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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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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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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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Jun202010

Los Angeles Lakers, NBA, Marketers Reap Rewards Of 2009-10 Title

Win an NBA title, earn a special cereal box from General Mills' Wheaties.June 20, 2010: To the victors go the spoils, and in the case of the NBA champion Los Angeles Lakers that includes record TV ratings and digital views, a parade and a special box of Wheaties. And, of course, the requisite championship gear from adidas at Store.NBA.com and Nike to commemorate Kobe Bryant's fifth NBA title ring.

As Bryant said after he led the Lakers to a seven-game victory over the Boston Celtics, "This one is by far the sweetest because it's against [the Celtics] and because its the hardest one by far."

ABC said its coverage of The Finals averaged 18,144,000 viewers over seven games, making it the most-viewed NBA championship round in the network's history. In addition, Game 7 generated a 15.6 rating and 28,203,000 viewers to become the highest-rated and most-viewed NBA game since  Game 6 of the Finals in 1998, in which the Chicago Bulls defeated the Utah Jazz for the NBA title in what was Michael Jordan's last game with the Bulls (who, like the Lakers, were coached by Phil Jackson). ABC said the numbers recorded during this year's Finals enabled the network to win the night in prime time for all seven nights of the series.

According to ABC, the 2009-10 Finals were up 26% in ratings (10.6 vs. 8.4) and viewers (18,144,000 vs. 14,347,000) over the 2009 NBA Finals, when the Lakers defeated the Orlando Magic in five games. The seven-game series was also up 45% in viewership (vs. 12,543,000 viewers) and 29% in rating (8.2) compared to the last seven-game Finals, which were in 2005 when the San Antonio Spurs defeat the Detroit Pistons.

The seven-game series also spurred digital media growth. Visits to ESPN.com’s NBA section were up 24% during the 2010 Finals versus 2009. ESPN.com’s online video starts during the Finals were up 19% from last year. On mobile devices, visits to the ESPN.com NBA section were up 64% over 2009, according to ESPN, which is a sibling of ABC in The Disney Co.

Vitaminwater unveiled a special spot with Kobe Bryant after the Lakers 'klosed' Game 7.In addition to NBA partners that advertised during the seven-game series, other brands also are benefitting from the Lakers' victory. General Mills said that for the second consecutive year it would create a commemorative Wheaties box featuring Lakers. Among those on the limited-edition box will be Bryant, Pau Gasol, Lamar Odom, Andrew Bynum, Derek Fisher, Ron Artest and coach Jackson.The 15.6-oz box will be available nationally beginning late July 2010.

Adidas hit the market with official Lakers championship gear almost as soon as the final buzz in Game 7 had sounded in Staples Center. Among the items are the Lakers "championship pack" ($78.99), which includes the NBA Finals video, a cap and T-shirt; and various goodies such as championship plaques, clocks, flags, banners and, yes, even a placemat.

Bryant was named MVP of the Finals, and his marketing partners shared in the glory. Nike produced a special-edition Zoom Kobe V "2010 Finals Edition" shoe and a 'Black Mamba' 5-rings T-shirt. And Vitaminwater created a spot called "Kloser," in which "klose" is defined as, "To end game and demoralize opponents." Offers Bryant: "Championship this year — klosed. Defeating [playoff opponents including Oklahoma City, Phoenix, Utah and Boston] — klosed. Shameless product placement — klosed. Quest for five — closed. That's how you close."

The Lakers said they plan to celebrate their NBA championship with a parade on June 21 that will be funded by the team itself. Estimates from team and Los Angeles ranged between $1.5 million and $2 million. Upward of 2 million people are expected to line a two-mile-long parade route  (see below) extending from the Staples Center to the edge of the University of Southern California campus, according to theLakers.

Lakers players will address fans from a float plying the parade route, along with double-decker, open-air buses on which the team’s coaches, staff members, owners and cheerleaders will ride.

Last season, the Los Angeles and the Lakers held a parade-ending rally attended by more than 95,000 inside the Los Angeles Coliseum. That aspect has been eliminated, which is expected "to mitigate anticipated pedestrian and traffic congestion, while also relieving security, sanitation and other civic demands otherwise required of the privately funded 2010 ceremonies," according to the Lakers.

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