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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

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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Aug252015

Mercedes-Benz Adds To Sports Portfolio With Atlanta NFL Naming Rights

By Barry Janoff

August 24, 2015: Calling it the biggest sports-related partnership in its history, Mercedes-Benz confirmed today that it would be the naming partner of the new Atlanta stadium, now officially called Mercedes-Benz Stadium, scheduled to open in 2017 as the home of the NFL's Falcons.

Upon its completion, the venue would also be home to the Major League Soccer's Atlanta United.

According to Steve Cannon, president and CEO for MBUSA, “It’s the biggest single market deal that we have ever done in the history of Mercedes-Benz, not just here in the United States, but globally.”

The move puts Mercedes-Benz in the unique position of having naming rights to two NFL stadiums, having signed a ten-year deal in 2011 for naming rights, valued at upward of $60 million, to what is known as the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, home of the Saints.

Internationally, it has naming rights to the Mercedes-Benz Arena in Shanghai, China; and Mercedes-Benz Arena in Stuttgart, Germany.

Financial terms of the 27-year deal in Atlanta, which runs through 2042, were not disclosed, but were put at $12 million annually by industry analysts.

The automaker recently moved its U.S. headquarters from Montvale, NJ, to the Atlanta area.

"Mercedes-Benz fits all of the criteria we set out in finding a naming rights partner," Arthur Blank, owner of the Atlanta Falcons and Atlanta United, said during a media conference on Monday.

"Their name and reputation fit the iconic image of the building; they are committed to excellence in customer service and experience; their values mesh with those of the Falcons, Atlanta United and the rest of our businesses; and they are a company that embraces the communities in which they do business," said Blank.

The Mercedes-Benz brand will be prominent inside and outside the building, including on the roof, which is retractable; in plaza areas; on directional, on-field and tunnel signage; in club areas; in VIP parking and entrance areas; and on the "first-of-its-kind video halo board."

The multi-purpose stadium will also host other major sports and entertainment events, including the NCAA Men's Final Four in 2020. The Falcons plan to bid for the rights to host the NFL's Super Bowl LIII (2019) or Super Bowl LIV (2020). The stadium could also possibly be part of a U.S. bid to host the FIFA World Cup in 2026.

The crosstown Atlanta Braves of MLB are also moving, from Turner Field to SunTrust Park, now under construction and scheduled to open in 2017.

"We chose Atlanta as the foundation for the future of our company —  a place where our brand, our employees, their families and our culture can thrive and grow," said Cannon. "This stadium is an opportunity to connect our brand to the promise and opportunity that this remarkable facility represents for Atlanta's future."

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