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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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• Oct. 27  Cincinnati Bengals v Los Angeles Rams Wembley Stadium
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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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Kia Motors Gets Landmark Top Billing On adidas NBA All-Star Game Jerseys

By Barry Janoff

December 3, 2015: The NBA has unveiled its jerseys for the All-Star Game this February and, as anticipated, Kia Motors has a starring role.

Kia, one of the most active supporters of the NBA, gets a milestone spot with its logo on the front of the game jersey.

Kia's logo will appear along with the NBA and uniform apparel provider adidas logo's on in-game and retail All-Star Game goods.

The logo placement is part of a two-game deal signed by Irvine, Calif.-based Kia Motors America with league media and sales partner Turner Sports, which will air the All-Star Game Feb. 14 in Air Canada Centre, home for the Toronto Raptors, on TNT.

There also will be a Kia logo on the All-Star Game jersey in 2017 when the game is played in Time Warner Cable Arena, home for the NBA's Charlotte Hornets.

Following the lead taken by Nascar and Major League Soccer (as well as international soccer teams), the NBA has been pushing the envelope, for better or worse, in putting brand logos on jerseys.

Currently, none of the four major pro sports in the U.S. — NFL, MLB, NBA and NHL — have regular-season game jerseys or uniforms with logos other than the official apparel partners.

If all the logicitcs fall into place, a brand logo on a regular-season NBA jersey could be worth upward of $100 million to the league, according to industry analysts.

"Yes, we will see it," commissioner Adam Silver said earlier this year about sponsor logos (other than the NBA and official apparel company adidas) on jerseys. "I am a student of other leagues, and we watch how the industry has developed around the world."

The NBA has talked about and experimented with jersey-front sponsors for several years, including its Development League and in the WNBA, where several teams have sported logos from the likes of Boost Mobile, Microsoft's Bing, Finish Line, H-E-B and the Mayo Clinic

Corporate logistics remains a significant hurdle, as logos that get national presence can not interfere with deals that teams have with local sponsors. As Silver pointed out, it's a situation of "figuring out the right economic model."

"Certainly, kit sponsorship is something that is very prevalent outside of the United States," said Silver. "Ultimately, it will make sense for the NBA, as well."

Stance, which is in its first season as the NBA's official sock supplier but outfitted players during the All-Star Game last season in New York, also has its logo on on-court footwear.

This will be the first NBA All-Star Game played outside of the U.S. But the design honors the NBA's early days in Toronto, where the first NBA game was played on Nov. 1, 1946, between the Toronto Huskies and New York Knickerbockers.

Anheuser-Busch is the most active sponsor of the NBA, with 81% of NBA-related properties with a sponsor in the malt beverage category reporting a partnership with the company and its brands, according to sponsorship research firm IEG, Chicago.

They are followed by State Farm (74% of NBA properties), Gatorade (68%), adidas (68%), Coca-Cola (55%), MillerCoors (52%), Kia Motors (52%), Spalding (52%), Pepsi (48%) and Geico (42%).

Kia, which became the NBA's official auto partner in 2008, has deals with 14 teams as well as LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers and Blake Griffin of the Los Angeles Clippers.

Among other activations, the automaker is title sponsor for the Kia NBA Most Valuable Player and the Kia NBA Rookie of the Year.

"This is the first NBA All-Star Game to be played outside the United States, and it is a very exciting time for basketball in Canada," Chris Grancio, adidas global basketball general manager., said in a statement. "To honor this global celebration and pay tribute to Toronto —  the site of the NBA's first game — we've incorporated design elements that are inspired by the city's basketball history, sports culture and unique fashion scene to make an All-Star collection that players and fans will love."

The Air Canada Centre will also host the BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge on Friday, Feb. 12 and State Farm All-Star Saturday Night on Saturday, Feb. 13. Other events at NBA All-Star 2016 include the NBA All-Star Celebrity Game, the NBA Development League All-Star Game presented by Kumho Tire and the NBA Development League Dream Factory.

NBA All-Star jerseys ($70-$110) and NBA All-Star apparel, including adult and youth T-shirts ($20-$30), adult track jackets ($110-$200) and headwear ($20-$26), will be available on NBAStore.com in January. Select NBA All-Star merchandise will also be available internationally on NBAStore.eu and NBAStore.cn.

This past June, Nike signed a deal with the NBA valued at $1 billion, to replace adidas as the league's on-court apparel supplier, beginning with the 2017-18 season.

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