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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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• 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. 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

NFL Mexico 2019
• Nov. 18 Kansas City  Chiefs v Los Angeles Chargers Mexico City Estadio Azteca (ESPN Monday Night Football).

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Monday
Apr052010

Tiger Woods Presses The Flesh At The Masters On Marketing, Motivation

April 5, 2010: Admitting that he "made a lot of mistakes and totally understand why" sponsors would drop him, Tiger Woods took the next step toward rehabilitating relationships with family, friends, fellow golfers and marketing partners during a 30-minute press conference at The Masters in Augusta, Ga.

The session on April 5, moderated by the PGA Tour, included more than 200 members of the press, Woods' largest single media gathering since his accident on Thanksgiving Day. The life-changing incident uncovered a private-now-public life that has included marital infidelities, "lies and deceit" as Woods himself put it and broken alliances with several sponsors.

Woods, who earned in excess of $100 million from endorsements in 2008, has seen that figure cut about in half, with Accenture, AT&T and PepsiCo's Gatorade cutting ties. Concurrently, Nike has remained loyal to the man whose presence was the driving force behind the creation of the Nike Golf division, and vice versa. Woods wore a Nike golf shirt to the press conference, as he has during a practice round on the course earlier in the day when he also wore a Nike hat. The only other visible logo was Woods' personal TW, which appeared on his hat at the press conference and, earlier in the day, on his golf bag.

Woods answered questions ranging from the early morning accident in November to his rehab to his relationships with fans, pro golfers and marketers moving forward.

"Do I understand why they dropped me?" Woods responded to a question about his former sponsors. "Of course. I made a lot of mistakes in my life and I totally understand why they would do that."

Woods said that he and his representatives have been in touch with his sponsors during the five months since his accident. "Hopefully I can prove to the other companies going forward that I am a worthy investment, that I can help their company grow and represent them well."

Woods stated that "I felt like I was representing companies well in the past," but was quick to qualify, "then again, I wasn't doing it the right way because of what I was engaged in."

Woods said that he was nervous when he made his way to a practice round — "I didn't know what to expect" — and that he was surprised by the amount of support he received from fans and other players. Potential good news for the marketers that remained loyal to him: "The encouragement I got, it blew me away," Woods said.

The first two rounds of The Masters will be shown on ESPN April 8-9, which has been running a promo that includes Woods. CBS picks up coverage on April 10-11. Nike is said to be unveiling a spot with Woods in conjunction with The Masters, Woods' first pro golf appearance since winning the Australian Masters in Melbourne in mid-November.

EA Sports has not backed away from its alliance with the beleaguered golfer, in fact unveiling two titles since December, Tiger Woods PGA Tour 11 (due for release in June) and Tiger Woods PGA Tour Online, which gets its official release with marketing support this week. Like Nike, EA's strategy is as much altruistic as financial: The company said that since the launch of Tiger Woods PGA Tour 99, the franchise has sold more than 25 million units worldwide.

TV ratings thus far this year without Woods have been down about 50%, according to industry analysts. That tracks in line with a TV ratings decline in 2008 when Woods had knee surgery. Ratings are expected to set new records on ESPN this week, which has devoted its full family of networks to coverage. Should he make the cut, CBS also is expected to garner record ratings over the weekend. Ironically, among the companies that could see a significant bump due to their alliance with The Masters is AT&T; IBM and ExxonMobil also are among the major sponsors of the event.

Woods' other marketing partners include P&G's Gillette, Tag Heuer, Upper Deck, NetJets and TLC Vision.

Woods offered an apology to other pro golfers who have endured questions from the media, related that his wife Elin and family would not be attending The Masters and revealed that he has been working his way back into golf shape over the past months even while attending a rehabilitation clinic "for personal reasons."

Full transcript of Tiger Woods' April 5 press conference is here.

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