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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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• 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
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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. 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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Feb032016

Spalding Effort Sends NBA's Lillard, DeRozan In Search Of True Believers 

By Barry Janoff

February 3, 2016: Saying that it wants to celebrate the "passion and confidence that basketball fuels among athletes and fans both on and off the court," sporting goods and equipment company Spalding is launching a campaign to search for and focus on people who "have the uncompromising confidence needed to defy all odds and obstacles."

Spalding, the official basketball of the NBA and WNBA as well as the official backboard of the NBA, has put All-Stars Damian Lillard (Portland Trail Blazers) and DeMar DeRozan (Toronto Raptors) in the midst of a multi-platform effort, True Believers.

The campaign includes Internet, social media, digital, an element offering a trip to the NBA Finals in June and a three part docu-series, scheduled to premier in June, which "celebrates the inner confidence and True Believers spirit shared by athletes the world over."

The umbrella tag line: "True Believers Are True To The Game."

There are two interactive elements to the effort.

People who post a photo of themselves or others on Twitter or Instagram that show how they are "True to the Game" will be eligible for such prizes as Spalding NBA products and game tickets. (Details here.)

Separately, at a Web destination, TrueBelievers.Spalding.com, visitors will find a Spalding Nickname Generator.

According to Spalding, "By answering a series of quick, yet intuitive questions, consumers can generate a nickname, which is then delivered to them by brand endorsers Lillard and DeRozan. These unique names will be created for True Believers to discover and share on their social networks.

Spalding said that for a limited time visitors who generate a nickname would be entered to win a trip to the NBA Finals. (Details here.) Early entries include "The Board Collector," "Arc of Justice," "World's Smallest Dunklin" and "Head Honcho in the Poncho."

"My Mom named me Damian," Lllard says in one supporting spot. "Now I got people calling me 'Game Time,' 'Ill Lil' and 'The Omen.' It's cool. I appreciate it. I always knew that one day, my name would stand for something. And look good on a jersey."

Text then reads, "Damian earned his name. Will you?"

Among other activations, Lillard and DeRozan are scheduled to participate in a special Periscope interview prior to the Raptors playing at the Trail Blazers on Feb. 4.

"As the official basketball of the NBA we have a front row seat to the passion and confidence the sport fuels among athletes and fans both on and off the court," Kenyatta Bynoe, senior director-marketing for Spalding, said in a statement. "Our goal is to tap into that passion via storytelling across multiple channels in a way that will actively demonstrate how our products enable confidence as well as insert Spalding into the lifestyle conversation."

The three part docu-series, in partnership with Slam Magazine and via agency Walton Isaacson, is scheduled to be distributed via ABC, ESPN.com and the Maker Studios YouTube network and promoted via WatchESPN app, local ESPN social channels and on the Slam, ESPN and ABC digital networks, per Spalding.

According to  Vida Cornelious, evp/CEO for Walton Isaacson, "This campaign will start a new dialogue around Spalding with the millennial athlete. We know he or she wants the tools and products they believe can take them to the next level and get it done. We're creating a movement around them and a call-to-action to share their stories because believers change the game on the court and in life."

Spalding also has official alliances that include the NCAA (official backboard), Little League World Series (official baseball) and King of the Beach Volleyball Tour (official volleyball).
 
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