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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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Channel Chasers

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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Oct102017

Turner Sports Expands AmEx Alliance With Ernie, Charles, Kenny, Shaq, Snoop

By Barry Janoff

October 10, 2017: With the NBA season just a week off, Turner Sports said it has expanded and enhanced its partnership with American Express, with the financial firm set to have more play on NBA on TNT, Inside the NBA and other Turner hoops-related programming and activation.

American Express has been the exclusive presenting sponsor for the NBA on TNT and NBA TV halftime shows, the American Express Halftime Report, since 2015.

Under terms of the new agreement, that sponsorship would continue and expand, as American Express becomes presenting sponsor for the NBA on TNT American Express Road Show during NBA Opening Night and NBA All-Star Weekend.

The NBA on TNT’s Inside the NBA has won numerous awards thanks to its on-air talent: Ernie Johnson, Charles Barkley, Shaquille O’Neal and Kenny Smith.

The NBA on TNT American Express Road Show debuts Oct. 17, Opening Day of the 2017-18 NBA season, from the San Francisco Bay Area.

The NBA defending champion Golden State Warriors open their schedule that night hosting the Houston Rockets (TNT).

Turner Sports said a day-long fan experience is scheduled to begin at Noon (PT), to include live studio telecasts, a variety of NBA on TNT attractions and a musical performance by Snoop Dogg.

(Turner said it has also collaborated with Snoop Dogg on the reboot of a classic game show for TBS, Snoop Dogg Presents Joker’s Wild, set to premiere Oct. 24.)

According to Turner Sports, NBA on TNT American Express Road Show would provide American Express with “significant on-air presence throughout the pre-game show, within the game and during post-game Inside the NBA show, as well as branding on-site at the NBA on TNT American Express Road Show venues and across NBA on TNT’s social media channels.”

“The NBA on TNT and NBA TV Halftime Shows are award-winning platforms that we know our card members and NBA fans love as a unique extension of the game itself,” Jill Hamilton, vp-U.S. media for American Express, said in a statement.

“Our partnership with Turner Sports will continue to be an important way for us to engage with NBA fans, as we look to deliver new benefits and experiences to card members and fans across the country, through live programming and experiences like the NBA on TNT and the American Express Road Show.”

The premiere NBA on TNT American Express Road Show is a 75,000 square-foot interactive space located at San Francisco’s Civic Center Plaza (near City Hall).

"TNT’s Inside the NBA has won numerous awards thanks to its on-air talent: Ernie Johnson, Charles Barkley, Shaquille O’Neal and Kenny Smith."

It will be anchored by TNT’s Inside the NBA studio team of Johnson, Barkley, Smith and O’Neal providing live pre-game, halftime and post-game coverage from the venue.

In addition to NBA on TNT American Express Road Show’s live production, fan attractions will feature TNT personality-themed merchandise, food, drinks, premium giveaways and on-court activities.

Also scheduled are musical performances by DJ Platurn, a Jr. NBA clinic, meet-and-greets with Warriors legends, social media activations and an NBA on TNT-branded photo booth.

According to Jon Diament, evp-ad sales for Turner Sports, "We are excited to build upon our partnership with American Express. Harnessing the power of our unique experiential platforms like the NBA on TNT Road Show delivers memorable experiences for our fans, while also creating unique marketing opportunities for our sponsorship partners with live, premium audiences.”

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