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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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Rock & Roll Hall of Fame 2020 Nominees

• Pat Benatar
• Dave Matthews Band
• Depeche Mode
• Doobie Brothers
• Whitney Houston
• Judas Priest
• Kraftwerk
• MC5
• Motorhead
• Nine Inch Nails
• Notorious B.I.G.
• Rufus feat. Chaka Khan
• Todd Rundgren
• Soundgarden
• T. Rex
• Thin Lizzy

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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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Coming Soon: Cheribund Tart Cherry, Bad Boy Mowers And 37 Other CFB Bowl Games

Special to NYSportsJournalism.com

December 4, 2017: The 2017-18 College Football Championship is scheduled for Jan. 8, 2018 in Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta.

On Jan. 1, four teams will compete in the CFP semi-finals: No. 1 Clemson will take on No. 4 Alabama in the Sugar Bowl, and No. 2 Oklahoma vs. No. 3 Georgia in the Rose Bowl.

Before then, there will be 38 other bowl games from Dec. 16-Jan. 1, including the Cheribund Tart Cherry Boca Raton Bowl, the Las Vegas Bowl, the Bad Boy Mowers Gasparilla Bowl, Famous Idaho Potato Bowl, Dollar General Bowl, Quick Lane Bowl, New Era Pinstripe Bowl, Foster Farms Bowl, Goodyear Cotton Bowl, Taxslayer Bowl, PlayStation Fiesta Bowl, Capital One Orange Bowl and the Outback Bowl.

Schedule, venues and TV from the NCAA (subject to change).

Dec. 16, 2017
• CELEBRATION BOWL 
North Carolina A&T vs. Grambling State
NOON ET ABC
Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta

• NEW ORLEANS BOWL 
Troy vs. North Texas
1 PM ET ESPN
Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans

• CURE BOWL 
Georgia State vs. Western Kentucky
2:30 PM ET CBS Sports Network
Camping World Stadium, Orlando

LAS VEGAS BOWL 
Oregon vs. No. 25 Boise State
3:30 PM ET ABC
Sam Boyd Stadium, Las Vegas

• GILDAN NEW MEXICO BOWL
Marshall vs. Colorado State
4:30 PM ET ESPN
Branch Field at Dreamstyle Stadium, Albuquerque, NM

• RAYCOM MEDIA CAMELLIA BOWL
Middle Tennessee vs. Arkansas State
8 PM ET ESPN
Cramton Bowl, Montgomery, AL

Dec. 19, 2017
• CHERIBUNDI TART CHERRY BOCA RATON BOWL
Akron vs. Florida Atlantic   
7 PM ET ESPN
Howard Schnellenberger Field at FAU Stadium, Boca Raton, FL

Dec. 20, 2017
• DXL FRISCO BOWL
SMU vs. Louisiana Tech
8 PM ET ESPN
Toyota Stadium, Frisco, TX

Dec. 21, 2017
BAD BOY MOWERS GASPARILLA BOWL 
Temple vs. Florida International
8 PM ET ESPN
Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg, FL

Dec. 22, 2017
• BAHAMAS BOWL
UAB vs. Ohio 
12:30 PM ET ESPN
Thomas A. Robinson National Stadium, Nassau, Bahamas

FAMOUS IDAHO POTATO BOWL 
Wyoming vs. Central Michigan
4 PM ET ESPN
Lyle Smith Field at Albertsons Stadium, Boise, ID

Dec. 23, 2017
• BIRMINGHAM BOWL 
Texas Tech vs. South Florida
NOON ET ESPN
Legion Field, Birmingham, AL

• LOCKHEED MARTIN ARMED FORCES BOWL
Army vs. San Diego State
3:30 PM ET ESPN
Amon G. Carter Stadium, Fort Worth, TX

• DOLLAR GENERAL BOWL 
Appalachian State vs. Toledo
7 PM. ET ESPN
Ladd-Peebles Stadium, Mobile, AL

Dec. 24, 2017
• HAWAI'I BOWL
Fresno State vs. Houston 
| 8:30 PM ET ESPN
Hawaiian Tel Federal Credit Union Field at Aloha Stadium, Honolulu

Dec. 26, 2017
• ZAXBY'S HEART OF DALLAS BOWL
Utah vs. West Virginia
1:20 PM ET ESPN
Cotton Bowl, Dallas

