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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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Rock & Roll Hall of Fame 2020 Nominees

• Pat Benatar
• Dave Matthews Band
• Depeche Mode
• Doobie Brothers
• Whitney Houston
• Judas Priest
• Kraftwerk
• MC5
• Motorhead
• Nine Inch Nails
• Notorious B.I.G.
• Rufus feat. Chaka Khan
• Todd Rundgren
• Soundgarden
• T. Rex
• Thin Lizzy

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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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NRF: Halloween 2019 Will Scare Up $8.8 Billion In Candy, Costume, Party Business

NYSJ Sports-Entertainment Business News Service

October 7, 2019:
Halloween this year is Oct. 31, and retailers, marketers and consumers are ready for another season of trick-or-treat.

Among the brands running Halloween-specific campaigns are Geico — including “A Witch for a Third Roommate (pictured below), “Movie Night With Casper,” "Old Attic" and “Horror Movie Stereotypes” — Walmart, The Home Depot, Party City, Dunkin’ and Reese’s.

Hollywood, of course, is well into the spirit, with such movies as Joker, It: Chapter Two, Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark, The Addams Family, Judy, Zombieland: Double Tap and Maleficent: Mistress Of Evil.

And consumers are ready for the scary party, as well.

Total spend on Halloween 2019 is expected to reach $8.8 billion. That includes $3.2 billion on costumes, $2.6 billion on candy, $2.7 billion on decorations and $390 million on greeting cards

Some 172 million people plan to celebrate Halloween – 68% of those surveyed by the National Retail Federation, Washington, DC.

However, participation is down from 175 million last year and the total estimated Halloween spend is down from $9 billion in 2018 and $9.1 billion in 2017, but up from the $8.4 billion spend in 2016 and $6.9 billion in 2015.

“Spending hasn’t changed much over the past few years, but we are seeing a noticeable increase in consumers whose Halloween purchases are inspired by their friends, neighbors and even celebrities on social media,” Matthew Shay, NRF president and CEO, said via the organization.

“Retailers expect to have another strong Halloween season and have stocked up on candy, decorations and the season’s most popular costumes.”

By comparison, consumers spent $25 billion this past Mother’s Day, $20.7 billion for Valentine’s Day and $5.6 billion for St. Patrick’s Day, according to NRF.

Those celebrating plan to spend an average $86.27, according to NRF's annual 2019 Halloween Spending Survey, conducted by Prosper Insights & Analytics.

Costumes take up the largest share of that, $31.05, followed by decorations ($26.03), candy ($25.37) and Halloween cards ($3.82).

One major segment: This year, total planned spending for pet costumes is estimated to be $490 million, more than double 2010.

Top pet costumes this year include pumpkins, hot dogs and superheroes.

To buy Halloween merchandise, 42% will go to a discount store, 36% to a specialty Halloween or costume store, 25% will shop online, 25% will go to a grocery store and 23% will visit a department store (with multiple visits accounting for the total of more than 100%).

The 18-to-24-year-old demographic are “the most likely to celebrate Halloween, with nearly nine in 10 planning to do so this year, up from 84% a decade ago,” according to the NRF survey.

Top Halloween plans for 18-24-year olds include: dress in a costume (73% vs. 665 in 2009), hand out candy (56%), carve a pumpkin (53%), host or attend a party (53%), visit a haunted house (40%), dress up their pets (26%) and take kids trick-or-treating (26%).

“Retailers expect to have another strong Halloween season and have stocked up on candy, decorations and the season’s most popular costumes.”

“While fewer plan to host or attend parties, more are handing out candy, decorating and/or dressing in costumes,” according to the 2019 Halloween Spending Survey.

“They’re significantly more likely to dress up than their older counterparts and will spend roughly $36 this year on costumes.”

“Halloween celebrations are primarily for children, and we see many of the same costume choices year after year,”  Phil Rist, Prosper Insights evp-strategy, said via the company.

“Grownups who celebrate may be looking for new ideas, but for children, princesses and superheroes are perennial favorites.”

The NRF survey included 7,419 consumers and conducted Sept. 3-10 (it has a margin of error of plus or minus 1.2 percentage points).

Favorite Costumes for Kids

  • Princess 7.9%
  • Superhero 6%
  • Spider-Man 5.2%
  • Avengers character (excluding Spider-Man) 3.9%
  • Batman  3.5 %
  • Witch 3.3%
  • Ghost 2.8%
  • Vampire 2.2%
  • Frozen (Elsa, Anna) 2.2 %
  • Pirate  2.1%


Favorite Costumes for Adults

  • Witch 8.9%
  • Vampire 3.6%
  • Superhero 3.1%
  •  Pirate 2.7%
  • Zombie 2.5%
  • Ghost 2%
  • Avengers character (excluding Spider-Man) 2 %
  • Princess 1.9%
  • Cat 1.8%
  • Spider-Man 1.7%


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