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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
• 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
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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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The Rights Stuff: Gillette Extends Naming Rights For New England Patriots' Home Field

September 23, 2010: The New England Patriots can brag about something that fellow NFL teams such as the Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants and New York Jets can't: A naming rights deal to their home stadium. Gillette has signed a new agreement with The Kraft Group extending the company's strategic marketing and business partnership, which includes exclusive naming and sponsorship rights to Gillette Stadium through 2031.

The 69,000-seat venue is home to the Patriots and the New England Revolution of Major League Soccer, all three of which are owned by The Kraft Group, headed by Robert Kraft. The venue officially opened in May 2002, at which time technology firm CMGI, now known as ModusLink, held naming rights. Gillette, headquartered in Boston, took over naming rights in August of that year.

Financial terms were not disclosed. However, a large percentage of naming rights that companies have with stadiums primarily used by NFL teams fall in the $4-$7 million per year range.

"This extension continues our successful relationship with the Kraft family and one of the strongest sports franchises in the world," Chip Bergh, group president,  global male grooming, for Procter & Gamble, Gillette's parent company, said in a statement. The naming of Gillette Stadium has been a great investment for our business." The Stadium is located in Foxboro, Mass., about 20 miles south of Boston.

In addition to the Gillette Stadium naming rights deal, P&G's portfolio of sports marketing assets includes agreements with the NFL, Nascar, Major League Baseball and the International Olympic Committee.

"Like the Patriots, Gillette has a long history in New England and we are proud to partner with a local company that is a powerful world-class brand," Jonathan Kraft, president of The Kraft Group, said in a statement. "Gillette is not just a naming rights partner, but a company we are proud to partner with on many platforms."

Among current naming rights deals for stadiums primarily used by NFL teams, the deal Reliant Energy has for naming rights to the home stadium of the Houston Texans is at the high end, about $9.6 million per year via a 32-year pact signed in 2000 that runs through 2032. In 2006, the University of Phoenix  signed a 20-year deal for more than $154 million, about $7.7 million per year, for naming rights to the home stadium of the Arizona Cardinals. FedEx pays about $7.6 million a year for naming rights to the home of the Washington Redskins in a deal that runs  through 2025.

"Like the Patriots, Gillette has a long history in New England and we are proud to partner with a local company that is a powerful world-class brand."

Lucas Oil signed a 20-year deal estimated at $121 million for naming rights to home stadium of Indianapolis Colts, which began when venue opened in 2008. Lincoln Financial pays about $6.7 million a year for naming rights to the home venue of the Philadelphia Eagles in a deal that runs through 2022. And Invesco Funds pays about $6 million a year for naming rights to the Denver Broncos home field in a 20-year deal that runs through 2021.

The biggest naming rights deals currently in play are the 20-year, $400 million pacts Citibank and Barclays are paying, respectively, for rights to the New York Mets home Citi Field and the NBA Nets' Barclays Center, which is scheduled to open in 2012.

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