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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
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• 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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Channel Chasers

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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Aug072013

Foot Locker Puts NBA's Chris Paul, Blake Griffin Together Again For First Time

By Barry Janoff

August 7, 2013: Foot Locker is getting a triple-dose of sports endorsements in two new ads, one starring Blake Griffin and Chris Paul of the NBA's Los Angeles Clippers appearing together for the first time in a national commercial, and a second starring Victor Cruz of the NFL's New York Giants that supports Kids Foot Locker.

The spot with Griffin and Paul is part of the New York-based specialty athletic retailer's "Approved" campaign.

"We enjoyed working with Blake and Chris on our latest Foot Locker commercial," Stacy Cunningham, evp-marketing for Foot Locker, said in a statement. "They both exude the talent and humor that is inherent in our 'Approved' campaign. They are a perfect fit for our brand and will help extend our message."

Foot Locker has been creatively busy over the past month, with TV commercials featuring Shaquille O'Neal ("Shaqnosis") and another with the NFL's Arian Foster and Julio Jones for Under Armour shoes and gear.

In the spot, "The Endorser," Paul walks in on Griffin, who is sitting in an upscale high-rise living room. He is wearing Nike's Jordan Brand Super.Fly 2 basketball shoes (previously seen in a Jordan Brand ad co-starring "Dr. Darryl Drain") and Nike apparel outfitted from Foot Locker.

"I'm liking the gear" Paul says to his teammate.

Griffin responds in a robot-like voice and with a demeanor straight out of The Stepford Wives. "Foot Locker has the freshest Jordan gear that make me, Blake Griffin, look my best."

Paul, a bit confused, points to his Air Jordan T-shirt and begins to respond, "Yeah, B, I like Foot Locker too . . . "

Griffin, however, interrupts with his on-going endorsement pitch. "And try our extra caliente salsa. it's a full-court press on your taste buds. So come on down for great deals on our premium . . . "

A mystified Paul then looks behind Griffin's chair and sees that his teammate is attached to a machine called "The Endorser." Paul unplugs Griffin — whose marketing deals also include Kia, GameFly and Subway — who reverts to his normal voice. However, even without the machine, he still likes Foot Locker. "I'll tell you what, though, I really like this gear."

"Blake, you really meant that," Paul says. "You're turned off [from The Endorser machine]."

Paul then switches The Endorser back on, and Griffin reverts to robot pitchman. "I also love Lithuania. Sponsored by Lithuania Tourism." (See the full spot here.)

"Foot Locker created a fun commercial and I had a great time doing this spot with Chris," Griffin said in a statement. "Regardless of whether or not you like my skills as a salesman in the spot, you'll agree that we look fresh in our Jordan Brand gear from Foot Locker."

In the spot with Victor Cruz, "Buddy Montage," the Giants' wide receiver is playing video games with a kid name Scott. "That's some fresh Kids Foot Locker gear," Cruz observes.

"Thanks, Victor," Scott responds. Then, breaking the fourth wall, Scott says, "You know, Victor, I'm going to be sad when this commercial is over and we're not pretend buddies anymore."

"Scott, there's still time life," Cruz responds, "Let's make it count."

Then, in real time over the next 20 seconds of the commercial, Cruz and Scott play football in the house, go for a ride in a paddle boat, break cement bricks using karate, go fishing, ride an ATV, demolish a home, create a giant ice cream sundae and appear to fly in a hot air balloon.

"So what's after this?" Scott asks as time winds down. "Just the logo," Cruz replies.

The camera pulls back to reveal a green screen and the rest of the crew members, one of whom pulls Scott out of the basket and off the set.

Closing text reads, "Kids Foot Locker. Time to Go Big." (See the full spot here.)

Both spots are from BBDO, NY.

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