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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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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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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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Jun092015

Turner Tunes In To iHeartRadio Music Awards, Ties It To March Madness Final Four

By Barry Janoff

June 8, 2015: There are a plethora of annual shows that dole out awards to musicians, actors, entertainers and other real and quasi-celebrities.

One of the most prestigious, and fastest-growing, is the iHeartRadio Music Awards, which during its first two years of its existence aired nationally on NBC.

Turner Broadcasting said on Monday (June 8) that the event would for the next several years, at least, be simulcast live on three of its networks via a multi-year deal signed with iHeartMedia, Inc.

The third annual iHeartRadio Music Awards will air on TBS, TNT and truTV on Sunday, April 3, 2016.

That places it in a sweet — as well as historic — viewing spot.

This coming season, the NCAA Men's Div. I Basketball Final Four will air exclusively on TBS, with the two semi-final games scheduled for April 2, followed on April 4 by the network’s first telecast of the National Championship game.

The games will be played in Houston.

The 2016 iHeartRadio Music Awards will also be broadcast live on iHeartMedia radio stations nationwide and across TBS, TNT, truTV and iHeartRadio's digital platforms.
 
Financial terms of the deal were not released.

The 2015 iHeartRadio Music Awards, held in the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, averaged 5.2 million viewers during its three-hour broadcast on NBC, winning the time period versus CBS, Fox and ABC in adults 18-49, adults 18-34, adults 25-54 and all key adult-female demos, according to the network.

The 2015 NCAA Final Four semi-finals — the culmination of March Madness — aired across TBS, TNT and truTV, averaging 18.9 million viewers, the most for those two games in 19 years, according to Turner.

The National Championship Game on CBS, with Duke defeating Wisconsin, averaged 28.3 million viewers, the highest such total in 18 years, per the network.

With the NCAA basketball tournament already closely tied to the music industry, Turner likely will plan cross-promotions in that category in addition to multi-media marketing support, which was not detailed.

Among the music events tied to the NCAA Tournament is the March Madness Music Festival at the site of the Final Four, which includes the AT&T Block Party, the Coke Zero Countdown and the Capital One JamFest.

"The iHeartRadio Music Awards programmed between Turner’s exclusive coverage of the Final Four and National Championship games will make for an incredible weekend for sports and music fans alike," Kevin Reilly, president for TBS and TNT and chief creative officer for Turner Entertainment, said in a statement. "This multi-platform celebration will complement a spring packed with big live event music, entertainment and sports programming across our networks."

Reilly said that the iHeartRadio Music Awards also complement a growing audience among NCAA Div. I Men's Basketball Tournament viewers.

"The iHeartRadio Music Awards has quickly established itself as a unique live event — an awards show for the digital age that brings together millions of music fans globally," said Reilly.

In its first two years, iHeartRadio Music Awards lineup has included live performances and appearances by such performers as Rihanna, Iggy Azalea, Sam Smith, Lady Gaga, Taylor Swift, Madonna, Meghan Trainor, Katy Perry, Jennifer Hudson, Kelly Clarkson, Snoop Dogg, Nick Jonas, Blake Shelton, Kendrick Lamar, Pharrell, Pitbull, and Shakira.

The 2015 event generated more than 14 billion social media impressions, according to iHeartMedia.

"The iHeartRadio Music Awards is a true celebration of the music and artists we play for our 245 million monthly radio listeners across the country on our radio stations and on the iHeartRadio app," John Sykes, president for iHeartMedia Entertainment Enterprises, said in a statement. "Now that we have an established track record of success with the awards show, partnering with Turner Broadcasting allows us to extend our reach to their tens of millions of viewers on TNT, TBS and truTV, making this a massive multi-platform event."

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