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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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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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Sep192017

With A Combined $1B, PepsiCo, Coke, Anheuser-Busch Are Top Sponsor Spenders

By Barry Janoff

September 19, 2017: Although three of the top four biggest players in sponsorship deals reduced their respective budgets by about $10 million in 2016 versus 2015, the Big Four each surpassed the $260 million mark and remained in the same order as the previous year: PepsiCo, Anheuser-Busch InBev, The Coca-Cola Co. and Nike, Inc.

Together, these four spent nearly $1.2 billion on sponsorship deals last year, according to the just released 2016 Sponsorship Spend Report from research and consulting firm ESP (formerly IEG), Chicago.

In fact, the Top Ten remained the same as 2015, although the order changed slightly.

Adidas North America moved from up from No. 7 to No. 5, AT&T was tied for No. 5, Ford Motor Co. moved from No. 8 to No. 7, Toyota USA dropped from No. 6 to No. 8,; and Verizon and General Motors switched places, with the telecom company now No. 9 and the automaker at No. 10.

Together, the Top Ten companies spent more than $2.2 billion on sponsorships last year.

Also, continuing a pattern from the previous two years, the 11 biggest spenders of 2016 belong to just four categories: beverage, auto, sport apparel and telecommunications, according to ESP.

Expanding the list, the three categories with the most companies represented among the 106 biggest sponsors also did not change: auto (11); beverage (9) and banking (9).

Insurance (8) followed.

"Spending trends for the companies on the list show that only 19 (18%) increased sponsorship allocations from 2015 to 2016, 31 (29%) spent less and 57 (53%) spent the same year-to-year."

PepsiCo outspent all other companies in sponsorships, topping $360 million, according to ESP.

Pepsi’s deals include the NFL, NBA and NHL.

Anheuser-Busch InBev was the only other company to top $300 million, spending $350 million-plus last year.

Among the company’s big deals are the NFL (Bud Light, pictured top), Anheuser-Busch InBev is also the most active sponsor of music festivals, tours and venues, per ESP.

Rival MillerCoors was No. 11 overall with $120 million in sponsor spend.

The only two other companies to top $200 million in sponsor spend in 2016 were Coca-Cola ($265 million-plus) and Nike ($260 million-plus).

One big move this year: Coca-Cola taking over as an official partner for MLB, replacing Pepsi.

Coca-Cola’s alliances also include the NCAA, the International Olympic Committee, the U.S. Olympic Committee and FIFA.

According to the ESP Sponsorship Spend Report, of the companies that were listed in 2015 but not on the list in 2016, Nascar team sponsorship spends took a big hit.

"Six of the 15 companies that left the rankings in 2016 drastically reduced or eliminated Nascar team spending: Aaron’s, Kraft Heinz, Bass Pro, Clorox, Go Daddy and Scotts," according to ESP.

In addition, Toyota USA dropped from No. 6 to No. 8 "in large part because of the shuttering of one of its Nascar teams, Michael Waltrip Racing."

On the up side, Monster Beverage was tied for No. 70 overall with $20 million in sponsor spend in 2016, and that should go up due to its alliance with Nascar, formed in 2017.

Lowe’s, a big Nascar player, topped the retail category (No. 35) with a $40 million spend.

Verizon Communications moved from No. 10 to No. 9 "mostly thanks to a new NBA partnership."

Automotive was the category leader with the most number of companies spending at least $20 million in sponsorships in 2016. 

They included Ford, Toyota, GM, Hyundai (No. 14, $85M), Mercedes-Benz (No. 22, $55M), Honda (No. 35, $40M), Kia and Nissan (tied at No. 44, $35M), BMW (No. 58, $25M) and Volkswagen and Chrysler Group (tied at No. 70, $20-$25M).

In other areas, FedEx led delivery (No. 12, $95 million spend), Microsoft led consumer tech companies (No. 13, $90 million), financial was headed by Bank of America (No. 15, $75M), P&G was in front among consumer goods (No. 15, $75M), McDonald’s led QSR’s (No. 27, $50M), Mars Inc. topped he food category (No. 35, $40 million) and Shell lead the fuel division (No. 35, $40M).

"Trends for companies on the list show that only 19 (18%) increased sponsorship allocations, 31 (29%) spent less and 57 (53%) spent the same."

Marriott International topped travel and moved from No. 68 to No. 43 ($35M) "on the strength of its merger with Starwood Hotels & Resorts," according to the ESP Sponsorship Spend Report.

In the sports apparel category, behind Nike and adidas were Under Armour (No. 18, $70M) and New Era (No. 50, $30M).

According to ESP, the spending estimates for the companies on the list reflect amounts spent on sponsorship fees of U.S. properties and the portion of spending on international properties that is directed to the U.S. market.

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