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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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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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Dec072010

Is Alex Ovechkin Ready To Make His Move To Higher Marketing Ground?

By Barry Janoff, Executive Editor

Crosby (L) and Ovechkin (R) in a scene from a TV ad touting the 2011 Bridgestone Winter Classic on NBC.December 7, 2010: Alex Ovechkin has become a star on the ice for the NHL. But is he now ready to move on up to the marketing level of Roger Federer, Derek Jeter and even Tiger Woods before his fall?

Procter & Gamble thinks so. The global consumer products giant has signed Ovechkin, who plays left wing for the NHL's Washington Capitals, to a multi-year deal with its Gillette brand that will put him front and center in a multi-media campaign. Ovechkin, who was the NHL's  No. 1 overall draft pick in 2004, joins a multi-national sports marketing Gillette Brand Ambassador roster that includes tennis icon Federer, the New York Yankees' Jeter and soccer star Thierry Henry.

Woods had been a major player with Gillette for several years until his personal life became pubic following Woods' one-car accident during Thanksgiving weekend in 2009. Gillette is still listed as a marketing partner on Woods' official Web site.

Ovechkin stars in an NHL-produced DVD from Warner Home Video . . . According to Gillette, the first campaign includes two TV spots, print and online ads, as well as POP materials featuring Ovechkin's name and likeness. Although the pact initially targets marketing efforts in Moscow-born Ovechkin's native region of Russia and Eastern Europe, Gillette has opened the door for him to become a brand spokesman in North America. Under terms of the deal, Ovechkin will represent Gillette in charity programs that will contribute to youth hockey development in Russia and Eastern Europe and the Washington, D.C. area.

Financial terms of the deal were not revealed.

Ovechkin also is getting major exposure this month as part of the HBO series, 24/7 Penguins-Capitals: Road to the Winter Classic. The series spotlights Ovechkin and Pittsburgh Penguins star Sidney Crosby and their respective teams  as they prepare for the outdoor Bridgestone Winter Classic at Pittsburgh's Heinz Field on Jan. 1, to be shown live on NBC. In addition, the league's two-time MVP (2008, 2009) is the focus of Alex Ovechkin: The Gr8, a new NHL-produced DVD from Warner Home Video; and the recently published book, The Ovechkin Project (John Wiley & Sons).

He currently stars with Crosby in NHL pre-Winter Classic marketing via TV spots airing on NBC, Versus and NHL Network.

. . . and in a new book from Wiley & Sons."We're excited about our partnership with Alex. He is one of today's fiercest competitors and a dedicated professional who is committed to working with us to help develop younger hockey players," Svetlana Stishkova, Gillette marketing director, Russia, said in a statement. "We are looking forward to working with him in Russia and Eastern Europe to help us launch the latest addition to the Gillette Fusion family and the new series of Gillette products for sensitive skin."

According to Ovechkin, "It's an honor to work with Gillette, the world's leading grooming brand. I look forward to partnering with Gillette to help young hockey players learn the game and to help them be the best they can be in hockey and in life."

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