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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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Oct202010

Dunkin' Donuts Extension With Boston Celtics Part Of Larger NBA Push

Celtics' guard Ray Allen will get center spotlight in a new campaign from Dunkin' Donuts.October 20, 2010: Dunkin’ Donuts, which has been a sponsor of the Boston Celtics for more than 15 years, has renewed its alliance with the franchise for another three years. The extension, which will focus on community and promotional initiatives, will run through the 2012-13 NBA season.

Financial terms were not disclosed. The renewed alliance coincides with the upcoming start of the 2010-11 NBA season and Dunkin' Donuts' sponsorship push throughout the league. Last week, Dunkin' Donuts opened a location inside Conseco Fieldhouse as part of a new sponsorship deal with the Indiana Pacers. Other Dunkin' Donuts marketing deals with NBA teams include the Chicago Bulls, Washington Wizards and Charlotte Bobcats.

As part of the Celtics deal, Dunkin’ Donuts, based in Canton, Mass., said it would retain its designation as an official team sponsor and continue to have rights to use Boston Celtics team marks and logos in external and internal marketing and advertising campaigns. Dunkin’ Donuts revealed that Celtics All-Star guard Ray Allen will serve as a spokesperson and be fully integrated into the company’s new season-long iced coffee marketing campaign, “Caught Cold.” The company said that Allen would be featured in TV and radio commercials and participate in promotional appearances.

“Caught Cold” is designed to reward New England consumers who are “caught” drinking Dunkin’ Donuts Iced Coffee. Every Thursday throughout the 2010-11 NBA season, the Celtics street team will travel around the region and instantly reward customers spotted drinking Dunkin’ Donuts Iced Coffee with two tickets to an upcoming Celtics home game at the TD Garden.

In addition, Dunkin’ Donuts said it would activate the sponsorship through "comprehensive community relations and promotional programs, including the Dunkin’ Donuts “KidZone” at the TD Garden, a special seating section unveiled in 2001 in which Dunkin’ Donuts hosts children from charitable organizations at every Celtics game who might not otherwise have access to area sporting events.

“We look forward to a mutually beneficial relationship with the Boston Celtics for years to come and we look forward to a great season,” Tom Manchester, Dunkin’ Donuts' director of sports marketing, said in a statement. “This is a great opportunity for us to expand our commitment to the Celtics organization and continue to provide great experiences for the amazing Boston Celtics fans in the communities we serve.”

Regarding the marketing campaign with Ray Allen, Manchester offered, “We are especially excited to work with an athlete and individual of Ray Allen’s caliber. Ray will add a great dimension to our ‘Caught Cold’ campaign, which we feel will be a fun and interactive way for us to reward our loyal guests with the opportunity to experience Boston Celtics basketball action.”

According to Allen himself, “I’m excited to work with Dunkin' Donuts like so many great Boston athletes have in the past. Ever since I've been here, it's been apparent how involved Dunkin' Donuts is in the community and how much they care about their customers. ‘Caught Cold’ is a fun promotion and I’m glad to be part of it, and to provide Dunkin’ Donuts and Celtics fans with the chance to watch me and my teammates play at the Garden."

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