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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
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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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NFL, MLB, MMA Athletes, All Native Hawaiians, Launch Challenge Relief Fund

NYSJ Sports-Entertainment Business News Service

July 11, 2018: Hawaii is considered to be a prime destination for sun, fun and entertainment.

But the devastation caused by the Kilauea Volcano on Hawai’i Island has impacted not just local communities but others around the world.

To help raise funds and awareness to support those affected by Kilauea Volcano, a group of pro athletes from the NFL, MLB and UFC — all natives of Hawaii — have formed  Be A Hero for Hawai‘i Challenge with the Hawai‘i Community Foundation.

The Be A Hero for Hawai‘i Challenge is a friendly competition to encourage their teammates, rivals, and fans to give to their island home and see which team sport is able to raise the most in donations.

The founding group includes Tennessee Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota, UFC Featherweight Champion Max Holloway, UFC fighter Yancy Medeiros, St. Louis Cardinals second baseman Kolten Wong, Texas Rangers infielder Isiah Kiner-Falefa and Kamu Grugier-Hill, linebacker for the defending Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles, who brought this initial group together.

“It has been devastating to see all of the destruction caused by the volcano on the Big Island — my sister-in-law and her family are one of hundreds who have lost their homes. And these families won’t be able to return to their community,” Grugier-Hill said in a statement.

“It is going to take a long time to rebuild and they will need a lot of resources. I had to do something to help and was looking for a way to bring people together around it. So I called other pro athlete friends who were from Hawai‘i to join in.”

According to Grugier-Hill, “These guys didn’t hesitate and were immediately on board. That’s just how Hawai‘i rolls. And being the competitors we are, we thought it would be great to see which one of our sports could raise the most money.”

“Both on and off the field, or octagon, Kamu and the other athletes epitomize what true heroes are,” Micah Kane, CEO and president of the Hawai‘i Community Foundation, said in a statement.

“Through their hard work, commitment and dedication they have all found success in their chosen careers but when called upon, they give back to their community and help others — they are setting a great example to the young local kids in our community who look up to them.”

Multi-media cause-marketing includes an anchor spot that features each of the six founding “Heroes For Hawaii” athletes talking about their efforts and urging others to join in.

"It means a lot to me to be able to join in with other professional athletes from Hawai‘i to help out the families suffering on Hawai‘i Island."

At a dedicated Web site, visitors can donate to their favorite sport, currently from among baseball, football and MMA.

According to Mariota, "It means a lot to me to be able to join in with other professional athletes from Hawai‘i to help out the families suffering on Hawai‘i Island. The people from Hawai‘i have supported all of us throughout our careers and now it's our turn to give back to them.

“The volcano is causing a lot of damage and we know it's not over. They're going to need a lot of help in assisting the families in need and helping them to rebuild . . . Mahalo for your support."

Donations to the Be A Hero for Hawai‘i Challenge can be made online at www.HeroesforHawaii.org or by mail at Hawai‘i Community Foundation, 827 Fort Street Mall, Honolulu, HI, 96813. Note which sports team is being supported when sending donations via mail.

To track the progress of each “team” during the Be A Hero for Hawai‘i Challenge, visit www.HeroesforHawaii.org or search #HeroesforHawaii on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter for player information and updates.

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