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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
SOURCE: STUBHUB.COM

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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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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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May052019

Batter Up: With Baseball A Hit, Sports And Fitness Products Industry Tops $92B

By Barry Janoff

May 3, 2019: People will do many things to stay healthy and keep in shape.

The translates to investing more than $92 billion in 2018 to do so.

The fitness market, including 25 different categories of equipment, reported positive growth nearly across the board.

The baseball/softball category experienced the greatest growth among team sports at 7.7%, driven by a huge year in baseball bat sales, reporting 18.9% growth, according to a new report from the Sports and Fitness Industry Assn., the trade association of leading industry sports and fitness brands, suppliers, retailers and partners.

SFIA said its 2019 SFIA Manufacturers’ Sales Report is broken down into four categories, “all of which experienced an increase in sales": Sports Equipment $25.1 billion (0.8%), Fitness Equipment $5.4 billion (3.6%), Apparel $36.6 billion (1.2%) and Footwear $16.6 billion (4.6%).

“Last year’s performance reflects a challenging market environment, where it’s more about the market share than it is about industry growth,” Tom Cove, SFIA president and CEO, said via the Silver Springs, Md.-based organization.

“As an industry, we must understand the critical importance of increased sports and fitness participation, as a long-term strategy to fortify the foundation of our industry.”

According to SFIA, “Fitness participation is the highest it's been in six years,” with 66% of the population involved in one or more of seven key activity categories, including fitness, outdoor sports, individual sports, team sports, water sports, racquet sports and winter sports.

That figure is up from 60.1% participation in 2013.

Regarding baseball, SFIA said there was an “increase in participation; baseball is thriving.”

The surge in bat sales was driven by a USA Baseball rule change in 2017, “which created a new standard for all youth bats starting on Jan. 1, 2018, requiring all players and leagues to purchase a new bat last year.”

Also likely a factor: Baseball and softball are returning to the 2020 Tokyo Summer Games for the first time since the 2008 Games in Beijing.
 
Another potential factor for the rise in baseball equipment sales: The sport was voted No. 1 in fan loyalty in 2017 and 2018, passing the NFL for the first time in a decade, according to the Sports Loyalty Index survey conducted by research and media intelligence firm Brand Keys, NY.

Although baseball was replaced again by the NFL in the 2019 survey, the sport remains No. 2 among the major pro sports in the U.S.

Overall, athletic footwear experienced an increase of 4.6%, with sport sandals/slides (20.0%), casual/fashion (18.0%) and classic/originals (10.0%) ranking as the top three growth categories, according to the 2019 SFIA Manufacturers’ Sales Report.

“Fitness participation is the highest it's been in six years,” with 66% of the population involved in one or more of seven key activity categories."

“The top three categories are not performance wear, representing the strong influence of sports and fitness styles in today’s fashion world,” reported SFIA.

Apparel sales grew 1.2%, while licensed merchandise came in with at 5.8% growth, “indicating greater fandom and new opportunities for brands and apparel manufacturers.”

Golf clubs also experienced healthy growth at 8.9%.

Boutique fitness trends, responsible for introducing people in the U.S. to many nontraditional exercises, “are likely stimulating across the board increases in the fitness and martial arts equipment categories,” according to SFIA.

PHOTOS COURTESY SFIA

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