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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
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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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Mar232015

Louisville Slugger, Bat To Ruth, DiMaggio, Robinson, Ripken, Jeter, Changes Hands

By Barry Janoff

March 23, 2015: Wilson, the official glove of Major League Baseball, and Louisville Slugger, the official bat of Major League Baseball, have been joined as tools of the trade for MLB players for decades.

Now they hit the playing field as business siblings.

Wilson Sporting Goods Co., a division of Amer Sports Corp., has acquired Louisville Slugger from parent Hillerich & Bradsby Co., which includes the global brand, sales and innovation rights to the iconic bat maker.

Financial terms were not released, but was put at $70 million by industry analsyts.

The deal is pending Hillerich & Bradsby shareholder approval.

The creation of the bats themselves will not be leaving Kentucky. Under the terms of the agreement, Hillerich & Bradsby will become Wilson's exclusive manufacturing partner for wood bats and will manufacture all Louisville Slugger-branded MLB, Minor League Baseball, amateur player and souvenir wood bats for Wilson.

Wilson said it would market and sell Louisville Slugger-branded products through its baseball and softball business unit, and that it would market and sell Louisville Slugger as a stand-alone brand, similar to Louisville Slugger's current marketing and sales strategy.

Hillerich & Bradsby will continue to manufacture wood bats at the company's downtown Louisville factory, and will also maintain ownership and continue to operate the Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory and Gift Shop.

Hillerich & Bradsby's Bionic Gloves division and Powerbilt golf brand are not part of the agreement with Wilson.

Louisville Slugger said it has sold more than 100 million bats since it started in 1884. The first was a wooden bat manufactured by “Bud” Hillerich for Pete  Browning, who played for the Louisville Eclipse Baseball Team of the American Association.

Since then, among the more than 8,000 pro baseball players who have been or are currently under contract to Louisville Slugger (including 60% of current MLBers): Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Ty Cobb, Ted Williams, Jackie Robinson, Joe DiMaggio, Cal Ripken Jr., Robin Yount, Ken Griffey Jr., Buster Posey, Evan Longoria, Prince Fielder, Ryan Zimmerman, Adam Jones, Nelson Cruz, David Wright and Alex Rodriguez.

The bat used by Derek Jeter for his entire MLB career, the P72, had its product designation retired when Jeter retired following the 2014 season — the sole such honor in the company's history — and was rebranded DJ72.

"The decision to sell the Louisville Slugger brand was a difficult and serious one to make," John Hillerich IV, CEO for Hillerich & Bradsby, said in a statement. "The Hillerich family, and those closest to the brand, firmly believes that a new business model is necessary to realize the enormous potential of this brand in the future. We recognized from our first conversation with Wilson that they would be a great partner and steward of the brand our family created and so many have nurtured for 131 years."

"The decision to sell the Louisville Slugger brand was a difficult and serious one to make (but) a new business model is necessary."

Wilson currently manufactures and sells high performance gloves, bats, uniforms, apparel, protective gear, accessories, and player development equipment and training tools through its Wilson, DeMarini and ATEC brands.

According to Mike Dowse, President for Wilson Sporting Goods, "We are excited to welcome Louisville Slugger into the Wilson family. Growing our baseball and softball business globally is a key business strategy, and H&B has created one of the most recognizable baseball brands in the world. We believe Louisville Slugger will enrich our company significantly, enhance our baseball and softball product offering at all levels of the game, and ensure we are delivering only the best performance products to athletes of every age."

PHOTOS COURTESY LOUISVILLE SLUGGER

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