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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
• 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. 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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Mar092010

NFL Makes Call To Verizon Wireless, Disconnects Sprint Nextel Deal

March 9, 2010: The National Football League said it has signed a four-year deal making Verizon Wireless the league's official wireless service sponsor. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Verizon replaces Sprint Nextel as the NFL's wireless provider, which signed a five-year deal in 2005 as the league's first wireless telecom sponsor and literally took the NFL from zero-to-60 in enabling fans to access content via their mobile phones.

The NFL said the partnership with Verizon would "become increasingly rich" as Verizon Wireless launches its 4G network. Verizon said it plans to have 4G available in 25 to 30 markets in 2010 and in "virtually all of its current nationwide 3G footprint by the end of 2013."

The alliance will first be experienced by fans during coverage of the 2010 NFL Draft,  April 22-24, with feeds available over their mobile phones. Verizon Wireless will also launch NFL-themed marketing to coincide with the 2010 season.

Among the programming that will be available during the regular season will be the NFL RedZone channel from the NFL Network, which launched last season and airs live look-ins of every key play and touchdown from Sunday afternoon games; and live streaming of NBC's Sunday Night Football and NFL Network's Thursday Night Football.

In addition, the deal will give fans 24/7 access to the NFL Network. That includes game highlights and an extensive collection of on-demand video featuring analysis and inside access from NFL Network and NFL Films. Other features during the season will be live radio broadcasts of every regular season and playoff game from both home and away teams; access to fantasy information, news, and player and team statistics; and customizable NFL alerts, ringtones and graphics.

During the upcoming draft, Verizon Wireless will offer live 24/7 stream of NFL Network's coverage from Radio City Music Hall in New York, extensive collection of on-demand video of NFL Network analysis. a pick-by-pick Draft tracker updated in real time, and in-depth prospect profiles, blogs and news.

Verizon Wireless also is a sponsor of the U.S. Speedskating Team, has alliances in Nascar, and has naming rights to Verizon Center in Washington, home to the NBA's Wizards, WNBA's Mystics and NHL's Capitals. Verizon, a joint venture between Verizon Communications and Vodafone Group, drew the ire of the U.S. Olympic Committee during the Winter Olympics for running Olympic-themed spots although rival AT&T is the USOC's official telecom partner.

"This is an agreement that has, at its core a mutual desire by both the NFL and Verizon Wireless to provide consumers with what they want on and off the field," John Stratton, evp and CMO for Verizon Wireless, said in a statement.  "For Verizon Wireless, it is NFL content delivered over our 3G network so football fans can extend the excitement of the sport long after the last touchdown of a season.  And the NFL content is customizable in that consumers have options from video to ringtones to alerts; the choice is theirs."

According to Brian Rolapp, the NFL's svp-media strategy, "We are looking forward to working with Verizon Wireless to deliver our fans the most extensive experience on mobile phones. Our fans have an insatiable appetite for football, and we will be able to keep them connected wherever they are on game day but also throughout the year."

Verizon said that additional information on specific phones and associated pricing will be available closer to the start of the NFL season in August.

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