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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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• Pat Benatar
• Dave Matthews Band
• Depeche Mode
• Doobie Brothers
• Whitney Houston
• Judas Priest
• Kraftwerk
• MC5
• Motorhead
• Nine Inch Nails
• Notorious B.I.G.
• Rufus feat. Chaka Khan
• Todd Rundgren
• Soundgarden
• T. Rex
• Thin Lizzy

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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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Aug012018

Van Heusen Enters UFC’s Octagon Dressed For Success As Official Partner

By Barry Janoff

July 31, 2018: Although some people might see Van Halen as a better fit, UFC and PVH Corp. have other plans.

The MMA circuit has signed a deal naming PVH division Van Heusen as UFC’s first “official men’s dress furnishings provider,” with the alliance so significant that PVH called it the “most robust 360-degree marketing effort to-date for the Van Heusen brand.”

Financial terms of the pact, which officially launches this week leading to UFC 227 on Aug. 4 in Staples Center, Los Angeles, were not released.

Multi-platform marketing — supporting the Van Heusen Flex Collection — will get major play on TV via an anchor commercial, “Office MMA,” starring UFC bantamweight champion TJ Dillashaw and UFC welterweight contender Stephen Thompson.

"Tapping into the burgeoning popularity of MMA, as well as two of its premier athletes in TJ Dillashaw and Stephen Thompson, was hugely important to us as we look to reach the next generation of Van Heusen men,” Ken Duane, PVH’s CEO-Heritage Brands, said a statement.

In the TV spot, the two men are seen in an office setting wearing clothing from the Van Heusen Flex Collection. The scene quickly escalates from sedate to competitive within an Octagon, with both men showing they can perform their most accomplished MMA moves while wearing Flex items.

The Van Heusen Flex collection of men’s shirts and pants “incorporates stretch features to give men a corporate business-like look without sacrificing the range of motion or comfort found in casual clothing,” per the brand.

According to Paul Asencio, UFC svp-global partnerships, “The Van Heusen Flex Collection is perfect business attire for UFC athletes outside of the Octagon because it allows them to wear stylish and flexible business apparel without compromising their comfort, individual style or look.”

The spot will air across national and local cable TV, including NFL Network, Comedy Central, Fox Sports 1 and TruTV; programmatic and Pay-Per-View shows; video on-demand on Hulu, DirecTV Now, Sling TV and Roku.

Digital will hit news and sports Web sites such as Bleacher/Report and ESPN. Display ads will be placed on select retailer sites.

Van Heusen branding will be featured inside UFC Octagon at UFC 227 where Dillashaw is scheduled to fight Cody Garbrandt.

Van Heusen will take over UFC's homepage on Aug. 4 to coincide with the event.

The campaign also features in-store and in-gym signage at various retailers and Life Time athletic resort locations to include UFC’s logo along with images of Dillashaw and Thompson.

In addition, “MMA Office” will air as pre-roll on UFC’s YouTube channel, and Van Heusen creative featuring Dillashaw and Thompson will be incorporated across UFC’s social media channels.

“Van Heusen has a history of firsts, and our partnership with UFC adds to that impressive list,” said Duane.

“Tapping into the burgeoning popularity of MMA, as well as two of its premier athletes in TJ Dillashaw and Stephen Thompson, was hugely important to us."

“We were first-to-market with our innovative Flex Collar and are eager to highlight our Flex collection in an authentic, surprising, and first-of-its-kind way: becoming UFC’s first Official Men’s Dress Furnishings Provider.”

The Van Heusen Flex Collection includes dress shirts, pants, suit separates and sport shirts ($50– $220), available at retailers including Kohl’s, JCPenney, Macy’s as well as VanHeusen.com.

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