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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
• Whitney Houston
• 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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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. 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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Apr132016

Nike, 2K, Apple, Team Kobe All On Board To Celebrate Bryant's Final NBA Game

By Barry Janoff

April 13, 2016: Nike, 2K, Apple, American Express, BodyArmor, ESPN, the NBA and the Los Angeles Lakers are among the brands, fans, organizations and others activating for what has been unofficially declared "Mamba Day," representing the day of Kobe Bryant's final game in the NBA.

Bryant, who was drafted by the Charlotte Hornets out of Lower Merion (Ardmore, PA) High School as the 13th overall pick in 1996, had his draft rights acquired by theLakers about a week later (in exchange for Vlade Divac), and has been with the team ever since. That covers 20 seasons, 15 playoff appearances, five NBA titles and 18 All-Star Games.

Bryant's on-court achievements have led to a bevy of marketing deals throughout his career, and it is his current partners who have stepped up to honor him on April 13 en route to his last NBA game, against the Utah Jazz.

The NBA today ran full-page celebratory ads in USA Today and The Los Angeles Times, thanking Kobe for his contributions to the game.

In addition, the NBA Store in New York featured commemorative window displays and exclusive merchandise (as well as a discount for fans wearing Kobe gear).

Nike last week broke a multi-media campaign naming April 13 as "Mamba Day," a nod to Bryant's "Black Mamba" nickname. The effort included spots loaded with other athletes — all Nike endorsers — paying verbal respects to Bryant and promising to wear special Mamba Day shoes created by Nike.

The roster crosses sports boundaries and includes Kevin Durant, Serena Williams, LeBron James, Tiger Woods, Rob Gronkowski, Elena Delle Donne, Rory McIlroy, Rafael Nadal, Russell Wilson, Odell Beckham Jr., Kyrie Irving, Michelle Wie, Richard Sherman, Alex Ovechkin and Neymar Jr.

Nike followed that up with a spot, "The Conductor," in which fans, imitating life, both cheer and berate Bryant, which Bryant manages to turn into an orchestral maneuver in which he conducts the likes of his former coach Phil Jackson, Lakers' president Jeanie Buss, Paul Pierce and Rasheed Wallace.

2K Sports unveiled on April 13 a special-edition cover for its NBA17 Legend video game, featuring Kobe Bryant, complete with a TV spot, "Legends Live On," and other marketing support.

The game is set for release in September. But consumers who preorder have the opportunity to snag such goodies as a limited-edition Kobe poster, Kobe Panini trading cards, a Black Mamba game controller skin; and such digital content as 30,000 Virtual Currency, a MyTEAM Bundle + (includes three packs with guaranteed Kobe limited-use card), Nike Kobe 11 retirement shoes, Kobe No. 8 Mitchell and Ness jersey and a Kobe hoodie. (Details here.)

ESPN, which is broadcasting Bryant's final game, broke on April 13 a spot for SportsCenter, which sees staffers signing a retirement card dedicated to Bryant.

Apple this week launched a spot for Apple TV, starring Bryant and actor Michael B. Jordan, "Father Time."

Nike on April 13 launched a “Black Mamba Pack” eBay auction, featuring a full set of 13 autographed pairs of Kobe shoes. Proceeds benefit The Kobe and Vanessa Bryant Family Foundation.

American Express recently hosted a private event for card holders featuring Bryant and former teammates Rick Fox and Robert Horry. Content from the event — an extension of the partner’s “Teammate” platform — is being used on TNT, NBA.com and NBA/AmEx social media channels.

In 2013, Bryant became a significant investor in premium sports drink company BodyArmor, and over the past week has been public about his support for the brand via social media — including Twitter, where he has more than nine million followers — and elsewhere, although he does not actually appear in marketing efforts.

Earlier this year, BodyArmor launched its eighth flavor, Blackout Berry, inspired by Bryant.

Last week, AEG unveiled exclusive limited-edition items to honor Bryant, which included New Era headwear, adidas jerseys and T-shirts, jackets by JH Design Jackets and a pin line from Aminco.

Eight New Era 18K gold black lamb caps were priced at $38,024 each.

Eight diamond-studed cashmere caps were each priced at $24,008.

Lambskin leather jackets with snakeskin leather accents, Swarovski rhinestones, hand-crafted leather logos and a leather collar, cuffs and waistband, limited to 24, are going for $5,824 apiece.

According to Sean Ryan, vp-AEG Merchandise, "An athlete like Kobe Bryant only comes along once in a generation and to celebrate his incredible twenty year career we feel we have really captured it with the over forty five exclusive items available for fans who want to celebrate the history that they have witnessed."

Bryant is offering a section of items on his own Web site, as are the Lakers on their site. The Lakers also held a pre-game FanFest outside Staples Center — which as adorned with giant photos of Bryant — offering tickets to the game and the opportunity to take photos alongside the five NBA championship trophies of which Bryant was involved.

Brands, Stars Celebrate Kobe Career Conclusion

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