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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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• 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
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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)

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• 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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Top Sports Marketer Of The Year 2016: NHL Scores With World Cup Of Hockey

By the Staff of NYSportsJournalism.com

December 26, 2016: Backed by marketing and media partners, current players, icons led by Wayne Gretzky and a multi-platform strategy, the NHL this season is celebrating its 100th anniversary, with events that were unveiled in October to run January  through December.

But the reason for the league being named as a Top Sports Marketer was the World Cup of Hockey, which ran for three weeks in September, under the auspices of the NHL and the NHL Players' Assn., with many of the best hockey players in the world on the ice.

It also included a roster of top-flight marketers that have put their brand names into what the NHL intends to be an event that will impact fans and consumers with many of the touch-points seen at the Olympics and the FIFA World Cup.

Among the companies attached to the two-week event were Air Canada, AutoTrader.ca, Canadian Tire, EA, Esso/Exxon Mobil, Geico, Honda, Molson Coors, PepsiCo, Pizza Pizza, Rogers Communications SAP, Scotiabank, Sonnet, Ticketmaster, Tim Hortons, Upper Deck and Visa.

In addition, this was the first NHL-related international exposure for adidas under its new deal, which takes over from its own division, Reebok, as the official outfitter for the NHL via a seven-year pact beginning with the 2017 season. The deal included outfitting all eight teams in the World Cup.

In another first, SAP was the official sponsor of every team jersey, with a logo patch on the right shoulder of all jerseys.

The World Cup — which was won by Team Canada — also was ESPN's first significant NHL event coverage in about a dozen years.

"The caliber of these partners shows the enthusiastic response for the World Cup of Hockey 2016," said Kyle McMann, group vp-integrated sales for the NHL. "The World Cup of Hockey has provided us the opportunity to both deepen our relationship with many longstanding NHL partners, while also serving as a catalyst for several brand new relationships.

Over the past few months, the NHL also hired Heidi Browning as evp and CMO; unveiled Las Vegas as its next team; and signed new marketing deals, including one naming Dunkin’ Donuts the official U.S. coffee, donut and breakfast sandwich of the NHL.

It is Dunkin' Donuts' first national sports league partnership,

Planning for the Centennial celebration has been on-going, but it officially begins on Jan. 1, 2017, in Toronto with the NHL Centennial Classic outdoor game between the Detroit Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs in BMO Field. A 12-month “festival of events and content initiatives” will culminate with the anniversary of the league's founding on Nov. 26 and first games on Dec. 19.

Events will include the naming of the 100 Greatest NHL Players in history during All-Star Weekend in Los Angeles, Jan 25-27, with No. 1 arguably being Gretzky, who will serve as the official ambassador for the entire Centennial Celebration.

The NHL said that its marketing partners would activate behind the year-long event across all platforms, POP, merchandise and elsewhere, with details to follow. NHL support would include TV — including a current spot narrated by actor Michael Chiklis — radio, print, Internet, social media and in-arena.

"The perpetuation of the game of hockey has been in progress ever since 1917," said NHL commission Gary Bettman during a pre-season media event. "The men who met (more than one hundred years ago to form the NHL) could not possibly imagine that a day would come when the league’s regular season and playoffs would be attended by more than 23 million fans in 30 markets, soon to be 31 (Las Vegas in 2017). But that has brought us to this historic moment when we anticipate the NHL’s 100th birthday."

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