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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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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
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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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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
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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

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• Nov. 18 Kansas City  Chiefs v Los Angeles Chargers Mexico City Estadio Azteca (ESPN Monday Night Football).

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Nov132012

Kobe Bryant On A Mission In Los Angeles - End Homelessness On Skid Row

By Barry Janoff

November 13, 2012: Kobe Bryant is known for his prowess on the basketball court with the Los Angeles Lakers.

Now, Bryant is seeking to do something that would eclipse the five NBA titles and two Olympic gold medals he has won: "The challenge," said Bryant, "is to get rid of homelessness. To get everyone back on their feet."

Bryant is not trying to take on the homeless situation nationwide, but rather is focusing his efforts on a major problem in Los Angeles. Skid Row in the downtown section of the city (Central City East), encompasses four square miles and is populated by upward of 5,000 people, making it the largest concentration of homeless people in the U.S., according to Participant Media.

The Beverly Hills-based production company in early October launched TakePart TV, what it describes as an "impact-driven channel" housed on YouTube. Participant Media's newest effort is a five-part Web series with Bryant focusing on the homeless problem in Los Angeles.

Also involved in the project is the Los Angeles Mission, a nonprofit organization that cares for homeless people in the area; and the Kobe and Vanessa Bryant Family Foundation, which provides financial resources and develops programs to help improve the lives of youth and families in need,with a special focus on Los Angeles County.

Participant Media has activated numerous "social action" campaigns for Hollywood films and documentaries, including one for the just-released film Lincoln from director Steven Spielberg.

The first episode sees Bryant talking to people on the streets of Skid Row during a fact-finding mission to see the situation up-close and personal.

"The feeling that you get walking around on Skid Row, it's like the place where ambitions just die," Bryant explains in the episode. "Where the people who are forgotten by our society are. I was walking around and the reaction was, 'What are you doing here? Nobody ever comes here. Nobody cares about what we are doing here.' You don't really think that it's just a few blocks away when you're driving from Staples Center."

According to Bryant, "There has to be something else bigger than just yourself and what you leave out on the basketball court. You have to use that to affect change and affect change in a serious way . . .  To be able to help somebody get back on their feet, to correct a mistake they made, that's what it's about."

Via the series, Participant Media is seeking to raise awareness about the homeless situation in the U.S. and to motivate people "to take action by volunteering in their local area to help the homeless." Included in the Web series is a link to a directory authored by the National Coalition for the Homeless that lists local homeless service organizations throughout the nation.

The presence of Bryant, they feel, will go a long way toward achieving that goal.

"Kobe is a superstar on and off the court. We are inspired by his commitment to move people to act on the issue of homelessness in America."

"Kobe is a superstar on and off the court," Evan Shapiro, president of Participant Media Television, said in a statement. "We applaud his desire to bring attention to important causes he cares deeply about and we are inspired by his commitment to move people to act on the issue of homelessness in America."

However, even Bryant realizes the enormity of the task at hand. "It's hard to help someone who doesn't want to be helped, or who don't think they need help," he says in the initial episode. "We have to fight this one battle at a time." (See the full episode here.)

The effort with Bryant is the third series to premiere on TakePart TV, following Capitalism with Henry Rollins and American Savage with Dan Savage.

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