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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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• 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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With First Regular-Season Games In Mexico In 19 Years, Is MLB Closer To Expansion?

Special To NYSportsJournalism.com

November 13, 2017: Next year, for the first time in nearly 20 years, MLB will play a series during the regular season in Mexico, when the NL champion Los Angeles Dodgers play the San Diego Padres in Estadio de Béisbol Monterrey,

The three-game series is scheduled for May 4-6, 2018.

The series will be considered home games for the Padres home games.

The games come as MLB is in the early stages of considering expansion outside the U.S., with top potential candidates being a return to Montreal — which would again join Toronto with teams in Canada — and Mexico City.

The Dodgers-Padres three-game set will be the third regular season series to be played in Monterrey and the third for the Padres, but the first since the Padres and the Colorado Rockies played there Opening Day on April 4, 1999.

The Padres also played a three-game series against the New York Mets in Estadio de Béisbol Aug.16-18, 1996.

"As a team with a bi-national fan base and reach that extends into Baja California and throughout Mexico, we are excited to once again play regular season games in Monterrey and help grow the popularity of our great game," Erik Greupner, Padres COO, said in a statement. "Baseball fans in Mexico are passionate about the game and we look forward to deepening our connection with them."

MLB teams most recently visited Mexico in March 2016, when the Padres and Houston Astros played two exhibition games in Fray Nano in Mexico City.

"Baseball fans in Mexico are passionate about the game and we look forward to deepening our connection with them."

A qualifier round for the 2017 World Baseball Classic was played in Mexicali, Mexico in March 2016.

Jalisco, Mexico was the site for Pool D of the WBC this past March.

In 2016, MLB established MLB Mexico headquarters in Mexico City, the sixth MLB office outside the U.S. (Beijing, London, Santo Domingo, Sydney, Tokyo).

"Commissioner Manfred's vision for globalizing baseball cannot become a reality without localizing MLB in Mexico," Chris Park, svp-growth, strategy and international for MLB, said at the time. "Our local fans and partners are part of our core community,

During his State of MLB media conference during All-Star Week in Miami this past summer, Manfred included Mexico City on a short list of potential MLB expansion sites.

“I think we have some great candidates,” said Manfred. “I know the mayor of Montreal has been very vocal about bringing baseball back to Montreal. It was not great when the Expos left. The fact of the matter was baseball was successful in Montreal for a very long time. Charlotte is a possibility.

“And I would like to think that Mexico City or some place in Mexico would be another possibility,” said Manfred.

MLB last added teams in 1998 in Tampa Bay and Arizona.

In another series off the continental U.S., the Minnesota Twins will play a two-game series against the Cleveland Indians in Hiram Bighorn Stadium, San Juan, Puerto Rico, scheduled for April 17-18, 2018.

The Dodgers last participated in an international event in the 2014 Opening Series in Sydney, Australia, where they played two games against the Arizona Diamondbacks.

According to Stan Kasten, Dodgers president and CEO, “The Dodgers are excited and extremely proud to be returning to Mexico as a team for the fourth time in our history. ”These games will also mark the first time that the Dodgers are playing regular season contests in Mexico, something long overdue, given our rich player history and strong community ties to the country.

"The Dodgers have always been at the forefront of growing the game of baseball internationally and this trip reinforces this commitment, while at the same time giving our many fans in Mexico a chance to see us compete."

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