooklyn, and a sibling division to Nets Basketball, has signed a deal with sports talent management and event production firm Lagardère Unlimited to bring major professional tennis to the Barclays Center.

According to Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment, Barclays Center is scheduled to open in "late spring/early summer 2012." 

Through this alliance, Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment and Lagardère Unlimited said they would develop and co-promote at least two tennis events annually at the Barclays Center, which will include both current and former stars of the sport. Lagardère Unlimited represents several top-ranked tennis players, including Andy Roddick, Justine Henin, Caroline Wozniacki, Bob and Mike Bryan, John Isner, Sam Querrey and Mardy Fish. Lagardère has also produced national and international tennis tournaments and events around the world.

“We are thrilled to align with Lagardère Unlimited to bring big-time professional tennis events to Brooklyn as we continue to demonstrate that first-class programming is in-store for the Barclays Center,” Brett Yormark, president and CEO of Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment and CEO of Nets Basketball. “The Barclays Center will offer our visitors the best in sports and entertainment and we look forward to making several additional major programming announcements in the coming months.”

Earlier this year, Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment said it would offer 25 major college basketball and college hockey events annually at the Barclays Center. In conjunction with Golden Boy Promotions, whose president is ten-time world champion Oscar de la Hoya, Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment will also promote a minimum of 12 major professional boxing events a year at the Barclays Center, making the Barclays Center the premier boxing venue in the northeast.  In addition, the Barclays Center will also host world-class concerts, family shows, and much more.

“Partnering with Brooklyn Sports and Entertainment to bring world class tennis to one of the most anticipated new venues in the United States, the Barclays Center, is an exciting win for tennis and the fans alike,” Kevin O’Connor, COO of Lagardère Unlimited, said in a statement. “Brooklyn has always been an important part of sports history and now tennis shares that space.”

"Brooklyn has always been an important part of sports history and now tennis shares that space.”

Among the companies that have signed on as partners and/or sponsors at the Barclays Center are Haier America, ADT, EmblemHealth, MetroPCS, Cushman & Wakefield, MGM Grand at Foxwoods, Jones Soda Co., Phillips-Van Heusen, Anheuser-Busch, Willis Group Holdings and High Point Solutions. Financial firm Barclays has a 20-year naming rights deal for the arena.

The Nets went 12-70 in 2009-10, among the worst records in NBA history. But in 2010-11 the Nets will have a new principal owner in Mikhail Prokhorov; and a new home with the team moving from the Izod Center to Prudential Center in Newark, NJ, until settling in their permanent home in Brooklyn.

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