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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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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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Dec222016

Top Male Sports Marketer Of The Year 2016: Rockin' And Rollin' With The Rock

By the Staff of NYSportsJournalism.com

December 21, 2016: When actor/comedian Rob Riggle, who was part of the Rock the Troops concert Oct. 22 on Joint Base Pearl Harbor Hickam, Hawaii, was asked, "How do you rock the troops?" his reply was simple.

"You bring in killer actors, comedians and musicians, put them on stage with The Rock and you let them swing for the fences."

If you want to build a successful career that crosses many lines and encompasses demographics across the board, it should be rock solid, as in Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson.

The Rock, who ended his full-time alliance with WWE in 2004, currently earns about $50 million in endorsement deals that include Under Armour and Ford.

He is the highest-paid actor in Hollywood, earning $64.5 million over the past year from his recent movie roles, according to Forbes, including Central Intelligence, Furious 7 and San Andreas.

Moana, an animated film from Disney in which he voices Maui, one of the lead characters, hit theaters in late November at No. 1. His upcoming scheduled movies include a reboot of Jumanji, Fast 8 and Baywatch; with deals in place to appear in San Andreas 2, Journey 3: From the Earth to the Moon and Doc Savage.

Johnson has also done well on the small screen. He stars in HBO’s Ballers, now in its second season, as an ex-football player turned sports financial manager. And among the numerous projects under his Seven Bucks Productions is Clash of the Corps, a reality-based competition among top drum corps groups, that has been airing on Fuse.

He still is big with the WWE. In April, he teamed with John Cena to help The Rock beat The Wyatt Family at WrestleMania 32.

He has 57.1 million Likes on his Facebook page and 10.6 million followers on Twitter, and not all of them are WWE fans. This year, he was named "The Sexiest Man Alive" by People Magazine. In December, he was on the cover of Sports Illustrated as well as other sports-related magazines.
Through it all, Johnson has not lost sight of his goals: Work hard, train hard and support those who have sacrificed for others.

When Under Armour, which signed Johnson to a deal last year, recently erica’s Armed Forces. In its first weeks, the UA Freedom x Project Rock Rock the Troops collection has exceeded expectations.

"Rock The Troops collection (is) not only Under Armour's  No. 1 seller but also the fastest-selling athlete apparel line of its kind,” Johnson wrote on his Facebook page. "In the world of business this is very big, considering I'm new to the apparel game. Yet with every new drop we continue to 'move the needle,' make (a) big impact and show tremendous growth."

As part of his on-going efforts to support current and former members of the military, Johnson hosted the free Rock the Troops concert Oct. 22 in Hawaii, where some 45,000 people watched a star-studded roster that included Kevin Hart, Jack Black and Nick Jonas. The concert aired on Spike in December.

"This just means I'm still up at 4 AM trainin' hard, takin' care of my babies, drivin' my pick up truck and tellin' a few dirty/nerdy jokes."

Also upcoming for Johnson: A sitcom in production for Fox chronicling his early days in the WWE, a sci-fi "time travel" series, Lifeline, in production for YouTube Red for 2017 and a scheduled appearance in WWE’s WrestleMania 33 this April in Orlando.

"This just means I'm still up at 4 AM trainin' hard, takin' care of my babies, drivin' my pick up truck and tellin' a few dirty/nerdy jokes," Johnson wrote on his Facebook page, responding to his People honor but, in effect, revealing a path that others could follow to entertainment and marketing fame and fortune.

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