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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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Channel Chasers

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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Nov052016

New York’s New Coliseum Signs Naming Rights, Marketers, Celebs To Arena Reboot

By Barry Janoff

November 5, 2016: Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on Long Island, NY, which was home to the NHL’s Islanders for 43 years and the ABA/NBA’s Nets for five, has been undergoing a $260 million renovation since August 2015, but is almost ready for its grand re-opening.

The debut will come with a plethora of new marketing deals and sponsorship alliances, led by marquee partner New York Community Bank, which has signed a multi-year naming rights pact that changes the venue’s official name to The New Coliseum Presented by New York Community Bank.

The deal also includes naming rights to a 77-acre plaza attached to the arena that will include shops, restaurants, a movie theater and a nightclub, which will be called "NYCB Live."

The Long Island Nets, a first-year team in the NBA's Developmental League, are scheduled to play in The New Coliseum beginning with the 2017-18 D-League season. The team this season plays in Barclays Center in Brooklyn, also home to the Nets.

Under new alliances, the venue’s initial four founding partners are Tri-State Ford (the official automobile of The New Coliseum and the Long Island Nets), JetBlue (the official airline of The New Coliseum), Long Island University-Post and TicketMaster.

National Grid has signed on as the official energy partner for The New Coliseum.

Hospital for Special Surgery signed a pact to become the official Hospital and Medical Director of the Long Island Nets.

Other corporate alliances include First Data, Geico, Long Island Marriott, Palm Bay Wine, P.C. Richard & Son, PepsiCo, Petro and Winter Bros. Waste Systems.

Levy Restaurants will oversee concessions and restaurants.

Marketing partners and sponsors will activate behind their alliances, including platforms in and around The New Coliseum.

Among them, JetBlue will be presenting sponsor for Long Island Show, the concert and major event programming franchise of The New Coliseum; Ford will be presenting sponsor of a Ford Parking Lot section and will display new vehicles on-site; and the main entrance and ticket box offices will be presented by TicketMaster.     

Financial terms of the deals, including the New York Community Bank naming rights pact, were not disclosed.

The New Coliseum Presented by New York Community Bank is scheduled to reopen April 5, 2017, with a concert by Billy Joel. Joel also played the final event before the venue was closed for renovation on Aug. 5, 2015.

Nassau Coliseum opened in 1972.

Events already booked for the new site include Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus Xtreme, The Weekend and Roger Waters of Pink Floyd fame.

The renovation and marketing, sales and programming deals are being handled under the auspices of Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment, which also oversees similar duties for Barclays Center and manages and controls the NBA's Brooklyn Nets, its Long Island Nets Development League team and the business operations of the NHL's New York Islanders.

The Islanders, which moved to Barclays Center for the 2015-16 NHL season, are scheduled to play some games in their former venue, where the franchise won four consecutive Stanley Cup titles (1979-1983).

Although the rebuilt arena will have only 13,000 seats for hockey, there has been talk that Islanders’ ownership might move the team back to Long Island when the currently lease in Barclays Center expires in 2019.

"By bringing together top notch financial services and world-class entertainment, NYCB is taking a leadership role ensuring Long Island becomes an even greater place to live, work and play," Andrew Kaplan, evp-retail products and services for New York Community Bank, said in a statement.

"For a long time we have enthusiastically supported our veterans, and NYCB is especially proud that this partnership provides a lasting tribute to Long Islanders who have served our country," said Kaplan.

According to Jamie Perry, vp-marketing for JetBlue, "As New York's hometown airline, we are excited to extend our partnership with Brooklyn Sports and Entertainment. Fun is one of our core values at JetBlue, and as a Founding Partner of The New Coliseum we will help bring quality concerts and entertainment back to Long Island.

"Through our dedicated activation space we will also bring the award-winning JetBlue brand experience to life for guests at The New Coliseum," said Perry.

After renovation, the arena will also have 13,500 seats for basketball and 14,500 for concert configurations (with the ability to flex up). The bowl will have a theater seating option for 4,000 guests.

Among those who played in the old Nassau Coliseum were Led Zeppelin, Elvis Presley, Pink Floyd, Queen, David Bowie, Metallica, Supertramp and Madonna.

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