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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
• Motorhead
• Nine Inch Nails
• Notorious B.I.G.
• Rufus feat. Chaka Khan
• Todd Rundgren
• Soundgarden
• T. Rex
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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)

Friday
Mar172017

Manchester City Breaks Marketing Ground With First EPL Jersey-Sleeve Alliance

By Barry Janoff

March 17, 2017: Last year, the English Premier League moved to eliminate a rule that had prevented clubs from selling ad patches on the sleeves of their jerseys. Previously the exclusive territory of EPL patches, the organization said it would allow clubs to sell the space on the right sleeve, effective with the 2017-18 season.

With the sleeve billboard space open for sale, Manchester City today (March 17) became the first EPL club to take advantage of the situation, signing a deal with Nexen Tire as part of the South Korea-based company’s renewed marketing alliance with the team, which began in 2015.

The sleeve partnership with Nexen also includes the Manchester City Women, which recently signed two-time FIFA Women’s Player of the Year Carli Lloyd of the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team via a deal through June.

Although financial terms were not disclosed, industry analysts estimate that clubs would charge about 20% of the price they get for their primary jersey-front sponsorships.

Manchester City has a ten-year jersey-front deal with Etihad Airways, which began in 2011, estimated at $24.8 million (U.S.) a year.

Among EPL clubs, the largest jersey-front sponsorship deal is between Manchester United and Chevrolet, a seven-year pact signed in 2014 estimated at $65.6 million annually. The average jersey-front sponsorship pact among EPL clubs is an estimated $14 million annually.

Other EPL clubs are expected to unveil jersey-sleeve deals before the next season begins in August 2017 (running through May 2018).

"We are delighted to continue our successful partnership with Nexen Tire," Ferran Soriano, CEO for Manchester City, said during a media conference in the City Football Academy in Manchester City. "At Manchester City, we are always striving to take an original approach to our commercial partnerships, creating great relationships and great content for our fans.

"We are especially pleased to be the first Premier League Club to secure an official sleeve partner. Nexen is an exciting and growing brand and we are extremely happy both to have extended and grown our relationship," said Soriano.

Manchester City is among the most popular soccer clubs in the world. The team’s Twitter page has 4.11 million followers, its Facebook page 23.5 million followers.

Manchester City partners also include Nike, Nissan, SAP, LG and EA Sports.

Nexen Tire said it would "implement various sports marketing activities to strengthen brand awareness as well as showcasing performance-driven technology worldwide."

English Premier League games are shown in the U.S. on NBC Sports, giving Nexen Tire a broad audience reach.

The company, with headquarters in Seoul, has also been increasing alliances with numerous sports associations in anticipation of the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang. Next has had official alliances with numerous MLB teams, most recently the Texas Rangers, Los Angeles Angeles and Pittsburgh Pirates.

According to Travis Kang, CEO for Nexen Tire, "As a Korean company, we consider it an honor to announce the first EPL Club sleeve branding partnership for one of the world's greatest football clubs, Manchester City, introducing the Nexen Tire brand to football fans worldwide.

"Utilizing Manchester City and Nexen Tire's partnership as a key strategic marketing platform, Nexen Tire expects to increase the value of its business as a global company. At Nexen Tire, our world-class products continue to make inroads with customers around the world."

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