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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
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• Oct. 23 Denver Nuggets vs. Portland Trail Blazers ESPN 10 PM (ET)

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Top Sports Marketers Of The Year 2015: Skechers Max Mad For Road Warriors

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By the Staff of NYSportsJournalism.com

January 13, 2016: Skechers USA, Inc. designs, develops and markets more than 3,000 sports, activewear and casual styles for men, women and children to the tune of $2 billion worldwide.

Nike is the leader in overall sales of athletic and casual sports shoes (more than 60% of the market), but Skechers tin 2015 moved into second place in the casual sports-footwear category with 5%, ahead of such competitors as adidas, ASICS and New Balance, according to research and consultant firm NPD Group, Port Washington, NY.

During the year, Skechers added to its list of endorsers Meghan Trainor and Sugar Ray Leonard (pictured below), who joined a roster that also includes Ringo Starr, Demi Lovato, Mariano Rivera, Joe Montana and Joe Namath.

A spot with Pete Rose, which ran during Super Bowl XLIX, is typical of the brand's quirky sense of humor. Even as his case to be reinstated into baseball, and potentially be considered for nomination into the Baseball Hall of Fame, was getting public support (but was ultimately denied by MLB), Rose is seen in the hallway of a home, looking at memorabilia.

"I love being in the hall," says Rose. "It's the perfect place to walk down memory lane in my Skechers' Relaxed Fit shoes."

"Pete, you know you're not supposed to be in the hall," says Kiana Kim, Rose's fiancée, making a guest appearance.

"I can't catch a break," says Rose.

In August, Skechers continued to make inroads into territory generally occupied by its rivals, signing a multi-year partnership to become the title sponsor of the Los Angeles Marathon.

The next race, now known as the Skechers Performance Los Angeles Marathon, is scheduled for Sunday, Feb. 14, 2016. It would be the 31st running of the event, the origin of which was inspired by the 1984 Summer Olympics, held in Los Angeles.

The Skechers Performance Los Angeles Marathon will take place a day after Los Angeles hosts the U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Men’s and Women’s Marathon in preparation for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

According to  Michael Greenberg, president for Skechers, “Partnering with the Los Angeles Marathon is a strategic step forward for our company and the Performance division. As a Los Angeles-based business, we have always wanted to be a part of this iconic race since we began developing our performance footwear division and we could not be more thrilled to join the Los Angeles Marathon as title sponsor.”

Among other alliances, Skechers is the official footwear and apparel sponsor for the Chevron Houston Marathon and sponsors elite marathon runners Meb Keflezighi and Kara Goucher. Both appeared in Skechers marketing last year, including spots for the GoRun 4 line.

A separate campaign supported Skechers Sport, which is designed for workout and cross-fit training.

During an analyst-media conference call in September, when the brand unveiled its ongoing rise in sales figures, Robert Greenberg, Skechers CEO, commented: “The continued quarterly sales records, including our highest quarterly sales in the company’s 23-year history in the third quarter, is a testament to the strength of our brand and the innovative product we continue to develop and deliver. We are pleased that Skechers has grown to be the second largest athletic footwear brand in the United States, and that we are expanding into new doors and opening more Company-owned stores in key locations,

"Our marketing and product are on target, and we are continuing to invest in our infrastructure and develop new product innovations to advance our brand and drive momentum around the globe. We believe that this positive momentum will continue to grow across our three main business channels in 2016. We continue to invest in our global business to further gain market share and monetize what we see as a significant long-term opportunity for Skechers.”

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