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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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• 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. 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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Bellinger, Yelich Top 1 Million Votes In Early MLB All-Star Game NL Ballot

By Barry Janoff

June 11, 2019: Cody Bellinger, outfielder for the Los Angeles Dodgers, and Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Christian Yelich have each topped one million votes in the first National League results released by MLB for the 2019 All-Star Game presented by MasterCard.

Berlinger at 1,189,380 and 2018 NL MVP at 1,057,855 are the only two players in either league to date to top one million each in the All-Star Game Ballot presented by Google.

Both players also have a 500,000 lead on the No. 3 outfielder, Ronald Acuna Jr. of the Atlanta Braves, who tallied 518,760 votes.

Fortunately for outfielders, under the new MLB All-Star Game voting system, the top nine outfielders in The Primary voting get to move to the next phase, The Starters Election, which begins on June 26 (Noon ET).

Unfortunately for Bryce Harper, who in March signed a 13-year, $330 million deal with the Philadelphia Phillies, he currently sits at No. 10 among NL outfielders (242,719), albeit fewer than 300 votes behind No. 9 Alex Verdugo of the Dodgers (242,988).

Willson Contreras, catcher for the Chicago Cubs, has the largest lead to date among all players in NL and AL All-Star Game voting: 850,613, with catcher Brian McCann of the Braves at No. 2 (269,963).

However, the top three vote-getters move to next round and only 86,000 votes to date separate catchers from No. 2 through No. 6.

Josh Bell of the Pittsburgh Pirates leads all NL first basemen to date (621,915), Nolan Arenado of the Colorado Rockies leads all third basemen (783,684) Javier Baez of the Cubs leads all shortstops (861,496).

Under new guidelines, the top three vote-getters at each position — including nine outfielders — in each league move from The Primary to The Starters Election.

People can vote in The Primary at MLB.com and all 30 club sites, the MLB At Bat and MLB Ballpark apps up to five times in any 24-hour period.

People in the U.S. and Canada can also vote on Google Search for every position, or up to 17 unique players per day, by searching "MLB Vote" or the names of their favorite players.

Primary voting ends at June 21 (4 PM ET).

Starters for the 2019 All-Star Game will be unveiled on ESPN that night (7 PM ET).

Pitchers and reserves will be on June 30.

The 90th MLB All-Star Game, at Progressive Field in Cleveland, will air nationally Fox on July 9; in Canada by Rogers Sportsnet and RDS; and worldwide by partners in more than 180 countries.

CATCHER
1. Willson Contreras, Cubs 850,613
2. Brian McCann, Brave 269,963
3..J.T. Realmuto, Phillies 206,442
4. Yadier Molina, Cardinals  202,401
5. Yasmani Grandal, Brewers 195,922
6. Austin Barnes, Dodgers 183,692
7. Tony Wolters, Rockies 96,117
8. Buster Posey, Giants 79,768
9. Wilson Ramos, Mets 78,957
10. Francisco Cervelli, Pirates  54,395

FIRST BASE
1. Josh Bell, Pirates 621,915
2. Anthony Rizzo, Cubs 461,210
3. Freddie Freeman, Braves 406,283
4. Max Muncy, Dodgers 232,583
5. Pete Alonso, Mets 157,347
6. Paul Goldschmidt, Cardinals 121,546
7. Rhys Hoskins, Phillies 109,680
8. Eric Hosmer, Padres 85,256
9. Jesus Aguilar, Brewers 79,024
10. Joey Votto, Reds 60,985

THIRD BASE
1. Nolan Arenado, Rockies 783,684
2..Kris Bryant, Cubs 404,855
3. Justin Turner, Dodgers  273,586
4.. Anthony Rendon, Nationals 178,215
6. Manny Machado, Padres 118,244
7. Eduardo Escobar, D-backs 75,493
8. Eugenio Suarez, Reds 69,052
9. Matt Carpenter, Cardinals 66,397
10. Travis Shaw, Brewers 57,915

SHORTSTOP
1. Javier Baez, Cubs 861,496

2. Dansby Swanson, Braves 286,802

3. Corey Seager, Dodgers 257,085

4. Trevor Story, Rockies 243,550

5. Jean Segura, Phillies 138,716

6. Paul DeJong, Cardinals 111,590

7. Fernando Tatis Jr., Padres 108,680

8. Orlando Arcia, Brewers 91,594

9. Jose Iglesias, Reds 81,091

10. Trea Turner, Nationals 66,036

OUTFIELD
1. Cody Bellinger, Dodgers 1,189,380
2. Christian Yelich, Brewers 1,057,855
3. Ronald Acuna Jr., Braves 518,760
4. Joc Pederson, Dodgers 344,440
5. Albert Almora Jr., Cubs 294,445
6. Charlie Blackmon, Rockies 278,070
7. Jason Heyward, Cubs 270,745
8. Kyle Schwarber, Cubs 252,557
9. Alex Verdugo, Dodgers 242,988
10. Bryce Harper, Phillies 242,719
11. Nick Markakis, Braves 232,995
12. Juan Soto, Nationals 161,939
13. Melky Cabrera, Pirates 135,216
14. Marcell Ozuna, Cardinals 135,089
15. Andrew McCutchen, Phillies 125,927
16. Ender Inciarte, Braves 125,442
17. Lorenzo Cain, Brewers 120,140
18. Jeff McNeil, Mets 96,632
19. Scott Kingery, Phillies 93,825
20. Ryan Braun, Brewers 87,718

Sanchez, Trout Lead AL Players In MLB 2019 ASG Ballot presented by Google.

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