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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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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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League, Team Deals Drive NFL To Record $1.07B In Sponsorship Revenue

By Barry Janoff

February 3, 2014: The NFL scored big numbers during Super Bowl XLVIII on Sunday, setting a viewing record with an average audience of 111.5 million, according to the league.

Broadcast network Fox also set a record, charging upward of $4 million for a national 30-second spot.

The numbers were a fitting end to a season that saw estimated sponsorship revenue for the NFL and its 32 teams hit $1.07 billion, up 5.7% from the previous year and an all-time NFL high, according to IEG, LLC, which evaluates sponsorship, marketing and revenue spending and alliances for companies worldwide.

The NFL's increase in sponsorship revenue exceeds the 4.5% increase in the overall sponsorship industry and the 5.1% increase in the sports category, according to IEG.

Led by such marketing partners as Anheuser-Busch InBev, PepsiCo's Gatorade and a deal enacted this past season with Microsoft, the NFL's sponsorship revenue has gone from $879 million in 2010 to $949 million in 2011, $1.01 billion in 2012 and the record high in 2013.

“A fervent fan base, broad reach and year-round marketing platforms continue to make the NFL a go-to platform for corporate marketers,” William Chipps, senior editor for the IEG Sponsorship Report, said in a statement.

IEG said that revenue growth was "driven in part by the NFL’s five-year, reported $400 million partnership with Microsoft Corp., a multifaceted deal that includes sideline rights for Surface tablets and other technology integration."

Insurance (health, life, auto, etc.) is the most active category. USAA (United Services Automobile Assn., which provides insurance to the military community), is in the midst of a multi-year deal as the official military appreciation sponsor of the NFL. USAA also works with teams including the Super Bowl XLVIII champion Seattle Seahawks.

Teams are allowed to sign individual deals with insurance companies. Geico is the most active with deals with 42% of NFL teams.

The Seahawks are partnered with American Family Mutual Insurance Co., which uses quarterback Russell Wilson in marketing.

Behind insurance, the league's most active sponsorship deals include quick service restaurants, autos, telecommunications, hospitals and beer, per IEG.

On a brand level, Gatorade, Anheuser-Busch InBev and Ticketmaster are the most active sponsors, according to IEG.

“A fervent fan base, broad reach and year-round marketing platforms continue to make the NFL a go-to platform for corporate marketers."

Gatorade has sponsorship deals with all 32 NFL teams, which in 2012 was joined by Procter & Gamble's Tide (the official laundry detergent of the NFL) as the only two brands to hold that distinction.

Anheuser-Busch has alliances with 88% of NFL teams, TicketMaster has deals with 67% of teams, Verizon is at 58% and MillerCoors, Pepsi and Visa are aligned with 52% of NFL teams, according to IEG.

Other highly active teams in the NFL landscape include Papa John's (45%), Coca-Cola (42%), Ford (39%) and Toyota (33%).

P&G signed a corporate sponsorship agreement with the NFL in 2009 that provided several of its brands the rights to participate in official league marketing roles, including Febreze, Head & Shoulders and Duracell.

Although the  IEG Sponsorship Report did not offer specific financial details, the firm said that  teams with sponsorship revenue "above" the NFL average are the Dallas Cowboys, New England Patriots, Houston Texans, New York Giants, Washington Redskins, New York Jets, Philadelphia Eagles, San Francisco 49ers and Indianapolis Colts.

Teams regarded as being at the "average" in NFL sponsorship revenues are the Chicago Bears, Denver Broncos, Miami Dolphins, Baltimore Ravens, Pittsburgh Steelers and Green Bay Packers.

Teams considered having "below NFL average" sponsorship revenue include the Seahawks, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Carolina Panthers, New Orleans Saints, Cleveland Browns, Arizona Cardinals, Tennessee Titans, Kansas City Chiefs, Minnesota Vikings, Buffalo Bills, San Diego Chargers, Atlanta Falcons, Detroit Lions, St. Louis Rams, Jacksonville Jaguars, Cincinnati Bengals and the Oakland Raiders.

Chicago-based IEG is a division of global media and advertising firm WWP.

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