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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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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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Jun092014

FIFA Unveils World Cup Fair Play Push Amidst Charges Of Bribes, Illegalities

By Barry Janoff

June 9, 2014: FIFA, the global organizing body that oversees soccer and the World Cup, has unveiled a multi-level marketing campaign in time for the event, which begins on June 12.

The effort, "Elements," comes with the umbrella theme, "Developing Football Everywhere," and tackles such situations as discrimination, game manipulation and the role that the sport plays in uniting people and helping to enhance underdeveloped areas.

The campaign comes as FIFA's own global marketing partners and World Cup sponsors are releasing their own efforts to support the month-long event.

It also comes as many of FIFA's partners have openly questioned the selection of Qatar as host of the 2022 World Cup, a situation that has come under fire due to reports of bribes and other illegalities.

According to FIFA, the "Elements" campaign "seeks to raise awareness about crucial issues in football. FIFA is committed to developing football everywhere so that everyone can play and enjoy the same opportunities in the game. We invest about $550,000 (U.S.) every day in football development, thanks to the popularity and success of the FIFA World Cup."

The TV portion of the campaign is scheduled to be broadcast by FIFA's media rights licensees to global audiences during the 2014 FIFA World Cup, which runs through July 13. "This gives FIFA access to a potential viewing audience of billions of football fans during our flagship competition," according to soccer's governing body.

“This huge platform gives FIFA an amazing opportunity to speak to a global audience,” Walter De Gregorio, director of communications and public affairs for FIFA, said in a statement. “And we wanted to use this platform in the right way — to tell the world there can be no place for discrimination of any kind in football, or in society, and to raise awareness around the threat of match manipulation.”

The effort is anchored by three animated stop-action spots. Support includes Internet and such social media destinations as Twitter, Facebook and YouTube.

Lead agency is London-based agency Klein & Sons.

A generic 30-second spot, "Seeds," shows a soccer ball buried in the ground, being watered and turing barren and desert lands into grassy, fertile areas on which soccer can be played and families can thrive.

An anti-discrimination-themed spot, "Fan of the Match," shows that soccer is for everyone, despite age, race or physical challenges.,It comes with the text, "Whatever we are made of, football is for all."

"Pitch Warfare" is tagged as an "anti-match manipulation" spot that "sends a powerful message that FIFA and its member associations are fighting match manipulation together.

It follows a soccer ball that having great difficulty getting to the net due to such obstacles as an inordinate number of yellow flags, chalk hands that swipe at the ball and a pitch the unexpectedly buckles like a giant wave and then goes flat but in an extremely high angle. The situation reverts to normal only when flags of nations from around the world are introduced. "Together, we fight match manipulation."

According to FIFA's De Gregorio, “We also felt it was crucial to let more people know about our work in football development, which is where so much of the proceeds from the FIFA World Cup go to. Few people know that FIFA invests more than half a million dollars every day in developing football everywhere, from the grassroots up.”

Even as the campaign goes worldwide, global partners of FIFA have openly expressed concern about a report in the London Times that the bidding process and eventual selection of Qatar to host the 2022 World Cup involved brides, corruption and other unethical situations.

Among the companies that have voiced their trepidation over the situation include adidas, Coca-Cola, Hyundai-Kia, Sony and Visa. Only FIFA global partner Emirates Airline has not as yet gone public with its opinion.

FIFA officials said the situation is being investigated and that a report from its ethics committee would be released in July. The report most likely would be made public after the conclusion of the World Cup.

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