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• "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.

• Turner Sports’ eLeague has signed a deal with tech solutions and services provider CDW to “create enhanced fan experiences across eLeague’s properties on TV, digital, social and in-arena.” The alliance also names CDW an “official arena partner” for eLeague and the Rocket League Championship Series. Full story here

• 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. 

• The Paley Center for Media, NY, will honor the 100th season of the NFL with a new exhibit: "A Century of Football: Celebrating the NFL’s 100th Season," free and open to the public (thru Oct. 27).

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• 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
SOURCE: STUBHUB.COM

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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. 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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Sep102015

Walmart: Seattle, Denver Top NFL, Alabama Leads College In Merchandise Sales

By Barry Janoff

September 10, 2015: Having reached the Super Bowl for the past two seasons, it would be no surprise to find that the Seattle Seahawks have fans and "frenemies" far beyond the confines of CenturyLink Field.

According to mega-retail chain Walmart, the Seahawks' fan base also is strong when it comes to spending power.

Seattle, which saw a boost in support following its victory in Super Bowl XLVIII in 2014, leads all NFL teams in merchandise sales based on figures from in-store purchases, according to Walmart's first rankings based on purchases by NFL and college consumers.

In fact, led by sales of quarterback Russell Wilson No. 3 jerseys, the Seahawks sell "more than three times the apparel per store per week than the next most productive team per store," the Denver Broncos.

The Green Bay Packers, Dallas Cowboys and Houston Texans fill out the Top Five on Walmart's NFL list.

The defending Super Bowl champion New England Patriots, which defeated the Seahawks in Super Bowl XLIX this past February, are No. 9 on the NFL list, according to Walmart.

On the college side, the Top Five schools based on sales of merchandise (led by college football) in Walmart are Alabama, defending national CFB champion Ohio State, Arkansas, Georgia and Texas.

Walmart, which reported $16.4 billion in net income in 2014, did not release financial figures for their NFL and college merchandise sales.

However, there is little doubt that sales of licensed merchandise from the NFL and college is big business.

Sales of licensed NFL merchandise tops $3.5 billion, according to industry analysts.

Sales of licensed college merchandise is a $4.6 billion category, according to IMG College.

In addition to the required jerseys and T-shirts, Walmart's fan shop offers items that include towels, bedding, shower curtains, tissue boxes and stationery adored with NFL and college team logos.

Walmart said its No. 1 selling item in the category is a licensed team bean bag toss game, which is popular at tailgating, parties and other gatherings. The top three NFL teams here are the Seahawks, Broncos and Pittsburgh Steelers. The top three NCAA teams are Alabama, Arkansas, and West Virginia.
 
Overall, according to Walmart, Seattle, Denver, and Green Bay represent nearly 40% of its total NFL sales (to date).

In turn, the sales of Packers merchandise are ahead of the Chicago Bears by 36% to date.

At the other end of the spectrum, consumers go to Walmart the least to buy merchandise for the Detroit Lions, Jacksonville Jaguars, Tennessee Titans, New York Jets and the St Louis Rams.

In the college category, the SEC represents 35% of Walmart’s season to-date sales- 2.5 times the sales of the Big 12 and 5.5 times the sales of the Pac 12

And in the "It Pays To Be National Champ" department, Ohio State has sold 4.4 times as much merchandise as Michigan.

Walmart’s NFL Team Merchandise Rankings:                                                                     
1. Seattle  Seahawks
2. Denver Broncos
3. Green Bay Packers
4. Dallas Cowboys
5. Houston Texans
6. Chicago Bears
7. Pittsburgh Steelers
8. New Orleans Saints
9. New England Patriots
10. San Francisco 49ers
11. Baltimore Ravens
12. Kansas City Chiefs
13. Oakland Raiders
14. San Diego Chargers
15. Arizona Cardinals
16. Washington Redskins
17. Philadelphia Eagles
18. Indianapolis Colts
19. Cleveland Browns
20. Carolina Panthers
21. Minnesota Vikings
22. Buffalo Bills
23. New York Giants
24. Atlanta Falcons
25. Miami Dolphins
26. Cincinnati Bengals
27. Tampa Bay Bucs
28. Detroit Lions
29. Jacksonville Jaguars
30. Tennessee Titans
31. New York Jets
32. St Louis Rams
 
Walmart College Team Merchandise Rankings:                                                                     
1. Alabama Crimson Tide
2. Ohio State Buckeyes
3. Arkansas Razorbacks
4. Georgia Bulldogs
5. Texas Longhorns
6. Tennessee Vols
7. West Virginia Mountaineers
8. Kentucky Wildcats
9. Oklahoma Sooners
10. Nebraska Cornhuskers
11. Florida Gators
12. South Carolina Gamecocks
13. Iowa Hawkeyes
14. Louisiana State University Tigers
15. Auburn Tigers
16. Wisconsin Badgers
17. Missouri Tigers
18. Michigan Wolverines
19. Oregon Ducks
20. Florida State Seminoles
21. Oklahoma State Cowboys
22. North Carolina Tar Heels
23. Arizona Wildcats
24. Texas A&M Aggies
25. Mississippi State Bulldogs

Source: Walmart

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