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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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• 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
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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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Jun292018

Visa Sees U.S. World Cup Card Holders Spending A Lot Of Time Spending Rubles

By Barry Janoff

June 28, 2018: Since the beginning of the FIFA World Cup on June 14, people around the world have been spending a lot of time rooting for their favorite players and teams as well as watching the action on the pitch.

It turns out that people also have been spending a lot of money around the World Cup as they get pitched by marketers and brands.

In the tournament’s first five days, Visa card holders visiting host Russia from the U.S. have been the biggest foreign spenders, followed by China and Mexico, respectively

On average, across the tournament’s 11 host cities, Visa card holders spent an average of 3,575 rubles (approximately $56.65) per transaction, according to Visa, the official payment services partner for FIFA,

The opening match between Russia and Saudi Arabia on June 14 (where Visa said fans from 123 countries filled the stadium) saw the highest volume of payment transactions.

The June 17 match between Germany and Mexico saw the second highest volume of transactions.

The average in-stadium transaction amount for all matches during the first five days of tournament play was 1,682 rubles ($26.66).

Visa has been a significant catalyst in the process, having launched a global multi-platform campaign featuring soccer star Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

According to Visa, the largest average individual purchases have been in the categories of luxury goods ($364.55/23,000 rubles), lodging  ($237.75/15,000 rubles) and fashion ($126.86/8,000 rubles).

According to Visa, in the 11 Russian host cities of the tournament, about 17% of purchases with Visa used contactless payment technology, including smart phones, bracelets and rings.

In the stadiums themselves, the share of contactless payments was up to 54% (inclusive of purchases made by fans from Russia and abroad).

According to Ekaterina Petelina, country manager, Visa Russia, “Many of the international visitors attending this summer’s tournament have never been to Russia before and we’re excited to be providing them with the ultimate tournament experience, powered by the speed and ease of Visa’s digital payments, which are increasingly happening on contactless cards, devices and wearables,” said in a statement.

“In the stadiums particularly, fans are using contactless payment technology to speed through the lines and quickly get back to the action on the pitch.”

The five host cities that saw the highest amount of tourist spending _  both in and out of stadium — were Moscow ($26.9 million/1.7 billion rubles), St. Petersburg: ($8 million/506 million rubles), Sochi: $1.6 million/104 million rubles), Kazan ($1.1 million/71 million rubles) and Ekaterinburg ($760,800/48 million rubles).

Luzhniki Stadium led all venues for total number of payment transactions, where fans spent 139 million rubles ($2.2 million) — of which 71 million rubles ($1.12 million) came from non-Russian citizens and 68 million rubles ($1.1 million) from Russian citizens.

FIFA global partners include adidas, Coca-Cola, Wanda, Gazprom, Hyundai-Kia Motors, Qatar Airways and Visa.

FIFA World Cup sponsors include Anheuser-Busch (Budweiser), Hisense, McDonald’s, Mengniu and Vivo.

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