• QUICK LANE BOWL
Duke vs. Northern Illinois
5:15 PM ET ESPN
Ford Field, Detroit, Michigan

• CACTUS BOWL 
Kansas State vs. UCLA
10 PM ET on ESPN
Chase Field, Phoenix,

Dec. 27, 2017
• WALK-ON INDEPENDENCE BOWL 
Florida State vs. Southern Miss
1:30 PM ET ESPN
Independence Stadium, Shreveport, Louisiana

• NEW ERA PINSTRIPE BOWL 
Boston College vs. Iowa
5:15 PM ET ESPN
Yankee Stadium, Bronx, NY

• FOSTER FARMS BOWL 
Arizona vs. Purdue
8:30 PM ET Fox
Levi's Stadium, Santa Clara, CA

• ACADEMY SPORTS + OUTDOORS TEXAS BOWL 
Texas vs. Missouri
9 PM ET ESPN
NRG Stadium, Houston

• MILITARY BOWL PRESENTED BY NORTHRUP GRUMMAN
Virginia vs. Navy
1:30 PM ET ESPN
Jack Stephens Field at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, Annapolis, MD

Dec. 28, 2017
• CAMPING WORLD BOWL
No. 19 Oklahoma State vs. No. 22 Virginia Tech
5:15 PM. ET ESPN
Camping World Stadium, Orlando

Dec. 28, 2017
• VALERO ALAMO BOWL
No. 13 Stanford vs. No. 15 TCU
9 PM ET ESPN
Alamodome, San Antonio

• SAN DIEGO COUNTY CREDIT UNION HOLIDAY BOWL
No. 16 Michigan State vs. No. 18 Washington State
9 PM ET Fox
Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, California

Dec. 29, 2017
• BELK BOWL
Wake Forest vs. Texas A&M
1 PM. ET ESPN
Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, NC

• HYUNDAI SUN BOWL
No. 24 NC State vs. Arizona State
2 PM. ET CBS
Sun Bowl, El Paso, TX

• FRANKLIN AMERICAN MORTGAGE MUSIC CITY BOWL
Kentucky vs. No. 21 Northwestern
4:30 PM ET ESPN
Nissan Stadium, Nashville, TN

• NOVA HOME LOANS ARIZONA BOWL
Utah State vs. New Mexico State
5:30 PM ET CBS Sports Network  
Arizona Stadium, Tucson, AZ

• GOODYEAR COTTON BOWL CLASSIC
No. 8 USC vs. No. 5 Ohio State
8:30 PM ET ESPN
AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas

Dec. 30, 2017
• TAXSLAYER BOWL
Louisville vs. No. 23 Mississippi State
NOON ET
EverBank Field, Jacksonville, Florida

• AUTOZONE LIBERTY BOWL
Iowa State vs. No. 20 Memphis
12:30 PM ET ABC
Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium, Memphis, Tennessee

PLAYSTATION FIESTA BOWL
No. 11 Washington vs. No. 9 Penn State
4 PM ET ESPN
University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, Arizona

• CAPITAL ONE ORANGE BOWL
No. 6 Wisconsin vs. No. 10 Miami
8 PM ET ESPN
Hard Rock Stadium, Miami Gardens, Florida

Jan. 1, 2018
• OUTBACK BOWL
Michigan vs. South Carolina
NOON ET ESPN2
Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Florida

• CHICK-FIL-A PEACH BOWL
No. 7 Auburn vs. No. 12 UCF
12:30 PM ET ESPN
Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta

• OVERTON'S CITRUS BOWL
No. 14 Notre Dame vs. No. 17 LSU
1 PM ET ABC
Camping World Stadium, Orlando, Florida

• ROSE BOWL PRESENTED BY NORTHWESTERN MUTUAL (CFP SEMI-FINAL)
No. 2 Oklahoma vs. No. 3 Georgia
5 PM. ET ESPN
Rose Bowl, Pasadena, California

• ALLSTATE SUGAR BOWL (CFP SEMI-FINAL)
No. 1 Clemson vs. No. 4 Alabama
8:45 PM. ET ESPN
Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans

Jan. 8, 2018
COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYOFF NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
Teams TBD
8 PM. ET ESPN
Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta

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