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

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Mantle, Rivera, Ruth Among First Inductees Into eBay Baseball Card Hall Of Fame

By Barry Janoff

June 13, 2019: This July, the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY, will induct several new members, including Roy Halladay, Edgar Martinez, Mike Mussina and Mariano Rivera.

Rivera, who was a mainstay out of the New York Yankees bullpen for 17 seasons, has already been inducted into a Hall of Fame —  the eBay Baseball Card Hall of Fame.

Rivera is one of ten MLB icons named to the inaugural class organized by the online marketing destination, which said the eBay Baseball Card Hall of Fame features players “whose trading cards have held the highest value and had the greatest influence on baseball's cards and collectibles world.”

The inaugural class of inductees also includes (in alphabetical order): Ken Griffey Jr., Mickey Mantle, Stan Musial, Cal Ripken Jr., Pete Rose, Babe Ruth, Nolan Ryan, Ozzie Smith and Ted Williams.

In addition to the inductees, eBay identified five "hopefuls" whose baseball cards, and performance on and off the field, rival that of the inaugural class: Derek Jeter, Mike Trout, Aaron Judge, Bryce Harper and Albert Pujols.

"Baseball card collecting is viewed by many as America's second-favorite pastime, and every fan remembers the thrill of finding the most sought-after cards of their day,”  Sam Bright, vp-merchandising for eBay North America, said via the company.

“We created the Baseball Card Hall of Fame to recognize those who have shaped the collecting experience across their respective generation. These players' cards have become an iconic part of baseball culture, prized by collectors around the world for their history and value."

Among the distinctions for the inaugural eBay Baseball Card Hall of Fame class:

• Mickey Mantle is the “record holder for most expensive card ever sold on eBay, a covetable cardboard keepsake 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle card, (which) went for an impressive $486,100. Mantle has the most cards represented in the marketplace’s 25 most expensive baseball trading cards ever sold.”

• Babe Ruth’s 1916 rookie card is “not only one of eBay’s most vintage cards, but it also clocks in as one of the most expensive baseball trading cards sold on eBay for an impressive $80,900.”

• The 1989 Upper Deck Ken Griffey Jr. rookie card “is one of the most iconic cards of all time. eBay’s most popular year-over-year player has sustained incredible and consistent growth on the marketplace.”

According to eBay, Griffey Jr.’s Hall of Fame induction in 2016 “majorly boosted trading card sales 32% from the year prior, and despite retiring almost ten years ago, his trading card search rate online saw a 42% increase last year.”

• Following the announcement of his Baseball Hall of Fame induction earlier this year, Mariano Rivera trading card searches on eBay “are on pace to double those from the previous year. His cards continue to sell at the steady pace of more than 300 per month.”

• Three of Pete Rose’s 1963 rookie cards “made it onto eBay’s top 25 most expensive baseball cards, having sold for $150,000, $86,100 and $82,601.”

• In recent years people have bought “60 Nolan Ryan cards per day” on eBay.

• “Almost 20 years after his retirement, Cal Ripken Jr.’s cards are still steadily selling an average of 50 per day.”

In conjunction with Rivera's induction into eBay's Hall of Fame — as well as his achievement to become first player in history to be unanimously inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame by the Baseball Writers' Association of America — eBay said that people can shop the "eBay x Mariano Rivera" collection of exclusive signed merchandise and one-of-a-kind memorabilia.

According to Rivera, ”I love that eBay started the Baseball Card Hall of Fame. As a player, you have fans who come out to the games and they're incredible, then you have collectors who bring the game home with their distinct passion.

”The exclusive merchandise we've put together with eBay is for real fans, whether they're Yankee die-hards or just genuine collectors. Most importantly, this collection creates incredible resources for underprivileged youth and their families."

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