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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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• Dave Matthews Band
• Depeche Mode
• Doobie Brothers
• Whitney Houston
• Judas Priest
• Kraftwerk
• MC5
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• Nine Inch Nails
• Notorious B.I.G.
• Rufus feat. Chaka Khan
• Todd Rundgren
• Soundgarden
• T. Rex
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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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Top Sports Marketer Of The Year 2016: After 108 Years, Cubs, Marketers Ready To Party

By the Staff of NYSportsJournalism.com

December 22, 2016: Late in the night on Nov. 2, moments after Chicago Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant fielded a ground ball off the bat of Cleveland Indians batter Michael Martinez and threw it to first baseman Anthony Rizzo for the final out of the 2016 World Series, Nike, Budweiser and MLB, in that order, were on Fox with commercials that were both congratulatory and self-serving.

ESPN, American Airlines, Under Armour, Chevrolet, Topps, Red Bull, New Era and Uber were also among the brands and companies that hit the ground running with activation to celebrate the Cubs, owned by several members of the Ricketts Family, winning their first World Series title since 1908.

Budweiser dug out a 1984 spot, "Cubs Fan, Bud Man," staring the now-late Harry Caray, the long-time legendary Cubs broadcaster, sitting with fans in Wrigley Field cheering on the team and dreaming of announcing a World Series, which was updated with the text, "Chicago Cubs 2016 World Series Champions."

The Anhueser-Busch brand also broke a second spot, "Harry Caray's Last Call: Fly The W," in which Caray, via calls pieced together from his broadcasts, having him doing play-by-play for Game 7 and ultimately proclaiming, "The Cubs have won." It played out to real images of Cubs fans watching the game and reacting to the win. It closes with a shot of the Harry Caray statue outside of Wrigley Field, wearing a Cubs jersey, with the text, "Harry, They Did It."

MLB in its post-game spot, "Wishing Wanting Waiting World Champions," ran through a visual history of the Cubs going back to 1908, featuring such iconic Cubs players as Ernie Banks, Ron Santo and Billy Williams as well as fans, billy goats and black cats, ending with the Cubs celebrating and shots of Cubs World Series gear (found on MLB's online shopping destination via Fanatics), including caps from official partner New Era.

ESPN broke its own ode to the Cubs via its "This Is SportsCenter" campaign, "Zero Years Since The Cubs Won The World Series," showing a staffer changing a sign that read, "108 Years Since Chicago Cubs Won World Series” to “0 Years Since Chicago Cubs Won World Series."

The AP Named the Cubs winning the World Series the "Top Sports Story of the Year."

Several Cubs players have seen individual residuals from winning the Series. MLB marketing partner Chevrolet presented on-air a 2017 Chevrolet Camaro SS 50th Anniversary Edition to Series MVP Ben Zobrist, which was shown by Fox.

Zobrist, Addison Russell and Javier Baez were feted at a parade on Main Street in Disney World.

Topps, the exclusive trading card partner for MLB, signed Kris Bryant "to the largest and most significant exclusive card deal in the company’s baseball history."

Wrigley Field, the team’s iconic home venue, also benefited from the team’s run to glory.

Toyota, a Cubs legacy partner that has had its its name on the front marquee sign at Wrigley Field on the corner of Addison and Clark, received national attention with the words, "World Series Champions" added to "Wrigley Field Home of the Chicago Cubs."

Investment firm Nuveen received national broadcast air time during the playoffs and World Series with its huge sign in the left field bleachers — 57 feet wide with nine-foot-high letters, according to the team — a deal signed before the 2016 season. Budweiser, Wintrust (financial firm), CBRE (real estate) and Under Armour also had major visibility with signage in the outfield.

Among the countless fans who finally got to see the Cubs win the World Series was Craig Sager, long-time Turner Sports reporter, who passed away from complications due to cancer on Dec. 15, but not before making good on a $1,000 bet he had placed every year since 1981 that the Cubbies would be the champs of MLB.

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