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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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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)
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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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5. Downton Abbey $4.9M
6. Hustlers $3.9M
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NFL UK 2019
• Oct. 27  Cincinnati Bengals v Los Angeles Rams Wembley Stadium
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• 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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Curry, Spieth, Copeland, Connected Fitness Play Key Roles In Under Armour Sales 

By Barry Janoff

July 23, 2015: Stating that it has seen "historic performances and accolades from our incredible portfolio of athletes," Under Armour continued its assault on the landscape once dominated by Nike and adidas with increased revenue and its strategy to "build consumer engagement and drive healthier lifestyles."

The apparel and footwear company Thursday (July 23) unveiled second-quarter financial figures that included a 29% increase in net revenue to $784 million, apparel net revenues that increased 23% to $515 million and footwear net revenues that rose 40% to $154 million, the latter "primarily reflecting continued product expansion across the running category and ongoing excitement around Stephen Curry signature product."

"More than ever before, this year has highlighted that the right investments are key to not only driving near-term results, but building the foundation for the unlimited potential of the Under Armour brand," Kevin Plank, chairman and CEO for Baltimore-based Under Armour, said during a conference call with analysts and media.

Nike is No. 1 in category retail sales in the U.S., but Under Armour last year passed adidas for the No. 2 spot, according to industry analysts. In 2014, Under Armour's sales rose 30% and for the first time topped $3 billion.

"In the second quarter of 2015, we witnessed historic performances and accolades from our incredible portfolio of athletes, including the NBA's MVP and (Golden State Warriors) world champion Stephen Curry; PGA Tour pro Jordan Spieth who won this year's Masters and U.S. Open; and the American Ballet Theatre's first-ever African American female principal dancer, Misty Copeland," said Plank.

Also helping to drive sales: Under Armour's "Connected Fitness," a tech-driven platform (including such interactive and wearable apps as MapMyFitness, Record, Endomonto and MyFitnessPal) which the company said "provides the technology needed to help (people) train, perform and improve."

Connected Fitness includes more than 140 million unique registered users and is adding "on average more than 100,000 new athletes each day," per Under Armour.

"We are pleased with our progress and believe we are still in the early stages of uncovering the potential of what the world's largest digital health and fitness community can do to build consumer engagement and drive healthier lifestyles," said Plank.

Stephen Curry's signature line, the first for Under Armour in the hoops category, was unveiled with multi-media marketing, supported by Curry's presence in the NBA All-Star Game in February and subsequent national attention as league MVP and record-setting point guard for the NBA champion Warriors.

His brother, Seth Curry, who just signed a deal with the Sacramento Kings, also wears Under Armour basketball shoes.

In addition, Under Armour's roster of pro athletes includes MLB players Bryce Harper, Buster Posey, Zack Greinke, Joc Pederson, Lorenzo Cain and Todd Frazier; NFL players Tom Brady, Brandon Marshall, Eddie Lac, Julio Jones and Patrick Peterson; world-class runner Frezer Legesse Miller; and MMA fighter Elias Silverio.

Under its "I Will What I Want" mantra, Under Armour this month released a multi-media campaign for its burgeoning women's division featuring its "Women of Will": Copeland, Gisele Bündchen, Lindsey Vonn, pro surfer Brianna Cope and Kelley O'Hara of the World Cup champion U.S. Women's National Soccer Team.

Among other financial figures, Under Armour said that direct-to-consumer net revenues, which represented 32% of total net revenues for the second quarter, grew 33% year-over-year; and that international net revenues, which represented 11% of total net revenues for the second quarter, grew 93% year-over-year.

"Leveraging these unprecedented successes for our brand remain critical as we continue to align our strategy to attack key growth categories."

According to Brad Dickerson, COO/CFO for Under Armour, "The ongoing strength of our brand and execution of our business plan give us confidence in raising our full year top line outlook. In addition, the confluence of our sports marketing success stories has provided a unique opportunity to drive investment toward areas that we see are key to long-term sustainable growth and we plan to take advantage of this dynamic in the back half of 2015.

"At the same time, we are increasing our focus on developing sustainable business process improvements and better connecting the components of our value chain to more fully capitalize on our Brand's momentum each season going forward," said Dickerson.

"Leveraging these unprecedented successes for our brand remain critical as we continue to align our strategy to attack key growth categories and drive deeper connections with the athlete," said Plank. "Some of these powerful connections are already evident across our distribution, where we are investing in expanded relationships with our key sporting goods and mall partners, as well as supporting our own direct-to-consumer capabilities including new brand house openings across both the U.S. and our international markets."

Under Armour said it would discuss "these initiatives and our longer-term business plan in greater detail" during its Investor Day, scheduled for Sept. 16.

Under Armour Effort Teams Vonn, Copeland, Bündchen, O'Hara

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