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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
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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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Ticketmaster, Bud, Gatorade Push NFL Sponsorship Spend To Record $1.3B

By Barry Janoff

January 30,, 2018: During a financial call in November, Papa John’s founder and CEO John Schnatter said that NFL players kneeling during the National Anthem before games led to lower NFL TV ratings, which in turn contributed to Papa John’s suffering lower sales and having to predict a lower profit forecast. Its stock dropped 11% in Q3.

“The NFL has hurt us by not resolving the current debacle to the players’ and owners’ satisfaction,” Schnatter said during the conference call. “The NFL has hurt Papa John’s shareholders . . . This should have been nipped in the bud a year and a half ago.”

The actual correlation between players kneeling and Papa John’s finances was never shown.

In December, the company promoted Steve Ritchie from president and COO to CEO, effective Jan. 1, replacing Schnatter, who become chairman.

Louisville, KY-based Papa John’s signed with the NFL in 2009, is an official partner for the Super Bowl and has deals with several NFL teams, most notably the Dallas Cowboys.

This past season, Papa John’s was also among the NFL’s most active partners during a season when sponsorship spend in the NFL hit a record $1.32 billion, according to research and sponsorship consulting firm ESP Properties, Chicago.

Sponsorship spending on the NFL and its 32 teams was up 5.9% versus the $1.25 billion spend  in 2016, which in turn was up 4.3% from the previous season.

The increase also exceeds the year-over-year increase in 2017 sports spending and overall North American sponsorship spending, both of which grew 3.5%, according to ESP.

Sponsor spend in the NFL was $1.07 billion in 2013, $1.15 billion in 2014, $1.2 billion in 2015 and  $1.25 billion in 2016.

The most active brands sponsoring the NFL this past season were led by Ticketmaster, which sponsors 100% of NFL properties.

The Top Ten most active NFL sponsors also includes Bud/Bud Light (88%), Gatorade (85%), EA Sports (79%), Bose (76%), Microsoft (67%), Papa John’s (64%), Primesport (64%), Pepsi (52%) and Ford (48%).

The increase exceeds the year-over-year increase in 2017 sports spending and overall North American sponsorship spending, both of which grew 3.5%.

“In addition to adding an eight-figure naming rights deal for Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium, revenue growth can be attributed to two primary factors: A growing focus on digital media (and new sponsorship inventory) at the team level and interest from the tech sector in national deals,” according to the ESP 2017 NFL Sponsorship Report.

The NFL secured two new league sponsors in the 2017-2018 season: Intel and Amazon Web Services.

Intel is leveraging the NFL via its FreeD replay technology, while Amazon Web Services powers the league’s “Next Gen Stats,” a platform that uses player and ball tracking to create statistics on distance covered, speed and acceleration and other performance metrics.

McDonald’s, SAP and TD Ameritrade ended their NFL league partnerships following the 2016-2017 season, per ESP.

Quick-service restaurants overtook insurance as the most-active category sponsoring the NFL in the 2017-2018 season, according to ESP research.

QSRs were 2.8 times more likely to sponsor the NFL than the average of all sponsors.

Autos and Medical tied as the second most-active category (2.5 times more likely to sponsor the NFL than the average of all sponsors), Insurance (2.3), Retail (2.1), Food (2), Tech (1.9), Beer (1.9) Banks (1.6), Ticketing (1.5), Building and Home (1.5), Telecom (1.5) and Lottery and Gaming (1.4).

Beer and Autos retained their lead positions as the biggest spending categories in the NFL.

Beer companies spent 4.9 times more on the NFL than the average category, while Autos spent 4.8 times more than average.

The Top Ten also included Telecom (3.6), Soft Drinks (3.2), Tech (2.9), Banks (2.7), Sports Apparel (2.1), Insurance (2), Medical (1.9) and Consumer Electronics (1.6), according to the ESP 2017 NFL Sponsorship Report.

The average value of  NFL franchises is $2.5 billion, up 8% versus last year, with 27 of the league’s 32 franchises valued at least $2 billion.

The league leader, for the 11th straight year and the world's most valuable sports franchise, is the Cowboys, valued at $4.8 billion, up 14%, with profits of $350 million, according to Forbes.

The New England Patriots are second in value at $3.7 billion, followed by the New York Giants ($3.3 billion), Washington Redskins ($3.1 billion) and the San Francisco 49ers ($3.05 billion).

In addition to the naming rights deal with Mercedes-Benz — $324 million, or $12 million a year, for the 27 years — the Atlanta Falcons signed new sponsors  (including Delta Air Lines and Harrah’s).

That lifted the Falcons’ overall sponsorship revenue from below average to above average when compared to other NFL teams, according to ESP research.

By team, those franchises with “above the NFL average” in sponsorship deals include the Falcons, Dallas Cowboys, Houston Texans, New England Patriots, New York Giants, New York Jets, Philadelphia Eagles, San Francisco 49ers and Washington Redskins.

Teams whose sponsorship is at the average include the Arizona Cardinals, Baltimore Ravens, Chicago Bears, Denver Broncos, Green Bay Packers, Indianapolis Colts, Miami Dolphins, New Orleans Saints, Pittsburgh Steelers and Seattle Seahawks.

Also, per ESP, teams whose sponsorship is below the NFL average include the Buffalo Bills, Carolina Panthers, Cincinnati Bengals, Cleveland Browns, Detroit Lions, Jacksonville Jaguars, Kansas City Chiefs, Los Angeles Chargers, Los Angeles Rams, Oakland Raider, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Tennessee Titans.

NFL Team Value Averages $2.5B, With Cowboys ($4.8B) At The Top

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