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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
SOURCE: STUBHUB.COM

BUY SELL

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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Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.
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Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.
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Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.
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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)

Friday
Dec022016

NHL’s Toews, Matthews Trash The Place In 'Call Your Shot’ For Bauer Hockey Campaign

By Barry Janoff

December 1, 2016: In 1993, McDonald’s aired a now iconic TV spot, "The Showdown," which featured Earvin "Magic" Johnson and Larry Bird, both then playing in the NBA, competing in an über game of H*O*R*S*E, with the reward being a Big Mac and fries. In 2010, LeBron James and Dwight Howard starred in an updated version, with a guest appearance by Bird.

Now, Bauer Hockey, an official equipment partner with the NHL that has more than 180 NHL players on its endorsement roster, has launched "Aim For Greatness", a global multi-media marketing campaign to support the Bauer Nexus 1N line of hockey sticks.

The effort is anchored by a humorous spot, "Call Your Shot," in which Chicago Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews and Toronto Maple Leafs rookie Auston Matthews challenge each other in a version of on-ice H*O*R*S*E.

The premise is that during a break in the filming of the actual commercial for Bauer, Towes and Matthews get bored and challenge each other to take ever-increasingly hard shots, mostly involving trashing the props and equipment that have been set up on the ice.

That includes shooting pucks to hit a water bottle sitting on the ledge of the rink from across the ice, hitting the crossbar on the goaltender’s net from the blue line, knocking a coffee cup off the top of a box from about 50 feet away, decimating a camera and other equipment and trashing a table filled with food, drink, a chocolate fountain and an ice sculpture from across the ice.

They accomplish the tests with giddy joy. And although no hamburgers and fries are involved, Towes and Matthews do get to eat the food they haven’t put to waste.

The competition not only shows off their skills but the new Bauer Nexus 1N stick

"There are no camera tricks involved so the skill demonstrated by both players is impressive, but the interaction between Jonathan and Auston is what makes the video a must-see for hockey players and fans," Mary Kay Messier, vp-marketing for Bauer Hockey, said in a statement.

"The video provides a unique look into both players' personalities that most fans don't get to see very often. The incredible skill that made each of them top professional players are clearly on display, but when you watch the video, you quickly understand that both Jonathan and Auston simply love playing the game of hockey," said Messier.

In addition to the spot, the Aim For Greatness campaign includes print, Internet, social media and POP.

The Bauer Nexus 1N line of hockey sticks, already used in the NHL, hits retail in this month.

Bauer last month added to its endorsement roster William Nylander and Alexander Nylander, both first-round NHL draft picks and the sons of Michael Nylander, who played in the NHL from 1992-2009, scoring 209 goals and racking up 470 assists for 679 points in 920 games.

Bauer’s roster also includes Alex Ovechkin, Henrik Lundquist, Patrick Kane, Steven Stamos and Hilary Knight of the National Women’s Hockey League Boston Pride.

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