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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

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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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Jan252013

NFL Hypes One Year Out To Super Bowl XLVIII, Weather Or Not You're Ready

By Barry Janoff

January 25, 2013: The talk may be about the San Francisco 49ers and Baltimore Ravens meeting in Super Bowl XLVII on Feb. 3, 2013,, but the attention — for a day, at least — was on Super Bowl XLVIII, to be played Feb. 2, 2014.

Before heading to New Orleans, site of next week's big game in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, NFL commission Roger Goodell stood next to New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and other local football and political dignitaries in Manhattan to talk about the first Super Bowl to be played in the New York area, and the first to be played in a cold-weather in an open-air venue, MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ.

The temperature in New York was in the teens, with the wind chill making it feel like single-digits.

“We made this decision consciously,” Goodell said during an indoor media conference on Thursday (Jan. 24). “Football is made to be played in the elements. It’s obviously cold here this week, but next week were told it’s going to be in the 50s. We’re going to celebrate the game here, we’re going to celebrate the weather, and we’re going to make it a great experience.”

MetLife Stadium was selected to host Super Bowl XLVIII in May 2010, getting the nod over Raymond James Stadium in Tampa and Sun Life Stadium in South Florida. The venue opened in 2010 and is the only NFL stadium to be home to two teams. Seating is in excess of 82,500.

MetLife Insurance acquired naming rights in 2011 via a 25-year deal valued at upward of $20 million annually.

“New York City is already the nation’s Super Bowl champion of tourism destination and next year around this time hundreds of thousands of fans from across the country and around the globe will converge on our region to see the NFL’s best,” said Bloomberg. “All these activities are going to show our city’s best face to people from around the world and will make being in New York for the Super Bowl truly memorable.”

And that includes the weather.

“We’re going to embrace the weather, embrace New York and New Jersey,” Goodell said. “We are also prepared for all alternatives, and that includes the weather, and the potential for snow and ice.”

The event was also attended by the owners of the New York Giants and New York Jets, respectively, the two teams that call MetLife Stadium home; as well as Al Kelly, president and CEO of the New York/New Jersey Super Bowl Host Committee.

The NFL and Super Bowl Host Committee used the press conference to detail events that would take place next year at this time in New York and New Jersey.

Beginning Jan. 29, Broadway from 34th St. to 44th St. in Manhattan will be transformed into "Super Bowl Boulevard." "It’s going to be full of free football fun with live events, outdoor music and fan-friendly interactive competition and games," according to Bloomberg.

Media Day, the first official public event of Super Bowl week, will be held Jan. 28 in the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ.

“We’re going to embrace the weather, embrace New York and New Jersey. We are also prepared for all alternatives, and that includes the weather."

The NFC team will work out at the Giants' practice facility in East Rutherford, N.J., while the AFC team will practice at the Jets' facility in Florham Park, NJ. Both teams will stay at hotels in New Jersey.

The Super Bowl Media Center will be at the Midtown Sheraton. Several parties and the NFL Honors awards show will also be in Manhattan.

The game will air on Fox.

In addition to naming rights holder MetLife, MetLife Stadium cornerstone partners include Bud Light, Pepsi, SAP and Verizon.

Marketing partners for the New York-New Jersey Super Bowl Host Committee include Bank of America, Anheuser-Busch (Bud Light), Chase, Citi, Hertz, Hess, Pepsi, Tiffany and Verizon.

"For the New York/New Jersey Super Bowl, we’ve embraced the opportunity to create plans that are as big, bold and unique as New York City and the surrounding region itself,” said Goodell. “While we can only fit 80,000 fans into MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, we look forward to hosting hundreds of thousands of people at different attractions and events during Super Bowl Week, throughout all parts of the area.”

Added Mayor Bloomberg, "This is not something we're going to do for the first time. That stadium fills up every Sunday for three to four months. This is not any different. The mass transit system can handle it. New York is capable of handling big events."

Super Bowl XLIX will be held in the University of Phoenix Stadium in February 2015.

The site of historic Super Bowl L will be decided in May from between Sun Life Stadium and the 49ers currently-under-construction venue in Santa Clara, Calif.

The site of Super Bowl LI also will be decided in May from between the venue not selected to host Super Bowl L and Reliant Stadium in Houston.

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