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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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• Doobie Brothers
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• Judas Priest
• Kraftwerk
• MC5
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• Todd Rundgren
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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)

Wednesday
May052010

No Beating Around The (Anheuser) Busch: NFL Brews New Beer Deal

May 4, 2010: Anheuser-Busch has entered into a six-year sponsorship agreement with the NFL naming Bud Light as the "official and exclusive beer sponsor" of the league.

The deal begins with the 2011 season. Financial terms were not revealed, but reports citing industry sources put the figure at about $7 billion over the course of the alliance.

Anheuser-Busch will replace MillerCoors' Coors Light as the NFL's official beer, whose deal began in 2002 and expires after the 2010 season. That deal was reported to be valued at about $3 billion.

"We continue to invest in the things that support our brands, and our efforts to manage costs enable us to seize opportunities like this one,"  Dave Peacock, president of Anheuser-Busch, said in a statement. "We look forward to leveraging this investment to connect our Bud Light brand more deeply with NFL fans."

Anheuser-Busch was the league's official beer from 1988-2001, including several seasons when it co-held the position with Miller, which in 2007 merged with Coors. Anheuser-Busch also has deals with CBS, NBC and Fox, the networks that air the Super Bowl, to be the exclusive beer advertiser through Super Bowl XLVI in 2012.

The NFL deal comes a day after the PGA Tour and Anheuser-Busch extended their marketing partnership by three years. As part of that agreement, Michelob Ultra is the "official Beer of the PGA Tour" and O'Doul's the official non-alcohol brew, both through 2013. Anheuser-Busch has been an official marketing partner of the PGA Tour since 1994.

Anheuser-Busch will again be able to use NFL logos and trademarks in its advertising and marketing. These logos include the NFL shield logo, and marquee events, such as the Draft, Kickoff, Pro Bowl and Super Bowl.

"We look forward to welcoming Anheuser-Busch and the Bud Light brand back to the NFL as an official partner," Steve Bornstein, the NFL's evp-media, said in a statement. "We have appreciated their vast support of our clubs and network partners over the years and we are pleased they will join our stable of sponsors."

MillerCoors said in a statement that after the league deal expires it would still have separate deals with 22 of the NFL's 32 teams.

According to Peacock, the NFL sponsorship adds to Anheuser-Busch's successful total sponsorship lineup, calling it "by far the strongest in its industry."

"The NFL is the biggest, most watched sport in North America, and we are proud for Bud Light, the world's best selling beer, to be the league's official beer sponsor."

"The NFL is the biggest, most watched sport in North America, and we are proud for Bud Light, the world's best selling beer, to be the league's official beer sponsor beginning with the 2011 season," Peacock said in a statement. "This gives Bud Light real ownership of professional football within the beer category, and expands on our existing connections to NFL fans through sponsorship of 28 teams, our continued substantial advertising presence in the regular season and playoff broadcasts, and our Super Bowl advertising exclusivity that has been in place 22 consecutive years."

Anheuser-Busch's Super Bowl ads continually rank among the most-liked and best remembered in post-game marketing surveys. Coors has had a successful run with its "Coaches"  TV spots in which former NFL coaches such as Mike Ditka, Jim Mora and Dennis Green are seen in clips from actual press conferences intercut with a group of Coors drinkers asking faux questions.

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