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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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Rock & Roll Hall of Fame 2020 Nominees

• 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
• Thin Lizzy

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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

BUY SELL

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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Channel Chasers

NFL UK 2019
• Oct. 6 Chicago Bears v Oakland Raiders Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
• Oct. 13 Carolina Panthers v Tampa Bay Buccaneers Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
• 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).

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Mar112011

A Pizza The Pie: Domino's Delivers Marketing As Official NCAA Partner

By Barry Janoff, Executive Editor

March 10, 2011: In 2011, the NCAA Men's Division I basketball tournament has expanded from 64 to 68 teams and will get much broader network and digital coverage due to a first-year alliance between CBS and Time Warner division Turner Sports, which formed an alliance and signed a 14-year, $10.8 billion deal with the NCAA for exclusive coverage.

This expansion has also hit corporate America. Domino's Pizza said it has signed a multi-year partnership to become the “official pizza of the NCAA” and several of its 23 national championships. Domino's is the third company to join the NCAA's corporate marketing roster in 2011, along with Infiniti and Unilever.

According to the Ann Arbor, Mich.-based pizza company, this is the first time Domino’s has partnered nationally with collegiate athletics, and the first national sports marketing sponsorship for the company since 2007. Domino’s said the alliance would be anchored by an alliance with NCAA corporate partner Coca-Cola, which is the “official fan refreshment of the NCAA." Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Other NCAA corporate partners are AT&T, and Capital One (corporate champions); Enterprise, The Hartford, LG Electronics, Lowe's, Kraft Foods' Planters, Hershey's Reese's and UPS.

State Farm this past February decided not to renew its sponsorship deal with the NCAA.

“We are very proud to be the ‘official pizza of the NCAA,’ and look forward to a terrific opportunity to connect our brand with national and local platforms showcasing our country’s finest student athletes,” Russell Weiner, CMO for Domino’s Pizza, said in a statement. “Hard work, commitment to winning and an emphasis on team achievement are all attributes Domino’s and the NCAA have in common, and we are excited to bring these traits to life through this partnership.”

The three-week period of March Madness is one of the best-selling pizza segments of the year, according to industry analysts.

In addition to the men's basketball tournament and Final Four, Domino’s will have rights to such NCAA events as the women’s basketball Final Four, men’s hockey Frozen Four and the men’s and women's College World Series.

“Coca-Cola’s involvement with the NCAA and our championships has brought a tremendous amount of positive exposure to our long-standing partnership,” Peter Davis, NCAA director of corporate alliances, said in a statement. “With this announcement as the ‘Official Pizza of the NCAA,’ we welcome Domino’s Pizza to our NCAA championships, and we are excited to see the energy with this new relationship.”

"Hard work, commitment to winning and an emphasis on team achievement are all attributes Domino’s and the NCAA have in common."

According to Will Funk, svp-NCAA partnerships and branded programming within Turner Sports ad sales, "We're excited to have Domino's as an NCAA marketing partner, and look forward to their NCAA activation in conjunction with Coke,” says

Domino's which celebrated its 50th anniversary last year, has more than 9,000 locations worldwide.

Under terms of their new NCAA deal, Turner Sports and CBS Sports negotiate the NCAA’s corporate champion and corporate partner agreements.

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