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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

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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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. 27  Cincinnati Bengals v Los Angeles Rams Wembley Stadium
• Nov. 3 Houston Texans v Jacksonville Jaguars Wembley Stadium

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• Nov. 18 Kansas City  Chiefs v Los Angeles Chargers Mexico City Estadio Azteca (ESPN Monday Night Football)

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• 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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Jan202015

NBA Commissioner Silver Sees Jersey Sponsors, Euro Division In League's Future

By Barry Janoff

January 20, 2015: As he nears the Feb. 1 one-year anniversary of his succeeding David Stern as commissioner of the NBA, Adam Silver can look back at challenges and watershed moments that he has faced, which have helped to define his tenure to date.

He also can take the opportunity to look forward to challenges and events that will help to shape not only his legacy but the future of the NBA.

Silver focused on the latter last week in London, where the league's Global Games 2015 brought various executives, legends, the New York Knicks and Milwaukee Bucks to town.

NBA Global Games London 2015 was presented by Sportlobster and included marketing partners adidas, BBVA, Capital Radio, Cisco, Foot Locker, Gatorade, SAP and Sprite.

Prior to the game in The O2 on Jan. 15, the league conducted numerous marketing and community-related events involving NBA Cares, the Royal Foundation (along with Prince Henry) and Greenhouse (a national sports charity that uses "sport to engage hard-to-reach young people").

Among other hot topics that Silver addressed during a pre-game media conference: jersey sponsorships, NBA teams in Europe, Mikhail Prokhorov (Russian businessman and majority owner of the Brooklyn Nets) and the league's playoff format.

"Yes, we will see it," Silver said about sponsor logos (other than the NBA and official apparel company adidas) on jerseys. "I am a student of other leagues, and we watch how the industry has developed around the world."

In the U.S., Nascar leads the way with a plethora of logos on driver togs as well as cars, and Major League Soccer has brought jersey-front sponsorship prevalent on soccer kits worldwide home to the U.S.

The NBA has talked about and experimented with jersey-front sponsors for several years, including its Development League and in the WNBA, where several teams have sported logos from the likes of Boost Mobile, Microsoft's Bing, Finish Line, H-E-B and the Mayo Clinic.

"Certainly, kit sponsorships is something that is very prevalent outside of the United States. Ultimately, it will make sense for the NBA, as well."

Corporate logistics remains a significant hurdle, as logos that get national presence can not interfere with deals that teams have with local sponsors. As Silver pointed out, it's a situation of "figuring out the right economic model."

"Certainly, kit sponsorship is something that is very prevalent outside of the United States," said Silver. "Ultimately, it will make sense for the NBA, as well."

Regarding expansion into Europe, Silver said that the NBA studies what the NFL "and all leagues are doing," with London having been the site of numerous in-season NFL games since 2007. "[But] because [the NFL is] a different sport with a very different schedule — they play once a week, there are bi-weeks built into their system — it's a very different proposition in terms of them putting a team here, which is why, in my view, they are ahead of us," said Silver. "They seem determined to put a team in London."

For the NFL, the volume of noise also has increased regarding London staging a Super Bowl, also a result, said Silver, of the NFL's constant and continuously expanding presence there.

"Having been here the last few days, and having traveled to England over the last few years, I have found that there is increased interest in the NFL and people are talking about it," said Silver. "That's why I think they are ahead of us."

For the NBA, a drawback to European expansion is "the density of our schedule," said Silver. "the number of back-to-back [games], etc. For the NBA, for teams to travel over to Europe, to play, to get the appropriate rest, it requires that the remainder of the schedule be that much more compact. So it's a complex issue for us."

Silver, however, does see a solution for expansion to Europe to become closer to reality.

"For scheduling reasons, if we were to put franchises, or a franchise, in Europe, what I've said doing — and David Stern had the same view — is that we would need to have multiple franchises here," said Silver. "I don't think it's realistic to put one team here. What would have to happen is, if we were to come to Europe, is to do it with a division as opposed to a single team."

On the issue of playoffs and the seeding of teams, Silver opted that the best format "is the way we are seeding teams now. We are open to looking at other ways to seed teams, but it seems that all of the alternatives raise different issues in terms of the schedule . . .  the travel. For example, there is a lot of focus on back-to-backs, four games in five nights, to the extent that if we changed the current conference and division structure it would potentially require even more travel. I'm open-minded on the issue, but I can't say, standing here today, that there's a better way of doing it than [the way] we currently do it."

Regarding a situation that connects the NBA, Brooklyn and Russia, Silver said of Russian businessman Mikhail Prokhorov's status regarding his majority ownership of the team, "He's told us [the] same as what his spokesperson has said publicly: There's noting imminent. He's hasn't determined that he's absolutely going to seek, but he's listening to offers. And that's an on-going process right now."

Next stop for Silver: the All-Star Game and related events, Feb. 13-15 in New York.

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