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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

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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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Aug292016

Kevin Durant Teams With J.J. Watt, Derek Jeter In New American Family Campaign

By Barry Janoff

August 29, 2016: In his first national campaign appearance since joining the Golden State Warriors, Kevin Durant stars alongside NFL All-Pro J.J. Watt and MLB icon Derek Jeter in a new campaign from American Family Insurance under its umbrella effort, “Insure Carefully, Dream Fearlessly.”

The campaign supports the company's position that "being a true dream champion means providing real support, not just cheering from the sidelines."

The multi-media effort sees brand ambassadors Durant, Watt and Jeter giving "unexpected assistance to hardworking Americans whose dreams are to help others by giving back to their communities."

“Customers choose American Family Insurance because we engage with them through meaningful content that reaches beyond traditional advertising, daring them to dream fearlessly, knowing we’re protecting them along the way,” Telisa Yancy, CMO for American Family Insurance, said in a statement. “Our brand ambassadors are an important part of this message — supporting and championing dreams, sharing their own stories, struggles and achievements, and providing inspiration by example.”

Several spots follow the three men as they interact with people and kids in local communities.

In "School on Wheels," Jeter, Durant and Watt work with kids in the School on Wheels program, a national organization that offers educational assistance to children living on the streets, on their math, reading and drawing.

In “With Love Market,” the focus is on With Love Market & Café, based in Los Angeles, which makes healthy food accessible and affordable.

Hometown Hero”  sees Durant, along with Watt and Jeter, surprising James, a young boy from his hometown of Washington D.C., who believes he is going to appear on a talk show to discuss how his single mother supports his dream of being a dancer. Durant offers encouragement and shares what his own single mother told him as a young, aspiring athlete, according to American Family.

Thirty-second spots will air locally in 69 markets in 19 states.  Accompanying the films is the song,  “I Know Better” from award-winning musician John Legend.

Support includes radio, Internet and social media.

Lead agency is BBDO Worldwide.

“Getting to talk to James and encourage his dreams was an amazing moment for me,” said Durant in a statement. “It’s important to me to be able to connect with people one-on-one and make a difference, and I'm glad I was able to do that with this campaign.”

Durant last month signed with the Warriors as a free agent after spending the first nine years in the NBA with the Seattle Sonics/Oklahoma City Thunder.

He revealed his decision on The Players' Tribune, an online site under the auspices of Jeter.

According to Julie Schaubroeck, associate vp-brand and consumer marketing for American Family Insurance, “Our brand ambassadors are great examples of the power of dreams and having the support of others who believe in you through your journey.

"We’ve taken our insure carefully, dream fearlessly campaign a step further by seeing our brand ambassadors — who had dreams they achieved partly because of the support of family, friends and community — championing the dreams of others," said Schaubroeck.

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