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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
SOURCE: STUBHUB.COM

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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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Mar092016

Curry In Deep Water For Splash Studio Consumer-Generated Brita Campaign

By Barry Janoff

March 9, 2016: Brita plans to make a splash with the first national campaign starring its recently signed spokesman, reigning NBA MVP Stephen Curry.

Curry, who inked a three-year deal in December to endorse Brita's water filtration products and the "benefits of water in general," will be at the center of a project, "Splash Studio."

The campaign will direct people to create an original commercial intended "to make water a star (showing that) the beverage that can go toe-to-toe with the best that beer or soda can offer."

According to Brita, "The maker of the winning spot will receive $25,000 and the chance to recreate the advertisement with a cameo from Curry himself."

The top spot will air on TV at the start of the 2016-2017 NBA season. (Details here.)

"One of the things that makes Stephen Curry so inspiring is his absolute commitment to being at his best, both on and off the court, which is supported by his choice of water," Ed Huber, general manager for the Brita brand, said in a statement. "Through this effort, we are giving people a platform to join Stephen by using their talents to encourage others to make healthy lifestyle choices."

A supporting teaser spot shows Curry getting drenched by young fans with glasses of cold water.

According to Curry, "This is important to me. Water is my drink of choice because I know it is an essential part of a healthy lifestyle. Partnering with Brita and a campaign like this is one way I can personally help educate families about the benefits of water. I want to encourage people to have fun while they think of ways to inspire America to drink up."

Curry, who helped lead the Golden State Warriors to the 2014-15 NBA title, earns about $10 million in annual endorsements, according to industry analysts.

Earlier this week, he signed a deal with JP Morgan to be a spokesman for the Chase Masters program (alongside Serena Williams).

Among his other alliances are Under Armour (where he has the brand's first line of signature hoops shoes), EA Sports, Express clothing, JBL, Degree Men, Muscle Milk, Playstation, NBA 2K16, sports-equipment company Zamst and Fanatics Authentic memorabilia.

Over the past year or so he has also appeared in marketing for State Farm, Foot Locker, East Bay, MoGo mouth guards, the NBA on ESPN, NBA on TNT, several spots for ESPN's This is SportsCenter and regionally for the Warriors. In addition, he appeared on a limited-edition box of Wheaties.

Brita said that the Splash Studio initiative with Curry is just one part of its "ongoing efforts to get people to choose water."

The contest is scheduled to run now through May 31. Four finalists will be unveiled on July 1, at which point the voting will be open to the public. The final winner is scheduled to be revealed on Aug. 30.

Curry and Warriors teammate Klay Thompson are known as the Splash Brothers for their proficiency to make big shots from long-distance during games. He has set an NBA record this year with 300 (and counting) successful three-point field goals, breaking his own mark of 286 set last season.

“I like that Brita makes tap water taste good, so you don’t need to spend money or waste plastic with bottled water," said Curry.

Brita water-filtration products are marketed in the Americas by The Clorox Company.

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