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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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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)
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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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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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• Oct. 27  Cincinnati Bengals v Los Angeles Rams Wembley Stadium
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• Oct. 22 New Orleans Pelicans vs. Toronto Raptors TNT 8 PM (ET)
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• Oct. 23 Denver Nuggets vs. Portland Trail Blazers ESPN 10 PM (ET)

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NBC Sports Rugby Deal Could Spur Title Sponsorship For Six Nations Championship

By Barry Janoff

October 6, 2017: Earlier this week, NBC Sports Group said it would end its deal with Formula One after having exclusive U.S. rights to the international racing circuit since 2013.

It did not take NBC Sports long to find another international sports platform partner.

NBC Sports Group said it has signed a multi-year with Six Nations Rugby for exclusive U.S. media rights agreement for the Six Nations Championship.

The pact begins with the 2018 Six Nations Championship, scheduled to take place Feb. 3-March 17.

Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

NBC Sports said it would present "comprehensive live coverage of all Six Nations matches across its digital and linear platforms."

"Our multi-year partnership with Six Nations Rugby further establishes our commitment to the sport of rugby, one of the fastest-growing sports in the United States," Jon Miller, president-programming for NBC Sports Group, said in a statement.

NBC Sports Group already broadcasts such rugby properties as Rugby Sevens in the Olympic Games (through 2032), the Rugby World Cup (both 7’s & 15’s through 2023) and Premiership Rugby.

The addition of NBC Sports and the U.S. market could be a catalyst for Six Nations Rugby to find a new title sponsor for Six Nations Championship.

Royal Bank of Scotland had been title sponsor from 2003-2017 but did not renew for 2018 and beyond. Tournament executives have been seeking a replacement since being informed that RBS would not return.

"The Six Nations is the biggest sponsorship in world rugby by a country mile," John Feehan, Six Nations CEO, told members of the press prior to the start of the 2017 Six Nations Championship. “We’ve been in contact with well over 150 companies and we’re in a very good place.
 
“It is not just about being the highest bidder. We want a sponsor who’s actively engaged not just in Britain but around the world and see potential in markets like the USA,” said Freehan at the time.

Marketing partners for the Six Nations Championship include Guinness, Accenture and Tissot.

Six Nations Rugby was still actively seeking a title sponsor at the time it signed with NBC Sports.

According to reports out of England, Six Nations Rugby was initially seeing a six-year deal “in excess of £100 million ($130.6 million U.S)” but "may be forced to consider a short-term deal" at far less.

World Rugby, the international governing body of rugby union, and NBC Sports Group in May signed a seven-year alliance that gives NBC Sports exclusive U.S. media rights to the Rugby World Cup and other key rugby events through 2023.

The first Rugby World Cup Sevens championship to be held in the U.S. is scheduled for July 20-22, 2018, in San Francisco’s AT&T Park.

"We know there are about 40 million rugby fans in the States based on our research and that’s going up,” World Rugby CEO Brett Gosper said in a statement when the deal with NBC Sports was signed in May.

The annual Six Nations Championship, which dates back more than a century, consists of 15 matches played in a round-robin format with teams representing six nations: two-time defending champion England, France, Ireland, Italy, Scotland and Wales.

More than one million people attended the 15 games of the 2017 Championship.

Among the venues hosting the 2018 Six Nations Championship, both London’s Twickenham Stadium and Stade de France in Saint-Denis have capacities in excess of 81,000.

Only Aviva Stadium (51,700) in Dublin has a capacity of fewer than 67,000.

NBC Sports said that all matches would stream live on NBC Sports Gold, which is NBC Sports Digital’s direct-to-consumer live-streaming platform. NBC, NBCSN and CNBC would combine to present linear coverage; and NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app would stream all linear coverage.

The Six Nations Championship is broadcast in more than 180 countries globally and draws a TV audience in excess of 125 million just from the six nations in the event, according to organizers.

"It is fantastic that rugby’s greatest annual championship will now be showcased on NBC Sports’ broadcast, cable and digital platforms, which will allow us to bring it to a bigger audience in the USA," Freehan said in a statement.

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