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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. 6 Chicago Bears v Oakland Raiders Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
• Oct. 13 Carolina Panthers v Tampa Bay Buccaneers Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
• 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).

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NBA Marketing, Media Partners, Teams Go All Gung-Ho-Ho-Ho For Xmas Games

By Barry Janoff

Originally Published in MediaPost

December 22, 2016: Much like the NFL "owns" Thanksgiving and college football "owns" New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day, the NBA is doing its best to "own" Christmas.

This year marks the 14th season the NBA will have five nationally televised Xmas games — three on ESPN and two on sibling ABC, with tip-offs running from Noon to 10:30 PM (ET).

The NBA said it had strong Xmas ratings last season, including 11 million viewers who saw the Cleveland Cavaliers play the Golden State Warriors, "the most-watched Christmas game in four years."

On Sunday, with another Xmas rematch between LeBron James’ Cavaliers and Stephen Curry’s Warriors, plus such stars as Dwyane Wade, Carmelo Anthony and Russell Westbrook running on the court, NBA partners including JBL’s Harman Audio, Kia, State Farm, Spalding and Foot Locker will be running campaigns on-air and via other activations.

Among the highlights:

Harman will break a spot featuring Curry, part of a larger Christmas Day effort including JBL sponsorship of each halftime show, an NBA.com homepage takeover and “extensive social presence.”

State Farm will break a commercial in its new "Combinations" campaign, which features Chris Paul, DeAndre Jordan and Damian Lillard.

20th Century Fox will air three new commercials for Hidden Figures — its Xmas day release telling the story of three female African-American NASA employees who overcame challenges in 1962 to become key members of the team that enabled John Glenn to become the first American to orbit the Earth — with the spots to star NBA players Tyson Chandler, Paul Pierce, Deron Williams and their daughters.

• Kyrie Irving of the Cavaliers will appear in two separate campaigns, one a generic humorous spot for Kids Foot Locker, "Not So Different," another for Nike touting the release of his Kyrie 3 signature shoe.

Kia will continue its season-long "Kia Who Ya Got" sweepstakes asking fans to predict via @NBA Instagram and Twitter accounts which teams will win.

EA Sports will continue its recently launched "12 Days of Christmas" countdown campaign for NBA LIVE Mobile, featuring numerous in-game events and special items. According to EA, special in-game virtual snowflake currency allows players to access special edition Christmas offers, including limited-edition players, in-game apparel and merchandise.

The currency and limited-edition prizing will become available during the NBA Christmas Day games.

Spalding this month began a partnership with Chris Paul for its "True Believers" campaign, with special emphasis on the 125th anniversary of basketball — first game was played on Dec. 21, 1891 in Springfield, Mass., under the watchful eye of the game’s creator, Dr. James Naismith — and the brand will play up the event with Xmas marketing.

The NBA itself will also be in on the action.

Voting for the February NBA All-Star Game presented by Verizon will launch on Christmas, supported on-air and across NBA digital assets.

The NBA’s "The Most Dunktastic Time of the Year," campaign, which broke this week starring a bevy of players, will continue to air.

For fashion-conscious viewers, all players on Christmas will wear adidas Xmas uniforms and Stance socks designed for the occasion, to be promoted on NBA social and digital platforms.

Nike athletes including James, Irving and Kevin Durant will wear special holiday kicks, as will adidas athletes. Under Armour spokesman Curry will lace up his Xmas-themed Curry 3. Various activations will support the retail release of the respective shoes.

And if just watching hoops on TV is too static, the league on Thursday (Dec. 22) launched NBA InPlay, a real-time interactive fantasy game via FanDuel and presented by Autotrader, which allows people watching nationally televised NBA games to play against each other.

The free app (available via the iOS App Store and Google Play) will be active during the Xmas games, supported by a multi-media effort.

"We are always looking at ways to enhance the viewing experience, drive people to tune in to our broadcasts and increase the time spent watching live games," Melissa Rosenthal Brenner, the NBA's svp-digital media, said in a statement. "NBA InPlay has the potential to meet these objectives while offering our fans an engaging, new way to experience the game."

NBA Xmas Thought: The Most ‘Dunktastic’ Time Of The Year

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