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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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Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.
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Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.
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Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.
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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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Aug202013

BNP Paribas Showdown Pits Murray Vs. Djokovic, McEnroes Vs. Bryans

By Barry Janoff

August 19, 2013: Andy Murray, 2012 gold medal winner and Wimbledon 2013 champion, was in New York on Monday, not to talk as much about defending his title at the U.S. Open beginning Aug. 26 as the 7th annual BNP Paribas Showdown on March 3, 2014.

In the friendly rivalry exhibition, one match will feature world's No. 3 ranked Murray against No. 1 ranked Novak Djokovic. The second match will pit world's No. 1 ranked men's doubles team and brothers Mike and Bob Bryan against a pair of classic tennis brothers, John and Patrick McEnroe.

The BNP Paribas Showdown, which will take place in New York's Madison Square Garden and air on MSG Network, is produced by MSG Sports and StarGames. It will culminate a full day of global tennis activations under the umbrella themes “Tennis Night in America” and “World Tennis Day,”

Marketing support, which will include TV, print, outdoor, Internet and fan activation in the New York area, is playing up "The Rematch," a reference to Murray's stirring win over Djokovic in the finals at Wimbledon and the 2012 U.S. Open and Djokovic's win over Murray in the finals of the Australian Open this past January.

John McEnroe is the only one among the participants who who has previously played in Madison Square Garden.

“I'm excited about coming to the Garden next year," Murray said at the press event on Aug. 19. "Ivan (tennis icon Ivan Lendl, who is Murray's coach and a past BNP Paribas Showdown participant) has told me plenty of stories about matches and other events that have taken place there. There is so much history attached to the venue and it should be a great night for both Novak and me."

“I am looking forward to coming to Madison Square Garden,” Djokovic said in a statement. “I have heard nothing but great things about this event and it should be a big night for tennis in New York, one of my favorite places to play.”
 
The BNP Paribas Showdown 2013 featured Rafael Nadal versus Juan Martin del Potro and Serena Williams against Victoria Azarenka. in addition to title sponsor BNP Paribas, sponsors included Geico, Delta, Kia and Marriott.

"It has proven to be a fantastic place for us to do business and it is always special for us to be associated with world class tennis and world class venues.”

Other players who have participated in the BNP Paribas Showdown in New York include Roger Federer, Pete Sampras, Andre Agassi, Andy Roddick, Venus Williams, Maria Sharapova, Kim Clijsters and Caroline Wozniacki.

According to Michele Sicard, BNP Paribas managing director of corporate communications, “Once again BNP Paribas is proud to be the title sponsor of this great event. It has proven to be a fantastic place for us to do business and it is always special for us to be associated with world class tennis and world class venues.”

BNP Paribas Showdown 2013: Nadal Return Includes New York

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