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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
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

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• Nov. 18 Kansas City  Chiefs v Los Angeles Chargers Mexico City Estadio Azteca (ESPN Monday Night Football)

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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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May082013

CBS, Turner Finalize Plans For Upcoming Final Four, March Madness Telecasts

By Barry Janoff

May 7, 2013: In each of the past two years, companies spent more than $1 billion to advertise during the NCAA Div. I men's basketball tournament, aka March Madness.

Beginning next year, more of those adversing dollars will move from network TV to cable.

In a move that reflects where the growing power of TV resides, CBS Sports and Turner Sports have unveiled their programming schedule for their exclusive joint TV coverage of the men's basketball tournament for the next ten years.

In 2014 and 2015, Turner's TBS will televise the NCAA Final Four national semi-finals, taking those high-rated games off of CBS and onto cable for the first time. In each of those two years, CBS would continue to broadcast the NCAA national championship game.

Beginning in 2016, CBS Sports and Turner Sports would then alternate coverage of the Final Four national semi-final games and national championship game between CBS and TBS, with TBS airing the Final Four and national championship games in 2016 and CBS broadcasting those games in 2017.
 
Earlier round coverage of the tournament would continue to be televised across four national television networks — CBS and Turner's TBS, TNT and truTV, with the First Four airing exclusively on truTV — as they have since the current $10.8 billion, 14-year TV alliance between CBS Sports and Turner was signed in 2010 and officially launched with the 2011 tournament.

The 2014 Final Four and national championship games will be played in Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas, April 5 and April 7. There 2015 Final Four and title game will be played in Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. The 2016 Final Four and title game is scheduled from Houston's Reliant Stadium.

“From the beginning, our partnership with Turner Sports has exceeded every one of our expectations,” Sean McManus, chairman for CBS Sports, said in a statement. “[This] news represents another win-win arrangement that continues to help us extend the reach of this marquee property by combining the resources of our two organizations."

CBS has televised the NCAA Div. I men's basketball tournament since 1982.

In 2012, more than 176 million people tuned into the NCAA Division I men’s basketball championship. The 2013 tournament across TBS, CBS, TNT and truTV was the most-watched in 19 years, averaging 10.7 million total viewers, up 11% from last year’s 9.6 million viewers, according to CBS Sports and Turner.

In 2012, for the first time in March Madness history, companies spent more than $1 billion in advertising, according to marketing and research firm Kantar Media, NY. That not only put the Tournament ahead of the NFL playoffs and Super Bowl XLVI ($975.3 million), but was almost as much as the combined ad money spent during the post-seasons for the NBA ($536.9 million), MLB ($354.1 million) and NHL ($101.1 million), per Kantar. Figures for Super Bowl XLVII ad spend are still being finalized.

"[This] represents another win-win arrangement that continues to help extend the reach of this marquee property by combining the resources of our two organizations."

Ad spend for 2013 again topped $1 billion (figures are still being finalized). More than 80 companies advertised during the Tournament, with the top ten accounting for more than $365 million, more than a third of the total TV ad spend.

NCAA marketing partners include AT&T, Capital One, Coca-Cola, Allstate, Buffalo Wild Wings, Buick, Enterprise, Infiniti, Lowe's, Nabisco, Northwest Mutual, Reese's, Unilever and UPS.

"We are thrilled to have the opportunity to televise the Final Four national semi-final games and two of the Elite Eight games on TBS beginning next year, and for the network to televise its first national championship game in 2016," David Levy, president of sales, distribution and sports for Turner Broadcasting, said in a statement. “Coming off another incredible year of strong ratings and exciting games, the popularity of the NCAA Tournament and Final Four continues to resonate with fans across the country. "

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