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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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• Dave Matthews Band
• Depeche Mode
• Doobie Brothers
• Whitney Houston
• Judas Priest
• Kraftwerk
• 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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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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Adidas Signs Aaron Rodgers To Quarterback Marketing, New Products, Boost Sales

Special to NYSportsJournalism.com

September 10, 2015: Aaron Rodgers, perhaps known as much by non-football fans for his "Discount Double Check" move off the field as he is by football fans for his prowess on the field, has signed a multi-year endorsement deal with adidas.

Financial terms of the deal with the 2014 NFL MVP, who previously was with rival Nike, were not released.

The quarterback for the Green Bay Packers joins an adidas roster of NFL players that includes DeMarco Murray (Philadelphia Eagles), Jimmy Graham (Seattle Seahawks), Sammy Watkins (Buffalo Bills) and Von Miller (Denver Broncos), as well as six first round picks from the 2015 NFL Draft.

“Adidas is an inspiring brand, with a ton of momentum, and this is something I wanted and needed to be a part of,” Rodgers said in a statement. “I’ve set the bar high throughout my career and the opportunity to collaborate and have influence on products and marketing with adidas is a game-changer for me.”

The move comes as adidas has seen its market share of sports apparel and footwear sales in the U.S. come under attack by Under Armour and Skechers, all of whom trail Nike.

According to adidas, the Green Bay Packers quarterback will debut adidas cleats this season and "collaborate on future product development across footwear, training apparel and equipment (and) take a leading role in upcoming adidas brand marketing campaigns.

Murray, Graham and Watkins appear in a new adidas spot, "The Need For Speed" (pictured below).

“Football is the pinnacle of sports culture in U.S. and the league MVP joining adidas is monumental for our brand,” Mark King, adidas Group President, said in a statement. “It’s a bold statement when the best player in the biggest sport leaves our competitor to join our team. This is just the start, as we continue to reignite our brand in America.”

Rodgers earns about $5 million in endorsements (prior to the adidas deal), according to industry analysts, most recently in a series of humorous "Discount Double Check" spots for State Farm.

Last year, he appeared in promo spots for ESPN and the movie Neighbors.

“We are the fastest growing football brand in the industry and partnering with Aaron continues this momentum,” Mark Daniels, vp-U.S. Team Sports for adidas, said in a statement. “Aaron is a creator on the field and has built a game different than any other player in the league. His style of play and confidence align perfectly with our brand and he will no doubt help us build on the tremendous energy and vision for adidas Football.”
 
Rodgers has guided the Packers to the post-season in each of the last six seasons, including a victory in Super Bowl XLV in which he was named MVP. Rodgers earned his first league MVP in 2011 and has been selected to the Pro Bowl four times.

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