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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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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
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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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Dec242018

Match Point: Five Cities, Including Incumbent London, Vie To Host ATP Men’s Finals

By Barry Janoff

December 21, 2018: This past August, the ATP, the world governing body for men’s pro tennis circuits, initiated a search for a new city to host its year-end men’s event, the Nitto ATP Finals, when the current contract with The O2 in London ends in 2020.

Considering the name and marketing power attached to the event, it was little surprise when the ATP said some 40 cities had expressed interest to host the tournament from 2021-2025.

The organization has since narrowed the list to five cities: incumbent London, Manchester, Singapore, Tokyo and Turin.

The ATP said it would now enter the final phase of the bidding process, which includes visiting the candidate cities to “further review their respective visions for the ATP Finals.”

The ATP is expected to make its decision in March during the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, Calif.

“The level of interest we have received worldwide throughout the bid application process reflects the rich heritage of this unique tournament, as well as the success of the event at The O2 since 2009,” Chris Kermode, ATP executive chairman and president, said via the organization.

“It has been a highly competitive process, and the candidate cities on the shortlist deserve huge credit for the passion and creative vision they have shown in their respective plans to continue the growth of our showpiece event.”

Financial details were not shared.

The event, held in November, has been staged in London’s The O2 since 2009, with a deal that runs through the 2020 Finals.

Japan-based Nitto Denko Corp. in 2017 signed a four-year ATP Finals title sponsorship alliance.

The 2018 season-ending tournament attracted 243,819 people across eight days of competition, bringing the tournament’s cumulative attendance in The O2 since 2009 to 2,561,084, according to the ATP.

The ATP Finals were first held in Tokyo in 1970. Shanghai hosted the tournament in 2002 and again from 2005-08.

The longest stay in a single venue was 13 consecutive years in New York’s Madison Square Garden from 1977-1989.

Other cities that have hosted the ATP Finals include Barcelona, Boston, Frankfurt,  Houston, Melbourne, Paris, Stockholm and Sydney.

Singapore hosted the women’s BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global, played in October, from 2014-18.

The WTA Finals are moving to Shenzhen beginning 2019 via a deal that runs through 2028.

Manchester had also put in a bid to host the WTA Finals.

Among the players who have won the Nitto ATP Finals are Bjorn Borg (three times), John McEnroe (three times), Jimmy Connors, Ivan Lendl (five times), Pete Sampras (five times), Andre Agassi, Roger Federer (six times), Novak Djokovic (five times), Andy Murray and last month 21-year-old Alexander Zverev, who defeated World No. 1 Djokovic for the title.

According to the ATP’s Request For Expressions of Interest to Become Host of the ATP Finals From 2021, “More than 250,000 fans attend the event annually, it is broadcast to 180 markets, has nearly 6,000 hours of TV coverage with global viewership figures reaching an average of 95 million viewers each year and more than 250,000 people in attendance.

Included in the pitch were such selling points as:

• Strong commercial investment, including sponsorship and corporate hospitality packages.

• Attractive event for international brands.

• Global media focus on host city.

• Spending by hundreds of thousands of spectators.

According to the ATP, ”The event will bring huge exposure to the host city through a season-long promotion of ATP Race to . . . your location.”

“The ATP Finals have never stood still, remaining vibrant and relevant to fans, sponsors and media worldwide at every turn.” said Kermode.

“There’s no question that London has set a very high benchmark and, with the final shortlist . . . we believe we will be well-placed to determine the next exciting chapter of a tournament that has come to represent the absolute pinnacle in men’s professional tennis.”

The ATP said that The Sport Business Group at Deloitte has been managing the bid process,

Among the events overseen by the ATP are 64 tournaments in 30 countries, including the ATP Tour, ATP Challenger Tour and ATP Champions Tour.

ATP Puts Men’s Finals Host City Up For Bids

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