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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
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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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Channel Chasers

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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Nov142013

NBA Thinking BIG With LeBron, Durant, Rose In 'Jingle Hoops' Holiday Effort

By Barry Janoff

November 14, 2013: The NBA has scheduled a slate of five games on national TV for Christmas Day, and six weeks out the league has already launched a campaign to support its programming blitz on ESPN and ABC.

No by coincidence, the multi-media marketing push also supports new NBA sleeved jersey shirts from adidas that players on all ten teams will wear on Dec. 25.

The sleeved jerseys, which were unveiled in limited use last season, are part of adidas' NBA “BIG Logo” Holiday Collection, which includes new warm-up jackets and shooting shirts with print graphics "inspired by knit holiday sweaters."

The campaign is anchored by a TV spot, "Jingle Hoops," in which six players whose teams will be in action on Christmas Day shoot basketballs through nets adorned with sleigh bells in order to play, One-Horse Open Sleigh," a variation of the holiday song, "Jingle Bells."

The spot features LeBorn James (Miami Heat), Kevin Durant (Oklahoma City Thunder), Derrick Rose (Chicago Bulls), James Harden (Houston Rockets), Steve Nash (Los Angeles Lakers) and Stephen Curry (Golden State Warriors). James ends the spot with an emphatic dunk, smiles and says, "Please tell me the camera was on!"

Each of the players is seen wearing the short-sleeved jerseys of their respective teams. (See the full spot here.)

d “Jingle Hoops” breaks this week during games across the league’s national broadcast partners, including ABC, ESPN, TNT and NBA TV, as well as its regional sports networks. The NBA said it would also air international versions of the spot in such key regions as China, Europe, Mexico, Brazil, Africa, and the Middle East.

Support includes Internet and social media destinations such as Twitter, Facebook and YouTube.

Last year, the NBA unveiled a “BIG Color” campaign for the holidays, with a TV spot in which five players, including Dwight Howard, Carmelo Anthony and Dwyane Wade, are seen dribbling basketballs to the holiday tune, "Carol of the Bells."

The league said that spot garnered more than eight million YouTube views. As happened with the 2012 spot, players seen in "Jingle Hoops" were shot at different locations and then mashed-up for the final version.

"Last season’s 'BIG Color' holiday campaign was an overwhelming success that grabbed fans' attention, and we wanted to find a way to top it,” Jamie Gallo, evp-marketing for the NBA, said in a statement. “This season, we’re back with the game’s biggest stars to deliver an engaging and festive sequence that creatively showcases our players' skills.”

The adidas NBA “BIG Logo” Holiday Collection is available at NBAStore.com, the NBA Store on Fifth Avenue in New York and team retailers.

According to Sal LaRocca, the NBA's evp-global merchandising, “We worked closely with adidas to create an innovative new uniform design for our Christmas Day game. The BIG Logo collection will provide a unique look on-court and a variety of products for our fans."

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