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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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• 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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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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Jun012018

Father’s Day Consumer Spend Is Expected To Top $15B For Second Consecutive Year

By Barry Janoff

May 31, 2018: Father’s Day is June 17, and spending is expected to reach $15.3 billion this year, with 77%  of people in the U.S. not only celebrating but spending an average of $133 per person.

The figure comes up just short of last year’s record $15.5 billion spend, according to a just-released study from the National Retail Federation and Prosper Insights & Analytics.

The survey found that 47% of consumers plan to give a “special outing” gift, such as a concert, sporting event or dinner., which represents the largest share of spending at $3.2 billion.

But Father's Day is about more than spending on goodies.

MLB and the Prostate Cancer Foundation are supporting the 23rd Annual Home Run Challenge, a national men's health campaign designed to increase research and bring awareness to the fight against prostate cancer.

From the NRF survey, also among the leading categories, consumers plan to spend $2.2 billion on clothing (purchased by 43% of shoppers), $2.1 billion on gift cards (42%) and $1.8 billion on consumer electronics (20%).

“We are pleased to see consumer confidence continue to rise, leading to another near-record holiday spend on Father’s Day,” Matthew Shay, president and CEO for Washington, DC-based NRF, said in a statement.

“Leading into the second half of the year, Americans are looking forward to treating their dads and retailers will be prepared to offer a variety of gift options that will create new memories on this special day.”

Until this year, the total spend on Father’s Day had gone up every year since 2009, when it was an estimated $9.4 billion.

People spent $14.3 billion on Father’s Day in 2016, $12.7 billion in 2015 and $12.5 billion in 2014.

By comparison, people spent more than $23 million last month on Mother’s Day, which also was down from a record $23.6 million in 2017.

People spent $18.2 billion on Easter this year, per NRF.

As to where people will shop for dad, 39% will go to a department store and 34% will shop online.

Nearly 50% of smartphone users plan to use their device to help make purchasing decisions.

Among the sports events attended on Father’s Day will be MLB games, which would be to see top athletes in action, but a whole lot more.

From June 1 to Father's Day, MLB and the Prostate Cancer Foundation are supporting the Home Run Challenge, which invites people to "Keep Dad in The Game" and pledge a donation for every home run hit by signing up at HomeRunChallenge.org.

To date, the Home Run Challenge has raised nearly $50 million for scientific research, according to PCF.

"Partnering with Major League Baseball for the 23rd Annual Home Run Challenge has been like winning the World Series," Michael Milken, founder and chairman of PCF, said in a statement.

"We are enormously grateful to our MLB partners for their ongoing dedication to help raise awareness about prostate cancer and the need to fund groundbreaking research that so many men living with the disease need in order to survive."

Blue is the official color for prostate cancer awareness and MLB players, coaches and managers will lend their support in solidarity by wearing specially designed blue-infused caps on Father's Day.

The hats and other exclusive Father's Day apparel are be available to purchase at MLBShop.com and at MLB stadiums nationwide, with 100% of MLB's proceeds going to support PCF and partner Stand Up To Cancer.

According to Phil Rist, Prosper Insights evp-strategy, “Special outing gifts have steadily grown in  popularity for Father’s Day since their lowest point in 2009. These consumers, especially those between 18-24 years old, want to offer something to their dad’s that is unique, thoughtful and allows for quality time on dad’s special day.”

Among other categories, $878 million will be spent on home improvement supplies (16%), $862 million on personal care products (19%), $844 million on greeting cards (63%) and $830 million on tools or appliances (16%), $798 million on sporting goods or leisure items (16%, $686 million on automotive accessories (16% and $628 million on books or music (22%).

The survey of 7,681 consumers was conducted May 3-10, per the NRF.

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