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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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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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IOC Signs Alliance With Allianz As Global Partner, Official Insurer Beginning 2021

By Barry Janoff

September 18, 2018: In what was described as brining  the largest sports movement and the largest insurer together, the International Olympic Committee has signed a multi-year deal under which Allianz becomes a top tier partner.

The alliance beings in 2021 and runs through 2028.

“When we looked to do the deal our No. 1 question asked of us was, ‘Why would Allianz want to become a partner with the Olympic Movement?’" Jean-Marc Pailhol, head of group marketing management and distribution for Allianz, said during a media event today (Sept. 18) in Allianz headquarters in Munich.

“We are the largest insurer in the world. So it’s a no-brainer: The largest sports movement and the largest insurer together,” said Pailhol, who said talks had been on-going for the past nine months.

According to Pailhol, “This partnership will have a huge impact on our awareness, specifically in two regions: China and the U.S., which are two of the areas that we have targeted to improve our business and footprint in the future.”

Allianz will support its alliance with multi-media marketing, with details to follow. The IOC said that in China, France and Spain, “Allianz will already have marketing rights from 2019 onward.”

“We share a digital ambition of connecting with young people around the world to promote the Olympic values and the power of sport,” Thomas Bach, IOC president, said in a statement.

The alliance does not include the 2020 Summer Games in Tokyo.

The first Games under the deal would be the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing. It also includes the 2024 Summer Games in Paris, the 2026 Winter Games (site to be determined) and the 2028 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles.

Allianz also becomes a “worldwide Paralympic Partner” beginning in 2021.

Allianz said it has supported the International Paralympic Committee since 2006, most recently as an international partner,

In addition, Allianz will work with the Olympic Channel.

Financial terms were not shared.

The cost of a four-year deal,, which includes a Summer and Winter Game platform, was estimated at $100 million by industry analysts.

In 2017, Intel signed with the IOC through 2024 in a deal valued at $400 million by analysts.

Current IOC top-tier partners include Alibaba Group, Atos, Bridgestone, Coca-Cola, Dow, GE, Intel, Omega, Panasonic, Procter & Gamble, Samsung, Toyota and Visa.

IOC partner Visa in July renewed with the IOC through the 2032 Olympics

Under terms of the deal, Allianz would work with the IOC to “provide innovative and integrated insurance solutions to support the Olympic Movement, including the Organizing Committees of the Olympic Games, with the ambition of providing those insurance solutions to the National Olympic Committees around the world and their Olympic teams and athletes.”

“When we officially become an IOC partner, we will become the insurer for the Olympic Movement. We will insure the IOC, the National Olympic Committees, the athletes who participate in the Olympics,” said Pailhol.

The support will include existing products, such as fleet and property & casualty insurance, but also insurance solutions for future products and services, driven by technological changes.

According to Bach, “This new partnership demonstrates the global appeal and strength of the Olympic Movement, and we are delighted to be working together in the long term with Allianz to support sport around the world.

“With this partnership, together we are building a foundation based on mutual trust.”

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