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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

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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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Feb052016

Livin ' The Dream: LeBron Gets Animated On Cartoon Network's 'Teen Titans Go!'

By Barry Janoff

February 4, 2016: Last June, while the Cleveland Cavaliers were playing the Golden State Warriors in the 2014-15 NBA Finals, an admittedly weary LeBron James said during a media conference after Game 3 that he was not sleeping well, instead staying up to watch late-night TV.

"Obviously I'm not getting much sleep," James told the press. "You guys can see I'm not getting much sleep right now. But I'm OK with that. . . . I watched Chopped (on the Food Network) and then Teen Titans Go! (Cartoon Network) after that at 2.30 in the morning."

Apparently, the people at Cartoon Network and creators of the humorous animated show Teen Titans Go! were listening.

On Feb. 11, as a lead-in to NBA All-Star Weekend, James makes a guest appearance on Teen Titans Go!, which follows characters from DC Comics when they were teenagers: Robin,  Starfire, Raven, Cyborg and Beast Boy.

James appears as himself in an episode called "The Cruel Giggling Ghoul."

The show will air in tandem with an NBA-themed episode of We Care Bears during what Cartoon Network has dubbed All-Star Jam Thursday. We Care Bears will include the voices of James' teammate Kyrie Irving, Paul George from the Indiana Pacers and Damian Lillard from the Portland Trail Blazers.

Cartoon Network is a sibling to TNT, and TBS, which will air events from NBA All-Star Weekend in Toronto, including the All-Star Game itself on the evening of Feb. 14.

The plot of the episode finds the five Teen Titans in a story that mimics the theme of Scooby-Doo, with the heroes seeking to solve a mystery at the Wacka Doodles Amusement Park.

James first appears dancing in the opening credits, then later in the show, including a scene in which he is dressed in a mascot outfit that resembles a cat-like creature.

According to Cartoon Network, James is the first NBA player to appear on the show, which is now in its third season. He also is the first person to voice himself on the show.

He is, however, the second celebrity to appear on Team Titans Go! as an animated version of Michael Jackson made a cameo in an episode last season, "Real Boy Adventures."

In his main scene, James at first to be a monster, but in keeping with the Scooby-Doo theme, reveals himself to be human.

"There's the Ghoul!!! exclaims Robin as they explore the Wacka Doodles Amusement Park.

"Relax, it's just me, superstar LeBron James," James says as he removes the head to his outfit.

"Why are you wearing that costume?" asks Raven

"I found it in one of these lockers," says James. "Man, I've always wanted to be a mascot.

"Why would you want to be a mascot?" asks Robin. "Everyone loves you."

"Players get the glory," says James. "But the mascots get all the laughs. Check me out,"

He puts the costume head back on then goes into a goofy dance routine, chanting the words, "Wacka-wacka-wacka." Then, picking up a basketball, he says, "I'm going to dribble over there."

He moves off-screen, chanting, "Dribble, dribble, dribble," as a laugh track plays in the background.

There was no word from Food Network on whether or not James would appear in an episode of Chopped.

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