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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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Nov152016

NBC Seeing Stars In NFL ‘Thursday Night Football’ Multi-Media Kickoff Campaign

By Barry Janoff

(Originally published in MediaPost)

November 14, 2016: Even though the NFL this season is dealing with lower than usual ratings across its prime time broadcasts, NBC’s Sunday Night Football has consistently been atop the overall ratings, regularly attracting 16-18 million viewers, with Sunday night’s Seattle Seahawks-New England Patriots game pulling in more than 22.2 million viewers.

NBC will seek to match that success when it premieres on Nov. 17 Thursday Night Football under a two-year deal signed with the NFL this past February.

To reach maximum eyeballs, NBC this week breaks a multi-media campaign, "Start Your Weekend Early," anchored by a series of spots featuring stars from such NBC shows as The Blacklist, Blindspot, Law & Order: SVU, Superstore, The Voice and the network’s trio Chicago Fire/Med/PD.

The campaign also includes a generic spot, "Weekends Are Tough," plus a spot that features characters from the animated movie, Sing, hitting theaters in December (from NBC siblings Illumination Entertainment and Universal Pictures).

NBC Sports said it would build the campaign, to run for the duration of its Thursday Night Football package, by "engaging millennials with numerous digital and social media partnerships and activations," including AOL, Bleacher Report, EA Sports’ Madden NFL, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, Spotify, Twitter, UrbanDaddy, Whistle Sports, Yahoo and YouTube.

Each spot was created with customized content in which actors from the respective shows stay in character while watching NFL action.

The premise: "The work week can be tough, so what would be better than to start your weekend early with NBC Thursday Night Football."

According to Jennifer Storms, CMO for NBC Sports Group, "As the only network with two primetime NFL packages, we wanted to distinguish Thursday Night Football with the proposition that millennials start their weekend early. And what better way to reach millennials than with the casts of their favorite shows watching Thursday Night Football within customized spots produced by the shows themselves."

In "TNF: The Voice," Blake Shelton and Adam Levine bicker as usual, but agree that "rooting for the same team" on Thursday night "isn’t such a bad thing." In "TNF: Blindspot," Sullivan Stapleton, Jamie Alexander and crew see a mysterious tattoo on a woman’s shoulder but, unlike the premise of the show (in which the FBI is using tattoos to solve a murder), this leads to the Thursday Night Football broadcast.

In "TNF: Superstore," the cast ignores the request of a customer who needs help so that they can stay glued to a bank of TV’s showing the NFL. In "TNF: The Blacklist," James Spader refuses to take a call from the FBI because he is engrossed with football on TV.

In the generic spot, people are having such rough work days (spilled coffee, missed meetings) they can’t wait for the weekend to begin with Thursday Night Football.

The NBC Sports spots were produced in collaboration with ad agency VML, Kansas City, Mo.

In February, the NFL said it would broaden its Thursday Night Football platform — which began in 2006 on NFL Network and expanded to broadcast TV on CBS in 2014 — to include NBC, with NBC and CBS getting five games each (all simulcast on NFL Network) and NFL Network getting an eight-game exclusive package. The new two-year deal (2016-17) was valued at $225 million per year for each network by industry analysts.

CBS averaged 14.7 million viewers for its five Thursday Night Football games this year (which ended Oct. 20).

"This customized consumer engagement plan demonstrates NBCUniversal’s extraordinary company-wide support for Thursday Night Football," said Storms.

All games are simulcast on NFL Network and live streamed on Twitter, NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app.

NBC will also broadcast the Pittsburgh Steelers at the Indianapolis Colts on Thanksgiving Day night, Nov. 24, which is a Thursday but is not part of the network's Thursday Night Football package.

NBC’s Thursday Night Football five-game schedule:

• Nov. 17; New Orleans Saints at Carolina Panthers
• Dec. 1: Dallas Cowboys at Minnesota Vikings
• Dec. 8: Oakland Raiders at Kansas City Chiefs
• Dec. 15: Los Angeles Rams at Seattle Seahawks
• Dec. 22: New York Giants at Philadelphia Eagles

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