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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)

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• Oct. 23 Denver Nuggets vs. Portland Trail Blazers ESPN 10 PM (ET)

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Gold Medalists Street, Demong, Nichols Lead 'Team Citi' Into Sochi Winter Olympics

Special to NYSportsJournalism.com

September 23, 2013: Picabo Street, Dan Jansen, Billy Demong and Alana Nichols head up a list of nine Olympic and Paralympic hopefuls and legends who are part of Team Citi, which will support financial firm Citigroup's efforts leading to and at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.

The athletes of Team Citi were selected because they "embody the spirit and mission of Citi’s Team USA sponsorship program and are dedicated to inspiring the next generation of athletes." according to the company.

Citi, which first participated in the Olympics in an official status at the 2012 Summer Games in London, earlier this year signed a deal with the U.S. Olympic Committee extending its official partner status through 2016.

In addition to Street, Jansen, Demong and Nichols, Team Citi includes Julie Chu, Erin Hamlin, Ted Ligety, Evan Lysacek and Rico Roman. The athletes will appear in multi-media marketing, make personal appearances and participate in other pre-Olympic activations.

“We are extremely proud to welcome such an inspiring group of U.S. Olympic and Paralympic athletes to Team Citi,” Michael Corbat, CEO for Citi, said in a statement. “Each of their journeys from ambition to achievement is unique, yet they share an unwavering commitment to competitive excellence. It is a commitment that inspires us as we serve our clients and enable progress in communities across the country.”

The 2014 Games will be played Feb. 7-23. The Paralympic Games are scheduled for March 7-16.

Global Olympic partners of the International Olympic Committee and the USOC include Atos, Coca-Cola, Dow Chemical, General Electric, McDonald's, Omega, Panasonic, Procter & Gamble, Samsung and Visa.

In addition to Citi, USOC domestic partners include 24 Hour Fitness, Anheuser-Busch (Budweiser) AT&T, BMW America, BP, Chobani, Deloitte, The Hartford, Hilton, Kellogg's, Liberty Mutual, Nike, Oakley, Smucker's, AmeriTrade and United.

Team City 2014
• Julie Chu: Three-time Olympian, silver (2002, 2010) and bronze (2006) medalist ice hockey
• Billy Demong: Four-time nordic combined Olympian, 2010 gold medalist Large Hill Individual Gunderson and silver medalist NC team
• Erin Hamlin: Two-time Olympian luge
• Dan Jansen: Four-time Olympian, 1994 gold medalist 1000m speed skating
• Ted Ligety: Two-time Olympian, 2006 gold medalist (combined) alpine skiing
• Evan Lysacek: Two-time Olympian, 2010 gold medalist men’s figure skating
• Alana Nichols: Three-time Paralympic alpine skiing Paralympic team member (summer and winter), gold (2010, downhill sitting & giant slalom sitting; 2008, wheelchair basketball), silver (2010, super-G sitting) and bronze (2010, super combined sitting) medalist; Paralympic alpine skiing
• Rico Roman: Paralympic hopeful sled hockey
• Picabo Street: Three-time Olympian, gold (1998, super-G) and silver (1994, downhill) medalist alpine skiing.

"Each of their journeys from ambition to achievement is unique, yet they share an unwavering commitment to competitive excellence."

"We are excited to continue our support of Team USA through the 2016 Games in Brazil," Corbat said when Citi unveiled its extension with the Olympic movement this past April. "Our first-ever USOC sponsorship last year proved to be a meaningful platform to engage colleagues while showcasing our innovative banking products to clients and consumers. Supporting our U.S. Olympic and Paralympic hopefuls on their journey from ambition to achievement captures how we aspire to help our clients reach their goals and we are proud to be a part of the Olympic Movement."

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