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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
SOURCE: STUBHUB.COM

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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. 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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Jan072013

IMG Worldwide' Eyes New Sports, Lifestyle, Digital Visions With Acquisition Of Catalyst

By Barry Janoff

January 7, 2013: It is not often when even the best of alliances are called "incredibly clean" and "a perfect fit." But that is how IMG Worldwide and Catalyst described the pact under which Catalyst Public Relations has become part of IMG Consulting.

Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

"This is a perfect complement for both sides," said Bret Werner, managing partner for New York-based Catalyst. "We live in a world of 360-degree marketing and this will enable us to speak to our current clients with even more depth."

With the acquisition, Catalyst’s current management team of Werner, Bill Holtz and Ted Fragulis will all join IMG, as will their staff of full time employees in their New York, Charlotte and Los Angeles offices. Werner will continue in his role as managing partner and will report to David Abrutyn, svp and global managing director for IMG Consulting.

"The union has been incredibly clean regarding conflicts of interest in our existing client roster or that of Catalyst's," said Abrutyn. "We always have our eye on acquisitions where and when they make sense for us. We have been working with Catalyst for several years, and they have been on the top of our wish list. This past May, conversations in that direction started to pick up when we decided we wanted to make an acquisition in that area."

IMG Worldwide, initially known as International Management Group, was founded in 1960 by Mark McCormack, whose first client was his friend and business partner, Arnold Palmer. IMG, which was acquired in 2004 by Forstmann Litte & Co., is now established in more than 30 counties in sports, fashion, lifestyle and media. Clients include Cam Newton, Eli Manning, Rafael Nadal, Maria Sharapova and, most recently, Novak Djokovic, who signed with IMG in December.

In addition to IMG Consulting, IMG includes IMG College, IMG Golf, IMG Tennis, IMG Fashion, IMG Models, IMG Art+Commerce, IMG Clients, IMG Academy and IMG Licensing.

Founded in 2005, Catalyst clients include Subway, Under Armour, Dick's Sports Goods, Timex, Purina, Powerade and Vitaminwater.

"The skill sets that Catalyst brings in, especially in the areas of social and digital media, will enable us to enhance the work we do for our clients even farther."

According to Abrutyn, the two firms "are working on something major together that we plan to bring to the marketplace before too long."

"The sports marketing area, and the connection between consumers and and the various sports and lifestyle interests that they follow, is stronger than ever," said Abrutyn. "And the various skill sets that Catalyst brings in, especially in the area of social and digital media, will enable us to enhance the work we do for our clients even farther."
 
Added Werner, "We’ve enjoyed a strong and productive working relationship with IMG for many years. The ability to join IMG Consulting and continue with our current client service model as well as expand our traditional PR and digital expertise globally provides us with the opportunity to evolve and grow well into the future.”

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