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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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• Judas Priest
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• MC5
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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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Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.
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Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.
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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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Jun062017

Hot Items For Father’s Day: Record $15.5B Spend On Tickets, Electronics, Dinner, Ties

"Today, father, is Father's Day
"And we're giving you a tie.
"It's not much, we know
"It is just our way of showing you
"We think you're a regular guy.
"You say it was nice of us to bother
"But it really was a pleasure to fuss.
"For according to our mother you're our father
"And that's good enough for us!" — "Father’s Day" as sung by Groucho Marx

By Barry Janoff

June 6, 2017

Some dads will be getting ties on Father’s Day, June 18, but many will be getting so much more.

People in the U.S. are expected to spend a record $15.5 billion on dads this year, topping last year’s $14.3 billion spend and the $12.8B spend in 2015.

People will spend an average of $134.75 per person, up from last year’s $125.92, according to the National Retail Federation’s annual survey conducted by Prosper Insight & Analytics.

The top items: some $3.9 billion on tickets to concerts, sports or other events; followed by $2.2 billion on gift cards (given by 43%), followed by $2.2 billion on clothing (46%) and $1.8 billion on consumer electronics (21%).

Despite the record spend on dad, however, mom still wins out.

According to NRF, people spent $23.6 billion on Mother’s Day last month.

Among other celebrations, 2017 saw a record $5.3 billion spend to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, $18.2 billion on Valentine’s Day (down from $19.7 billion in 2016), $17.3 billion on Easter and $8.4 billion on Halloween, per NFR studies.

"It’s encouraging to see that consumers are spending on special occasions such as Father’s Day," Matthew Shay, president and CEO for Washington, DC-based NRF, said in a statement. "This is a positive sign of strong consumer confidence heading into the second half of the year, and a good deal for all the dads who will reap the benefits."

Among the hot ticket items are hot ticket items for concerts, ballgames and other events.

According to NRF, 27% of dads would love a "gift of experience"” for Father’s Day, and 25% of those surveyed will do that via about $3.9 billion spend on tickets and event happenings.

Some 43% will spend $2.2 billion on gift cards, $2.2 billion on clothing (46%), $1.8 billion on consumer electronics (21%), $888 million on personal care products such as cologne (21%) and $885 million on home improvement supplies (16%).

Greeting cards are the most common gift, purchased by 64% of consumers, accounting for $861 million of projected spending. The next highest category is dinner or brunch, with 48% of those surveyed planning a special meal-related outing.

For Father’s Day, 40% of consumers will shop in a department stores, 34% will shop online, 26% in a discount store, 24% in a specialty store and 19% at a local small business.

Among smartphone owners, 33% will use them to research gift ideas but only 18% will use them to make a purchase. Tablets are used by 32% to do research (32%) but only 19% will use them to purchase any item.

"With shoppers planning to be more generous to dad this year, the personal care category will be one to watch," Pam Goodfellow, principal analyst for Prosper Insight & Analytics, said, in a statement. "Planned spending on items like cologne, aftershave and razors rose nearly 20 percent year-over-year, outpacing growth in every other gift category for Father’s Day."

The survey of 7,335 consumers was conducted May 2-9. NRF said it has a margin of error of plus or minus 1.2 percentage points.

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