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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

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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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

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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Mar062018

Clippers Milestone Marketing Deal With Bumble Unites Gender-Equality Companies

By Barry Janoff

March 6, 2018: The Los Angeles Clippers have signed a landmark deal naming social-media relationship company Bumble a team marketing partner, including a logo patch on player jerseys.

The alliance is considered a milestone not because the Clippers are the 20th NBA team to sign a jersey-patch pact but because of the companies involved.

Bumble is led by founder and CEO Whitney Wolfe Herd and other women, with a primary dating app that requires women to make the first steps in any potential female-male chat and/or personal or professional networking relationship.

Since its launch in 2014, Bumble has grown to include than 26 million users.

Bumble said its partnership with the Clippers was “inspired by the NBA’s global footprint and the recognition that the Clippers are one of the most progressive organizations in sports and entertainment, led by the NBA’s largest female leadership team.”

Clippers executives include team president Gillian Zucker, the only woman with that title in the NBA; CFO Chris Leotis, director of business development Danita Johnson and director of strategic partnerships Erin Prober.

Financial terms of the Clippers-Bumble deal were not shared. The alliance was valued at $20 million over three years by industry analysts.

The parntership begins tonight (March 6) when the Clippers host the New Orleans Pelicans in the Staples Center.

The Bumble “Empowerment Badge” will be featured on team uniforms and “serve as a powerful reminder from these two world-class companies of how innovation and excellence come from including different perspectives and backgrounds.”

“Never before has a major professional sports team partnered in this way with a female-driven brand like Bumble,” Wolfe Herd, who was co-founder of relationship app Tinder, then founded Bumble shortly after leaving Tinder in 2014., said in a statement. “It’s an honor to partner with an organization as progressive and compassionate as the Clippers.

“Like us, they know generating awareness for diversity and gender equality is critical to business success.”

Austin, Texas-base Bumble said its alliance with the Clippers would be a “fully integrated marketing partnership (enabling) Bumble and the Clippers to leverage their passionate fan followings to further encourage these shared values.”

That includes working with Clippers’ community initiatives to “strengthen the skills, confidence and knowledge necessary for young women to achieve their full potential.”

According to Clippers’ Zucker, “Through (majority owner) Steve Ballmer’s leadership, the Clippers have a clear commitment to diversity and equal opportunity. From our players on the court to our leadership team, we are proud to stand with Bumble and do our part to emphasize that diversity and gender equality in the workplace is essential to organizational excellence.”

Zucker said that Bumble’s “message and technology provide a platform for women in new and non-traditional spaces and it’s important to the Clippers that we innovate and reach our fans wherever our fans are.”

Bumble said it would continue to “commit marketing dollars to working with brands that have strong female representation in executive management, as well as an emphasis on mentoring the next gen of female rising stars.”

The jersey patch deal coincides with the first season of Nike's eight-year, $1 billion deal as the NBA's official on-court uniform provider. Jersey sponsorships were approved by the NBA Board of Governors in April 2016 under a three-year pilot program.

The average value of the 19 previous NBA jersey-patch deals is about $9 million, per industry analysts.

Among the leaders, the Golden State Warriors jersey-logo pact with Rakuten was valued at $60 million over three years.

The Los Angeles Lakers, which share Staples Center with the Clippers, signed with e-commerce firm Wish, a three-year deal that analysts put at $12-$14 million annually, similar in value to an alliance between the New York Knicks and SquareSpace.

The Cleveland Cavaliers signed with Goodyear for $30 million over three years. The Boston Celtics have a three-year deal with GE valued at $24 million.

All patches are 2.5 x 2.5 on the left side, with a Nike Swoosh logo on the right side. Jerseys with sponsor patches do not appear on versions sold at retail outlets but teams have the option to sell the jerseys with sponsor patches in their own retail locations.

The ten teams that have to date not signed logo patch deals include the Chicago Bulls, Dallas Mavericks, Houston Rockets, Indiana Pacers, Memphis Grizzlies, Oklahoma City Thunder, Phoenix Suns, Portland Trail Blazers, San Antonio Spurs and Washington Wizards.
 
NBA Teams With Jersey-Logo Deals (to date):

• Atlanta Hawks (Shareware)

• Boston Celtics (GE)

• Brooklyn Nets (Infor)

• Charlotte Hornets (LendingTree)

• Cleveland Cavaliers (Goodyear)

• Denver Nuggets (Western Union)

• Detroit Pistons (Flagstaff Bank)

• Golden State Warriors (Rakuten)

• Los Angeles Clippers (Bumble)

• Los Angeles Lakers (Wish)

• Miami Heat (Ultimate Software)

• Milwaukee Bucks (Harley Davidson)

• Minnesota Timberwolves (Fitbit)

• New Orleans Pelicans (Zatarain’s)

• New York Knicks (Squarespace)

• Orlando Magic (Disney World)

• Philadelphia 76ers (StubHub)

• Sacramento Kings (Blue Diamond)

• Toronto Raptors (Sun Life)

• Utah Jazz (Qualtrics)

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