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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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Channel Chasers

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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Apr102019

Loyal To A Fault? NFL Tags MLB, Returns To Top Of Brand Keys Fan Loyalty Survey

By Barry Janoff

April 10, 2019: Maybe it was the “100-Year Game” commercial featuring more than 60 players and legends that aired during Super Bowl LIII, or an activation offering fans two season tickets to the team of their choice for 100 years.

The NFL has returned to a position it held for a decade before relinquishing it for two years to MLB: No. 1 in fan loyalty.

Having embarked on its 100th anniversary, the NFL finds itself back atop the impactful 27th annual Sports Loyalty Index survey conducted by research and media intelligence firm Brand Keys.

MLB, which had been the loyalty leader in the past two surveys, is now No. 2.

The Top 4: NFL, MLB, NBA and the NHL.

“All sports fans have an ‘ideal lLeague’ in mind,” Robert Passikoff, founder and president for Brand Keys, said via the New York-based firm.

“The league that better meets fans’ very high expectations for game features and values that drive loyalty always sees higher TV game viewership and purchases of licensed merchandise than competitors.”

According to Passikoff, Brand Keys’ Sports Loyalty Index was designed to help professional sports team management identify precise fan loyalty rankings.

“Fan loyalty ratings never lie,” said Passikoff.

“They’re a leading indicator of fan behavior and team profitability and are a key statistic professional sports teams should track because it always tells us what fans are going to do. And what teams they’re going to watch.”

The NFL’s drop from No. 1 in 2017 and 2018 coincided with several significant factors, including the heated debate over players and the National Anthem, the relocation of the Rams and Chargers to Los Angeles and the Raiders unveiling a plan to move from Oakland to Las Vegas, serious off-field situations involving domestic violence and drugs and a rising awareness of concussions and other health problems relating to current and former players.

Those situations still exist, but the NFL appears to have weathered the storm, at least as far as fans being loyal to the league.

“Besides win-loss ratios, there are other powerful, emotionally-based loyalty drivers that need to be taken into account when it comes to fans,” said Passikoff.  “It’s critical that league marketers manage strategically to better meet fan expectations.

“You have to know what fans really expect, beyond a winning season. And since league (and team) loyalty rankings correlate very highly with fans’ positive behaviors, loyalty is a leading-indicator of TV viewership and product purchases.”

According to Brand Keys, the NFL was the only league among the Big 4 that saw a rise in year-over-year TV viewership ratings.

The NFL was up 5%, while MLB was down 4%, the NBA down 10% and the NHL down 12%.

Brand Keys said four key factors go in to its Sports Loyalty Survey calculations:

• History and Tradition (29%): Is the game and the league part of fans’ and community rituals, institutions, and ‘tribal’ beliefs?

• Fan Bonding (27%): Are players particularly respected and admired?

• Pure Entertainment (24%): Win-loss ratios for sure, but more importantly, how entertaining is their play? Is it a consistent experience year-to-year?

• Authenticity (20%): How well they play as a team. Do they seem unified? Does it involve skill and strategy?

Brand Keys said that 18,550 fans participated in the 27th annual Sports Loyalty Index survey.

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