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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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WWE Has Plans To Cover Brooklyn With Festivities For SummerSlam 2018

NYSJ Sports-Entertainment Business News Service

August 7, 2018: Do you believe that WWE would have a major event in Brooklyn, NY, and not host a mega-party with plenty of Brooklyn landmarks and food to end all parties?

Fugetaboutit!

SummerSlam 2018  is Aug. 19 in Barclays Center, home of the NBA’s Brooklyn Nets, which will stream live on WWE Network (7 PM ET).

Marketing partners include Cricket Wireless and MLB Tap Sports Baseball 2018.

SummerSlam is scheduled to feature the likes of Brock Lesnar, Roman Reigns, Jeff Hardy, Nakamura, Seth Rollins, Dolph Ziggler, Finn Baylor, Baron Corbin; and two much-anticipated confrontations on the women’s side: Alexa Bliss vs. Ronda Rousey for the Women’s Raw championship and Carmella vs. Charlotte Flair vs. Becky Lynch for the Women’s SmackDown Live title.

But the event will be the culmination of days of activation in Brooklyn, the fourth consecutive year the borough has hosted SummerSlam.

As part of WWE’s SummerSlam Week, Triple H and Stephanie McMahon will appear at a special "Meet & Greet with the WWE Universe" in Barclays Center, Friday, Aug. 17, with proceeds benefiting Connor’s Cure, a pediatric cancer fund started in 2014 by Triple H and McMahnon in 2014 to honor WWE fan Connor Michalek, who passed away that year at the age of 9.

On her Twitter account, McMahon said the sold-out event has already raised $30,000.

The MiLB Brooklyn Cyclones and WWE have partnered for SummerSlam Night at MCU Park on Thursday, Aug. 16, also raising funds for Connor’s Cure.

As part of the night’s action, the Cyclones will wear special Connor’s Cure jerseys featuring the “championship belt” style logo around the waste and beads on the sleeves inspired by the Connor’s Cure Bracelets that are sold to benefit the fund.

Ten jerseys will be raffled off that evening in park with the remaining items available at the Cyclones Web site. (Details here.)

The auction will start Friday, Aug. 17 at Noon (ET). 

Fans will be able to purchase a $20 ticket, which will include a Field Box Ticket, Connor’s Cure Bracelet and charitable donation. For each package sold, a bracelet will also be donated to a children’s hospital. (Details here.)

Several WWE stars are scheduled to join the Cyclones at the ballpark that night.

Among other SummerSlam’s week of the Brooklyn takeover will be hospital visits, a "Be a STAR" Bullying Prevention Rally, Make-A-Wish and interaction with other New York teams, which last year included the Yankees and Mets; as well as ringing the closing bell at the New York Stock Exchange.

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