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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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• Rufus feat. Chaka Khan
• 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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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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Mar052018

Survey: St. Patrick‚Äôs Day A $6B Celebration For Marketers, 149M Consumers

By Barry Janoff

March 5, 2018: On St. Patrick’s Day, this old saying holds true more than ever: “There are only two kinds of people in the world: The Irish and those who wish they were.”

And this year will be especially green, with legitimate and “adopted” Irish men and women in the U.S. anticipated to spend $5.9 billion, a record amount to help celebrate the Feast of Saint Patrick, according to a just-released survey from the National Retail Federation.

The nearly $6 billion spend is the highest level in the survey’s 14-year history, up from last year’s previous record of $5.3 billion, according to NRF.

This total doesn’t count the amount it costs Chicago to conduct its annual tradition of turning the Chicago River into a St. Patrick’s Day destination by pouring green dye into it.

Consumer spending around St. Patrick’s Day has gone up about $2 billion since 2007, when it was $3.76 billion. Spend first topped $4 billion in 2012 ($4.55 billion) and topped $5 billion in 2017 ($5.27 billion).

Although on the rise, St. Patrick’s Day. trails some other key events.

By comparison, people spent $23.6 billion on Mother’s Day 2017,  $19.6 billion on Valentine’s Day, $15.3 billion around Super Bowl LII and $9.1 billion on Halloween 2017, all according to NRF.

The survey, conducted by Prosper Insights & Analytics, also found that more than 149 million adults in the U.S. plan to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, up some 10 million from last year’s approximate 139 million.

“Compared to other spending holidays, St. Patrick’s Day is less about giving gifts and more about having fun with friends and family regardless of the budget,” Phil Rist, evp-strategy, Prosper Insights & Analytics, said in a statement.

“With more Americans celebrating the shamrock-filled day, we expect consumers will enjoy their favorite green beverage and apparel, attend events around their community and decorate their homes with lucky four-leaf clovers," said Rist.

Consumers are expected to spend an average of $39.65 per person, up from last year’s previous record of $37.92.

St. Patrick’s Day is most popular among people 18-24 years old, with 77% celebrating.

However, people 35-44 will be the biggest spenders, with an average of $45.76.

The best thing about the holiday is that you don’t have to be Irish to celebrate.

According to the NRF, 83% of those celebrating will wear green, 27% will decorate their homes or offices in an Irish theme and 15% plan to attend a St. Patrick’s Day parade.

Among other findings, 31% plan to make a special dinner, 27% will head to a party at a bar or restaurant, 16% will attend a private party and and 9% will host a party.

The nearly $6 billion spend is the highest level in the survey’s 14-year history, up from last year’s previous record of $5.3 billion, according to NRF.

For the bevy of marketers looking to be part of celebrations, the survey found 50% of consumers will purchase food, 41% beverages, 31% apparel or accessories, 26%decorations and 16% candy.

Of those making purchases, 38% will go to grocery stores, 31% to discount stores, 20% to department stores, 9% will shop online and 7% at drug stores.

According to Matthew Shay, NRF president and CEO, “With winter hopefully winding down over the next few weeks, consumers are ready to start celebrating spring with St. Patrick’s Day.

“The holiday falls on a Saturday this year, so Americans will have more time to splurge a little as they get together with friends and loved ones for a day of festivities.”

NRF said the survey, was conducted among 7,657 people Feb. 2-13, and has a margin of error of plus or minus 1.1 percentage points.

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