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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

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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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)

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• 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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Feb262013

MLS Lovin' The Jersey Score As 2013 Season Prepares To Hit The Pitch

By Barry Janoff

February 26, 2013: Jerseys are an important part of Major League Soccer, not just because they define the team's they represent, but also because of the revenue they generate in sales and, of at least equal importance, jersey-front sponsorships.

Entering the 2013 MLS season, which begins this weekend, 16 of the league's 19 clubs have jersey sponsorship deals in place. And the Houston Dynamo, which lost its jersey deal earlier this month when the sponsoring company was sold, said they expect to have a new deal in place soon after the beginning of the season.

All MLS jerseys have the logo of corporate partner and official uniform provider adidas.

“Soccer supporters are extremely passionate about everything involving their club,” Maribeth Towers, svp-consumer products for MLS, said in a statement. “But the jersey might be first and foremost. It is the crest that is closest to their heart. Jersey Week will celebrate the soccer jersey. Every stitch, every minor detail, every shade is designed in collaboration between the club and our partner at adidas.”

Jersey-sponsorship deals in MLS run between $1 million-$4 million per season, according to industry analysts. In addition, almost all of those deals are part of larger team alliances that encompass marketing, in-stadium activations and community programs.

A ten-year deal signed last year between the defending MLS champion Los Angeles Galaxy and Herbalife, for example, was valued at more than $44 million, which includes the global nutrition company continuing as the official presenting sponsor and jersey sponsor of the Galaxy. The alliance, which will run through the 2022 MLS season, is the single largest and longest sponsorship agreement for an MLS club in league history, according to MLS.

In launching its 18th season and is putting a lot of weight behind it jersey connections, and not just the New York Red Bulls, a franchise that makes its home in Harrison, NJ.

During the league's self-proclaimed "March to Soccer: Jersey Week," the emphasis for MLS is on the jerseys of all the league's clubs, each of which will be participating in events  that celebrate "the art, detail and nuance behind every club’s jersey and the passion that supporters have for their club."

Among the jersey sponsors entering the 2013 season is Sporting Kansas City's new multi-year alliance with investment firm Ivy Funds, a deal that actually was cut in the wake of the fallout between Lance Armstrong and his LiveStrong Foundation. LiveStrong's logo had been on the team's soccer-specific stadium as part of an umbrella deal that marketing and soccer activations, under which the team would donate a portion of its income to LiveStrong.

That alliance was severed after Armstrong was charged with the illegal use of PEDs during his Tour de France races, which he later acknowledged, and which in turn led to Sporting Kansas City and Livestrong severing ties.

The 2013 MLS All-Star Game is scheduled for July 31 at the renamed Sporting Park.

Other MLS jersey-front sponsors include: Chicago Fire-Quaker, Chivas USA-Corona, Columbus Crew-Barbasol, FC Dallas-Advocare, DC United-Volkswagen, Los Angeles Galaxy-Herbalife, Montreal Impact-Bank of Montreal, New England Revolution-United Healthcare, New York Red Bulls-Red Bull, Philadelphia United-Bimbo, Portland Timbers-Alaska Airlines, Real Salt Lake-XanGO, Seattle Sounders-Xbox, Toronto FC-Bank of Montreal and Vancouver Whitecaps-Bell Canada.

The Houston Dynamo said they are in discussions with other companies to fill the space on their jerseys vacated when an alliance with Greenstar Recycling ended.

"Soccer supporters are extremely passionate about everything involving their club. But the jersey might be first. It is the crest that is closest to their heart."

The Colorado Rapids do not have a jersey sponsor, nor do the San Jose Earthquakes. San Jose's jersey was sponsored by Amway (2009-11) but the club did not have a sponsor last season and none was signed entering 2013. A new deal could be tied in to the club's new stadium, currently being built in San Jose for the 2014 season.

The league said that 12 MLS clubs will unveil at least one new jersey in 2013. Starting in 2014, all 19 MLS clubs will unveil at least one new jersey (home, away or third kit) every year.

According to Ernesto Bruce, adidas' MLS manager, "Working in partnership with MLS and each of the clubs, we have designed and produced new uniforms that not only respect the authenticity of the game, the teams and their supporters but enable each athlete to perform at their highest level."

MLS also hits the 2013 campaign with a solid roster of marketing partners. In addition to adidas, they include Allstate, Aquafina, AT&T, Anheuser-Busch (Budweiser), Bimbo, Castrol, Continental Tire, Gatorade, The Home Depot, Xbox 360, Panasonic, Pepsi, Quaker, Red Bull, Visa and Volkswagen. Broadcast partners include NBC, ESPN and Univision.

Teams that play in soccer-specific stadiums or venues with naming rights deals include Colorado Rapids-Dick's Sports Goods, Chicago Fire-Toyota, Houston Dynamo-BBVA Compass, Montreal Impact-Saputo, New England Revolution-Gillette, New York Red Bulls-Red Bull, Philadelphia Union-PPL, Toronto FC-BMO,  Portland Timbers-JeidWen, Real Salt Lake-Rio Tinto and the Seattle Sounders-CenturyLink.

Chivas and Los Angeles Galaxy are seeking a new stadium naming rights partner after The Home Depot said it would not renew its ten-year deal, estimated at $70 million by analysts, when it expires this May.

MLS commissioner Don Garber is scheduled to give his "March to Soccer" state of the league address on Wednesday (Feb. 27). The event, to place in New York at the officies of Google, will be streamed live on MLSsoccer.com, the MLS YouTube Channel and the MLS Google+ page. Previously, the commissioner's annual address had been done via teleconference.

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