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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)

Tuesday
Jun192018

Late Show Host Corden Enlists Harry Kane, U.K. Team To Woo U.S. Fans In Cup Goal

By Barry Janoff

June 19, 2018: The Late Late Show with James Corden (CBS) is taping a week’s worth of show’s in Central Hall Westminster in London, and to hook onto the World Cup, Corden (who is from the U.K.) has taped an extended skit with members of England’s National Team.

The premise: Get Harry Kane (who scored both goals in England’s 2-1 Cup-opening win over Tunisia), Dele, Jamie Vardy, Jesse Lingard, Kyle Walker and Eric Dier to film a campaign that would encourage soccer fans in the U.S. — whose own national team failed to qualify — to support England’s quest to win the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

Of course, this being a comedy sketch, things go awry quickly (and stay that way), for the duration of the extended 6:30-long scene.

Corden meets the guys in a room and explains that they have a great opportunity.

“On the back of Harry and Megan getting married, America and England have never been closer,” he explains. “The American football team didn’t make it to the Cup, and I can use my TV show (of which the guys have no knowledge) to appeal to 325 million American fans who don’t have a team to back this summer to support England at the World Cup.”

“325 million people watch your show?” asks Dele.

“323 million less than that,” replies Corden. “But let’s not get bogged down in numbers.”

Corden explains what this could do for the careers of the members of England's team: “You'd become global superstars. Movies. TV shows. Pop career. Underwear commercials. Politics. Big sponsorships.”

A voiceover then says, “People of America — this is the England Football Team,” as England’s national anthem, "God Save the Queen," plays in the background. “But for this World Cup, they can be be your team, too,” as an American flag appears and the music switches to the U.S. National Anthem plays.

Among the proposals: U.S. sports fans should replace an NFL football with a soccer (football) ball, James Vardy changing his English accent to that of someone from Texas (“Yee-hah! Darn tootin’!”), getting the guys to actually say the word “soccer” (which they refuse to do), getting them to name all 50 states (which becomes “California, New York, Texas, Vegas, Chicago, Gotham, Wakanda, Toronto, the one they make all the jokes about — Florida”).

Then an offer some American’s can’t refuse: “Support England and we’ll invite you to the Royal Wedding  . . .  the next one.”

Harry Kane then makes a personal pitch: “Prince Harry, Harry Styles, Harry Kane. I can be your third favorite Harry.”

“Wait,” interrupts Corden. “We’re forgetting Harry Potter. He’s more popular (in America) than you, so you’d be the fourth favorite Harry.”

Next, getting the guys to speak like James Bond while holding a martini (shaken, not stirred).

One final pitch: “America, if you don’t support England this summer, we’re going to make you keep James Corden for even longer.”

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