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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
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• Nine Inch Nails
• Notorious B.I.G.
• Rufus feat. Chaka Khan
• Todd Rundgren
• Soundgarden
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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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Nov202014

NBA Champion San Antonio Spurs, Duncan Reap Benefits Of (Super) Marketing

By Barry Janoff

November 19, 2014: It's good to be the NBA's defending champions, as the San Antonio Spurs are, especially when it comes to marketing and promoting goods and services.

A group of the Spurs, including Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili, Kawhi Leonard and Patty Mills, get a starting role in a series of new humorous spots  for supermarket chain H*E*B, an alliance that supports the partnership between the team and the grocer.

Duncan, who has won five NBA titles since joining the Spurs in 1997, also appears in a new national push for sports footwear and apparel retailer Foot Locker for its "Week of Greatness" promotion, which showcases releases from such brands as Nike, Under Armour and adidas, the latter of which Duncan also is a spokesman.

The Spurs-H*E*B alliance dates back two decades and includes presenting sponsorship status, player appearances, fan appreciation events, support of community endeavors and a variety of marketing on TV, in-arena, print, Internet and social media.

H*E*B also is the presenting sponsor for the WNBA San Antonio Stars and has deals with the American Hockey League's San Antonio Rampage and the Austin Spurs of the NBA's Development Leauge.

“The H-E-B Spurs commercials reflect the very unique partnership we have enjoyed with the Spurs for over 20 years,” Cory Basso, group vp-marketing and advertising for H-E-B, said in a statement. "We have a unique ability to showcase each player’s sense of humor in a way that fans may not see during a courtside or post-game interview."

In the four new spots, the Spurs appear in uniform in various scenarios, each touting a different aspect of the supermarket destination.

In "Barbie," the teammates are at a barbecue enjoying H*E*B's assortment of specialty burgers. The title comes from Australian-born Mills being coerced into saying, "Toss another burger on the barbie," which Leonard misinterprets as a Barbie doll.

"Wise" sees Ginobili doing a Dali Lama impersonation to tout H*E*B organic items, which make him feel "more one with nature, more one with myself.

In "Toga," everyone but Duncan has morphed into Greek gods complete with togas to push the grocer's line of 100-calorie Greek Yogurt, which turns into a mini-Animal House version of the chant, "Toga! Toga! Toga!."

The guys put their marketing skills to use in "Slogans," coming up for tag lines for H*E*B's Creamy Creations ice cream.

"The response to the new line of commercials has been overwhelmingly positive," said Basso. "H*E*B is pleased that our longstanding partnership with the Spurs creates the best opportunities for our customers and Spurs fans to enjoy the team together."

The alliance with the Spurs has helped the chain, founded in 1905, expand to more than more than 350 stores in Texas and Mexico and grow sales to more than $20 billion

"In just 15 seconds, we can give the fans a glimpse into the genuine personality of our hometown team," said Basso.

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