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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.
Read more at http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/j/johnfkenn121400.html#JZxA5jXY4rCwemgZ.99
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.
Read more at http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/j/johnfkenn121400.html#JZxA5jXY4rCwemgZ.99
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.
Read more at http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/j/johnfkenn121400.html#46Ul8rBF4XpB4lo0.99
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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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May192014

SportsCenter Supports New Digital Space With Metallica, Teddy The Racing President

By Barry Janoff

May 19, 2014: ESPN is moments away from the official unveiling of its 193,000-square-foot Digital Center 2 on the campus in Bristol, Conn., of which 10,000 square feet will house SportsCenter, and to immortalize the event the self-proclaimed "Worldwide Leader in Sports" will also unveil a "This is SportsCenter" spot poking fun at the new facility.

The spot, which ESPN previewed during its "Always On" themed UpFront in the Minskoff Theatre in New York's Time Square last week (May 13), stars SportsCenter anchors Hannah Storm and Kevin Negandhi, with Nagandhi showing Storm around the high-tech SportsCenter set.

Negandhi is holding a remote, which he tells Storm controls all the aspects of the set. "This button controls the screens," he tells her as we watch a row of screens in the middle of the room separate.

Next, he pushes a button which he says "controls the lighting" as the studio goes from bright to mood lighting.

Finally, he attempts to make the anchors' desks moves via his control. But nothing happens despite his repeated attempts.

The scene then cuts to a hallway where several ESPN anchors, employees and the Teddy Roosevelt mascot that races other presidents between innings of Washington Nationals home games are standing in front of a vending machine. The candy from inside is spewing out wildly, as if the machine was being control by a remote digital device.

"It's happening again!" someone yells.

The new Digital Center 2 likely will be around long after the digital-related spot is relegated to "Best of 'This is SportsCenter'" archives. ESPN said the facility would serve as a central hub for a variety of ESPN programming and will also function as an integration point for live events and content that’s developed for the Internet and mobile viewing devices.

Reminiscent of John Clayton's "This is SportsCenter" spot, in which the bespectacled NFL correspondent revealed his heavy metal side played out to Slayer, ESPN during its UpFront revealed that another spot would feature anchor Scott van Pelt and the iconic Metallica. Van Pelt talked about during the ESPN UpFront in New York (May 13). "I just did a spot with Metallica," he said. "It has nothing to do with the proceedings here. But it was kick ass."

ESPN and Metallica are not strangers. ESPN joined with the iconic group this past September when Metallica: Through The Never was about to hit theaters, with preview clips shown during SportsCenter segments. In addition, music clips across ESPN included uch songs as "Wherever I May Roam," "Hit The Lights," "Ride The Lightning" and "Fuel" from the Metallica: Through The Never soundtrack.

And in 2010, ESPN used Metallica's "Master Of Puppets" to support their "It's Anyone's Race" Nascar promo.

Other "This Is SportsCenter" spots will include Bryce Harper and Stephen Strasburg (see Strasburg's spot here), both of the Nationals, executives said during the UpFront.

ESPN's Digital Center 2 is scheduled to go live in June in time for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

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