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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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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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Feb062018

Foles Gets First Post-Super Bowl Deal, Daughter Lili Has Her Own Goodies

By Barry Janoff

February 5, 2018: In December, Nick Foles was the back-up quarterback for the Philadelphia Eagles.

On Feb. 4, 2018, he was MVP for the Super Bowl LII world champion Eagles.

Then, in the first post-Super Bowl endorsement deal, Foles answered the question, “You and the Philadelphia Eagles just won the Super Bowl. What are you going to do next?”

To which Foles said Sunday night, with his wife and daughter by his side, “I’m going to Disney World!” All captured for a TV and online commercial.

On Feb. 5, Foles was feted with a parade down Main Street in Disney World, Orlando, riding alongside his new best friend, Mickey Mouse, accompanied by Minnie Mouse and Goofy.

As they say in the Magic Kingdom, “Dreams do come true.”

“To be at Disney World to be apart of this is unreal,” Foles said from atop a float, Mickey at his side, and an ocean of cheering people all around.

“Philly fans are everywhere. It’s alright to yell,” he said. “We are world champs. We’ve been waiting for that for a while.”

Then, turning to Mickey and giving him a fist bump, Foles said, “We did it. We did it.”

Folks then gave his best The Voice rendition when he joined the crowd in a chorus of “Fly, Eagles, Fly” — “Fight, Eagles, fight. Score a touchdown 1-2-3” — as Eagles’ team-colored confetti flew around them.

Foles' trip Monday to Walt Disney World Resort continued a Disney post-Super Bowl tradition that began in 1987 when New York Giants quarterback Phil Simms, MVP for Super Bowl XXI, first answered the question in the "What's Next" campaign by saying  ”I’m going to Disney World!”

Folks earned his MVP honors by throwing for 373 yards with three touchdown passes and catching a touchdown pass at the end of the second quarter to lead the Eagles past the favored New England Patriots.

Also resolved was the mystery, if there was one, of what Foles’ daughter, Lili, was wearing on her head during the Super Bowl, after the game on the field and in the ad campaign from Disney.

Although they look like headphones, and appear to have a Beats by Dre logo on the side, they are actually pink BBCare Infant Hearing Protection ear muffs.

According to the brand, “BBcare hearing protection ear muff is suitable for large-scale activities and sports events, such as drag races, concerts, car racing,” And, apparently, the Super Bowl.

The story is that they were given to the family by a friend before the game. Someone put a Beats logo on the side to cover the BBC logo but not across the headband, where the name of the product is clearly visible.

The NFL has an official alliance with Bose, although players are allowed to sign deals with other brands, such as Beats.

Also, during the Super Bowl LII broadcast on NBC, there was a spot from Monster, which makes high-end headphones, speakers and other audio products, starring Iggy Azalea and Joe Perry.

"If those were Beats with that logo, the brand would have received $421,000 in equivalent media value," according to Eric Smallwood, president for Apex Marketing Group, St. Clair, MI.

The BBCare logo across the headband was too small to account for media value, although it was recognizable in enlarged still photos supplied by Apex.

No slouch in the branding department, Lili was also wearing a NFL denim jacket with the name Foles on the back.

Super Bowl

PHOTOS COURTESY DISNEY

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