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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)
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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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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• Oct. 22 New Orleans Pelicans vs. Toronto Raptors TNT 8 PM (ET)
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• Oct. 23 Denver Nuggets vs. Portland Trail Blazers ESPN 10 PM (ET)

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May032018

Kyrie‚Äôs Uncle Drew Scores His Own Wheaties Box, Makes Marketing History

By Barry Janoff

May 3, 2018: The character of Uncle Drew, which came to life via a Pepsi Max campaign featuring NBA star Kyrie Irving, is not only coming to the big screen but also to your breakfast table.

And making some marketing and cereal history along the way.

Wheaties said that Irving would do double-duty on an upcoming box, appearing in his Boston Celtics uniform on one side and on the other as the title character of the upcoming film, Uncle Drew.

The Kyrie Irving/Uncle Drew limited-edition Wheaties box will be available nationwide in late May 2018.

Wheaties, a General Mills brand, is supporting with Internet, social media and POP.

Irving marketing partner Nike has also collaborated with Wheaties for a very limited-edition signature Kyrie shoe package (100), with Wheaties-inspired shoes in a shoe box adorned with Wheaties packaging along with a mini-box of Wheaties, a cereal bowl and a spoon. Nike said the special-edition package would be given out by Irving at his discretion, but that the shoe itself would soon hit retail.

Although there have been non-athletes adorning the iconic "Breakfast of Champions" (dating back to aviators Elinor Smith and Martin and Osa Johnson in 1934), this is the first time in more than 60 years that a Hollywood character is appearing on the box.

Among the Hollywood stars to appear on Wheaties (backs and/or panels) were Shirley Temple and Johnny Weissmuller in the 1930s and movie and TV cowboy stars including Gene Autry and William "Hopalong Cassidy" Boyd in the 1950s.

There also is another distinction for the two-sided Irving box.

"For the first time in (nearly two) decades Wheaties will feature two great athletes on its box at the same time," Kathy Dixon, marketing communications manager for Wheaties, said in a statement.

Kirby Puckett and Dave Winfield were each on one side of a Wheaties box in 2001. Until now, that was the first and only Wheaties box that highlighted different athletes on the front and back, according to Wheaties.

"Kyrie is a proven winner based on all of his accomplishments on and off the court, and the story of Uncle Drew reminds us that no matter your age, you can still have fun and be successful at the things you love to do,” said Dixon.

Uncle Drew (due out June 29), is based on the marketing campaign conceived by Pepsi Max, which began in 2012, with Irving as a 75-year-old streetball legend “known for his amazing handles and ability to go to the rim.”

Expect lots of product placement in the film, including Pepsi, Nike and Gatorade.

According to Paula Kupfer, Lionsgate svp-global partnerships and promotions, "It's truly incredible to have Uncle Drew featured on the legendary Wheaties Box.

“We're thrilled to be a part of a campaign that celebrates Kyrie Irving as an amazing athlete and Uncle Drew as a beloved big screen character."

Among other current and former pro basketball stars in the movie are Shaquille O'Neal, Chris Webber, Reggie Miller, Nate Robinson, and Lisa Leslie.

According to Webber, Irving was in his Uncle Drew character about to film a scene last summer when he received news that he had been traded from the Cleveland Cavaliers to the Celtics.

According to Wheaties, the product was created in 1922, the result of an accidental spill of a wheat bran mixture onto a hot stove by a Minnesota clinician working for the Washburn Crosby Company (which later became General Mills).

"For the first time in (nearly two) decades Wheaties will feature two great athletes on its box at the same time."

Early on in Wheaties history, the brand had a fictional character who regularly appeared on the box, “Jack Armstrong, the All-American Boy,” whose Indiana Jones-type exploits were depicted in a live-action Hollywood “B” movie serial.

Irving continues a tradition that dates back to 1934 when Lou Gehrig became the first athlete on a Wheaties box, with the brand putting images on the sides and/or back of the book.

The first athlete to actually appear on the front cover was track & field star Bob Richards in 1958.

Michael Jordan has been on the most Wheaties boxes, 18 times.

From Lionsgate's Summit Entertainment label, the film is also produced by Temple Hill in association with Pepsi Productions.

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