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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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• Dave Matthews Band
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• Doobie Brothers
• Whitney Houston
• Judas Priest
• Kraftwerk
• 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

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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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NBA-BBVA Renew, Extend Deal, With Durant, Harden As Investment Security

By Barry Janoff

October 27, 2014: Stating that “the NBA has done a phenomenal job of growing its brand globally," BBVA Group has extended and plans to expand its role as an official partner of the league.

The multi-year alliance maintains BBVA Compass' status as the official bank for the NBA, WNBA and NBA Development League. BBVA Compass also bas alliances with the Dallas Mavericks, Houston Rockets and teams in both the WNBA and NBA D-League. Financial terms were not disclosed.

The extension comes with new marketing, anchored by a TV spot breaking this week starring Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma City Thunder and James Harden of the Houston Rockets, who have been company spokesmen dating back to the first deal, which was signed in 2010.

It also recently signed Kawhi Leonard of the defending NBA champion Spurs as a brand ambassador in San Antonio and Chandler Parsons as a brand ambassador in the Dallas market.

“The NBA has done a phenomenal job of growing its brand globally, in large part through innovative use of digital channels, and that’s what BBVA is focused on doing,” Ángel Cano, BBVA president and COO, said in a statement. “Partnering with an institution like the NBA allows us to tap into the league’s passionate fans around the globe, extending our reach in meaningful ways.”

BBVA Compass' NBA-themed fan offerings include NBA Banking, BBVA Compass’ first all-digital checking and savings account. BBVA said that the account "generated customers from the fan base of all 30 NBA teams and from each state in the continental U.S."

The financial firm also will maintain its role as title partner for the BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge, an exhibition game played during NBA All-Star weekend featuring top  rookies and second-year players against each other. The next event will be played in Barclays Center, home of the Brooklyn Nets, as part of All-Star Game weekend in New York this February.

Internationally, BBVA will maintain its title partnership of the NBA Global Games in Turkey and Spain as well as its title partnership of the NBA 3X Spain, a grassroots 3-on-3 tournament that will visit six cities in Spain in 2015.

Via the BBVA Compass Future Builders Program, BBVA Compass and various NBA Legends will visit elementary, middle and high schools throughout the U.S. to "teach students the value of cultivating good financial habits at an early age."

According to Mark Tatum, deputy commissioner and COO for the league, “Since we began our partnership in 2010, BBVA has quickly achieved significant growth in its business among NBA fans in both the U.S. and abroad. They’ve accomplished this by weaving into the fabric of the NBA — everything from NBA Banking, to the BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge, to working with us on important financial literacy programs through NBA Cares — and we look forward to creating even more programs that celebrate our game in the years to come.”

The new spot, "The Blindfold Challenge," was filmed with Durant in Oklahoma City and in Madrid on the roof of the BBVA Tower with Harden, who was there this past summer with the USA Basketball Men’s National Team.

The storyline shows Harden being blindfolded and taking on three defenders as he tries to drive to the basket. Durant is directing his moves via remote cameras and technology.

"Since we began our partnership in 2010, BBVA has quickly achieved significant growth in its business among NBA fans in both the U.S. and abroad."

BBVA said that the spot "evokes the lengths BBVA will go to as it transforms into a truly digital bank to help its clients achieve their financial goals, anytime, anywhere."

“BBVA’s vision is to work for a better future for people and we’ve been able to make a deep, and we hope, lasting impact through our partnership with NBA Cares,” Manolo Sánchez, BBVA Compass chairman and CEO, said in a statement. “Together, we’ve reached more than 50,000 students in the U.S. and have made a multimillion-dollar investment in schools through refurbishments, technology donations and financial education. And it’s only just begun.”

BBVA Group was named Grand Sports Marketer of the Year in 2010 by the readers of NYSportsJournalism.

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