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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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Mar122019

NFL QBs Goff, Foles Design Fashion Plays For Banana Republic, LuluLemon Men

By Barry Janoff

March 11, 2019: Quarterbacks Jared Goff of the Los Angeles Rams and Nick Foles have both led their respective NFL teams to the Super Bowl.

Now they get to help lead marketing efforts for new teams off the field.

Goff (pictured left), who guided the Rams to Super Bowl LIII last month, has signed a deal with Banana Republic to appear in multi-media marketing.

Foles (pictured below), who was named MVP of Super Bowl LII in February 2018 after leading the Philadelphia Eagles to a NFL championship, has joined LuluLemon Men as the brand’s first sports ambassador.

Financial terms of the two alliances were not disclosed.

"Jared has become a fan of our pieces over the past year, so making this official was a natural next step,” Mary Alderete, CMO for Banana Republic, said via the brand.

“We're excited to welcome him to the BR family and add his confident sense of style to our men's playbook."

The first Banana Republic campaign with Goff will break in Summer 2019.

Goff, who was drafted by the Rams as the No. 1 overall pick in 2016, will represent the men's merchandise mix, appear in advertising creative, champion key product through public appearances, and engage with customers on social media and through activations.

Foles, drafted by the Eagles in 2012, is currently on the cusp of signing with a new team (Jacksonville Jaguars) and teased his deal with LuluLemon Men on his Twitter page.

“Anyone else feel the tension in the air or is that just me? This isn’t that news. But it’s big news. I’m Lululemon Men’s new elite ambassador.

“Like me, they’re all about community, mindfulness and #thesweatlife. Excited for what’s ahead. Stay tuned for that other announcement.”

On its Twitter page, Lululemon Men posted, “We just landed the most sought-after free agent in football. Welcome to the team, @nickfoles.”

The brand did not offer specifics regarding specific marketing with Foles, but did write, "As a high performing athlete, family man, entrepreneur and yogi, Nick is the type of ambassador that Lululemon seeks to align with."

Foles was with the Eagles from 2012-14, then had stints with the then St. Louis Rams (2015) and Kansas City Chiefs (32016). He rejoined the Eagles in 2017, filled in for injured Carson Wentz late in the season and was at quarterback for the team’s 41-33 win over the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LII.

He again filled in for an injured Wentz late in the 2018 season and led the team to a Wild Card win over the Chicago Bears before the Eagles lost to the New Orleans Saints in the NFL Division playoffs.

Regarding his deal with Banana Republic, Goff said, "I'm thrilled to be working with Banana Republic to continue building on their legacy of cool, performance-based menswear.

”It has been an awesome experience building an authentic relationship with the brand and can't wait for everyone to see what we've been up to behind the scenes."

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