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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. 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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Apr042017

UA: Majestic Athletic To Continue As MLB Apparel Supplier Under Fanatics Acquisition

By Barry Janoff

April 4, 2017: In a move initiated last summer, VF Corp. today confirmed that it would sell its Licensed Sports Group to online sports apparel retailer Fanatics.

LSG is headed by the Majestic Athletic brand, which has had a relationship with MLB since 1982 and has been the league’s official on-field apparel supplier since 2005.

Financial terms of the deal were not released.

In December, MLB signed a ten-year deal naming Under Armour the exclusive MLB provider of all on-field uniform components, replacing Majestic beginning with the 2020 season.

Under terms of the same deal, Fanatics was granted "broad consumer product licensing rights to manage the manufacturing and distribution of Under Armour and Fanatics fan gear."

The deal left unresolved Majestic Athletic's status with MLB beyond 2019 and the future of the Majestic Athletic facility in Eason, PA, which employs about 600 people.

But Fanatics said it has also acquired the facility, located about 80 miles north of Philadelphia.

Concurrently, Under Armour in a statement said it would "continue the long-standing tradition of Major League Baseball's on-field uniforms being built by the dedicated workers of Easton, Pennsylvania, home of Majestic’s facility."

According to Under Armour, "The men and women of Easton will continue to play a major role in building Under Armour’s MLB team apparel business."

The decisions were confirmed during a media event to unveil the alliance held this afternoon at the Majestic Athletic factory, attended by MLB commissioner Rob Manfred, reps from Fanatics and Majestic Athletic and local and state politicians.

Under Armour and Fanatics said they expect to offer an assortment of new fan gear apparel and accessories at retail, prior to the 2020 season.

In a recent financial statement, VF said that "revenues for its Imagewear coalition hit $1.1 billion in 2015, with LSG representing about half of that amount."

Jacksonville, Fla.-based Fanatics’ partners include the NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL, Nascar, MLS, NBC Sports, CBS Sports, Fox Sports and more than 200 collegiate and professional team properties across all leagues

Beginning in the 2020 MLB season, Under Armour becomes the exclusive MLB provider of all on-field uniform components including jerseys featuring prominent Under Armour branding, baselayer, game-day outerwear and year-round training apparel for all 30 MLB clubs.

In addition to MLB, Majestic also supplies apparel and fanware through licensing agreements with various other U.S. and international professional sports leagues and teams.
 
VF Corp. plans to focus on its other high-profile brands, including The North Face, Timberland, Vans, Lee, Wrangler and Nautica.

"As active portfolio managers, we constantly assess the composition of our company to ensure VF’s portfolio is aligned with our strategic objectives and positioned to maximize growth and return to our shareholders," Eric Wiseman, VF’s chairman and CEO, said in a statement earlier this year explaining VF’s strategy.

"In this respect, we are exploring options for our LSG business to position the organization to continue its success and achieve its future potential," said Wiseman.

To coincide with the start of the 2017 MLB season, Majestic Athletic launched a new multi-media effort under its umbrella campaign, "My Team My Colors."

Among those in the effort are Majestic spokesmen including Nolan Arenado (Colorado Rockies), Miguel Cabrera (Detroit Tigers), Francisco Lindor (Cleveland Indians),  Joc Pederson (Los Angeles Dodgers), Kevin Pillar (Toronto Blue Jays), Gary Sanchez (New York Yankees), Kyle Schwarber (Chicago Cubs), Giancarlo Stanton (Miami Marlins) and Noah Syndergaard (New York Mets).

The premise of this year’s "My Team My Colors" finds the players creating artwork of the cities in which they play using brushes, canvas and paint-covered baseballs and bats.

The campaign is debuting during MLB's Opening Week across multimedia platforms including MLB.com, MLB Network, MLB venues and with Majestic retailer partners.

The VF Corp.-Fanatics transaction, which is expected to close in the second quarter of this year, is subject to standard customary closing conditions for a closing to occur.

Majestic Paints The Town 'My Team My Colors' With MLB Stars

Under Armour, Fanatics Play The Field With MLB

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