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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
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4. Giannis Antetokounmpo Milwaukee Bucks
5. Kevin Durant Brooklyn Nets
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7. James Harden Houston Rockets
8. Dwyane Wade Miami Heat (retired)
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2. Addams Family $30.3M
3. Gemini Man $20.5M
4. Abominable $6.2M
5. Downton Abbey $4.9M
6. Hustlers $3.9M
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Mar262019

Jackie Robinson The Focus Of Budweiser Campaign, Film Directed By Spike Lee

By Barry Janoff

March 26, 2019: The life, times and impact of Jackie Robinson are celebrated every year both on and off the baseball field, perhaps more so this year to honor what would have been his 100th birthday.

To coincide with MLB Opening Day on March 28, Budweiser will launch a multi-platform campaign celebrating Jackie's legacy nationwide, including TV, cinema, print, out-of-home, digital, social and in-stadium media.

At the core of the effort is a three-minute short film “Impact," directed by Oscar winner Spike Lee in collaboration with the Jackie Robinson Foundation.

It is narrated by Jackie Robinson's daughter, Sharon Robinson, who is also the vice chair for the Jackie Robinson Foundation.

The three-minute film will launch nationwide on-air and in-stadiums on March 28.

Lee and Budweiser said the creative was inspired by Robinson’s quote, "A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives.”

The three-minute homage features shots of Robinson on and off the field, shows how he continues to impact the lives of people — including a group of diverse immigrants who are being sworn in as U.S. citizens — and concludes by showing a group of people who are impacting their local communities.

"I'm honored to work with Sharon Robinson and Budweiser,” Lee said via Budweiser parent company Anheuser-Busch.

“All of us working in unison to pay homage to a great American who literally changed the game with the impact he made. Long live Jackie Robinson!"

The Jackie Robinson Foundation, founded by his wife, Rachael, is overseeing a season-long celebration of Robinson, which began with an exclusive photo exhibition — “In the Dugout with Jackie Robinson: An Intimate Portrait of a Baseball Legend” — in the Museum of the City of New York, which opened Jan. 31, Robinson’s birthdate.

The year-long celebration will culminate with the scheduled opening of the Jackie Robinson Museum in New York in December 2019.

Included will be MLB’s annual Jackie Robinson Day — April 15, when all players, managers, coaches and others wear Robinson’s No. 42 jersey to commemorate the day Robinson broke the baseball color line when the Brooklyn Dodgers started him at first base on April 15, 1947.

Events will take place in several cities throughout the year, including a speakers’ series, concerts and a traveling artifact exhibit.

Topps put Robinson on card No. 42 of its current Living Set collection.

As part of its campaign, Budweiser is raising money for the Jackie Robinson Foundation to help support the Jackie Robinson Museum.

Budweiser has created limited-edition Jackie Robinson "42" aluminum bottles for the MLB season. Marked with Jackie's signature, 42¢ from every bottle sold will be donated to the Jackie Robinson Foundation.

According to Ricardo Marques, vp-marketing core and value brands for Anheuser-Busch, “Jackie Robinson was a true American hero who displayed incredible courage and resilience in the name of equality and unity.

“His boundary-breaking achievements extend well beyond baseball through his work as a civil rights activist; undeniably Jackie Robinson continues to serve as an inspiration today for anyone out there looking to live with impact."

“Impact” includes shots of the former Ebbets Field, a current shot of Ebbets Field Apartments on the stadium’s location, plaques commemorating Ebbets Field and home plate where  “On April 15, 1947, Jack Roosevelt Robinson integrated Major League Baseball.”

It also includes the Jackie Robinson School, Jackie Robinson Museum; the rotunda in the New York Mets’ Citi Field, which was designed to recreate Ebbets Field and has oversize photos of Robinson on the walls; Robinson at home, with the Dodgers and his gravesite (he passed away on Oct. 24, 1972); and even a shot of Spike Lee in a Robinson jersey.

“Baseball is a game of impact,” Sharon Robinson says in the spot. “The powerful contact of the bat with the ball changes its direction and can change the outcome of the game. The impact isn’t just felt by the batter. Other players feel it, fans near and far feel it.

“But in 1947, that impact was felt well beyond any field. It was felt by the entire country.”

As we see current shots of a group of ipeople being sworn in as U.S. citizens and re-created historical shots of people listening to the radio during Dodgers-Robinson games, Sharon Robinson continues, “It was bigger than the game because it changed everything. Under the watchful eye of thousands, Jackie Robinson heroically stepped forward, determined to break the color barrier of the sport he loved.

“The crack of his bat became the sound of hope. A brief act. A fraction of a second. Yet with everlasting impact. An impact that changed things forever. Changed the game, the course of history, changed the whole nation. It changed his whole future. The things he would endure, The heights he would reach. The lives he would touch.

“Like a ballot just right, he set us on an irreversible trajectory. He taught us all that not just baseball but life itself is a game of impact. How do I know this? Jack Roosevelt Robinson is my dad.”

Jackie Robinson Getting Year-Long 100th Birthday Fete

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