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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)

Tuesday
Jun122012

P&G Using Social Media To Initiate, Integrate Duracell's Role In NFL Deal

By Barry Janoff

June 12, 2012: In 2009, Procter & Gamble signed a deal with the NFL that made several of its brands official league "locker room" products.

P&G has now added Duracell to the list of brands working in marketing unison with the NFL, joining such siblings as Head & Shoulders, Gillette, Vicks, Old Spice, Dawn, Febreze and Tide, which recently expanded its role by signing to become the only brand besides PepsiCo's Gatorade to have an official product status with each of the league's 32 franchises.

P&G said the new deal would enable Duracell the use of official NFL marks, including Super Bowl XLVII, Pro Bowl, NFL Draft and NFL Playoffs. Financial terms were not disclosed.

The multi-year alliance will come with a marketing campaign featuring San Francisco 49ers all-pro linebacker Patrick Willis in multi-media efforts including retail, digital, social and event-based initiatives.

The activation supports the recent launch of Duracell batteries with "Duralock Power Preserve Technology," which are "guaranteed to stay powered for up to ten years in storage," according to the company.

“With this sponsorship, we’re reaching millions of passionate and dedicated NFL fans that rely on battery power in their everyday lives,” Volker Kuhn, GM for Duracell North America, said in a statement. “As an innovator in the category, we can provide peace of mind for consumers and the NFL.”

P&G is also an official partner of the U.S. Olympic Committee and the International Olympic Committee and currently has several marketing campaigns aiming toward the Summer Olympics in London.

To jump-start the alliance, P&G enlisted Willis in a series of event throughout San Francisco to exemplify the power of Duracell. According to the company, people were asked to use Twitter to request Willis to use his "powerful arms and legs to help complete tasks or errands that require reliability and power. Willis and Duracell took to the streets to fulfill some of those wishes for help with seemingly mundane tasks, from hauling furniture to carrying groceries."

According to Willis, “I am thrilled to be able to work with a brand that prides itself on trust, reliability and power. These are traits that I take pride in and that I admire in a product. I also appreciate that the brand can have a little fun with it. It was exciting to help out the people of San Francisco with their personal ‘power’ needs.”

P&G is also using Facebook to get the alliance up and running. As the 2012 NFL season approaches, Willis is expected to appear in multi-media marketing such as print and Internet ads.

“Patrick is an inspiring athlete and person and we are thrilled to be working with him to bring to life this partnership,” said Kuhn. “When we think about a player that embodies Duracell’s two greatest strengths – power and reliability – there is no one better suited than Patrick. Starting this fall, whether it is in a living room or an NFL stadium on Sunday afternoons, Duracell will provide the trusted battery power needed to enjoy or play the game on and off the field.

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