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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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BUY SELL

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. 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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Feb012017

Nintendo Joins Super Bowl LI Rookies To Sell Switch, 'Zelda: Breath Of The Wild'

By Barry Janoff

February 1, 2017: During the national broadcast of Super Bowl 50 last year on CBS, 23% of the parent companies were rookies, with ten of the 43 spots being first-time advertisers in the Big Game.

That was down from Super Bowl XLIX, when 28% were rookies, equal to Super Bowl XLVIII, up from Super Bowl XLVII (18%) and down from Super Bowl XLVI (27%), according to research and consulting firm Kantar Media, NY.

Among the first-time Super Bowl LI marketers this coming Sunday on Fox are KFC, 84 Lumber, Febreze, Fiji Water, King’s Hawaiian, Top Games, Wendy’s and Tiffany starring Super Bowl halftime performer Lady Gaga (and the firm that also makes the Vince Lombardi Trophy).

Also new to arguably the world’s largest one-day audience is Nintendo, which will air a 30-second spot (taken from an extended 90-second online version) to support the launch of the Nintendo Switch video game system and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild game.

Both are scheduled to hit retail March 3.

Thirty-second spots have gone for upward of $5 million, according to industry analysts.

"The most anticipated video game system and video game of the year will be seen on the biggest stage of the year," Nicolas Chavez, vp-marketing for Nintendo of America, said in a statement. "Nintendo Switch will change how, when and where people play games. It’s only fitting that we’re changing how, when and where we advertise those games."

The commercial, "Switch," is intended to introduce to a mass audience to Nintendo Switch, which, according to the company, combines the power of a home console with the mobility of a hand-held video game system. People can play on their TVs at home, then grab Nintendo Switch and continue playing seamlessly wherever they go.

As for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild: "It breaks conventions to become the next defining moment in the classic franchise,” according to Nintendo. "It offers the most immersive world that Nintendo has ever created and sends players on an adventure they will never forget.

The ad, to air in the fourth quarter, also features a new song by Imagine Dragons, "Believer."

The 90-second version of the ad showcases Nintendo Switch "in a variety of locations where home video games are not traditionally played," including a classroom, a kitchen and a laundromat.

Nintendo Switch games featured in the extended cut include The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild,1-2-Switch, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, ARMS, Splatoon 2, Just Dance 2017 from Ubisoft and Ultra Street Fighter II: The Final Challengers from Capcom.

The company said that Nintendo Switch would be available at a suggested retail price of $299.99.

Nintendo intends to move a lot of merchandise. But will if be among the freshman marketers that return as sophomores to the following Super Bowl? The odds are against it.

Over the past decade, more than 60% of first-timers were on the sidelines the next year, according to Kantar Media.

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