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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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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

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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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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. 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

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Jul182016

Williams Sisters, Ryan Brothers Lead USA Tennis, Marketers To 2016 Olympics

By Barry Janoff

July 17, 2016: The USA tennis team that will compete in the Summer Games (Aug. 5-21) is loaded not only with talent and Grand Slam titles, but a plethora of marketing partners.

Still savoring the results of winning The Championship at Wimbledon Grand Slam women's singles title — the 22nd Grand Slam of her career — Serena Williams will be part of her fourth Olympics when she represents the U.S. in Rio de Janeiro,

Williams will be joined by her sister, Venus, entering her fifth Olympic Games, in both singles and doubles competitions. Serena will seek to defend her singles gold medal she won in London in 2012. Serena and Venus also will seek to defend the women's doubles gold medal they won four years ago.

Also returning are Bob and Mike Bryan, who will seek to defend the men's doubles gold medal they won in London. This will be their fourth Olympics, having also won bronze in Beijing in 2008. They have won 16 Grand Slam doubles titles.

The complete USA tennis team, named by the U.S. Tennis Assn., also includes several Olympic Games rookies who are, or have been, making an impact on tennis.

Rio will be the first Games for Brian Baker, Steve Johnson, Madison Keys, Denis Kudla, Bethanie Mattek-Sands, Jack Sock, Sloane Stephens and Coco Vandeweghe.

Serena Williams, who arrives as the No. 1 women's tennis player in the world, brings a marketing roster that includes Nike, Gatorade, IBM, Wilson and OPI; as well as Mission AthleteCare, Sleep Sheets and HSN, companies where she is an investor as well as a spokesperson.

She also makes a presence in marketing support for NBC's coverage of the Games, including the network's "Salute The Women of Team USA" spot (pictured above).

Venus Williams oversees her own fashion line, EleVen, and has deals that include Jamba Juice, Wilson and V Starr.

The Bryan Brothers have endorsement deals that include K-Swiss, GoPro, DNA Renewal, Prince and Barracuda Networks.

The U.S. women’s tennis coach is Mary Joe Fernandez, the men’s coach is Jay Berger.

The Olympic tennis competition is scheduled to start on Aug. 6 and run through Aug. 14. (Aug. 15 is reserved as a contingency day in case of bad weather.)

The men's double's gold is scheduled for Aug. 12. Women's singles gold match is scheduled for Aug. 13. Men's singles gold and women's doubles gold are schedule for Aug. 14.

Events are being held in the Olympic Tennis Centre, which was built for the 2016 Games.

According to NBC, Bravo will serve as the home of Olympic tennis, televising 94.5 hours of live coverage.

For each of the first five days, Bravo will televise Olympic tennis for more than 12 hours, (9:30 AM. ET until 10 PM. ET.) The final four days will each consist of eight hours of coverage (11 AM. ET to 7 PM. ET).

Andy Murray is the defending men's singles gold medalist, having won in London 2012, where Roger Federer won silver and Juan Martin Del Potro bronze.

Maria Sharapova won silver in 2012, Victoria Azarenka bronze. Neither will be in Rio due to suspension and pregnancy, respectively.

Tennis debuted in 1896, but was dropped after the 1924 Games. The sport was reinstated for the 1988 Olympics in Seoul and has been part of the event ever since.

The U.S. Open begins Aug. 29 and runs until Sept. 11.

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