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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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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

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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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As NBA Woos Dwight Howard, Adidas Maps D Howard 4 Signature Shoe Tour Of China

By Barry Janoff

July 2, 2013: Dwight Howard is currently making sports headlines as a free agent playing host to several NBA teams who want to pay the All-Star center upward of $118 million over the next five years.

But once the tour starring Howard ends for representatives from the Houston Rockets, Dallas Mavericks, Atlanta Hawks, Golden State Warriors and Los Angeles Lakers (for whom he played in 2012-13), Howard gets to take his own tour.

Under the banner of adidas, and in support of the late summer release of the D Howard 4 signature shoe, Howard will head to China Aug.16-26 to visit cities including Hangzhou, Chengdu and Beijing. The tour also will include stops in Seoul, South Korea; Taipei, Taiwan; and Hong Kong.

Adidas's summer tour schedule also includes the "Quick vs. Fast China Tour," which runs through July 5. This one features such NBA players as Ricky Rubio (Minnesota Timberwolves), John Wall (Washington Wizards), Jrue Holiday (New Orleans Peilcans), Damian Lillard (Portland Trail Blazers) and Mike Conley Jr. (Memphis Grizzlies). Stops include Beijing, Shanghai, Xi’an, Shenzhen, Dongguan and Guangzhou, in support of Crazyquick and adizero Crazy Light 3 basketball shoes.

“Through our successful partnership with the NBA, we’re seeing the game of basketball grow globally year after year, and we’re excited for this opportunity to fuel that growth,” Lawrence Norman, vp-adidas global basketball, said in a statement. “These great players are some of the most recognizable athletes in the world, and we couldn’t be more proud to have them on the ground representing Adidas Basketball in countries across Europe and Asia.”

To help jump-start the activation, adidas teamed with Los Angeles-based Relativity Media to produce a humorous two-minute spot with Howard, Wall and former NBA player Yi Jianlian, who is currently playing for the Guangdong Southern Tigers in the Chinese Basketball Assn.

In the commercial, Yi conducts a Q&A in Mandarin, and the two players answer in Mandarin. For those people who don't speak the language, the spot comes with subtitles.

"Many people don't know that China has some of the best and biggest fans of basketball in the entire world," Yi says in his native language. "The world doesn't know something as well — NBA stars can speak Chinese."

Howard, decked out in adidas gear, looks puzzled . . . but responds in Mandarin. "Hi. I am Dwight Howard."

Wall, also wearing adidas garb, responds in Mandarin as well. "Hi. I am John Wall."

Yi continues, "I am very excited for you to come to my country. What most excites you about the trip?"

Wall replies, "The gourmet food."

Howard, who will be making his seventh trip to the country, according to adidas, offers, "Meeting new people."

Yi asks, "You guys are going to appear in cities such as Shanghai, Chendu and Beijing. John Wall, is this the first time you have left the United States?"

Wall replies, "It's true," although he has traveled to Canada with the Wizards to play the Toronto Raptors.

Yi remarks, "With Ricky Rubio joining you, this might turn into your very own Lost in Thailand." The reference is to the 2012 comedy directed by and starring Zheng Xu, a Far East version of The Hangover in which three men travel through the country and have off-beat adventures.

"I see myself more as Jackie Chan," replies Wall.

Howard smiles, "I see myself as Superman."

Yi concludes with, "China welcomes you and safe travels."

Wall says, "Thank-you, China."

To which an elated Howard adds, "We will see you in China!"

The promo is followed by several outtakes. Yi rattles off a couple of sentences in Mandarin that do not come with subtitles. "What did he just say?" asks Wall. "Me-fun-pee," laughs Howard in a faux Oriental accent. "Wo-man come find me." (See the full commercial here.)

China has been a prime touring destination for NBA players for several years, fueled by the likes of adidas and Nike (which annually sends LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, Amar'e Stoudemire and others to the nation). The top-selling NBA jerseys in China, according to the most recent figures released by the NBA are (in order): Kobe Bryant, Derrick Rose, LeBron James, Dwight Howard and Rajon Rando.

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