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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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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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• Oct. 27  Cincinnati Bengals v Los Angeles Rams Wembley Stadium
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• Oct. 23 Denver Nuggets vs. Portland Trail Blazers ESPN 10 PM (ET)

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Dec052016

Sweet Deal: NHL, Players, Fans Can Now Run On Dunkin’ Donuts With Official Alliance

Special to NYSportsJournalism.com

December 5, 2016: The NHL’s Centennial Celebration just got a lot sweeter, giving players and fans a reason to run on Dunkin’ Donuts.

The league said it has signed a multi-year deal with Dunkin’ Donuts making the company the official U.S. coffee, donut and breakfast sandwich for the NHL.

Financial teams of the pact were not released.

The pact will officially launch during the 2017 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic outdoor game in St. Louis, scheduled for Jan. 2, 2017.

Dunkin' Donuts said this would be its first national sports league partnership,

The NHL has an official deal with Tim Hortons coffee and donut chain in Canada.

"As the NHL celebrates its Centennial year, we are thrilled to be partnering with such an iconic league, giving our fans many more opportunities to engage with their favorite hockey teams," Tom Manchester, vp-field marketing for Dunkin' Brands, said in a statement.

"NHL fans, much like Dunkin' Donuts fans, are some of the most loyal, energetic and passionate fans around. Dunkin' Donuts' coffee, donuts and breakfast sandwiches are sure to keep hockey fans running throughout the season," said Manchester.

To support the U.S. pact with the NHL, Canton, Mass.-based Dunkin’ Donuts said it would expand its marketing presence via deals with New York Rangers captain Ryan McDonagh and Boston Bruins center David Backes.

McDonagh and Backes will be featured in multi-media marketing, along with  Meghan Duggan, U.S. Women's Hockey Team captain and star forf the Boston Pride of the National Women’s Hockey League.

Duncan’ Donuts is already an official corporate sponsor of the NWHL and via a partnership with USA Hockey the official coffee shop of the U.S. Women's National Team.

In addition to the Winter Classic, Dunkin' Donuts will be “prominently featured” other NHL jewel events, including  All-Star Weekend, the Stadium Series and the NHL's year-long Centennial celebration.

Dunkin' Donuts presence will include ads, LED Signage, Jumbotron displays and on-site activations.

Dunkin' Donuts will also have significant presence across NHL's broadcast and digital platforms in the U.S.

As part of a multi-million dollar partnership with NBC Sports, Dunkin’ Donuts presence will include custom in-game features, dasherboard visibility; and ads across broadcast, digital and social media channels, beginning Jan. 2 and continuing throughout the NHL season.

"Dunkin' Donuts' coffee, donuts and breakfast sandwiches are sure to keep hockey fans running throughout the season."

Dunkin' Donuts said it already has alliances with such NHL franchises as the Bruins, Chicago Blackhawks, Nashville Predators, Rangers, Philadelphia Flyers, Pittsburgh Penguins, Tampa Bay Lightning and Washington Capitals.

Via the new leaguewide partnership with the NHL in the U.S., Dunkin’ Donuts will now have alliances with the Anaheim Ducks, Arizona Coyotes, Colorado Avalanche, Dallas Stars, San Jose Sharks and St. Louis Blues.

Dunkin' Donuts said it would offer special NHL team logo donuts for a limited time throughout the season at participating U.S. restaurants in select markets. 

According to Dave Lehanski, svp-business development and global partnership for the NHL, "This groundbreaking deal, marking the NHL as the first professional sports league partner for Dunkin' Donuts, reflects the power and reach of the NHL brand and our ever-growing fan base.

"Dunkin' Donuts' coffee, donuts and breakfast sandwiches are synonomous with hockey at all levels - whether you're a hockey fan, parent, or player. We're excited and proud to welcome Dunkin' Donuts to our NHL family, and look forward to working together to engage hockey fans all across the country," said Lehanski.

Duncan’ Donuts athlete roster also includes Rob Gronkowski of the NFL’s New England Patriots and recently retired MLB all-star David Ortiz.


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