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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. 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)

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Skechers Takes Joe Montana Back To Super Bowl Stage, But Where Is Mr. Quiggly?

By Barry Janoff

January 23, 2013: With the San Francisco 49ers returning to the Super Bowl, it makes sense that Niners Hall  of Fame quarterback Joe Montana would be part of the Big Game.

Montana, who led the team to wins in Super Bowls XVI, XIX, XXIII and XXIV, will take a lead role in one of two commercials from Skechers USA. The other spot will pit a cheetah and a gazelle against a human wearing Skechers GOrun 2 performance running footwear.

Montana's spot will run during the second quarter of Super Bowl XLVI on Feb. 3. Montana has previously appeared in marketing as a spokesman for Skechers Relaxed Fit collection, including a voiceover in the company's rookie Super Bowl appearance in 2010.

According to Skechers, the first spot will use "humor and animals to illustrate the speed of Skechers GOrun 2 performance running footwear" and is scheduled to air during the two-minute warning of the first half.

The company has released a teaser spot, tagged "Man Vs. Cheetah: Designed for Speed." As we see a gazelle grazing, a voiceover says, "While spry and agile, the young gazelle is no match for the speedy and magnificent cheetah. However, outfit a human with a pair of Skechers GOrun 2 running shoes and you never know what might happen."

The teaser closes with the cheetah about to overtake the gazelle but a guy in Skechers about to overtake them both. (See the teaser here.)

Skechers will support its Super Bowl buy with Internet and social media, including Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

Skechers spoke about its appearance in Super Bowl XLVI, in which Mark Cuban starred alongside Mr. Quiggly. The French Bulldog inspired a cottage industry and, according to Skechers, became a "media darling and [brought] global recognition to Skechers Performance footwear."

Skechers did not say whether or not the pooch would make a guest appearance this year, possibly leaving the door open for a surprise role.

This will mark Skechers fourth consecutive Super Bowl appearance. Montana helped the company to launch its fitness division during Super Bowl XLIV, and Kim Kardashian appeared in a steamy spot during Super Bowl XLV.

Thirty-second commercials during Super Bowl XLVI on CBS averaged $3.8 million, with some spots gong for $4 million, according to the network.

Last year, Skechers agreed to pay the Federal Trade Commission $50 million to settle charges that the company "deceived consumers by making unfounded claims that Shape-ups would help people lose weight, and strengthen and tone their buttocks, legs and abdominal muscles."

The FTC also accused Skechers or "falsely representing that clinical studies backed up the claims."

The misrepresented claims came in TV, print and Internet advertising. According to the FTC, that included an extensive campaign featuring Kim Kardashian, highlighted by a TV spot that aired during Super Bowl XLV in which she traded her trainer for a pair of Shape-ups.

Skechers' Shape-ups "Get Back In The Game" marketing featured Montana, Karl Malone, Wayne Gretzky, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Brooke Burke. A Skechers commercial that aired during Super Bowl XLIV featured Montana's voice but not his image.

The marketing involving Mr. Quiggly was not part of the FTC charges.

FTC Steps On Skechers For $50M For Misleading Ads

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