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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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Rock & Roll Hall of Fame 2020 Nominees

• 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
• Thin Lizzy

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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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Channel Chasers

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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Oct022019

Shoe Business In L.A.: NBA’s Kuzma Signs With Puma, MLB’s Kershaw With Skechers

By Barry Janoff

October 2, 2019: Two of Los Angeles’ sports stars are now walking the walk and talking the talk with new shoe deals.

Kyle Kuzma, third-year forward with the Los Angeles Lakers, has signed a five-year deal with Puma, valued at $15-$20 million (with additional incentives) by industry analysts, leaving his previous alliance with Nike.

And Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw has left Under Armour to sign a multi-platform deal with Skechers.

In Hollywood terms, Kuzma’s deal might be called “Puzma.”

“Puma Hoops + Kuz = W,” offered Puma, “The stars are shining a little brighter today.

“Kyle Kuzma and Puma Hoops have officially teamed up to make basketball magic in the hills of Hollywood. Best believe that’s a box-office-big-boy move. Welcome to the fam, Kuz. Together we can’t be stopped.”

Kuzma joins a Puma Hoops roster that includes RJ Barrett and Kevin Knox (New York Knicks), Marvin Bagley III (Sacramento Kings), DeMarcus Cousins and Danny Green (Lakers), Terry Rozier (Charlotte Hornets), Deandre Dayton (Orlando Magic), Michael Porter Jr. (Denver Nuggets), Skylar Diggins-Smith (WNBA Dallas Wings),  Rudy Gay (San Antonio Spurs),  Zhaire Smith (Philadelphia 76ers) and Hall of Famer Walt “Clyde” Frazier.

The company also has official deals with the NBA and WNBA.

Kuzma will appear in multi-media marketing and likely is in line to get a signature shoe and apparel.

Likewise, Kershaw will appear in global marketing campaigns for Skechers men’s performance and athletic lifestyle footwear set to launch in 2020.

Kershaw is also collaborating with the brand on several styles and recently debuted a custom exclusive baseball cleat. Financial terms of his deal were not released.

Kershaw and his wife, Ellen, through "Kershaw's Challenge" charitable organization, "seek to serve vulnerable and at-risk children in Los Angeles, Dallas, Zambia and the Dominican Republic."

Skechers said it “shares their commitment to children” and will sponsor the Kershaw’s Challenge annual PingPong4Purpose charity event held at Dodger Stadium each summer.

“We are fortunate to have Clayton Kershaw, one of the best pitchers in baseball today, wearing Skechers,” Michael Greenberg, president of Skechers, said via the L.A.-based company.

“Clayton’s energy, talent, and international fanbase make this partnership a home run for Skechers for years to come.”

Kershaw joins a roster that includes Howie Long and Tony Romo, who each currently appear in Skechers campaigns; as well as Sugar Ray Leonard, Tommy Lasorda, Pete Rose, Mariano Rivera, Ozzie Smith, David Ortiz, Joe Namath, Ronnie Lott, Karl Malone, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Rick Fox, Wayne Gretzky. and Joe Montana.

According to Kershaw, now in the MLB post-season, “I’ve been working with the design team on several styles, and I am extremely impressed with the performance and comfort offered by Skechers.

“We have some unexpected and exciting ideas that fans will love.”

Regarding Kuzma, initial Puma marketing offers, “With Kyle Kuzma, confidence is king. Whether it’s on the court or in front of the camera, Kuz shines bright. There are few players who ball as fearlessly as he does.

“Doesn’t matter if he’s putting the skates on defenders with a nasty  crossover or rocking some next-level fashion,Ever since he was a young buck hooping in Flint, Michigan, he’s never bee afraid to shoot his shot and rise to the top. The hype is real.”

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