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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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• 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
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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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Aug162013

What Goes Around, Comes Around: Brooklyn Back In The House In Long Island

By Barry Janoff

August 15, 2013: When Charles Wang, majority owner of the NHL's New York Islanders, could not reach an agreement with Nassau County in Long Island, NY, for a major renovation of the team's home venue, Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, he signed a deal that will see the team move to Barclays Center, in Brooklyn, NY, beginning with the 2015-16 season.

Now, an affiliate of the group that owns Barclays Center and part of its major tenant, the NBA's Brooklyn Nets, will have the opportunity to conduct their own major renovation of Nassau Coliseum, located about 25 miles east of New York City.

Nassau Events Center, LLC, part of Forest City Ratner Companies, led by CEO Bruce Ratner, was given the rights on Thursday to renovate the arena that opened in 1972 and was host to four Islanders' Stanley Cup championship runs in the 1980s, as well as an array of sports, entertainment, religious and political events.

Ratner's group got the nod over The Madison Square Garden Co., whose holdings include the NBA's New York Knicks, the NHL's Rangers and the WNBA's Liberty.

Financial details were not disclosed.The renovation is expected to cost at least $229 million, according to industry analysts. Forest City Ratner will operate the venue for 34 years, initially paying Nassau County $195 million a month in revenue via a deal that could reach $335 million if an option for a 49-year lease is enacted, according to Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano.

The deal must still be approved by the Nassau County Legislature.

"We are ready to get to work to deliver a world-class Coliseum and a thriving sports, entertainment and retail center that Long Island deserves," Ratner, a minority owner of the Nets, said in a statement. "Our partnership group is focused and prepared to bring the best to Nassau and to fulfill the County’s goals of vital job growth and significant economic activity. It is time for Nassau County to have an iconic and celebrated venue that will have something for everyone to enjoy and which will redefine the customer experience."

Forest City Ranter's plan calls for at least 300 sports and entertainment events annually in the rebuilt Nassau Coliseum, including six Islanders regular season games and a Nets pre-season game. Like the Islanders, the Nets called the arena home from 1971-77. Live Nation would be at the forefront of overseeing concerts in conjunction with Roc Nation, which is headed by former Nets minority owner Jay-Z.

The new Coliseum will have 13,000 seats, versus the 18,000 now available for concerts and 16,700 for the Islanders.

The renovation will be part of a "new public-private partnership [overseeing] the construction of a 100% privately financed Coliseum that will share revenue with the County at zero expense to the taxpayer," according to Forest City Ratner. The project is expected to generate "hundreds of millions of dollars in economic activity per year."

"Our partnership group is focused and prepared to bring the best to Nassau and to fulfill the County’s goals of vital job growth and significant economic activity."

Renovation would be under the auspices of SHoP Architects, which handled Barclays Center.

A group of major movers-and-shakers related to the redevelopment plan were at Nassau Coliseum on Friday (Aug. 16) to unveil additional details. Among those scheduled to attend are Bruce Ratner, Brett Yormark, (CEO of Barclays Center and the Brooklyn Nets), Edward Mangano, Alan Ostfield (president, North Atlantic, Live Nation), Jason Iley (president of Roc Nation Records), Jason Kidd (head coach for the Nets) and John Calipari (head basketball coach for the University of Kentucky), as well as athletes such as Matt Martin (New York Islanders) and Bernard Hopkins (World Light Heavyweight coxing champion).

The Nets are majority owned by Russian-born billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov, who will be personally represented by Chris Charlier, deputy CEO for the Prokhorov-owned Onexim Group, as well as chairman for the Nets and director for Barclays Center;

Both Forest City Ratner and Madison Square Garden Co. had marketing campaigns throughout the region supporting their respective plans for the Nassau Coliseum.

"While we are disappointed with the County's decision, we are not at all surprised given the history of this project, and will be watching closely as this process moves to the County Legislature," Madison Square Garden Co. said in a statement. "We continue to believe that Madison Square Garden's proposal, expertise and proven track record represent the best and most realistic opportunity to revitalize the Nassau Coliseum. We remain deeply supportive of the efforts to create a rich and vibrant destination for all Long Island residents, and sincerely hope that, regardless of today's decision, Long Island ultimately gets the world-class destination it deserves."

"By having The Madison Square Garden Company compete with us on this development demonstrates the significance of this project and both of our companies’ commitment to Long Island," Ratner said in his statement. "We are honored to be chosen to deliver a vibrant attraction for a Nassau like never before. . . . We understand and proudly accept the tremendous responsibility that accompanies this project and the impact it has on future generations of Long Islanders. It is time for Nassau County to have an iconic and celebrated venue that will have something for everyone to enjoy and which will redefine the customer experience."

PHOTOS: Nassau Coliseum renditions courtesy SHoP Architects

Charles Wang: Taking NHL From Long Island To Brooklyn

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