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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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• Doobie Brothers
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• Judas Priest
• Kraftwerk
• 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. 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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Apr082011

Blake Griffin Playing His Cards Right, Adds Panini America To Marketing Roster

By Barry Janoff, Executive Editor

Griffin, Bryant, Durant and Wall will be featured in the Panini HRX video trading card.April 7, 2011: Blake Griffin's marketing dance card continues to fill up. Following recent deals with Kia and AT&T, the NBA slamma-jamma sensation has signed a new exclusive multi-year pact with Panini America, which produces the league's official trading cards.

Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Panini had originally signed Griffin to an exclusive rookie deal for the 2009-10 season when he was selected as the No. 1 overall pick in the 2009 NBA draft by the Los Angeles Clippers. But a pre-season injury forced him to miss the entire campaign, and the NBA then designated 2010-11 as his rookie season.

According to the Irving, Texas-based card company, Griffin's Panini rookie cards from the 2009-10 National Treasures basketball set "have sold for as much as $4,000 this season [and] scarcer copies of the card have fetched as much as $7,000."

Griffin's marketing deals also include AT&A,Griffin joins a roster of NBA players exclusive to Panini that includes Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers, Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma City Thunder and John Wall, the No. 1 overall pick of the Washington Wizards in the 2010 NBA Draft.

Griffin, who won the 2011 Sprite Slam Dunk contest and is a leading candidate for Rookie of the Year honors, also has a deal with Nike that likely will lead to a line of signature shoes.

As part of the Panini alliance, Griffin will be featured on products and packaging, as well as in Panini's national advertising, marketing and social media initiatives.

Griffin, Bryant, Durant and Wall will also be the faces of the company's new Panini Authentic memorabilia division, scheduled to launch in May. In addition, they will be highlighted in the Panini HRX, what the company is calling the "industry's first video trading cards." In development for past year and a half, they are "designed to bring collectors closer to the athletes with unique behind-the-scenes content and individualized footage," per Panini.

"Blake has captured the imagination of millions of people across the world this season — fans and non-fans alike — and we saw him as a must-have player," Mark Warsop, CEO of Panini America, said in a statement. "His unique blend of athleticism, power and tenacity make him an unparalleled talent on the court. We're thrilled to have him join our family."

"Blake has captured the imagination of millions of people across the world this season and we saw him as a must-have player."

According to Griffin, "Panini America will forever hold a special place for me because it's the company that helped make a dream come true by producing my first NBA trading cards. The opportunity to join the Panini family and work with a company that is at the forefront of innovation and has reinvigorated the trading card category is special."

The Panini Group, based in Italy, purchased trading-card company Donruss in March 2009 and formed Panini America, which became the exclusive trading card partner of the NBA beginning with the 2009-10 season. Panini also has an exclusive relationship with the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, and in the U.S. has official licenses for the NBA, NFL, NHL, FIFA, Disney, DreamWorks, Warner Bros. and other properties.

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