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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

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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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. 6 Chicago Bears v Oakland Raiders Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
• Oct. 13 Carolina Panthers v Tampa Bay Buccaneers Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
• 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).

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May182016

'Finding Dory' Hits The Water Swimming With USA Swimming, Olympic Marketing

By Barry Janoff

May 17, 2016: In what can be descried as a liquid organic alliance, the upcoming Disney/Pixar animated film, Finding Dory, has teamed with USA Swimming to tout the movie and also to "encourage families around the country to not only find Dory, but to find a swim team through the SwimToday program."

A “Funnest Sport” campaign will also "address common misconceptions about the sport (while) encouraging more parents to consider swimming as a youth sport option for their children."

According to USA Swimming, "The collaboration will be the centerpiece of the SwimToday campaign’s first phase, where ten industry partners band together to show non-swimmers and their parents why swimming is the #FunnestSport and provide an invitation to join in."

Finding Dory, the sequel to Finding Nemo — which won the 2003 Academy Award for Best Animated Feature — stars the voices of Ellen DeGeneres (Dory), Albert Brooks (Marlin) and Hayden Rolance (Nemo). It is scheduled to hit theaters June 17.

USA Swimming is the official national governing body of competitive swimming in the U.S., including this year overseeing the U.S. National Team that will compete in the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. The squad potentially be led by Michael Phelps, Ryan Lochte, Natalie Coughlin and Missy Franklin.

SwimToday is endorsed and supported by 11 swimming industry partners, including Arena, Speedo USA, TYR, USA Swimming, Colle+McVoy, Counsilman-Hunsaker, National Swimming Pool Foundation, Swimming World magazine, TeamUnify and USA Swimming Foundation.

The alliance includes print, anchored by a Finding Dory ad in the commemorative Olympic preview edition of Splash Magazine (delivered to nearly 300,000 USA Swimming member homes); cross-promotion on Disney, Swim Today and USA Swimming social media channels; and group sales opportunities for USA Swimming teams and SwimToday partners.

In addition, SwimToday.org will feature a Finding Dory-themed landing page from mid-May leading up to the June 17 opening of the movie.

“As everyone knows, Dory’s best advice to those in a tough spot is to, ‘Just keep swimming,’ making a partnership with USA Swimming ideal for Finding Dory,” Lindsey Collins, producer of Finding Dory, said in a statement. “We are all truly honored that the organization has made this relationship possible, and we wish them much luck at the Olympics this summer.”

As part of the alliance, USA Swimming will collaborate with Disney to send SwimToday kits to 3,000 USA Swimming registered teams.

The kits would include such Disney, SwimToday and co-branded items as posters and informational materials.

According to Matt Farrell, CMO for USA Swimming “Dory and SwimToday have one important key message in common —  we want everyone to ‘Just keep swimming’, but more importantly we want moviegoers to join a swim team.

Finding Dory will be instrumental in our SwimToday marketing to invite non-swimmers to be a part of the funnest sport and be more like Dory, Nemo and friends," said Farrell.

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