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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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Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.
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Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.
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Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.
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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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Mar252015

NFL Unveils Year-Long Gold Marketing, Player Celebration For Super Bowl 50

By Barry Janoff

March 25, 2015: The Super Bowl has long been a bottomless pot of gold for the NFL, but the league will take its gold literally this season as it prepares for Super Bowl 50 and the game's golden anniversary.

The NFL said it would launch a year-long celebration for Super Bowl 50 involving current and past players, coaches and teams, along with multi-platform marketing support from the league and its partners.

The plans will first be visible during the NFL Draft, April 30-May 2 in Chicago, and then will encompass the pre-season, regular season and playoffs, leading to the game itself, scheduled for Feb. 7, 2016 in Levi’s Stadium, home venue for the San Francisco 49ers.

Under an "On The Fifty" platform, the league said it would link the previous 49 Super Bowls with Super Bowl 50 by "celebrating the teams, players, coaches, fans and communities that have been a part of those games."

Merchandise representing previous Super Bowls will soon be available, and on-field merchandise will be in stores starting Oct. 15.

Among the activations will be a Super Bowl High School Honor Roll, under which high schools from which players and/or coaches have graduated and later appeared in a Super Bowl will receive a commemorative golden football produced by Wilson, present where possible by the players or coaches themselves; and Super Bowl Homecomings, with previous Super Bowl teams to be honored through various activations by each respective city.

During the NFL Draft, prospects and former players will enter Auditorium Theatre on a gold carpet and players will don a New Era cap emblazoned with a gold shield along with their new team logo when they are drafted. Support will also include a Super Bowl Museum and "gold-themed promotions" in Chicago.

The pre-season Pro Football Hall of Fame Game in Canton, Ohio, on Aug. 9 will feature the Minnesota Vikings and Pittsburgh Steelers, a rematch of Super Bowl IX, to be followed during the regular season with 19 rematches of previous Super Bowls, according to the NFL.

Throughout the 2015 season, a golden Super Bowl 50 logo that will be visible on the field at every game, and the 50-yard line numerals and NFL shield logo at every stadium will be gold.  

Beginning in Week 7 of the season, sideline apparel from Nike and New Era will feature team logos on select sideline pieces and all caps outlined in gold.

The NFL said that the 43 previous Super Bowl MVPs will be celebrated all season, culminating at Super Bowl 50 when they will be recognized on-field. "MVPs will be an integral part of the Super Bowl High School Honor Roll and the Super Bowl Homecoming programs," according to the league.

At the Pro Bowl, scheduled for Jan. 31, 2016 in Hawaii, uniforms worn by Pro Bowl players will incorporate gold and other activations will promote Super Bowl 50 the following Sunday.

A gold 50 will appear alongside the Vince Lombardi Trophy, designed by Tiffany, all year and will be presented to the Super Bowl champions at the MVP and head coach press conference the morning following the game. Each number is cast in bronze, plated in 18 kt gold and weighs nearly 33 lbs.

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