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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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• Judas Priest
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• 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

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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Apr122018

NBA Sets New Season Total Attendance Record: Tops 22M For First Time

By Barry Janoff

April 12, 2018: The Houston Rockets finished the 2017-18 regular season with the most wins (65), LeBron James with the most points (2,251), Andre Drummond with the most rebounds (1,247) and Russell Westbrook as the assist leader (820), but the NBA itself had the really big number: 22,124,559.

The NBA this past season set all-time records for total attendance (for the fourth consecutive season), average attendance and sellouts.

The league surpassed the 22 million mark for the first time, reaching a total of 22,124,559 in attendance. That topped last year’s record of 21,997,412. 
 
The new regular-season record for average attendance reached 17,987, passing the previous high of 17,884 in 2016-17.

In addition, the 2017-18 regular season set a sellout record of 741, exceeding the previous mark of 723 (in 2015-16 and 2016-17).

The league is driving big numbers on TV, as well. TNT said its NBA on TNT game telecasts averaged 1.7 million, its most-watched NBA regular season coverage since 2013-14.

ESPN said its NBA viewership for the 2017-18 NBA regular season was up across platforms..

ESPN averaged 1,628,000 viewers across its 87-game schedule this season (the most games ESPN has ever aired during the regular season), up 4% from 1,566,000 last season.

ESPN said its NBA game audience was up in all of the following key demos

• M25-54 +16%
• P25-54+ 10%
• M18-49+  9%
• M18-34 +5% 
• P18-34+ 4%

According to Burke Magnus, ESPN evp-programming & scheduling, “It was a compelling NBA season from start to finish with the emergence of new NBA championship contenders, more star power and some terrific, top n

Entering the post-season, the NBA said that team rosters (active and inactive) for the 2018 NBA playoffs would feature a record 62 international players from a record 33 countries.

All 16 teams competing in the playoffs will feature at least one international player.

The Utah Jazz and Philadelphia 76ers have an NBA-high seven international players each. The Boston Celtics, Toronto Raptors and San Antonio Spurs each have six. The Spurs’ 2014 NBA Championship team featured a record nine international players during the playoffs.
 
The most-represented countries among the 62 international players on playoff rosters are France and Australia (seven players each), followed by Canada (four players), Spain (four players), Turkey, Croatia, Cameroon and Brazil (three players each). 

Among other highlights from the 2017-18 regular season:  

NBAStore.com established a new record this season with overall sales up 25% over the 2016-17 season.
 
NBA League Pass set a record for worldwide digital subscriptions, up 63 percent over last season, after introducing new features this year including in-arena coverage during all breaks, a new season long virtual reality subscription package, monthly pricing options and Spanish-language video for select games.

The league surpassed the 22 million mark for the first time, reaching a total of 22,124,559 in attendance. That topped last year’s record of 21,997,412.
 
• The league established new records across social media this season for actions (+25%, 808 million) and video views (+43%, 11 billion).

• Since the end of the 2016-17 regular season, the NBA said that 8.7 million new followers have joined the NBA’s social media community.

• Overall, the league has more than 1.5 billion likes and followers combined across all league, team, and player social platforms worldwide.

The NBA said that LeBron James is the most-followed American athlete on social media among the four major U.S. sports, with more than 100 million followers combined across Facebook (23 million), Twitter (41 million) and Instagram (36 million).

By comparison, actor/WWE star Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has more than 173 million followers across those three social media channels: Facebook (57.3 million), Twitter (12.8 million) and Instagram (103 million).

Highest NBA Regular-Season Total Attendances All-Time
1. 2017-18: 22,124,559
2. 2016-17: 21,997,412
3. 2015-16: 21,972,129
4. 2014-15: 21,926,548
5. 2006-07: 21,841,480
 
Highest NBA Regular-Season Average Attendances All-Time
1. 2017-18: 17,987
2. 2016-17: 17,884
3. 2015-16: 17,864
4. 2014-15: 17,826
5. 2006-07: 17,757

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