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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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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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Jun082010

Barclays, Papa John's Get Exclusive Deals On NFL Marketing Roster

June 8, 2010: Barclaycard US, the domestic payments business of U.K.-based Barclays, and Papa John’s International have each signed deals to become exclusive partners of the NFL.

Financial details for each of the multi-year pacts were not disclosed.

Barclaycard, which replaces Bank of America in the category, will market credit cards bearing the NFL shield logo and the logos of each of the 32 NFL clubs. The financial firm will also have the rights to advertise during NFL games and on NFL media such as NFL Network and NFL.com. Bank of America's three-year deal as the league's first "official bank"  and credit card provider expired after the 2009 season.

The category is separate from financial firm Visa, which has a deal as the league's exclusive "payment service" that runs through 2014. The two deals come just days after the NFL renewed its marketing alliance with Campbell Soup.

Barclays is expected to expand upon the services offered to consumers by Bank of America through its NFL alliance, which included consumer checking and savings, credit, debit and ATM card issuance, wire and currency transfer services, currency exchange services, and community development banking.

Papa John’s, which earlier this year signed a deal with the NFL as the "official pizza sponsor of Super Bowl XLIV," now has a three-year agreement as the "official pizza sponsor " of the NFL as well as Super Bowls XLV, XLVI and XLVII.  The deal includes category exclusivity among delivery and carry out pizza brands. In conjunction with Super Bowl XLIV, Papa John’s said it recorded its largest single sales day in the brand’s history, selling more than 900,000 pizzas at its 2,800 U.S. restaurants.

Papa John’s called this deal its sports-related financial commitment. Papa John’s is also the official pizza of the Arizona Cardinals, Atlanta Falcons, Baltimore Ravens, Dallas Cowboys, Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, Miami Dolphins, Philadelphia Eagles, St. Louis Rams, Tennessee Titans, and Washington Redskins.

Similar to Barclays, Papa John’s will be able to use NFL logos and trademarks in its advertising and marketing, including such jewel events as the Pro Bowl and NFL Kickoff in addition to the next three Super Bowls.

Both companies expressed pleasure at being able to align their brands with the NFL.

“We’re thrilled to have been selected by the National Football League to bring convenient and rewarding payment products to the sport’s many loyal fans and we’re looking forward to getting started,” Scott Young, GM-partnerships for Barclaycard US, said in a statement.

According to the company, consumers can being to obtain the NFL credit cards from Barclaycard starting in September via the Web, at stadium displays, through in-bound telephone applications and via e-mail and direct mail invitations. The cards will enable users to earn points for every dollar spent, which may be redeemed for unique NFL-related experiences, game tickets, NFL-licensed merchandise and more. Specific product features and benefits are expected to be unveiled before the launch of the new program.

According to Papa John's, “The National Football League is the most highly regarded and popular brand in sports, with a commitment to quality that matches perfectly with the high standards of Papa John’s,” Andrew Varga, Papa John’s CMO, said in a statement. “Papa John’s has always prided itself as being the preferred pizza of football fans. This sponsorship takes it to the next level. This is by far the largest sports-related financial commitment that our brand has made and we believe this affiliation will greatly enhance our brand building efforts over the next three years.”

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