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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
SOURCE: STUBHUB.COM

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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. 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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Oct162018

Beats, Nike, Marketing Partners Welcome “King” James To L.A. In Royal Fashion 

By Barry Janoff

October 16, 2018: By tradition, every new king is feted with a coronation.

And although LeBron James is entering his 16th season in the NBA, this will be his first with the Lakers, and marketing partners are rolling out the red carpet for his official coming-out party in Los Angeles.

And the Lakers and Los Angles are ready to party like its 2018.

Among the companies planning to fete King James for his first regular season game in Staples Center in a Lakers uniform (Oct. 20 vs. the Houston Rockets): Nike, Foot Locker, Beats by Dre, ESPN (which is carrying the game nationally) and such team partners as Tissot and MGM Resorts International — both of whom are also NBA partners — as well as Wish, which is the Lakers jersey-patch sponsor.

The recently released NBA 2K19 20th Anniversary Edition features James on the cover.

Beats, which in September signed a multi-year deal to become the official headphone, wireless speaker and audio partner of the NBA, WNBA, NBA G League and USA Basketball, will debut its first official NBA-themed commercial on Oct. 18, "The Game Will Never Sound The Same," showing how James is getting ready for his first official game with the Lakers, and how Los Angeles has prepared for him.

The spot plays out to "California Love" from 2Pac featuring Dr. Dre and Roger Troutman.

In addition, Beats will be running the first full "Story Takeover" on NBA Instagram, with content surrounding James’ home opener, featuring LeBron wearing Beats from his locker room arrival through post-game.

Beats has also commissioned a mural of James in downtown Los Angeles, among other activation.

Nike has a new LeBron 16 “King” wine-and-gold shoe hitting the market this week — complete with an image of James sitting on a king’s throne — with Lakers’ purple-and-gold kicks and multi-media marketing soon to follow.

The “Swish” has also adorned a building near Staples Center with a huge James billboard, showing him from the back in his No. 23 Lakers jersey with text, “It’s only a crazy dream until you do it. Just do it.” There are about a dozen such billboards throughout Los Angeles.

Nike and Foot Locker have launched the second year of a pop-up House Of Hoops Courtside, which will travel across the country, with the first stop at LA Live outside Staples Center this week and weekend.

Other James marketing partners planning to support his move to Los Angeles this season include Sprite, Kia, Intel and Upper Deck.

According to online ticket marketplace StubHub, the Lakers are the most in-demand team on their site, with ticket requests to see the team having increased by 427% over last season following the off-season signing of James.

The Lakers' home opener on Oct. 20 is the “most in-demand game of the season,” with average ticket prices going for more than $900 on StubHub.

"The overwhelming demand for Lakers tickets is a testament to the value of star power on a team, with fans excited to see LeBron in his new home," Scott Jablonski, StubHub's general manager of NHL, NFL and NBA, said via the company.

"It's not often that we see this large of a spike in demand for a team that already led sales the season before. There are only a handful of athletes in the world who can make an impact on ticket demand like LeBron can."

The demand for anything LeBron includes sales of his Lakers Nike jersey and Nike basketball shoes.

LeBron’s Lakers jersey has been the top-selling NBA jersey on eBay this off-season, with more than 12,000  sold since he signed with Los Angeles on July 2.

Sales of his LeBron 15 signature shoe on eBay (which is a division of StubHub) doubled that of former teammate Kyrie Irving's Nike Kyrie 4, according to the company.

Off the court, James is making the most of his move to Hollywood via deals through his SpringHill Entertainment with likes of CBS, HBO and Showtime.

In 2017-18, led by the start of an eight-year $1 billion deal with Nike, and the launch of a three-year test program involving jersey partners, NBA sponsorship spending has topped $1 billion for the first time in league history.

The $1.12 billion sponsor spend in 2017-18 is up $259 million over the $861 million sponsor spend in 2016-17, according to research and consulting firm ESP Properties, Chicago.

That sponsor spend figure will go even higher this season, driven in large part by James' “rookie” season with the Lakers, which will be a catalyst not only for national marketing and local effort in Los Angeles, but also in cities in which the team will visit.

Ticket Demand For Lakers, James Up 400% On StubHub

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