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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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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

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• 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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Oct122016

How The ‘Phelps Face’ Helped Michael Phelps Swim Into New Intel Alliance

By Barry Janoff

October 12, 2016: Little did Michael Phelps, world-class swimmer and arguably the greatest Olympian ever, know that when his legendary “Phelps Face” scowl was caught on camera by NBC during the 2016 Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro that it would lead to an endorsement deal.

Phelps has signed on with Intel for a humorous multi-media effort targeting the "400 million people with a 5-year-old computer and demonstrate the dramatic difference in performance found on a new PC."

Phelps, who earns about $12 million annually from endorsement deals in addition to investments, appears alongside actor Jim Parsons in a campaign breaking this week driven by TV, Internet and social media. Media buys include The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.

Financial terms of the alliance were not released.

"The collaboration with Michael Phelps represents the latest evolution in Intel’s integrated marketing campaign with Jim Parsons that showcases better experiences found on new Intel-powered PCs," according to Intel. "The Intel association with Phelps is a natural fit as both are known for their speed and world-class performance."

The company said it was inspired to approach Phelps when it saw Phelps at the Olympics watching videos of himself on a PC. They initially came up with some of the creative when Phelps, caught on camera in deep thought as he prepared for the men’s 200 butterfly semifinal, appear to scowl at South African swimming rival Chad le Clos, who was shadow-boxing in the ready room as part of his preparation.

Lead agency is McGarryBowen.

"Intel’s brand promise is to make amazing experiences possible," Steve Fund, svp and CMO for Intel, said in a statement. "These new ads featuring Michael Phelps draw a parallel between the newest lightning-fast Intel-powered PCs and one of the world’s fastest swimmers."

In "The Pool," Phelps is sitting by a pool watching a video of himself swimming. It is running slow so he shouts, "Faster! Faster! Faster!"

Parsons comes over and says, "On that old PC?! You should retire that, too," a reference to Phelps having said that the ’16 Summer Games would be his last competitive event.

Phelps gives him a nasty look.

"You know . . ." Parsons begins. But Phelps interrupts him. "I know. New PCs are lightning fast and play 4K video."

"And yet, here is the world’s fastest swimmer using the world’s slowest computer," says Parsons. "So why haven’t you upgraded?”

"It keeps me humble,"says Phelps.

In "Phelps Face," Phelps and Parsons are again sitting poolside as Phelp’s slow computer causes him to scowl.

"Why the Phelps face?" ask Parsons. "Old computer slowing you down? Is it a real drag? You know . . ."

Just then, an appearance by a guy imitating le Clos’s Olympic pre-swimming boxing routine interrupts the conversation.

"What is he doing?" asks Parsons.

"I have no idea," replies Phelps.

According to Phelps, "I’m excited to work with Intel as I can relate to Intel’s continuous improvement on speed, power, efficiency and amazing performance, which is similar to my own athletic journey."

Phelps has endorsement deals that include Under Armour, Omega and as investor/spokesperson for MP Brand with Aqua Sphere and Baltimore-based 800Razors.com. He also workw with the Michael Phelps Foundation.

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