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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
SOURCE: STUBHUB.COM

BUY SELL

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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Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.
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Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.
Read more at http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/j/johnfkenn121400.html#JZxA5jXY4rCwemgZ.99
Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.
Read more at http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/j/johnfkenn121400.html#46Ul8rBF4XpB4lo0.99
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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Jan282010

Snippets Of Ads From Coke, Boost Mobile, Papa John's Add Up To Super Bowl Creative

Microsite with teaser for Boost Mobile's Super Bowl XLIV spot featuring members of the 1985 Chicago Bears.January 28, 2010: Add Coca-Cola, Boost Mobile, Papa John's and Bridgestone to the list of marketers who are doling out their Super Bowl XLIV commercials in bits and pieces.

Coca-Cola has unveiled the barest of teasers about its two Super Bowl spots, one of which gets animated with stars from The Simpsons. The beverage giant is directing people to Facebook.com/livepositively, where visitors who share virtual gifts with friends will get a 20-second sneak peek at one of the two Coca-Cola Super Bowl commercials. Coca-Cola will also donate a dollar to the Boys and Girls Clubs of America for each virtual gift shared.

Coke shared details about its two 30-second spots, which are part of a larger “Open Happiness” campaign, during a Web press conference on Jan. 27. In one commercial, Montgomery Burns, Homer Simpson’s rich, stodgy and stingy boss at the Springfield Nuclear Power Plant, loses his money and finds that everyone hates him until he has a reversal of fortune when he gets a Coke. The second ad is more eclectic, following a man sleepwalking amidst the perils of Africa in an attempt to get an icy Coke. Lead agency is Wieden & Kennedy, Portland, Ore.

Ironically, Pepsi has pouring rights at Sun Life Stadium, where Super Bowl XLIV will be played, but is not running any commercials during the broadcast on CBS.

Boost Mobile is re-creating the iconic "Super Bowl Shuffle" video created by members of the winning Super Bowl XX Chicago Bears, with updated action by players from that team including Jim McMahon, Richard Dent and Mike Singletary as well as head coach Mike Ditka. A Boost Moblle microsite shows snippets from "The Boost Mobile Shuffle" as well as out takes, information about the players and links to McMahon's Twitter page. And "coming soon" is Mike Singletary's Police Party. 180 Los Angeles is lead agency.

Papa John's did not release creative because it plans to shoot its ad on Jan. 31 during the Pro Bowl at Sun Life Stadium, which also will host Super Bowl XLIV on Feb. 7. The spot, being handled by NFL Films, will follow a theme from other Papa John's commercials from lead agency Z Group, Ft. Lauderdale, in which company founder  John Schnatter is seen delivering pizzas. In this spot, the action shot during the Pro Bowl will be made to look as if Schnatter is actually at Super Bowl XLIV getting pies to people working the game.

Bridgestone also has released teasers for its two ads, via The Richards Group, Dallas. In one spot (pictured), "Whale of a Tale," a group of men are attempting to drive a whale from an as-yet undisclosed location back to the ocean. In "Your Tires or Your Life," life in the future is the setting for good-versus-evil battle where tires are the ultimate prize. Bridgestone will also sponsor the half time show.

Last week, Diamond Foods offered four seconds of its spot for Pop Secret, showing an eccentric dolphin trainer atop a volcano at a marine park shouting to the crowd, "Let's get aquatic." GoDaddy.com has unveiled most of one of its two spots with Danica Patrick, "Movies," in which she channels Marilyn Monroe, Kelly LeBrock from Weird Science and Jennifer Beals from Flashdance. Snippets from the second spot to air on CBS show women auditioning for Patrick in an attempt to become a GoDaddy girl.

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