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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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Wash Watch: NBC,Tide Join For Sundays NFL (Not For Laundry) Campaign

By Barry Janoff

September 9, 2019: The NFL wants to own Sunday, and that means no other distractions — including doing the laundry.

The NFL has teamed up with partner Procter & Gamble’s Tide and NBC to declare, "Sunday’s Are NFL: Not For Laundry.”

Or Monday night, either, so as not to interfere with Monday Night Football (on ESPN, but not mentioned in the campaign).

Or even Thursdays, with Thursday Night Football (on Fox and NFL Network, also not mentioned in the campaign).

“Tuesdays are for laundry,” declares former All-Pro quarterback Peyton Manning in a new Tide spot that broke during NBC’s Sunday Night Football.

But hold on. Singer Gwen Stefani in follow-up spot begs to differ: “Tuesday nights are for watching The Voice,” on NBC, on which she is a host.

And the laundry days get even slimmer when characters from NBC’s Superstore, which airs on Thursday nights, say they don’t want washing-and-drying to interfere with their show.

The campaign carries over to digital and social media (#LaundryNight) and is expected to evolve with new creative during the season.

Tide also had a unique NFL blitz during Super Bowl LII in 2018, with several spots seeming to promote various other products — Old Spice, Mr. Clean, Budweiser, Lincoln, life insurance, muscle enhancers — but each quickly turning into a Tide commercial.

In his spot, “Tuesdays The Official Laundry Night,” Manning breaks the fourth wall as he speaks during a faux media conference, first to the audience in the room, and then directly to a guy at home doing his laundry.

“It happens every Sunday. Your favorite player makes an amazing play . . ." at which point JuJu Smith-Schuster makes an amazing play for the Pittsburgh Steelers and says, “And you missed it because you’re doing laundry!?”

“I was doing laundry,” a guy doing laundry replies to the screen.

“Don’t worry,” says Manning. “The NFL has teamed up with Tide to make Tuesday the official laundry night. Sundays are now 100% NFL: Not For Laundry.”

Gwen Stefani follows with her spot, “Laundry Night Is Sunday, The Voice Is On Tuesday." It starts as a promo for The Voice, but is interrupted by  Stafani.

“Did the NFL just try to declare Tuesday Laundry Night? The Voice is on Tuesday. Sunday is for laundry.”
 
The issue becomes even more muddled in “Superstore Dina And Glen,” who respond to the first two spots.

“So the NFL doesn’t want people doing their laundry during Sunday Night Football,” says Dina (Lauren Ash), who was watching the Manning Tide spot on a big-screen TV in Cloud 9 store No. 1217.

“That’s when everyone does it,” says Glenn (Mark McKinney) “When else would you do it?”

Sunday is the time when most people do their laundry, according to P&G.

“When our show is on?” wonders Dina. She then heads to the store’s PA system.

“Attention shoppers: The NFL thinks it’s better than us. Stock up on Tide. We wouldn’t want you to miss doing your laundry on Sundays.”

She then implies there is more to come: “This isn’t over, Manning,” she says.

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