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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

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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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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

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• Nov. 18 Kansas City  Chiefs v Los Angeles Chargers Mexico City Estadio Azteca (ESPN Monday Night Football).

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Oct262015

Like A Rock: 'Bad Ass' Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson Now Stars For Under Armour

By Barry Janoff

October 26, 2015: Under Armour, which already boasts an endorsement roster that includes Stephen Curry, Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth, Tom Brady and Misty Copeland, has added a rock to its lineup.

Calling it "years in the making," the sports apparel and footwear company said that Dwayne Johnson — aka The Rock — has signed a deal to represent the company.

The deal with Johnson, a WWE superstar who has become a fixture in action-adventure Hollywood films, was unveiled via social media, including Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

Financial details were not shared.

“It's official," Johnson and Under Armour said in a joint statement. "The Rock/Under Armour partnership has been years in the making and we're proud and pumped to have it come to fruition."

According to Under Armour, "The goal is to bring you innovative and bad-ass products that inspire men, women and kids to stay hungry, humble and always be the hardest workers in the room.”

Details of marketing with The Rock were not shared but is expected to include a multi-platform push that takes advantage of his WWE alliance as well as starring in such efforts as Fast & Furious, Journey to the Center of the Earth and HBO's Ballers.

The alliance with Johnson came as Under Armour reported the first $1 billion quarter sales in company history.

"Our scoreboard in the third quarter not only marked our 22nd straight quarter of at least 20% net revenue growth, but also our first $1 billion quarter," Kevin Plank, chairman and CEO for Under Armour, told financial analysts and media during a conference call late last week. "Our ongoing success in 2015 has been driven by innovative, head-to-toe product, combined with game-changing performances by our athletes. (We plan on) leveraging these great successes throughout 2015."

Under Armour this month released the second series of its Stephen Curry signature line as part of its strategy to work with the NBA to build its brand worldwide.

In August, the brand signed a ten-year pact with the NBA, designating Under Armour as the title partner of NBA Draft Combine, presenting partner of the Jr. NBA program in the U.S. and partner of the NBA Fit App.

The partnership also extends marketing rights to Asia, allowing Under Armour to promote Curry and other athletes on its NBA roster in greater China using NBA uniforms and league marks.

Under Armour's roster of pro athletes also includes MLB players Bryce Harper, Buster Posey, Zack Greinke, Joc Pederson, Lorenzo Cain and Todd Frazier; NFL players Tom Brady, Brandon Marshall, Eddie Lac, Julio Jones and Patrick Peterson; world-class runner Frezer Legesse Miller; and MMA fighter Elias Silverio.

Under its "I Will What I Want" banner, Under Armour earlier this year released a multi-media campaign for its burgeoning women's division featuring "Women of Will": Copeland, Gisele Bündchen, Lindsey Vonn, pro surfer Brianna Cope and Kelley O'Hara of the World Cup champion U.S. Women's National Soccer Team.

Also helping to drive sales: Under Armour's "Connected Fitness," a tech-driven platform (including such interactive and wearable apps as MapMyFitness, Record, Endomonto and MyFitnessPal) which the company said "provides the technology needed to help (people) train, perform and improve."

Connected Fitness includes more than 140 million unique registered users and is adding "on average more than 100,000 new athletes each day," per Under Armour.

Under Armour's current "Rule Yourself" global marketing campaign, which includes Curry, Spieth, Brtady and Copeland, "highlights the training and dedication that drives our athletes to be their best on the biggest stages," according to the Baltimore-based company.

"We are experiencing powerful brand momentum in 2015 and we continue to invest to capitalize on our success in the near-term while establishing the foundation for sustainable growth in the future," Plank said during the financial call. "We are confident that the building blocks to reach our Investor Day target of $7.5 billion in net revenues by 2018 are firmly in place.

"As we think bigger about the opportunity of our brand, an ongoing focus on investing in key areas like footwear, international, Connected Fitness and manufacturing capability will position us for the long runway of growth beyond just the next three years. Still, with all the success we have seen to date, we firmly believe that we are just getting started," said Plank

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