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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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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

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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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Apr122016

Activision Blizzard's CS:GO Major Continues To Drive eSports Fans, Brands, Awareness

By Barry Janoff

April 12, 2016: Supporting what a growing number of marketers and investors already have seen — that the category of eSports is involving more gamers and consumers than ever — Activision Blizzard Media Networks said that Major League Gaming’s Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Major championship set viewership records during its March 30 – April 3 broadcast from Columbus, Ohio.

Activision Blizzard Media Networks said that audiences generated 71 million video views, watched a record 45 million hours of live broadcast and set a record of 1.6 million concurrent viewers across OTT, Web, mobile and in-game streaming during this year’s event.

This breaks the previously-reported CS:GO Major record of 34 million hours viewed and 1.3 million concurrent viewers set at the 2015 CS:GO Major in Cologne, Germany.

“Last year, more than 225 million people watched competitive gaming, and the passion, engagement and size of this audience only continues to grow,” Mike Sepso, svp-Activision Blizzard Media Networks, a division of Activision Blizzard, and co-founder of Major League Gaming, said in a statement.

“As this year’s CS:GO Major numbers show, Activision Blizzard Media Networks’ commitment to broadcasting premium content and creating incredible events is resonating with players and fans around the world," said Sepso.

Among other eSport marquee competitions are League of Legends, Heroes of the Storm, Hearthstone, Street Fighter V and Call of Duty.

According to the Global e-Sports Market Report from NewZoo, a San Francisco-based firm that focuses on the category, brands are expected to spend $128 million on eSports sponsorships and another $197 million on advertising around video content in 2016.

That would bring total brand spend to $325 million, or 70% of all eSports revenues — an increase of 49%. And growth is expected to continue as more brands enter the space.

According to NewZoo, companies are projected to put more than $800 million into eSports by 2019, the same year the total market passes the $1 billion mark.

According to New York-based research and digital goods measurement firm SuperData, the worldwide eSports market was $747.5 million in 2015, with year-over-year revenue growth "largely a result of more brands and advertisers entering the market."

Accounting for other factors, SuperData sees the eSport category growing even more than NewZoo's predicted numbers. Based on such areas as investments, sponsorships and advertising, by 2018 the market is set to reach $1.9 billion with the added growth of direct revenue sources such as betting sites and amateur tournament platforms.

This week, SiriusXM and IGN, a leading Internet media company focused on video games and entertainment, launched a daily eSports satellite radio show dedicated to competitive gaming.

IGN Esports Today airs live every weekday on the SiriusXM Bleacher Report Radio channel, offering news, analysis and insight and advice from notable eEports competitors.

"Activision Blizzard Media Networks’ commitment to broadcasting premium content and creating incredible events is resonating with players and fans."

“There are hundreds of millions of gamers in North America and as the world of eSports continues to grow by leaps and bounds, so too grows the appetite for the kind of insight and advice that can give a player a competitive edge,” Steve Cohen, svp-sports programming for SiriusXM, said in a statement. “We are very excited to team up with IGN to give gamers, nationwide, a truly interactive forum on SiriusXM, a place where they can call in and get valued info and advice from true experts to help them get a leg up on the competition.."

Counter-Strike competitions have been held globally for the past 16 years, with game developer Valve instituting a CS:GO Major system in 2014. The Columbus championship was the eighth CS:GO Major event held since 2013, and the first produced by MLG.

In addition, this year’s CS:GO Major was the first held in North America, with the world’s top CS:GO teams competing for a $1 million prize pool. The competition, held at the Nationwide Arena, home for the NHL's Blue Jackets, drew more than 10,000 fans for each of the three final days of live competition.

eLeague, the professional eSports league established in partnership between Turner and WME | IMG, will debut May 24, with live event coverage featuring Valve’s Counter-Strike: Global Offensive from Turner Studios in Atlanta. Tournament coverage will spanning a 10-week period, leading to the next CS:GO Major Championship this July in the Lanxess Arena, Cologne, Germany.

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