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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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• Todd Rundgren
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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. 6 Chicago Bears v Oakland Raiders Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
• Oct. 13 Carolina Panthers v Tampa Bay Buccaneers Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
• 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).

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Sep192018

MasterCard Signs As ‘Priceless’ Global Partner For eSports League Of Legends

NYSJ Sports-Entertainment Business News Service

September 19, 2018:
MasterCard believes that eSports are “Priceless” and is not just talking the talk but walking the walk.

The financial services firm has signed a multi-year partnership with Riot Games to become the first global sponsor for League of Legends and the exclusive global payment services partner for League of Legends global eSports events.

Financial terms of the alliance were not released.

“eSports is a phenomenon that continues to grow in popularity, with fans that can rival those at any major sporting event in their enthusiasm and energy,” Raja Rajamannar, chief marketing and communications officer for MasterCard, said via the company.

“Our ‘Priceless’ platform is built around connecting with people through their passions. We are excited about the experiences and benefits we can bring to the world’s largest eSport — both in-game and to the millions of League of Legends fans that watch and attend the tournaments each year.”

League of Legends has 14 professional eSports leagues, 113 professional teams and more than 850 salaried athletes worldwide, overseen and operated by Riot Games.

According to Riot Games, League of Legends eSports games are broadcast live to millions of people in 18 different languages worldwide, with viewership of the regular season averaging 90 million hours-watched live, week-over-week.

Worlds 2017 reached a total of 1.2 billion hours watched over the course of the 21-day competition, with the most-watched match pulling in more than 80 million live unique viewers, according to Riot Games.

MasterCard said it would use its “Priceless” platform to drive multi-media marketing to reach not only the eSports community but its worldwide card holders.

An intro spot, "MasterCard Brings Priceless To League of Legends," unveils the union with Riot Games.

“(MasterCard will) “curate unforgettable Priceless experiences and offers across onsite event activations, Priceless.com and through other various promotions to bring fans closer to their passion and everything they love about League of Legends events.”

Among its plans, MasterCard will activate during jewel League of Legends events and said it would work with its banking partners to offer “unique League of Legends co-branded products in select markets, starting in 2019. “

MasterCard card holders in the U.S. and Canada (excluding Quebec) would have an opportunity to win the “ultimate All-Star Event experience” when they use and save their MasterCard information within the League of Legends gaming platform.

More promotions and  ticketing programs will continue to roll out globally throughout the partnership.

According to Naz Aletaha, head of eSports partnerships for Riot Games, “We’re thrilled to team up with MasterCard on this groundbreaking partnership that will provide meaningful and long-term value to our fans.

“Mastercard is among the first of world-class brands to take such a big step into eSports at the global level, and we’re proud to have them support League of Legends eSports events alongside their other premier sports and entertainment sponsorships.”

The alliance will focus on three annual League of Legends global tournaments:  the Mid-Season Invitational, the All-Star Event and the League of Legends World Championship.

MasterCard said its first live-event activation will be at the World Championship, scheduled for Oct. 1-Nov. 3 in South Korea.

Experiences related to that event and available on Priceless.com will include opening ceremony rehearsal viewing and a behind the scenes tour, the opportunity to watch a game with a League of Legends pro player from VIP seats and testing the gaming PCs the pros will compete on during the World Championship final.

“We’ve long been impressed with MasterCard and their fan-focused approach to partnerships,” Jarred Kennedy, co-head of eSports at Riot Games, said in a statement.

“Our community has made League of Legends the biggest eSport in the world, and we’re excited to work with Mastercard to bring them new and innovative experiences for years to come.”

MasterCard also has official alliances that include MLB, the PGA Tour, The Open, Australian Open tennis Grand Slam, Roland-Garros tennis Grand Slam, Rugby World Cup and UEFA Champions League.

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