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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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• Dave Matthews Band
• Depeche Mode
• Doobie Brothers
• Whitney Houston
• Judas Priest
• Kraftwerk
• MC5
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• Todd Rundgren
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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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Feb182013

BBVA Compass Banks On Kevin Durant, James Harden To Reunite As Ad Teammates

By Barry Janoff

February 17, 2013: Kevin Durant and James Harden, who were teammates on the Oklahoma City Thunder for three seasons before Harden was traded to the Houston Rockets prior to the 2012-13 NBA campaign, are back together on the same team.

Both Durant and Harden were on the 2013 Western Conference All-Star squad in the game played Sunday night (won by the West) that culminated three days of activities and activations in Houston. But the reunion of Durant and Harden will have a longer-lasting impact.

Harden was not traded back to OKC, and Durant was not sent packing to the Rockets. Instead, the two players will be a marketing tandem for BBVA Compass, the official bank of the NBA.

BBVA Compass, which had a significant presence during the NBA All-Star Weekend in Houston this past weekend, has signed Durant and Harden to global, multiyear deals as brand ambassadors for the bank and to appear in multi-media marketing. Financial details were not disclosed,

Initial activation included on-site presence in Houston and in the Toyota Center, site of the NBA's All-Star Game. Both Durant and Harden were promoting BBVA's just-launched NBA Banking, through which consumers can apply for such amenities as an NBA-themed checking and savings account, NBA-team customized check card and earn rewards for NBA items.  For example, three qualifying online bill payments from an NBA checking account within a 90-day period earns a $100 NBAstore.com electronic gift card, according to BBVA Compass.

Marketing includes a dedicated micro-site, a Twitter hash tag (#realfan) and an Instagram destination where people are encouraged to post photos that display their “fandom.” That also makes them eligible to win tickets to every game during the NBA Finals this June. (Full details here.)

BBVA Compass is currently running a generic NBA-themed TV spot but plans to have a Durant-Harden spot launch soon. The campaign with the two players is scheduled to run through the end of the year.

According to the financial firm, NBA Banking "leverages the bank’s digital platforms to expand beyond its geographic footprint and capitalizes on its role as the official bank of the NBA in the U.S. to reach fans and customers nationwide." NBA Banking accounts must be opened online and can be maintained online or with a smartphone using the bank’s mobile app. NBA Banking allows customers to conduct almost any banking transaction without visiting a branch, according to BBVA Compass.

During NBA All-Star Weekend, BBVA was presenting sponsor of the Rising Stars Challenge that featured two teams comprised exclusively of rookies and sophomores, had a booth at the fan experience Jam Session and worked with the NBA by hosting Houston-area students in a group session designed to improve their reading and math via the NBA Cares program and basketball skills through NBA Fit.

“Consumers want the same convenience in banking they find in other industries, and that’s exactly what this new account offers:  banking anywhere, anytime and using a device they choose,” Manolo Sánchez, president and CEO of BBVA Compass, said in a statement. “But what truly sets it apart is that the experience is as much about the NBA as it is about banking.”

“Sports is about passion, and this is a way to tap into that. NBA Banking is . . . a way for fans to show their team pride and love for the game.”


BBVA Compass, which has been an official sponsor of the NBA since 2010, also has title sponsorship for college football's BBVA Compass Bowl, and last year opened BBVA Compass Stadium, home of Major League Soccer's Houston Dynamo.

“Sports is about passion, and this is a way to tap into that,” Sánchez said. “NBA Banking is more than just a way to bank. It’s a way for fans to show their team pride and love for the game.”

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