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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
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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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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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Mar182015

BBVA Compass Campaign Points To NBA AmEx Card With Harden, Durant, Parsons

By Barry Janoff

March 17, 2015: BBVA Compass continues to enhance its official partnership with the NBA with the release of BBVA Compass NBA American Express Card

The can be personalized with customers’ favorite team logos and is the first credit card to bear the global NBA brand, according to BBVA Compass.

BBVA Compass' parent company, BBVA Group, signed a multi-year deal with the NBA in 2010 to become the league's official bank, a category entitlement that also includes the WNBA and the NBA D-League.

The BBVA Compass NBA American Express Card, which was teased during NBA All-Star Game events in New York in February, officially launches this week with a multi-media campaign anchored by national spots with Kevin Durant (Oklahoma City Thunder) and James Harden (Houston Rockets) and regional spots with Chandler Parsons (Dallas Mavericks) and Kawhi Leonard (San Antonio Spurs).

Support includes Internet, social media, on-site within NBA arenas and within BBVA Compass banks.

“We have worked closely with BBVA Compass to develop an exciting product that allows basketball fans to celebrate their love for the game and their favorite NBA team,” William Stredwick, American Express svp-Global Network Partnerships, North America, said in a statement. “By earning rewards for NBA purchases, as well as everyday ones, loyal fans will be rewarded with a range of savings, access and truly extraordinary experiences provided by both BBVA Compass and American Express.”

Among the card’s exclusive benefits is the NBA TripleDouble Rewards Program, which lets customers earn points redeemable for statement credits, NBA merchandise and exclusive NBA experiences from BBVA Compass and American Express.

Card-holders also have an opportunity to gain double points for transactions at gas stations and supermarkets, triple points for qualifying NBA-related purchases and five times the points for card uses coinciding with jewel events such as the NBA All-Star Gamer and the NBA Finals. (Details here.)

According to  Jennifer Dominiquini, chief marketing and client experience officer for BBVA Compass,  “NBA fans can express their team affinity each time they make a purchase with the card. And by using it during the upcoming NBA Finals, they get five times the points, accumulating rewards points even quicker.”

Among other league-related activations, the financial firm is title sponsor of the BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge game and was the presenting sponsor of the fan fest NBA House in New York during All-Star Game weekend in New York last month.

Separately, Houston-headquartered BBVA Compass has signed Giles Barnes forward for the MLS Houston Dynamo, as its newest brand ambassador. The Dynamo plays in BBVA Compass Stadium.

“To develop the campaign, we integrated feedback from NBA fans,” said Dominiquini. “Their insights were critical in helping us develop marketing elements, like the final commercial spots, to appeal to potential card customers. We also used social listening platforms to identify the key rewards that have the greatest appeal to fans.”

BBVA Compass-NBA Renew, Extend Alliance

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