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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)

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Hear The Rainbow: Skittles To Stage Super Bowl Creative As A Broadway Musical

By Barry Janoff

January 14, 2019: Broadway has seen such all-time hits as Cats, Phantom of the Opera, Chicago, Les Miserables and A Chorus Line.

Now comes "Skittles Commercial: The Broadway Musical."

If you want to see Skittles’ Super Bowl LIII commercial this year, you won’t find it on CBS, but you will find it on Broadway.

Last year, Skittles, a division of Mars Wrigley Confectionery US, produced an exclusive ad that was shown to only one person.

This year, Skittles said it would stage a “commercial performed as a live Broadway musical.”

As The Drifters sang in the 1962 classic, “On Broadway,” “They say the neon lights are bright on Broadway, they say there’s always magic in the air.”

"Skittles Commercial: The Broadway Musical,” written by playwright and Pulitzer finalist Will Eno in partnership with DDB Worldwide, will debut in New York’s Town Hall, with showtime scheduled for Sunday, Feb. 3  (1 PM EST)

Skittles did not share the cost of production, but CBS is asking for $5 million-plus for 30-second spots doing Super Bowl LIII in Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta.

The show will be performed by a 17-member cast plus a “soon-to-be-announced celebrity” and a live band performing original music.

For every ticket purchased for "Skittles Commercial: The Broadway Musical", Mars Wrigley Confectionery US said it would “donate 100% of the purchase price less any third-party handling, convenience or other fees and taxes to Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.

Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS is a nonprofit organization that awards annual grants to help men, women and children in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and Washington, D.C., receive lifesaving medications, health care, nutritious meals, counseling and emergency assistance.”

In addition, Mars Wrigley Confectionery US plans to donate $25,000 to Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, “plus an additional amount equal to the total amount donated as a result of ticket purchases but not to exceed $25,000, for a total potential maximum donation of $50,000.”

"We're always looking for opportunities to innovate and entertain our fans in new ways around football's biggest stage," Debbie Litow, brand director for Skittles, said via the company. "And what better way to do that this year than by bringing our ad to the world's most famous stage: Broadway."

Skittles has established a dedicated Web site for additional information on tickets, the cast, videos and other accouterments.

Support also includes digital and social media.

Marketing will include the tag line, “Broadway the Rainbow. Taste the Rainbow.”

According to the site, souvenirs such as a recording of the music, a poster, T-shirts and pins will be available, with proceeds also going to Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.

Tickets to the live performance are on now sale and available to the public at Ticketmaster.com.

In addition, people can learn more about "Skittles Commercial: The Broadway Musical" and purchase tickets by visiting SkittlesTheMusical.com or the brand's social media pages.

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