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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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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

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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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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
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• Oct. 27  Cincinnati Bengals v Los Angeles Rams Wembley Stadium
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• 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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Nov292016

Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment Builds Name-Game Fame With New Alliance

Special to NYSportsJournalism.com

November 28, 2016: Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment, which develops and operates venues and manages sports franchises, and Cooper Holdings, Inc., a privately-held holdings company with subsidiary businesses in marketing, sports and entertainment, have officially joined together to launch naming rights company Entitle.

According to BSE, Entitle’s mission is to "provide properties and brands with effective and meaningful partnerships (and) deliver a fully integrated model that aligns brands with properties to fulfill their strategic goals."

Entitle will operate under the auspices of Brett Yormark, CEO for BSE, and Lonnie Cooper, CEO for Cooper Holdings.

Mike Zavodsky, currently BSE’s evp-global partnerships, will expand his current role to serve as president of sales for Entitle.

Among its properties, BSE oversees programming, marketing, sales and operations for Barclays Center, home to the NBA’s Brooklyn Nets and NHL’s New York Islanders; and Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum presented by New York Community Bank. It also manages and controls the Nets and its NBA D-League team, the Long Island Nets, as well as the business operations for the Islanders.

Cooper Holdings is comprised of five subsidiaries, including CSE, a sports marketing and sponsorships agency; and CSE Talent, which represents sports and broadcast talent.

"I’m passionate about creating opportunities for brands and venues to come together in naming rights partnerships, which is reflective in our successful activity over the years in the Tri-state area," Yormark said in a statement. "Now I’m thrilled to team with Lonnie and Mike on this new venture and to take our best practices and skill-sets nationally."

Earlier this month, BSE signed New York Community Bank as the presenting partner for the refurbished New Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum.

BSE said it has also been responsible for the naming rights partnerships for Barclays Center, IZOD Center, Rutgers’ High Point Solutions Stadium and Ford Amphitheater at Coney Island Boardwalk.

BSE and Cooper Holdings previously collaborated in the naming rights sales of Barclays Center and The New Coliseum presented by NYCB.

According to both parties, Entitle will aim to "deliver a fully integrated model that aligns brands with properties to fulfill their strategic goals."

Using what was described as a data driven process to maximize value for both the property and sponsor, Entitle said it would “identify through analytics all of the potential elements to benefit both parties. This key differentiator will ensure the best match possible, which is critical for long-term investments and partnerships.”

Entitle said that throughout the alliance it would "provide resources and continued evaluation to keep the sponsorship relevant, as well as maximize potential. 

According to Lonnie Cooper, "To be able to take the expertise that we have under the Cooper Holdings umbrella as it relates to creative and analytics and marry it with BSE’s experience and success will add a whole new dimension to how we approach naming rights sales and partnerships.

"I am energized as we take our current relationship with Brett, Mike and BSE to a whole new level," said Cooper.

NY’s Nassau Coliseum Eyes Reopen With New Name, Partners

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