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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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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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Oct102013

Snack Giant Mondelez (Oreos, Chips Ahoy!) Taking Healthy Bite Out Of Soccer Marketing

By Barry Janoff

October 10, 2013: If you start to see more Oreos, Chips Ahoy!, Ritz, Wheat Thins and Trident along the sidelines of soccer games next season, you'll have Mondelez to thank.

Snacking and gum giant Mondelez International, whose top brands also include Mallomars, Dentyne, Honey Maid, Tang, Cheese Nips and Sour Patch Kids, is bringing its roster to soccer via a bevy of deals.

The key players include the U.S. Soccer Federation, soccer stars Clint Dempsey and Alex Morgan and Club Deportivo Guadalajara (Chivas), one of the most popular clubs in Mexico, when the team plays in the U.S.

Mondelez said this would be the company's largest multi-brand program to date. it comes just over a year after Kraft Foods Inc. became Mondel─ôz International, Inc. after spinning-off its North American grocery business

Financial terms of the multi-year deals were not released.

Mondelez said that in 2014 "a fully integrated marketing campaign [would launch] to help kick up the growing passion for soccer in North America heading into the most anticipated stretch in the sport's history."

Among other major events, the FIFA World Cup will be held in 2014 in Brazil — also site of the 2016 Summer Olympics — and the FIFA Women's World Cup will be played in Canada in 2015.

The deals naming the company's products as the official snacks of U.S. Soccer and Club Deportivo Guadalajara  includes the cookie, candy, cracker and gum categories and are "inclusive of a series of globally-recognized brands operated by Mondelez International."

Mondelez said that support would feature "all forms of media, retail, shopper marketing, consumer promotions, grassroots, PR and social media," with a major push toward Hispanic consumers.

"This is so much more than a business deal — it's the start of a movement to help our great brands connect soccer, community and snacking in a way that makes consumers stand up and cheer." — Stephen Chriss, Mondelez International

The pact also includes rights to align with coaches, legends of the game and the U.S. Soccer Development Academy."

Other USSF marketing partners include Allstate, AT&T, Anheuser-Busch (Budweiser), Chevy, Gatorade, Marriott, McDonald's, Nike, Panasonic, Pepsi and Visa.

Alliances with Dempsey, Morgan and Omar Gonzalez of Major League Soccer's Los Angeles Galaxy will encompass multi-media marketing, consumer outreach and on-site experiential activations.

Dempsey is a member of the U.S. National Team and MLS Seattle Sounders; Morgan is a member of the U.S. Women's National Team and Portland Thorns of the National Women's Soccer League.

"This is so much more than a business deal — it's the start of a movement to help our great brands connect soccer, community and snacking in a way that makes consumers stand up and cheer," Stephen Chriss, senior director, North America Consumer Engagement and Marketing Services for Mondelez International, said in a statement. "We're so excited to have the opportunity to partner with these great athletes and organizations just as U.S. love for the sport is about to reach a fever pitch."

According to Sunil Gulati, president of USSF,  "We are looking forward to our new partnership with Mondelez as the official snacks of U.S. Soccer. With a large number of name brand products, we are excited to work with Mondelez to expand our reach to consumers at the international, national and grassroots level."

In addition to the previously mentioned brands, Mondelez International's roster includes Newtons, Stride, Cadbury, Chiclets, Halls, Nilla and Certs.
 
The deals were negotiated by CAA Sports Consulting (on behalf of Mondelez International) and Soccer United Marketing, the marketing and licensing division of Major League Soccer.

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