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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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Channel Chasers

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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Apr082019

WrestleMania 35: All That And More As Event Sets Attendance, Money Marks

By Barry Janoff

April 8, 2019: WWE staged WrestleMania 35 in MetLife Stadium last night, and the mega-event set records even before the last match — which itself was historic — was completed.

WrestleMania 35 broke the record for MetLife Stadium’s highest-grossing entertainment event — $16.9 million — topping the venue’s previous record of $12.3 million set by WrestleMania 29 in 2013.

Over the past 12 years, WrestleMania has generated more than $1.2 billion in cumulative economic impact for the cities that have hosted the event, said WWE.

The crowd of 82,265 people (from all 50 states and 68 countries) is now No. 3 on the all-time WrestleMania list, behind the 101,763 at WrestleMania 32 in AT&T Stadium and 93,173 at WrestleMania 3 in the Pontiac Silverdome,

“We are thrilled that WrestleMania’s return to WWE’s ‘front yard’ delivered incredible results,” John Saboor, WWE evp-special events, said via the organization.

“This would not have been possible without the tireless support of New Jersey governor Phil Murphy and our public and private sector partners throughout the New York and New Jersey region."

In another historic moment, Becky Lynch took the Winner Take All Match versus Ronda Rousey and Charlotte Flair to capture both the Raw and SmackDown Women's Titles, the first time a women’s match was the featured event in WrestleMania history.

Among other results, Kofi Kingston won his \first WWE championship by defeating Daniel Bryan, Seth Rollins defeated "The Beast" Brock Lesnar to claim the Universal Title, Carmella eliminated The Riott Squad’s Sarah Logan to win the WrestleMania Women’s Battle Royal; and Jimmy & Jey Uso fought off Ricochet & Aleister Black, The Bar and Shinsuke Nakamura & Rusev in a Fatal 4-Way to retain the SmackDown Tag Team Titles

Snickers was the exclusive presenting partner of WrestleMania for the fourth consecutive year.

As part of the weeklong WrestleMania celebration, WWE will host five consecutive nights of events in MetLife Stadium and Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

According to Gov. Murphy, “WWE outdid themselves by creating an even more exciting WrestleMania than we experienced six years ago.

“The WWE Universe helped deliver significant economic results to New Jersey, and we look forward to the opportunity of hosting WrestleMania again in the future.”

WrestleMania 36 is scheduled for April 5, 2020 in Raymond James Stadium, Tampa Bay, FL. Ticket information will be released later this year.

“We now turn our attention to next year, where WrestleMania will make a historic Tampa Bay debut,” said Saboor.

Top Ten All-Time Attendance at WrestleMania:
1. 101,763: WrestleMania 32, AT&T Stadium, Arlington, TX, April 3, 2016
2. 93,173: WrestleMania 3, Pontiac Silverdome, Pontiac, Michigan, March 29, 1987
3. 82,265: WrestleMania 35, MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey, April 7, 2019
4. 80,676: WrestleMania 29, MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey, April 7, 2013
5. 80,103: WrestleMania 23, Ford Field, Detroit, Michigan, April 1, 2007
6. 78,363: WrestleMania 28, Sun Life Stadium, Miami, Florida, April 1, 2012
7. 78,133: WrestleMania 34, Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, LA, April 8, 2018
8. 76,976: WrestleMania 31, Levi’s Stadium, Santa Clara, California, March 29, 2015
9. 75,245: WrestleMania 33, Orlando Citrus Bowl, Orlando, Florida, April 2, 2017
10. 75,167: WrestleMania 30, Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, LA, April 6, 2014

PHOTOS COURTESY WWE

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