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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. 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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Feb132019

USTA, AEG, Tiger Woods Unite To Help Build Kimmelman Athletic-Academic Campus

NYSJ Sports-Entertainment Business News Service

February 13, 2019:
The U.S. Tennis Assn., global sports and entertainment firm AEG and Tiger Woods’ TGR Foundation have joined with the Kimmelman Family Foundation to bring to reality the Carol Kimmelman Athletic and Academic Campus, being envisioned as "one of the largest and most extraordinary community-serving sports and education centers in America.”

The Kimmelman Campus — to be located in Carson , Calif. — is expected to span more than 80 acres and feature up to 52 tennis courts, soccer and multi-purpose fields, and a state-of-the-art academic center with a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) focus.

The project is named for Carol Kimmelman, a California native who was a member of the 1983 national champion USC women’s tennis team and former South L.A. elementary school teacher.

According to her family, Carol, who passed away from cancer in 2017, “believed fervently in the power of tennis and other sports to transform the lives of young people from all backgrounds.”

The Kimmelman Campus proposal is currently undergoing a public review process led by Los Angeles County, which owns the property where the new development is envisioned.

According to the Kimmelman Family Foundation, the County Board of Supervisors is still completing an environmental review of the site, and is expected to consider a long-term lease for the project in late summer.

If approved by the County, a groundbreaking is anticipated in early 2020.

Among the elements being planned for the Kimmelman Campus, the USTA Foundation would establish the West Coast hub of the National Junior Tennis & Learning program, offering tennis programs, youth services and college scholarships to more than 200,000 underserved youth around the country each year.

The USTA Southern California Tennis Assn. would move its headquarters to the Campus.

In addition, the USTA’s Player Development division, which works to develop world-class American players, expects to make the campus its West Coast center of operations.

The TGR Foundation — founded by Woods and his father, Earl Woods — would oversee a 25,000 square foot learning center, to be equipped with high-tech labs, classrooms and interactive stations that encourage innovative and hands-on STEM learning.

The proposed project also includes plans to include other sports and recreation facilities, including soccer fields; multi-purpose fields that can accommodate rugby and other sports; basketball courts; a sprint track; and training turf to promote active and healthy lifestyles for the entire community.

Programs would be made available at little or no cost to underserved local youth and families.

“My dad (who passed away in 2006) helped me launch TGR Foundation over 20 years ago, inspired by our family motto of ‘share and care,’” Woods said via the Kimmelman Family Foundation, which is overseen by Carol Kimmelman’s husband, Doug Kimmelman, president of the Kimmelman Family Foundation, and their four children.

“TGR Foundation is excited to be part of the Carol Kimmelman Athletic and Academic Campus, where we can continue to spread our mission of empowering students to pursue their passions through education,” said Woods.

“This is the most significant undertaking by the USTA Foundation on the West Coast supporting our mission of combining tennis and education together to change lives,” Chris Evert, the tennis legend who was recently appointed chair of the USTA Foundation’s Board of Directors.

“By making high-quality tennis and educational opportunities available to all local children, regardless of income, this campus will provide a transformative experience for thousands of young people that inspires them to succeed both on and off the court.”

The Kimmelman Family Foundation, along with the USTA Foundation, USTA, SCTA, and representatives of TGR said they already have met with school district leaders, local community-based non-profit organizations, law enforcement officials, and business groups to collaborate on programs and opportunities at the Kimmelman Campus.

RENDITIONS COURTESY KIMMELMAN FAMILY FOUNDATION

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