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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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• 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

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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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Sep292015

Marshawn Lynch Gets Lots Of Endorsement Deals By Being A Man Of Few Words

By Barry Janoff

September 29, 2015: During his infamous Super Bowl XLIX press conference, a moody and tight-lipped Marshawn Lynch repeatedly answered, "I'm just here so I won't get fined" except when asked questions about his Fam 1st Family Foundation.

Now, the Seattle Seahawks running back has signed a deal to appear in marketing for Stop Bugging Me Pest Control, based in the greater Puget Sound area, in which he repeats in a commercial during a faux press conference, "Stop bugging me."

In fact, Lynch is building a significant marketing roster based his terse use of words.

Via a deal signed with Pepsi, Lynch this month starred in an aptly titled commercial, "Unlikely Spokesperson," in which he lip-synchs while his lines are read by a woman seated next to him. "When Pepsi approached me about being their spokesman, I said, 'I don't know. I don't really like to speak,'" Lynch mouths as the woman speaks.

He ultimately does say something after taking a sip of the product. "Ahh. Speech mode, boss."

In a Skittles spot, he doesn't speak at all, but is instead seen working out with weights and other equipment filled with the product.

Earlier this year, he also appeared in a spot for Progressive Insurance in which he was interviewed by ESPN's Kenny Mayne, offering one-word answers until he is asked about car insurance and company spokeswoman Flo. "I'm all about that Flo, boss," he says to Mayne.

In an NFL on Xbox spot, he shows up late for a "Game Day Evolution 101" faux class, but when called out by the "professor" he says, "I been here the whole time."

He appeared, but did not speak at all, in a commercial for Duracell earlier this year that featured video game versions of the Seattle Seahawks.

Lynch also participated but did not have any lines in a 2013 Nike commercial, "Fast is Faster," along with players including LeShawn McCoy, Larry Fitzgerald, Darrelle Revis, Alex Smith and Ndamukong Suh.

There is no doubt that Lynch is motivated by family and business, Soon after Super Bowl XLIX this past February, he trademarked the phrase, "I'm just here so I won't get fined," to put on his BeastMode apparel line. He uses proceeds to support his foundation.

Going against the grain, Lynch had a lot to say in a spot this year for Vita Coca, "Thirst Responder," in which he plays a hotline operator resolving the problems of thirsty callers. "Check it out. If you send me your address I'll be sure to get you some Vita Coco coconut water to help with the problem you got, boss."

Pest Control is not Lynch's first local endorsement deal. In 2013, he signed with Seattle-based Beacon Plumbing to do a TV spot in which he says, "Stop freakin' . . .  Call Beacon."

"He is a nationally recognized football star with unmatched athletic skills," Tom Grim, general manager, Stop Bugging Me Pest Control, said in a statement. "We wanted to leverage his public persona and give a light-hearted take on his media presence."

Stop Bugging Me Pest Control describes itself as a "full-service pest control company providing extermination services for rats, mice, ants, wasps, bees, spiders, bed bugs and more."

As for emphasizing Lynch's chosen path to limit his words in certain situations, Grim said, "Having pests in your home or place of business is no laughing matter. While we take pest-related issues very seriously, we like to poke a little fun in our advertising campaigns."

Aside from Lynch's answer-on-a-loop, that is shown by the superfluous questions he is asked by reporters: "Who's a better dancer: You or coach?" "Do you believe in Big Foot?" "Who is your favorite superhero?" and "Taylor Swift or Katy Perry?"

One question that hits closer to home: "From the one-yard line should you run or pass the ball?" a direct reference to the play in Super Bowl XLIX in which Seattle passed from the one-yard line rather than hand Lynch the ball to run in for what could have been a game-winning touchdown.

Quarterback Russell Wilson's pass attempt to Ricardo Lockette with 26 seconds to play was intercepted by New England Patriots' rookie cornerback Malcolm Butler, and the Pats then ran out the clock to seal a 28-24 victory.

Lynch added to his portfolio earlier this month via a partnership with high-end underwear company, PSD, to develop a collection of co-branded products initially designed for men, under Lynch's BeastMode apparel and lifestyle brand.

According to Lynch, "I got some PSD underwear and I liked how they fit. I decided to co-create the BeastMode x PSD line so my fans can look good and be comfortable in any situation," he said not verbally but in a statement.

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