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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)

Tuesday
Feb092016

Many Like Her Hot: 'Marilyn' In Snickers Tops Super Bowl 50 Celebrity Ad E-Poll

By Barry Janoff

February 9, 2016: Just as she was during her short life and limited time in Hollywood, Marilyn Monroe remains one of the world's best-known stars more than 60 years after her death.

She proved it again during Super Bowl 50, when she appeared in a commercial for Snickers, "Marilyn," as part of the brand's "You're Not You When You're Hungry" campaign.

Of 46 celebrities who appeared in 24 of the 57 ads that ran before and during Super Bowl 50 on CBS, Monroe came out on top, earning an E-Score of 100 and garnering 81% "Awareness," according to research, marketing and consulting firm E-Poll Market Research, Los Angeles.

Monroe's E-Score was ahead of the 99 registered by Liam Neeson (LG Electronics) and the 98 accrued by Christopher Walken (Kia, pictured below), Jeff Goldblum (Apartments.com), Anthony Hopkins (TurboTax.com) and Ryan Reynolds (Hyundai).

In addition, her "Awareness" rating of 81% was tied with Arnold Schwarzenegger (Mobile Strike), but ahead of Steve Harvey (T-Mobile) at 72%. with Steven Tyler (Skittles) and Alec Baldwin (Amazon Echo) tied for fourth with 66% awareness.

Actor Willem Dafoe who appears in the Snickers ad as the hungry version of Marilyn, came in with an E-Score of 94, but only 39% awareness (despite his numerous starring roles).

The Snickers "Marilyn" spot, via lead agency BBDO, NY, also placed a third participant, actor Eugene Levy, at No. 19 with a 92 E-Score.

The Top 20 E-Scores for Super Bowl 50 also included Harvey 97, Schwarzenegger 95, Kevin Hart (Hyundai) 95, George Takei (Taco Bell) 95, Paul Rudd (Bud Light) 95, Helen Mirren (Budweiser) 95, Tyler 94, Seth Rogen (Bud Light) 94, Serena Williams (Mini) 94, Dafoe 94, Dan Marino (Amazon Echo) 93, Harvey Keitel (Mini) 93 and Amy Schumer (Bud Light) 92.

At the opposite end, Butterfinger's "Bolder Than Bold" ad had the two lowest E-Scores for Super Bowl 50: Terrell Owens (38) and Billy Eichner (36).

For Super Bowl 50, the research firm also tracked a third attribute, "Appeal."

Here, Helen Mirren (Budweiser) topped all others here at 77%, followed by Liam Neeson 74%, Anthony Hopkins 73%, Ryan Reynolds 73% and Keegan-Michael Key (SquareSpace) 73%.

Monroe came in at 53%.

According to E-Poll Market Research, during the broadcast, the 46 celebrities featured in national ads was up 64% from the 28 tracked during Super Bowl XLIX 2015 and 26 who appeared in Super Bowl XLVIII commercials in  2014.

Among the 46 celebrities, there were 12 athletes, seven musicians and 27 film and TV actors.

The average E-Score among the 46 personalities tracked by E-Poll Market Research was 50. (See the full chart below.)

Monroe's image was used by Snickers with permission of The Estate of Marilyn Monroe LLC. She died on Aug. 5, 1962, at the age of 36, having appeared in such films as The Seven Year Itch, Bus Stop, Some Like It Hot, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes and The Misfits.

During her lifetime, she also appeared in commercials for such brands as Coca-Cola and Union Oil.

Since her death, her image has been used by, among others, Chanel No. 5, Dior J'Ador Perfume, Citroen and Mercedes-Benz.

Under the auspices of E-Poll Market Research, E-Score has been tracking public opinion on on more than 9,000 celebrities, athletes, politicians and newsmakers for more than 15 years.
 
According to the company, each E-Score survey is conducted among 1,100 persons with general representation across income, age, education and geographic demographics to represent a cross-section of the U.S. population.

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