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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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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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Apr242015

Wladimir Klitschko-Bryant Jennings Boxing In Shadow Of Mayweather-Pacquiao

By Barry Janoff

April 24, 2015: With talk about the upcoming welterweight fight between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Packquiao dominating the fight, sports and other worlds, it may seem to many that the bout between world heavyweight world champion Wladiimire Klitschko and challenger Bryant Jennings is akin to an undercard.

But not to Klitschko or Jennings.

"Fifteen years ago I fought on the Lennox Lewis–Michael Grant Undercard, my first appearance in Madison Square Garden and on HBO," Klitschko said during a media conference in Madison Square Garden. "Fifteen years later I am still around and I have beaten a lot of fighters in that time. Now it's Bryant Jennings."

Mayweather gets a multi-part series with Stephen A. Smith featured on ESPN. Pacquiao gets to appear in Foot Locker commercials.

Mayweather-Pacquio is expected to generate record buys and income when it is shown on PPV via HBO and Showtime.

Klitschko-Jennings will be shown live on HBO (10 PM ET).

The fact that 500 tickets to the Mayweather-Pacquiao May 2 fight went on sale to the public on April 23 (and sold in about 30-60 seconds) made headlines, as did a deal between Mayweather and FanDuel for the daily fantasy company to put its name on the boxer's trunks.

Tickets are still available to Klitschko-Jennings.

With two days until the Klitschko-Jennings bout, the boxing site at CBSSports.com had no stories on the fight, but did have wall-to-wall coverage regarding Mayweather-Pacquiao. NBC Sports site had stories on Mayweather-Pacquio and other boxing events, including its own Premier Boxing Series, but no stories on Klitschko-Jennings.

Of the ten lead stories on Fox Sports online boxing site, one was about Klitschko-Jennings (a Q&A), seven were about Mayweather-Pacquiao.

ESPN's boxing site has had the best Klitschko-Jennings coverage, including Q&A's with both men and several analysis stories.

But even here, ESPN is loaded with Mayweather-Pacquiao, all but putting Klitschko-Jennings in its shadow.

Klitschko has not, however, gone unnoticed.

Celebrity sites have Klitschko covered mainly because of his girlfriend, actress Hayden Panettiere, and their four-month-old daughter Kaya.

A Klitschko-Jennings press conference in Madison Square Garden on Tuesday (Aproil 21) attracted about 100 journalists, which was followed by a media-invited workout on Wednesday at Jordan Brand's Terminal 23 on the west side of Manhattan.

“There is nothing like a heavyweight fight in the Garden," Joel Fisher, Executive Vice President of Madison Square Garden, said during the media conference. "There have been more than 30 title defenses here (but) nothing matches the kind of big event we are having on Saturday night. Wladimir Klitschko is without dispute the heavyweight champion compared to the men he fought and won against.”

Klitschko hasn’t lost since he faced Lamon Brewster in 2004. His overall record: 63-3, with 54 knockouts.

This fight will mark his first return to the U.S. since February, 2008 when he defeated Sultan Ibragimov in Madison Square Garden to unify the heavyweight titles. Jennings will be his 27th heavyweight world championship fight. He has been world champion for the second time since 2006 and is now second to the iconic Joe Louis as the longest reigning world champion in heavyweight history. This will be his 17th consecutive title defense, third behind Louis 925) and Larry Holmes (19).

Jennings record: 19 wins, 10 by KO and no defeats. His last two fights were victories against the undefeated Mike Perez and Artur Szpilka — both in Madison Square Garden.

"April 25th it’s going down. I don’t know what else to say," said the Philadelia native Jennins. ”April 25th is history for me, my team and Philadelphia.”

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