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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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• Judas Priest
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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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Jun182019

Chip Shot: Anthony Davis First Deal As A Laker Puts Him In The Game With Ruffles

By Barry Janoff

June 18, 2019: Anthony Davis is already cashing in on his trade this week from the New Orleans Pelicans to the Los Angeles Lakers.

The six-time All-Star has signed what was called a “first-of-its-kind chip deal" with Ruffles, the official chip of the NBA.

Beyond traditional marketing, Davis will be a Ruffles “creative partner to develop bold products and offer transformational fan experiences.”

The Ruffles-Davis alliance will include the NBA All-Star in February 2020 in Chicago, which is Davis' hometown.

Financial terms of the alliance, which was initiated before his trade was finalized, were not shared.

The first offering from the partnership was the unveiling of the Ruffles-inspired signature shoe, The Ruffles Ridge Tops, from iconic Los Angeles-based designer Shoe Surgeon.

Ruffles, a Frito-Lay brand, said that people who purchase a bag of their chips June 24-Aug. 4 and enter the on-pack code would have a chance to “win coveted fashion and sports ‘grails’ daily,” with the grand prize being a pair of the Ruffles and Davis-crafted sneakers. (See packaging for details.)

"AD's passion for the game is palpable and it's been a privilege to partner with him on ways we can harness that passion to connect with fans throughout the entire season, both in-game and at-home," Sadira Furlow, vp- marketing for Frito-Lay North America, said via the division of PepsiCo.

”We're only just launching the Chip Deal, but already you can expect to see much more from Ruffles and AD in the coming months."

A separate Ruffles promotion not associated with Davis, “Hit A Streak and You Could Win Seats To A 2020 NBA Finals Game,” runs through the end of June. (Details here.)

Davis also has deals that include Mobil 1, Foot Locker, Red Bull and Nike.

He is listed at No. 39 on Forbes’ “Highest Paid Athletes in the World” list, with $25.6 million in salary and $9 million in endorsements (prior to the Ruffles deal).

According to Davis, "Ruffles keeps finding new ways to make the game more fun for basketball fans and a 'Chip Deal' in itself is unprecedented — which is exactly why I wanted to do it,.

”From the design of the Ridge Tops to new flavors and contests, I have a lot of ideas and Ruffles shares my excitement for making them happen."

The Ruffles Ridge Tops feature the colors of a Ruffles bag, interchangeable shoelaces to mimic shades of Ruffles flavors, a hidden pocket with a silver lining and ribbed accent near the heel that “allude to the experience of opening a Ruffles bag and the silhouette of the ridged chip” and, akin to ingredients on a package, a "Shoetrition Facts" label on the tongue “detailing both the material and intangible elements that were necessary to bring this shoe to life.”

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