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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
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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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Apr302019

Survey: People Would Spend More If Wait Time At Concession Stands Was Less

By Barry Janoff

April 30, 2019: With sports teams and leagues looking for ways to get fans into stadium and arena seats, a new survey shows that keeping them in their seats is a significant way to start.

A priority among venues and teams is to sell food and drink, which ultimately can be done with little effort.

The problem: standing on lines to buy food and drinks.

Nearly all people — 94% — at games buy food and/or drinks.

The problem for venues and concessions: 59% said they would spend even more if they didn't have to wait in lines, according to a new survey from Oracle Food and Beverage, Stadium of the Future: The Next Generation of Game Day Technology.

Ten minutes was the maximum acceptable wait time to buy food and drinks, according to those surveyed.

Oracle, which said it works with thousands of restaurants, bars, coffee shops, stadiums, theme parks, and other food and beverage operations worldwide with Oracle POS platforms to optimize the guest experience, also offers that 76% of those surveyed said in-seat delivery would improve their stadium experience.

"There is nothing more frustrating for sports-goers than missing part of the game while they wait for a hot dog and beer," Simon de Montfort Walker, evp and GM, Oracle Food and Beverage, said via the Redwood Shores, Calif., firm.

”Stadiums must modernize the ordering and delivery of food and beverages to improve the experience and keep fans coming back.”

The survey shows that 72% of sports fans in the U.S. “always or usually” purchase food at a game while 76% buy a beverage, spending an average of $42 per game.

Some 30% of fans globally ranked being able to stay in their seats as the most important way to improve the food and beverage experience at the stadium.

Concurrently, 59% of those who responded would spend more on concessions if their wait time were cut in half.

Directly related to that, 74% said they would like to pick up an order from an express line at a concession stand if offered.

In order to speed up the overall process for people in sports venues, cashless operations have been implemented in Mercedes-Benz Stadium (home to the NFL’s Atlanta Falcons and MLS United) and Tropicana Field (home to MLB’s Tampa Bay Rays).

Among the findings, the survey showed that when it comes to food and beverages, fans would welcome self-ordering from kiosks and mobile apps to speed the process.

While fans were also open to AR/VR to view menus and for drone food delivery, but drew the line at robots delivering their food.

According to de Montfort Walker, “Fans are amazingly tech-savvy and expect to bring the same conveniences they have in their everyday lives — self-ordering, food delivery, mobile payments, etc. — to their favorite sporting venues."

In the survey, 41% said they would be likely to use drone delivery or voice activated virtual assistants, while 37% would use augmented reality to see food options.

“They want the food to be delivered to them in their seat, so they spend their time watching the game,” according to Stadium of the Future: The Next Generation of Game Day Technology. “And they expect all this to be paid for via the click of a button, via cashless or modern payment systems or loaded tickets.

Sixty-three percent of fans were also interested in joining a loyalty program to get even more benefit from the game-day outing.

"Venues can no longer think of game-day as a moment in time,"  said de Montfort Walker. "It's an opportunity to engage fans before, during, and after a game in an easy and seamless manner for a fan.

“For example, loyalty programs members may receive a coupon for a $1 hot dog during the seventh inning stretch at a baseball game or free wings at a venue owned restaurant outside the stadium after a game. It's a win-win that rewards the fan and helps the venue move product and increase revenue."

The study was conducted among more than 2,000 sports fans from the U.S., U.K., Germany, Australia and Canada,

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