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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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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. 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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Jan082016

'They Smell Victory And Will Also Lick It': Puppy Bowl Fixed Up For Super Bowl 50

By Barry Janoff

January 8, 2016: Proclaiming "They can smell victory ahead . . . and I'm pretty sure they'll lick it, too," the Puppy Bowl is back for its 12th (aka XII) version, bringing with it new elements that include a virtual reality option and an official alliance with the Pro Football Hall of Fame that will see NFL legend Bruce Smith as a game ambassador.

Puppy Bowl premiered on Discover Communications-owned Animal Planet on Feb. 6, 2005 as counter-programming to the NFL's Super Bowl XXXIX pre-game broadcast, Audiences have returned over the years to see puppies — all up for adoption along with others from 44 shelters and groups in 25 states working with Animal Planet — run around over a faux football field as teams seek to "outscore" each other before the get too pooped.

This year, the Pro Football Hall of Fame comes in as a first-year partner, joining such marketers as Geico, Subaru, REI, Bissell, Milk-Bone and Pedigree.

A joint Animal Planet-Hall of Fame tactic finds the creation of the Puppy Bowl Hall of Fame, which "encourages the adoption of older shelter animals while honoring some of the legendary pups from Puppy Bowls past."

“I want to express how proud the Pro Football Hall of Fame and I am to team up with Animal Planet to introduce the Puppy Bowl Hall of Fame,” Smith, who played in four consecutive Super Bowls with the Buffalo Bills, is the NFL's all-time sack leader (200) and was enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2009 — and a self-professed pet lover —  said in a statement. “Over the past 12 years, Puppy Bowl has been responsible for countless animal adoptions."

Animal Planet is treating its coverage of the Puppy Bowl as it might a real NFL game, releasing a series of spots showing the puppies practicing and preparing for their Big Game. A virtual reality element, presented by Geico, enables viewers to feel as if they are in the locker room and stadium with the canines

A supporting marketing campaign includes a TV spot, Internet and social media.

The overall tone, although serious about getting the pups and dogs adopted while boosting awareness of animal adopting nationwide, is tongue-in-cheek

The TV spot shows a group of dogs running dog a hallway en route to the game as a voiceover says, "The wait is nearly over. The cuties puppies have been training to play on the grandest stage. A dream come true for any athlete. Now, they can smell victory ahead . . . and I'm pretty sure they'll lick it, too."

In the end, it is all about the dogs.

"If you are considering a pet, please consider adopting from your local shelter or rescue," said Smith. "In addition to puppies and kittens, you’ll find that there are also fantastic older animals that would make tremendous additions to any home.”

Puppy Bowl XII is scheduled to air Sunday, Feb. 7 (3 PM ET) on Animal Planet.

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