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• Sacramento, California's capital city, has been awarded an MLS expansion team with Sacramento Republic FC becoming the league's 29th team and beginning play in MLS in 2022. The club will build a new, $300 million, 20,100-seat soccer stadium in the downtown Railyards District. 

• 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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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
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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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IOC Takes Steps To Bring eSports, eGamers Closer To Olympic Competition Reality

By Barry Janoff

October 28, 2017: The International Olympic Committee moved steps closer to, but remained cautious about, adding eSports to future Games, stating that the category is “showing strong growth, especially within the youth demographic,” and already has the “involvement of various Olympic movement stakeholders.”

“Competitive eSports could be considered as a sporting activity . . . the players involved prepare and train with an intensity which may be comparable to athletes in traditional sports,” the IOC said today (Oct. 28) during an Olympic Summit meeting held at its headquarters in Lausanne.

The meeting came with about 100 days to go until the 2018 Winter Games in South Korea (Feb. 9-25) and 1,000 days to go until the 2020 Summer Games in Tokyo (July 24-Aug. 9).

Any addition of eSports and eGames likely would not get approval until the 2024 Summer Games in Paris.

eSports will for the first time will be part of the medal events at the 2022 Asian Games via an alliance between the Olympic Council of Asia and Alisports, the eSports division of China-based e-commerce firm Alibaba Group.

Alibaba Group is a top tier partner with the IOC, as is Intel, which has significant investments in the eSports category.

Among those attending the Olympic Summit meeting were IOC president Thomas Bach, U.S. Olympic Committee president Lawrence Probst; IOC vice-presidents Yu Zaiqing, Juan Antonio Samaranch, U─čur Erdener, and Anita DeFranz; and various heads of international federations and national Olympic committees.

Under discussion were “a number of topics which are important to the future of the Olympic Movement,” including the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018, protection of “clean athletes,  pre-Games testing and eSports.

According to the IOC, attendees at the Summit agreed that "eSports" are showing strong growth, especially within the youth demographic across different countries, and can provide a platform for engagement with the Olympic Movement.

“Competitive eSports could be considered as a sporting activity, and the players involved prepare and train with an intensity which may be comparable to athletes in traditional sports.”

In order to be recognized by the IOC as a sport, ‘The content of eSports must not infringe on the Olympic values.

“A further requirement for recognition by the IOC must be the existence of an organization guaranteeing compliance with the rules and regulations of the Olympic Movement (anti-doping, betting, manipulation, etc.).”

The Summit asked the IOC together with the Global Association of Sports Federations “in a dialogue with the gaming industry and players to explore this area further and to come back to the Olympic Movement stakeholders in due course.”

eSports is expected to be a $700 million category this year and nearly triple to $1.5 billion by 2020, according to NewZoo, San Francisco, which is among the leading eSports research and consulting firms in the world.

“Competitive eSports could be considered as a sporting activity, players prepare and train with an intensity . . . comparable to athletes in traditional sports.”

“eSsports is not only growing exponentially as a new independent business and industry, it is also accelerating the convergence of various established industries,”  Peter Warman, CEO for NewZoo, wrote in an eSports report.

“For brands, media, and entertainment companies, eSports provides a chance to capitalize on the favorite pastime of digital natives and millennials: playing games and watching game content. With the arrival of live-streams and events, gaming has entered the realm of broadcasters and media that can now apply their advertising business model to a market previously out of reach for them,” according to Warman.

Regarding the 2018 Winter Games, the Olympic Summit participants “expressed their full support for the upcoming Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018.”

The Summit also applauded the PyeongChang 2018 Organizing Committee for all the progress in the technical preparations for the Games.

“The safety and security of the athletes are of course the top priority for everyone in the Olympic Movement, and this was highlighted again by the Olympic Summit. The IOC will continue to monitor the situation in cooperation with governments, NOCs and International Federations (IFs).”

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