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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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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
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9. Carmelo Anthony (most recently with 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
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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

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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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• 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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Mar282017

Time Challenged: Live From PyeongChang, It’s The 2018 Winter Games On NBC

By Barry Janoff

March 28, 2017: Since 1975, people on NBC have been proclaiming, "Live from New York, it’s Saturday Night!"

Beginning this February, people on NBC will be proclaiming, "Live from PyeongChang, it’s the 2018 Winter Games."

Alleviating several problems in one move, NBCUniversal said it would make a major change to its broadcasting schedule for the 2018 Winter Games this coming February in PyeongChang, South Korea.

For the first time, TV programming of events will air live across all time zones in the U.S.

South Korea is 13 hours ahead of the East Coast, ten hours ahead of the West Coast.

According to NBC Sports, "On most nights, primetime coverage will begin at 8 PM. ET, 7 PM CT, 6 PM MT and 5 PM PT."

In addition to reducing and/or eliminating the showing of tape-delayed events to significant portions of the nation after they have been seen live elsewhere, the move addresses another problem that NBC has faced during recent Olympic Games: Results appear on social media before many parts of the national actually get to see the events themselves.

Complaints first arose during the 2012 Summer Games in London, when the East Coast and other zones east of the Mississippi saw live competition, with the results flooding social media. That left the rest of the country forced to ignore Web sites, Twitter and other social media platforms if they wanted to see the events from a fresh perspective.

NBC also found that year that TV ratings were dipping while online views were rising, not a good trend for broadcast advertisers.

"(This) means social media won’t be ahead of the action in any time zone, and as a result, none of our viewers will have to wait for anything," Jim Bell, president, NBC Olympics Production and Programming, said in a statement. "This is exciting news for the audience, the advertisers, and our affiliates alike."

NBC said that primetime coverage would be followed in all time zones by local news and then a “Primetime Plus” program with live continuing PyeongChang Olympic coverage.

A primetime replay would follow "Primetime Plus."

The PyeongChang Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony is scheduled for Feb. 9; competition starts Feb. 8 and runs through Feb. 25.

During the 2016 Summer Games from Rio de Janeiro, NBC Sports aired a record 6,755 hours of programming.

"It's simply breathtaking to consider that a mere 20 years ago in Atlanta (1996) we telecast about 170 hours and now we're creeping up on 7,000," said Bell. "And while, of course, we're very proud of our engineering capability, our production capability . . . it is still the overall quality that we have in television, especially in primetime that we're looking forward to here."

"(This) means social media won’t be ahead of the action in any time zone, and as a result, none of our viewers will have to wait for anything."

NBC gets significant dollars from official International Olympic Committee partners, which include Alibaba, Atos, Bridgestone, Coca-Cola, Dow, GE, McDonald's, Omega, Panasonic, Procter & Gamble, Samsung, and Toyota, and Visa.

Also adding major dollars to marketing are such U.S. Olympic Committee partners as 24 Hour Fitness, AT&T, BMW, BP, Anheuser-Busch (Budweiser), Chobani, Citi, DeVry University, Dick's Sporting Goods, Hershey, Hilton, Kellogg's, Liberty Mutual, Nike, Oakley, Ralph Lauren, Smucker's and United Airline.

"Nothing brings America together for two weeks like the Olympics, and that communal experience will now be shared across the country at the same time both on television and streaming online," said Bell.

NBC has had exclusive U.S. coverage of every Summer Olympic Games since Seoul in 1988 and every Winter Olympics Games since Salt Lake City in 2002. In 2011, NBCUniversal extended its TV rights deal for the Olympics through 2020 for $4.38 billion, and in 2014 again extended those rights through 2032 for $7.65 billion, according to industry analysts.

The 2020 Summer Games are in Tokyo, the 2022 Winter Games in Beijing.

Los Angeles and Paris are currently vying for the rights to host the 2024 Summer Games, to be denied by the IOC this September.

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