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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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• MC5
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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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Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.
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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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Dec082016

NBC Sports 'Premier League Sunday' Celebrates ‘Great Houses’ Of Soccer

By Barry Janoff

Originally Published In MediaPost

December 7, 2016: NBC Sports, which has a burgeoning broadcast property in the English Premier League, is incorporating elements of a popular property from another network for a campaign to rebrand and relaunch Premier League Sunday.

The multi-media effort, handled in-house by NBC Sports, is anchored by a 30-second spot that is saturated with sights, sounds and emotions reminiscent of HBO’s Game of Thrones.

The opening shot of the spot essentially recreates a map of the fictional Seven Kingdoms of Westeros and the continent of Essos, but re-envisioned as the clubs of the EPL.

Scenes of a dark, forbidden landscape morph into castles representing the EPL’s clubs, complete with flags flying, people cheering and warriors competing on the soccer battlefield for the ultimate crown.

"This is not just sport," a voiceover says. "These are not just teams. And these are not merely the best clubs in England. They are the great Houses of Football. Welcome to Premier League Sunday. Where city battles city as they march toward laying claim to the crown.”

The campaign also includes Internet, social media integration and a new show opener and new graphics for Premier League Sunday beginning Dec. 11.

NBC Sports will air a triple-header of matches on Sunday (beginning at 7 AM ET) on NBCSN featuring Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester United, three of the most popular soccer clubs in the world.

According to NBC Sports, the campaign is intended to reinforce the idea that its EPL coverage is "appointment TV" in the same context as Game of Thrones as well as its own NFL Sunday Night Football broadcasts.

"The Premier League is one of the great properties for NBC Sports, and there are great people working on the creative side,” said Jennifer Storms, CMO for the NBC Sports  Group. "If you follow the numbers you see that we are building viewership each season, and with NBC Sports as the exclusive broadcast partner in the U.S. you will see those numbers continue to rise."

NBC Sports Group first signed on to cover the EPL for the 2013-14 season via a three-year pact valued at about $250 million, according to industry analysts. The alliance was extended in 2015 to run through 2021-22, a deal valued between $800 million - $1 billion. Fox and ESPN were also in the bidding.

NBC Sports’ coverage of the 2015-16 season set a record for the third consecutive season by reaching more than 36 million viewers, an increase of 26% over the prior year’s 28.7 million. The average number of viewers topped 514,000 per match, also a record, according to NBC Sports.

The EPL’s popularity is not limited to broadcast. The 2015-16 season saw 613 million minutes streamed and 2.6 million unique users online via NBC Sports Live Extra, up 118% and 26%, respectively, from the previous season, according to NBC Sports.

This season, similar to NFL telecasts, EPL viewership has been down to date, but also like NFL telecasts, NBC Sports anticipates a rise in numbers as the playoffs approach.

On Nov. 27, as part of its coverage of the current EPL season, NBC Sports borrowed another HBO platform when it aired the first of a four-part Hard Knocks-type series, Behind The Badge, which takes a mostly unfiltered look behind the scenes at EPL club Watford FC. (Episode 3 is scheduled for Dec. 11 and Episode 4 for Dec. 18.)

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