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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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• 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
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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. 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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Adidas On Hot Streak Heading To World Cup, ‘Continuing To Create Brand Desire’

By Barry Janoff

May 3, 2018: Declaring that its full-year 2018 outlook “has been confirmed,” adidas today shared Q1 finances that show the sports apparel, footwear and gear company is gaining strength after years of soft sales and declining consumer interest.

“We had a successful start to the year that was fully in line with our expectations,” said adidas CEO Kasper Rorsted during an investor and media conference call. “Our high-quality top-line growth was driven by our strategic focus areas North America, Greater China and e-commerce.

“At the same time, we managed to grow the bottom line significantly faster than the top line while continuing to invest into creating brand desire,” said Rorsted.

For 2018, adidas said it expects sales to continue increase at a rate of around 10% on a currency-neutral basis, driven by double-digit growth in North America and Asia-Pacific.

Net profit for the three months ending March 31 were up 18.6% year-over-year to $647 million, driven by an 11% increase at its flagship adidas brand. Q1 sales were up 21% driven by a “focus on marketing and celebrity partnerships.”

This summer, adidas will get an added boost in marketing and brand awareness as an official partner for the FIFA World Cup in Russia.

Among the brand’s athlete endorsers are current and former soccer stars Lionel Messi, Paul Pogba and David Beckham; NBA stars James Harden, Damian Lillard and Kristaps Porzingas; Carlos Correa of the World Series champion Houston Astros and Kris Bryant of the 2016 World Series champs Chicago Cubs; WNBA stars Candace Parker and Chiney Ogwumike; NFL players Aaron Rodgers, DeAndre Hopkins and Von Miller; and two-time tennis Grand Slam winner Garbine Muguruza.

The company in late 2017 launched a multi-platform global campaign, “Calling All Creators,” that featured many of these athletes and celebs such as fashion designer Alexander Wang, model and businesswoman Karlie Kloss and ten-time Grammy winner Pharrell Williams.

The lead spot has had more than 36.5 million views on YouTube since being posted in late December.

The news comes as adidas is part of an FBI investigation into corruption in men’s college hoops and as spokesman Kanye West has made controversial comments; and also on the heels of news that Zion Armstrong would succeed Mark King as president adidas North America.

"Kanye has helped us have a great comeback in the U.S.," Rorsted told CNBC. ”There is no doubt the Yeezy brand has a fundamental impact on our overall brand."

adidas is second in the U.S. in sportswear and shoe sales behind Nike, with Puma and Under Armour vying for third.

Nike reported sales of $15.2 billion in North America for fiscal year 2017 versus $5.1 billion  for adidas.

Adidas was named the 2017 Grand Sports Marketer of the Year by the editors and readers of NYSportsJournalism.

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