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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
• T. Rex
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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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Channel Chasers

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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Is Drew Brees Ready To Quarterback Major Endorsement Deals?

December 3, 2009: As the old saying goes, good things happen when you are 11-0.

Drew Brees, who is the quarterback of the 11-0 New Orleans Saints (prior to games of Dec. 6), could be the next big thing among NFL athletes in the sports endorsement arena. He recently was just one of three NFL players seen in a PSA with President Obama (along with Pittsburgh Steelers Troy Polamalu and DeMarcus Ware of the Dallas Cowboys) playing a game of pickup football on the White House lawn as part of a joint effort between the NFL's Play 60 campaign to fight childhood obesity and the President's United We Serve initiative. ESPN has dusted off Brees' "This is SportsCenter" TV spot, in which the quarterback causes a traffic jam at ESPN headquarters when the Mardi Gras float he is driving gets stuck in the front gate.

Now, Fitness Anywhere said that Brees has signed a deal to become marketing spokesman for the TRX Suspension Training system and also has become an investor in Fitness Anywhere. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Drew Brees on White House lawn for NFL PSA.According to San Francisco-based Fitness Anywhere, the TRX Suspension Training has been used by Brees since 2005, when the quarterback underwent potentially career-threatening shoulder surgery but returned in 2006 without missing a game. Brees worked with his performance coach, Todd Durkin, and incorporated TRX Suspension Training into his rehabilitation. In 2008, Brees become only the second quarterback in NFL history to pass for more than 5,000 yards in one season, with his total of 5.069 yards second all-time to Dan Marino's 5,084 yards passing in 1984.

"I don't put my name behind anything unless I believe in it 100%," Brees said in a statement. "So for me to endorse the company's products and also invest in it should say a lot about how excited I am about what Fitness Anywhere is doing."

Brees has the potential to become a national endorser for several products, along the lines of quarterback Peyton Manning, who earns the most among NFL players with an estimated $13 million in annual endorsements from such companies as MasterCard, Sony and Gatorade. Brees earns an estimated $4-5 million annually, according to analysts, but easily could double that figure if the Saints reach and then win Super Bowl XLIV and he is named MVP. Brees' agent is Tom Condon with CAA.

Although specific details were not revealed, several marketing components using Brees are currently in development, including online, DTC and print. "For our company's equipment and programming to have played an important role in Drew's rehabilitation and contribute to his enormous level of success on the field is thrilling," Randy Hetrick,founder and president of Fitness Anywhere, said in a statement. "Drew is not only one of the best players in the game, but he's also shares our vision of excellence, community involvement and supporting our military service members. We're looking forward to working closely with Drew on some exciting projects over the years to come."

Brees and friends in limited-edition artwork benefitting Brees Dream Foundation.Brees' other major endeavor is the Brees Dream Foundation, which he established in 2003 with his wife, Brittany, to help advance cancer research, care for cancer patients, and to help rebuild schools, parks, playgrounds and athletic fields in New Orleans, San Diego (where he played before joining the Saints) and Purdue (where Brees went to school) communities. The Foundation has raised and/or committed more than $4.5 million to date. Among his partners there is Warner Bros., which created limited-edition hand-painted cels and lithographs featuring Brees and autographed by him with several Looney Tunes characters to commemorate his 5,000-yard achievement, with funds being donated to the Brees Dream Foundation.

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