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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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• Dave Matthews Band
• Depeche Mode
• Doobie Brothers
• Whitney Houston
• Judas Priest
• Kraftwerk
• MC5
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• Notorious B.I.G.
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• Todd Rundgren
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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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Oct122010

Adidas Out, Nike, New Era In As NFL Redesigns Its $2B Apparel Category

October 12, 2010: In a move that will have a profound effect on the way companies, fans and consumers do business with the National Football League, the league said it would not renew its deal with Reebok as its official apparel uniform supplier, naming rival Nike to fill that lucrative spot beginning in 2012. The NFL said it would also have six other "major apparel partners" beginning in April 2012, each under five-year deals, as it moves to "evolve its apparel business."

The NFL unveiled its apparel category plans in Chicago at the annual fall league meeting, where clubs approved the new structure. Analysts said the league's licensed apparel business at retail was nearly $2 billion in 2009.

Nike previously had official apparel status with the NFL in 2001. Also joining the category roster is New Era, which will become the official on-field headwear supplier and will produce headwear for the sidelines and for fans. New Era's current deals include Major League Baseball, the NBA and the NHL.

"We believe our agreement with the NFL enhances the Nike brand, and provides a significant opportunity to drive growth across the business — both in our performance products and sportswear," Charlie Denson, president of Nike Brand, told the Associated Press.

Reebok, a division of adidas, and the NFL signed a 10-year deal in 2001, valued at $300 million. Reebok will continue to be the NFL’s official outfitter for the remainder of the 2010 season and the 2011 season. Although financial terms were not disclosed, analysts estimate that the total of the new deals could easily triple the value of the Reebok deal.

Adidas will still have a presence in the NFL as players are able to make their own shoe deals. Among those currently under contract to the company are Reggie Bush, Mario Williams, Lawrence Timmons, Adam Carriker and rookies C.J. Spiller and Eric Berry, according to adidas. Those players would be free to change shoes when their current respective alliances expire.

"The new framework will provide fans with a wider breadth of merchandise from global category leaders in the sports licensed apparel industry.”

Changes in the NFL's apparel category were set in motion in 2004 when its alliance with Reebok was challenged by American Needle, a former apparel supplier to the league. The company's lawsuit claimed that the NFL-Reebok deal was a monopoly that prevented American Needle from selling logo caps and hats. The league successfully fought the lawsuit in District Court, but the ruling was overturned by the Supreme Court this past May, returning it to a lower court.

“We have spent considerable time the past few years rigorously evaluating our apparel business,” Eric Grubman, the league’s evp-NFL ventures and business operations, said in a statement. “The new framework will provide fans with a wider breadth of merchandise from global category leaders in the sports licensed apparel industry.”
 
Beginning in April 2012, the NFL will have seven major apparel partners:
 
Nike will be the official uniform provider and will produce all on-field apparel including game uniforms and base layer, as well as sideline personnel apparel and fan gear.
 
New Era, which has an official deal with MLB, will be the official on-field headwear supplier and will produce headwear for the sidelines and for fans.
 
Under Armour will continue as the official sponsor of the NFL Scouting Combine. Under Armour will outfit Combine participants and also offer Combine apparel beginning in 2012.
 
G-III will continue as a key apparel partner manufacturing fan gear, including outerwear and lifestyle collections for men and women.
 
VF will continue as a key apparel partner manufacturing fan gear, including T-shirts and fleece.
 
Outerstuff will continue as the NFL’s youth apparel provider.
 
•  ’47 Brand will produce headwear for fans, replacing Reebok.
 
The NFL said that "there may be additional niche licenses awarded in the future."

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