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• Octagon and the National Women’s Soccer League have signed a multi-tier consulting partnership, in which Octagon’s Global Media Rights Consulting and Marketing divisions will "advise the NWSL on its league media rights, sponsorship, and marketing." “The growth of the NWSL over the past six years has been tremendous, and the league, its teams and players show absolutely no sign of slowing down,” Christine Franklin, SVP, Marketing, Octagon, said via the firm.

• 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. 

• 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
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• Notorious B.I.G.
• Rufus feat. Chaka Khan
• Todd Rundgren
• Soundgarden
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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. 18-20
1. Maleficent: Mistress Of Evil $36M
2. Joker $29.2M
3. Zombieland 2 $26.7M
4. Addams Family $16M
5. Gemini Man $8.5M
6. Abominable $3.5M
7. Downton Abbey $3M
8. Judy $2M
9. Hustlers $2M
10. It 2 $1.5M
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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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Dec062018

Mahomes, Candace Parker, Kid Cudi In Foot Locker, adidas Empowerment Campaign

NYSJ Sports-Entertainment Business News Service

December 6, 2018: Foot Locker and adidas are working with musicians Kid Cudi, Raury and H.E.R. and athletes Patrick Mahomes, Donovan Mitchell and Candace Parker for the launch of Asterisk Collective, described as a “platform empowering creative partners to make a difference in the world through their respective initiatives, positively impacting communities all over the world.”

The athletes and musicians were called “leaders in their communities who represent the identity” of the Asterisk Collective symbol, which “serves as an icon that signifies the coming together of sport, creativity and community, as well as the exception to the rule that marks those who stand out and make a difference.”

The effort will be supported by a dedicated footwear collection from adidas and community service by all of the Asterisk Collective members.

The campaign also includes a dedicated Web site and other digital, social media (#asteriskcollective) and POP.

"At Foot Locker, it's our goal to empower youth culture through individuality and self-expression," Andrew Gray, vp and chief merchandising officer for Foot Locker North America, said via the company.

"By partnering with adidas to launch the Asterisk Collective, we're fusing our shared values and hoping to inspire others to make their mark – whether that's giving back to the local community or encouraging the creative passion points of the next generation."

Foot Locker and adidas said that each ambassador would debut the adidas Originals TRESC Run today (Dec. 6) at their respective concerts, games or events.

The adidas Originals TRESC Run "will be the first of many sneakers to drop under the Asterisk Collective, representing how these standouts support their respective communities and empower others to be true to themselves."

According to Kelly Olmstead, vp-brand activation for adidas, “adidas is excited to partner with Foot Locker on the Asterisk Collective in order to empower creativity for positive change,”

Among the ambassador activation in 2019:

• Kid Cudi "will provide the opportunity for kids to experience the healing powers that creativity can have, through outlets like music, art and design."

• Raury "will bring music to communities to promote self-wellness, like hosting co-creating surprise outdoor concerts that benefit local communities."

• H.E.R. "will fuel her non-profit Bring the Noise Foundation to provide access to high-quality music programs, top tier artists and mentorship for under-served communities."

• Patrick Mahomes (Kansas City Chiefs, pictured) "will amplify his passion for inspiring hospital patients through sport and make an impact on a greater scale, like hosting sporting event viewing parties at local hospitals."

• Donovan Mitchell (Utah Jazz) "will amplify his acts of kindness, inspiring others to join the movement and celebrate experiences that benefit the community."

• Candace Parker (Los Angeles Sparks) "will connect with young women across the country and inspire them to make the world a better place through equality, like creating an inspirational speaker series."

Foot Locker said that adidas Originals TRESC Run would be available exclusively at Foot Locker on Dec. 20.

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