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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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• 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
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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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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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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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Jul282014

Duracell Powers Up NFL Seahawks-Niners Rivalry In New Quantum Campaign

By Barry Janoff

July 28, 2014: One of the best rivalries in the NFL in recent years will remain intense this season when the defending Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks against the San Francisco 49ers.

Thanks to Duracell, football fans won't have to wait until Nov. 27 and Dec. 14 when the two teams face off in home-and-home games.

A campaign breaking this week for Duracell Quantum, "On the Line," pits the Niners against the Seahawks in a pair of TV spots, one seen from Seattle's offensive side of the line as quarterback Russell Wilson tries to lead the team to a last-second, game-winning touchdown; the other from San Francisco's defensive side as linebacker Patrick Willis and crew try to stop Wilson.

The push coincides with Procter & Gamble brand Duracell's third season as the official "trusted battery of the NFL," and supports the league's use of Duracell Quantum in such devices as coach headsets, noise-cancelling modules and wireless microphones, which "facilitate seamless coach-to-player and coach-to-coach communication."

Although the Seahawks defeated the Niners twice in three games last season — including a 23-17 win in the NFC championship, which sent Seattle to Super Bowl XLVIII — there is no clear-cut winner here. The action in both spots begins with five seconds to play, with Seattle driving for a game-winning TD and the Niners preparing to shut the Seahawks down. They both end with Wilson attempting to dive over the goal line and Willis meeting him in a mid-air collision, with no clear outcome.

According to Duracell, more than 650 batteries are used by every NFL team in each game.

Willis has been a Duracell spokesman since the inception of the NFL alliance, including a spot in 2012, Trust Your Power, which tells the story of how he overcame numerous obstacles to become an All-Pro, which has received more than 2.2 million views on YouTube.

According to Duracell, Quantum "is the only battery trusted by the NFL and the Seattle Seahawks to power game day. Over 650 batteries are used during every game to facilitate critical communication within the team. Duracell batteries are used in a wide variety of devices including coach headsets, noise-cancelling modules and wireless microphones. They power seamless coach-to-player and coach-to-coach communication, and even the national anthem performance."

Regarding its Niners spot, "The San Francisco 49ers and the NFL only trust Duracell Quantum to power game day. Duracell batteries facilitate seamless coach-to-player and coach-to-coach communication, and even power the national anthem performance. Over 650 batteries are used during every game, powering critical communication within the team through devices including coach headsets, noise-cancelling modules and wireless microphones."

The Seahawks spot begins with a shot of a scoreboard showing five seconds left in a game. The Seattle offensive coordinator, seated in a coach's box, says over his headset to Russell, "We got one shot. Let's go." He then calls a play that Russell relates in the huddle.

A voiceover says, "When the game's on the line, the NFL trusts Duracell Quantum to power their game-day communication."

When the play begins, Russell eludes several tacklers and heads toward the goal. As he does, we see Willis shadowing him from the defensive side. The two meet above the goal, and before there is a resolution, the scene cuts to a shot of a Duracell Quantum as the voiceover says, "Lasts up to 35% longer than the competition.

In the Niners spot, a defensive coach on the sidelines transmits a play to Willis, who then relates it to his teammates on the field. After a few seconds, the coach says to Willis, "He's keeping it," which sends Willis airborne to stop Wilson.

The brand spends about $50 million a year on media, according to Kantar Media, New York. P&G this month moved its Duracell account from Acme Idea to Anomaly, New York.

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