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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
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. 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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NBA's Draymond Green Finds Kevin Hart Is Friend And Foot Locker (Fashion) Faux

By Barry Janoff

February 2, 2016: For some people in Hollywood, Kevin Hart is a friend.

For Foot Locker, he is a fashion faux.

The actor-comic makes his debut for Foot Locker in a new humorous campaign, and he's brought a friend with him — Draymond Green from the defending NBA champion Golden State Warriors, who is also making his initial appearance for the sports footwear and apparel retailer.

Hart appears in two new spots as part of the brand's "Hottest Month" effort, one for Foot Locker and one for the company's Kids Foot Locker, the latter starring a young actor who plays the role of Hart's real-life son, Hendrix.

Although mainly fronted by pro athletes, Hart is following in the footsteps of fellow actor-comic Tracy Morgan, who appeared in Foot Locker ads as part of the brand's "Week of Greatness" push this past November.

Hart is currently starring in Ride Along 2 with Ice Cube. He also stars in a new spot from Hyundai, "First Date," that will air during Super Bowl 50.

Foot Locker's campaign support includes Internet, social media and POP.

Green — whose, teammate, Stephen Curry, has also appeared in Foot Locker creative (most recently "Game Film") — is taken on a sneak-peek tour of Hart's fashion line, in which the "Collection" is more junkyard dog than catwalk style.

The reason? "I know you NBA guys love fashion," Hart says to Green.

"But this is extremely weird," says Green.

Despite his enthusiasm, Hart cannot put it past Green that the 'fashion" includes a guy wearing a shirt made from shrubbery, another with an LED sign wrapped around his upper torso that flashes the word "shirt" and another whose real face pushes through a framed picture of a man wearing a suit.

"Draymond, I am oozing with creativity right now," Hart says of his fashion. "Ideas are just poppin' out. I know what I'm doing. I'm in my prime. If I was a steak, right now is the time to eat me."

To save Hart from embarrassment, Green reminds him that February is Foot Locker's month with all the new gear, and not an ideal time to premier his own fashion line.

Hart takes Green's advice and changes his line — to Foot Locker merchandise. A faux entertainment newscast explains that Foot Locker is suing Hart "for passing their February collection off as his own."

Upon hearing of the impending "lawsuit," Hart exclaims to reporters, "This was Draymond Green's idea. He physically intimidated me."

To make certain that his alibi gets proper coverage, Hart says to the reporters, "You spell that with a capital D, r, a, y . . . mond." (See the full spot here.)

Hart doesn't fare much better with fashion in "Borrowed," where a kid actor portraying Hendrix (Hart's eight-year-old son) accuses him of taking his stuff.

"Dad, are you wearing my new gear?" the kid asks Hart, who is outfitted in a Foot Locker T-shirt, sweats and basketball shoes.

"No," replies Hart. "What are you taking about?"

"You know Kids Foot Locker gets hot gear in February," the kid replies.

"Adult Foot Locker gets new gear, too," says Hart. "Where's this coming from?"

"Ideas are just poppin' out. I know what I'm doing. I'm in my prime. If I was a steak, right now is the time to eat me."

"Because we wear the same size," the kid says to the 5'4" Hart. The kid then looks at the inside of the Nike T-shirt Hart is wearing and finds his own name written there with marker. "Dad!"

"We don't wear the same size," bemoans Hart. "You're small. I'm petite. Petite is a cooler version of small . . .  I wear your clothes because I look better in them." (See the full spot here.)

Both spots fall under Foot Locker's umbrella tag, "If It's Here It's Approved." Lead agency is BBDO, NY.

"Kevin Hart and Draymond Green have been great to work with and we're pleased with the entertaining outcome of both spots," Stacy Cunningham, evp-marketing for Foot Locker, said in a statement. "February is an exciting month for us, at both Foot Locker and Kids Foot Locker, and this campaign highlights some of the fresh new gear we're showcasing this month. It's a great way to kick off our 'Hottest Month of the Year.'"

"Foot Locker and Kids Foot Locker are taking February to a whole new level with these great spots," said Hart, "Being able to work on two completely different commercials was a fun way to highlight their newest collections."

"Appearing in a commercial with a comedic talent like Kevin Hart is an honor for me," said Green. "Plus I got a sneak peek of Foot Locker's hottest gear, and the opportunity to help kick off this amazing month."

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