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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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Rock & Roll Hall of Fame 2020 Nominees

• 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
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. 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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'Money' Says Mayweather Jr.-Pacquiao II Is En Route In ’18: Could It Top $400M?

By Barry Janoff

September 15, 2018: Don’t call it a comeback, call it a possible $400 million sequel.

For those people who have been aching for a rematch of the Floyd “Money” Mayweather Jr.-Manny “Pac-Man” Pacquiao fight of May 2, 2015, Mayweather Jr. himself says it is going to happen — this year.

Mayweather Jr. on Saturday (Sept. 15) posted this to his Instagram account:

“Floydmayweather I’m coming back to fight Manny Pacquiao this year. Another 9 figure pay day on the way @mayweatherpromotions.”

The text was accompanied by a short video showing the two fighters apparently running into each by accident other during the Soca Weekend Music Festival in Tokyo.

In the video, the two men are relatively playful, with Mayweather Jr. egging Pacquiao on about a fight, yelling “Easy money.”

Pacquiao points to his waist and says, “I have the belt,” a reference to his most recent fight, in July, when he defeated Lucas Matthysse to win a WBA welterweight title (and register his first knockout victory since 2009).

To which Mayweather Jr. replies, “The belt?! I’ll take if from you like I did before . . . (and) I don’t want to hear about your shoulder hurting,” referring to a reason Pacquiao gave following their fight in 2015 as to why he lost to Mayweather Jr.

In a separate video posted on Pacquiao’s Facebook page, Mayweather Jr. boasts about staging the rematch — tentatively scheduled for December, most likely in Las Vegas — saying, “Easy work. Easy work, baby. He don’t want it.  I’m coming back in December. We gonna get the payday. . . . December. I think I need to make that comeback.”

Pacquiao responded, “50-1. #No excuses.”

Like their first bout, the rematch, if and/or when it happens, is expected to come with lots of marketing and hype.

Lead sponsor for Mayweather Jr.-Pacquiao I was Tecate. Marketing partners also included the Mexican Tourism Board, Paramount Pictures and Smart Communications. Sponsorship revenue topped $13 million, according to analysts.

Multi-media support included TV, print, radio, Internet, social media and fighter activation.

The 39-year-old Pacquiao’s record is 60-7-2.

The 41-year-old undefeated Mayweather (50-0, 27 KOs) has fought twice since the Pacquiao meeting, defeating Andre Berto in 2015 and Conor McGregor in August 2017.
 
The 2015 Pacquiao-Mayweather Jr. fight, staged in the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, was won by Mayweather Jr. via a unanimous decision.

That fight topped $400 million in gross revenue, according to industry analysts. Mayweather’s bout with MMA-specialist-turned-boxer McGregor topped $600 million.

The Pacquiao-Mayweather Jr. fight was on PPV, jointly produced by HBO and Showtime, the respective rights-holders of Pacquiao and Mayweather Jr., setting a PPV record of 4.6 million buys.

Mayweather Jr. came out of the fight about $200 million richer, Pacquiao about $120 million in the green.

Showtime Sports said its Showtime PPV presentation of Mayweather Jr.-McGregor in 2017 generated 4.3 million PPV buys in North America, the second largest PPV event of all time behind Mayweather Jr.-Pacquiao.

Mayweather Jr. took home at least an estimated $300 million, McGregor an estimated $100 million, according to industry analysts.

Mayweather Jr. has been busy recently promoting his chain of Mayweather Boxing + Fitness locations, which he plans to open nationwide and internationally.

Pacquiao is a leading political figure is his native Philippines and is said to be considering running for president in 2022.

Boxing itself has been on the upswing this year, with the Canelo Alvarez-Gennady Golovkin middleweight bout in Las Vegas this weekend (Sept. 15) drawing major attention. (Editor's note: Won by Alavarez via majority decision.)

Recent major deals have included Perform Group signing an eight-year $1 billion alliance with Matchroom Boxing to show fights in the U.S. on Perform's DAZN live- and on-demand streaming platform; and ESPN extending its deal with Top Rank.

If Mayweather Jr. Makes You An Offer, Can You Refuse?

Mayweather Jr.-Pacquiao Fight Building In Money, Hype, Histrionics

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