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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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Nov052015

NBA-Verizon Deal Set To Impact, Innovate League, Teams, Fans On Many Levels

By Barry Janoff

November 4, 2015: In a move that will have a significant impact across several platforms, Verizon Communications has signed a deal to become the official wireless provider of the NBA, which includes exclusivity to bring daily league highlights to Verizon's new mobile video streaming app, go90.

Under terms of the alliance, Verizon will become title partner for the NBA All-Star Slam Dunk, with the “Verizon Slam Dunk” contest to debut at NBA All-Star 2016 in Toronto; and presenting partner for the NBA All-Star Balloting Program.

Verizon also becomes a partner for the NBA Draft, NBA Summer League, Jr. NBA and USA Basketball.

In addition, Verizon will have a marquee partnership with the WNBA beginning with the 2016 season.  

Financial details were not shared.

Sprint, the NBA's previous wireless partner, did not renew a four-year deal signed in 2011.

“There’s never been a more exciting time to be teaming with the NBA,” Diego Scotti, CMO for Verizon, said in a statement. “The NBA has rapidly evolved into a year-round digital experience that engages millions of young, cross cultural fans, in many interesting ways.

"We are always looking for new ways to add value for our customers, and this partnership creates great opportunities to do just that.  We’re thrilled to bring exclusive and awesome content to go90 and to offer unprecedented access to unique experiences," said Scotti.

For marketing support, Verizon have will be integrated into NBA TV, NBA.com, the NBA App and other NBA Digital assets — which are jointly managed by the NBA and Turner Sports — along with national broadcast partners ABC, ESPN and TNT. In addition, Verizon said it would collaborate with multiple NBA teams.

Verizon's mobile video app go90 was unveiled last month with more than 8,000 titles and 35 exclusive original series available to users, the latter of which Verizon said "could double by the end of 2015."

Among other go90 deals are beIN Sports and Disney Co.'s Maker Studios, to include new series from the Marvel and Star Wars franchises, as well as Discovery, Scripps Networks and Viacom.

Verizon said that go90 would feature "extensive NBA content including daily highlights, original content and access to live out-of-market games through NBA League Pass."

In addition, go90 users will have access to exclusive NBA-related content and will be able to "Cut & Share" select clips and highlights via text (SMS), Facebook and Twitter.

The NBA and and Verizon said they would "collaborate on bringing a number of original exclusive series to the go90 platform, offering unique perspectives and voices from around the NBA."

According to Bill Koenig, president-global media distribution for the NBA, “Verizon has an outstanding reputation for reliability and innovation, and thanks to this new partnership the NBA will be able to connect with fans in places and ways we never have before.

"As one of the country’s leading mobile providers, we are grateful for the opportunity to collaborate with Verizon on their go90 platform to deliver a new mobile experience for NBA fans," said Koenig.
 
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