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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
• 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. 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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Harper, Judge Hit Home Runs With Top-Selling MLB Jerseys Entering 2019 Season

NYSJ Sports-Entertainment Business News Service

March 30, 2019: It’s way too early in the 2019 MLB season to say which players would be named MVPs for their respective leagues, but it’s not too early to see which players are most valuable when it comes to most valuable merchandise movers.

Coming into town with a new 13-year, $330 million contract, Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Bryce Harper tops the list of MLB Most Popular Player Jerseys based on sales from MLBShop.com of Majestic jerseys from New Year’s Day thru Opening Day (March 28).

Harper becomes the franchise’s first player to top this list, according to MLB, moving up from No. 13 when he was with the Washington Nationals during the 2018 season.

Harper’s jersey also set pro sports records for most jerseys sold in both the first 24 and 48 hours, respectively, after joining a new team, according to data from Fanatics online shops.

In the days after signing Harper as a free  agent on March 1, the Phillies said they sold more than 180,000 tickets. Sales of his Philadelphia jerseys in the stadium shop were up 5,000% over the previous year, with Harper No. 1, according to Fanatics.

MLB the Show 19 from Sony Entertainment for PlayStation4 initially released a mock cover with Harper in a nondescript grey hoodie, but updated it to show him in his Phillies uniform and cap.

Topps has released its second Harper Living Set card, which happens only when a player switches teams.

Harper is followed by New York Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge, who finished the 2018 season with the top-selling Majestic MLB jersey, matching a feat he accomplished lin 2017 during his rookie campaign.

Mookie Betts of the defending World Series champion Boston Red Sox is No. 3.

He is followed by Mike Trout, moving up from No. 11 to No. 4, who just signed a 12-year, $426.5 million deal with the Los Angeles Angeles.

Trout has appeared in each of the most-popular jersey rankings since his MLB debut in 2012, and for the fifth time his jersey is one of the Top Five most popular jerseys in the country.

Yadier Molina of the St. Louis Cardinals rounds out the Top Five.

Making their debuts on the most popular player jersey list are reigning National League MVP Christian Yelich (No. 7, Milwaukee Brewers and 2018 All-Star Game MVP Alex Bregman (No. 17, Houston Astros).

At No. 12, Manny Machado, who in February signed a ten-year, $300 million deal with the San Diego Padres, becomes the first member of the Padres to make the most popular player jersey list.

Ichiro Suzuki, who just retired, is No. 13 (Seattle Mariners).

Players representing nine different clubs make up the Top Ten most popular player jerseys.

The Top 20 overall includes nine outfielders, nine infielders, one pitcher and one catcher.

The Chicago Cubs lead with three among the Top 20: Javier Báez (No. 7), Anthony Rizzo, (No. 9) and Kris Bryant (No. 15).

MLB did not release sales figures.

MLB Most Popular Player Jerseys of 2019

(Based on sales from MLBShop.com of Majestic jerseys New Year’s Day 2019 thru March 28):

1. Bryce Harper, Philadelphia Phillies

2. Aaron Judge, New York Yankees

3. Mookie Betts, Boston Red Sox

4. Mike Trout, Los Angeles Angels

5. Yadier Molina, St. Louis Cardinals

6. Clayton Kershaw, Los Angeles Dodgers

7. Javier Báez, Chicago Cubs

8. Christian Yelich, Milwaukee Brewers

9. Anthony Rizzo, Chicago Cubs

10. Ronald Acuña Jr., Atlanta Braves

11. Paul Goldschmidt, St. Louis Cardinals

12. Manny Machado, San Diego Padres

13. Ichiro Suzuki, Seattle Mariners

14. Cody Bellinger, Los Angeles Dodgers

15. Kris Bryant, Chicago Cubs

16. Jose Altuve, Houston Astros

17. Alex Bregman, Houston Astros

18. Andrew Benintendi, Boston Red Sox

19. Giancarlo Stanton, New York Yankees

20. Freddie Freeman, Atlanta Braves

SOURCE: MLB

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