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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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• Pat Benatar
• Dave Matthews Band
• Depeche Mode
• Doobie Brothers
• Whitney Houston
• Judas Priest
• Kraftwerk
• MC5
• Motorhead
• Nine Inch Nails
• Notorious B.I.G.
• Rufus feat. Chaka Khan
• Todd Rundgren
• Soundgarden
• T. Rex
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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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Apr052019

She Just Did It: Naomi Osaka Moves From adidas To Nike In MultiMillion Dollar Deal

By Barry Janoff

April 5, 2019: A move that was being talked about this past summer has come to fruition.

Naomi Osaka, two-time tennis Grand Slam winner and currently ranked No. 1, has signed a deal with Nike.

Osaka, 21, had been with adidas since 2015 via a deal that officially expired at the end of 2018.

“Lost for words at this moment . . . I’m really grateful for this opportunity and I’m super excited for the future, Nike,” Osaka posted to her Twitter account, which has more than 400,000 followers. “Thank you.”

Nike shared the news the same day that adidas unveiled a multi-platform alliance with Beyoncé.

Financial terms and length of Osaka’s Nike deal were not shared.

It could be worth upward of $8-$10 million over several years, according to industry analysts.

Reports during the U.S. Open this past August-September had Osaka returning to adidas for a $10 million payday.

However, her agent, Stuart Duguid of IMG, said, “This partnership was in place long before the U.S. Open,” according to Forbes.

Signature lines and starring roles in marketing are expected to be part of the alliance.

An outdoor ad in Los Angeles featured a large shot of Osaka wearing the Nike ‘Swoosh” with text, “Change everything but yourself,” and the tag, ‘Just do it.”

Nike also posted a short clip, with photos of Naomi in Nike gear and the text, “Change everything but yourself,” in both English and Japanese.

“As we continue to inspire millions of athletes to chase their crazy dreams, Naomi is an incredible talent to add to our roster and help drive our commitment to inspiring a new generation of female athletes,” Amy Montagne vp, GM for Nike global categories, said via the company.

“We are thrilled to have her join our team.”

Osaka was with two high-profile Nike endorsers when Nike unveiled the news, meeting with LeBron James and Kevin Durant during the Los Angeles Lakers-Golden State Warriors game in Staples Center.

Osaka’s deal begins this week. Her first official competition in Nike gear is scheduled to be at Porsche Tennis Grand Prix in Stuttgart, beginning April 22.

“I’m proud to become a member of the Nike family and excited about getting involved in all of the opportunities Nike has to offer,” Osaka said via Nike.

“Nike has a legendary track record of writing history and I look forward to being a part of those moments for many years to come.”

“Lost for words at this moment . . . I’m really grateful for this opportunity and I’m super excited for the future, Nike."

She earned $6.4 million last year in winnings, which also included a win last March at the BNP Paribas Open, and about $2-$4 million from endorsements, according to industry analysts.

The 21-year-old also has deals that include All Nippon Airways, Nissan, Citizen watches, P&G, Yonex, Shiseido, Nissin Foods and Wowow.

The deal comes as the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo build momentum, with Osaka expected to represent Japan on the national tennis team.

She earned $3.8 million for winning the U.S. Open against Serena Williams (also a Nike endorser), then $3 million for winning the Australian Open this past January

Osaka was still adorned with adidas logos as recently as last week during the Miami Open.

Moving forward, “I am sure Naomi’s priority is on the tennis court and to win more tournaments and grand slams," Duguid, said via the agency. "If she continues to do, so then the world is her oyster,”

PHOTOS COURTESY NIKE

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