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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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• MC5
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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

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• 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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Nov092010

Gold Standard: Nike Digging In For 2012 Olympic Battle Vs. Adidas

By Barry Janoff, Executive Editor

Interior view of the remodeled NikeTown in London, now the largest one in world.November 8, 2010: The Summer Olympics in London is more than 20 months away, but that is just a blip in the time-space continuum for rivals Nike and adidas, companies that use global events such as the Olympics and FIFA World Cup to emphasize their hate-hate relationship.

During the 2008 Summer Games in Beijing, the intense struggle reached epic proportions: adidas claimed it was opening two new stores per day in China, while Nike said its growth in the country would make China its second-largest marketing in the world behind the U.S.

Now, with July 2012 approaching, the confrontation continues. Adidas is the official sportswear partner of the London Organizing Committee for the Olympic Games, meaning that it has exclusive category rights for marketing and logos, and will supply apparel not only to athletes but also to staff volunteers and officials, among others. In addition, the company has adidas Originals Stores located in such high-traffic places as Covent Garden and Soho. Among the arsenal of British athletes and celebrities at its disposal is David Beckham and Stella McCartney, the company's official designer for the 2012 Games. McCartney will also be outfitting the entire British Olympic team, which means major TV time throughout the host nation.

Nike is an official marketing partner of the U.S. Olympic Committee, which guarantees significant TV exposure in the U.S,. especially during such events as the basketball tournament. Among the NBA stars who said they would seek a spot on the USA Basketball roster are Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, Kevin Durant and Chris Paul, all of whom also already endorse Nike or Nike division Jordan Brand.

Although not a part of the Olympics, the NFL has played its annual International Series games in London for the past few years. In 2012, to coincide with the Olympics, Nike will replace adidas division Reebok as the league's official uniform provider, giving the company even more exposure among local consumers.

David Beckham is among the A-Listers who will bring adidas' London 2012 Olympic message to life.During a financial presentation to analysts and media on Nov. 8, adidas CEO Herbert Hainer, said that Nike was it's primary target in a strategy to grow sales to $24 billion by 2015, nearly a $10 billion increase from reported sales of $14.6 billion in 2009. Adidas said that "key growth markets" include North America and Britain, as well as  China, Russia/CIS, Latin America, Japan and India. "Our aspirations are to outperform total market growth . . . to outgrow our major competitor," said Hainer. "[We want to] have the bottom line grow faster than the top line."

Nike recently reported sales of $19 billion in its year to May 2010, and said its goal is to reach $27 billion in sales by 2015.

In the Olympic battlefield, the latest salvo came on Nov. 8 when Nike reopened its flagship Niketown store on Oxford Circus in central London following "extensive redevelopment." The company said that this is now "the largest Nike store in the world." Niketown London now covers approximately 42,000 square feet over four floors.

Other existing Nike stores in London include locations in major shopping malls Westfield and Bluewater, in addition to such single-category locations as the Nike running store in Covent Garden that opened in October.

"Our aspirations are to outperform total market growth . . . to outgrow our major competitor." — Herbert Hainer, adidas CEO

At the company’s investor meeting earlier this year in New York, executives detailed plans to open 250-300 Nike-branded stores (a mix of branded stores and factory outlet stores) worldwide over the next five years.

According to Marc van Pappelendam, general manager, Nike UK Ltd., “Nike is committed to offering consumers access to engaging, exciting and innovative retail spaces. The re-launch of our flagship Niketown London store demonstrates our drive to continue to raise our game and offer our consumers world-class shopping experiences in line with our long-term category strategy.”

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