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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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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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Dec142010

Kobe Bryant Taking His Hoops, Marketing Skills To Turkish Airlines

Artist's rendition depicting the deal between Bryant and Turkish Air. (Photo: PRNewswire/Turkish Airlines/Jeff Gross)December 14, 2010: Turkish Airlines, which has been ramping up its presence in the U.S. over the past few years, has signed a deal with Kobe Bryant of the NBA's Los Angeles Lakers to support the carrier's upcoming expansion into Los Angeles International Airport.

Financial terms of the two-year deal were not disclosed.

Bryant will be the focus of a global ad campaign scheduled to break during the first quarter of 2011 in the U.S. and the Middle East, followed by a rollout to more than 80 countries. The campaign, oversee by Turkish Airlines, will be anchored by a TV spot starring Bryant, with support to include print, outdoor and Internet. Bryant is also scheduled to make several appearances on behalf of Turkish Airlines in the coming year, including for the planned Los Angeles launch.

Turkish Airlines will offer four flights per week from Los Angeles’ LAX Airport to Atatürk Airport in Istanbul beginning March 3, 2011. In North America, the carrier currently offers non-stop direct flights from New York, Chicago, Washington D.C. and Toronto.

“I’m so proud to be chosen as a global brand ambassador for Turkish Airlines," Bryant said in a statement. "They have been providing travelers with excellent service for 77 years, and I’m glad that U.S. travelers, including my fellow Angelenos, are able to experience Turkish Airlines first-hand."

Bryant is among the most popular basketball players around the world, with sales of his jerseys and basketball shoes at or near the top of most international NBA sales. He was part of the gold medal winning team at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing and will be on the roster for USA Basketball at the 2012 Summer Games in London. His marketing deals also include Nike, 2K Sports and Gatorade. He appeared in the recent marketing launch for Activision's Call of Duty: Black Ops.

Turkish Airlines also has sports deals with Manchester United, FC Barcelona and the European Euroleague Basketball. The carrier also was the official airline of the 2010 FIBA World Championship, which was won by the U.S. (although Bryant was not a member of the team).

"I’m glad that U.S. travelers, including my fellow Angelenos, are able to experience Turkish Airlines first-hand." — Kobe Bryant

“We are looking forward to working with Mr. Bryant to further build awareness of Turkish Airlines in the United States and around the world,” Dr. Temel Kotil, CEO of Turkish Airlines, said in a statement.  “Next year Turkish Airlines will operate four U.S. gateways: New York, Chicago, Washington D.C. and Los Angeles.  We could not be more thrilled to have an athlete of Mr. Bryant’s unsurpassed skill and recognition to represent our brand globally.”

According to Bryant, “Turkey is a country rich in natural beauty and thousands of years of cultural history, and I’m proud to partner with Turkish Airlines to bring that majesty to people around the world.”

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