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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

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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NFL UK 2019
• Oct. 27  Cincinnati Bengals v Los Angeles Rams Wembley Stadium
• Nov. 3 Houston Texans v Jacksonville Jaguars Wembley Stadium

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• 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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Sep162015

Game's On: IOC Puts Los Angeles On Short List Of 2024 Summer Olympics Bid Cities

By Barry Janoff

September 16, 2015: After a tempest of events that took years to build but less than two months to become a reality, Los Angeles today was named by the International Olympic Committee as an official candidate in the bidding to host the 2024 Summer Games.sd

Los Angeles was one of five cities that submitted applications to the IOC by last night's midnight deadline.

Also vying for the rights to host the Olympics in nine years: Budapest, Hamburg, Paris and Rome.

The IOC Executive Board will hold an official drawing of lots in December 2015, the order of which be used until the election of the Host City, expected to come in September 2017.

According to Olympic committee LA 2024's Bid Book, hosting the Summer Games that year would cost upward of $6 billion, including in excess of $900,000 to build an Olympic Village to house coaches and athletes.

The IOC said it would contribute $1.7 billion in cash and services to the organizing committee that wins the bid for the Olympic Games 2024.

Los Angeles was selected by the U.S. Olympic Committee to represent the U.S. earlier this month after representatives from Boston, the USOC's initial choice, decided in July not to pursue the bid nomination.

Los Angeles and Boston were among a final four whittled down by the USOC, the other two cities being San Francisco and Washington D.C.

The U.S. last host the Summer Games in 1996 (Atlanta) and the Winter Games in 2002 (Salt Lake City).

New York and Chicago were bid cities for the 2012 and 2016 Summer Games, respectively, which went to London and Rio de Janeiro. (The 2020 Games will be held in Tokyo.)

“LA 2024 is honored to be in the race for the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games and humbled by the opportunity," Casey Wasserman, chairman for LA 2024," wrote in a letter to the IOC and IOC president Thomas Bach. "Our city has the enthusiasm, the passion and the experience to bring the summer Games back to the United States for the first time in 28 years.

“The Olympic Games are in our city's DNA because we live the positive legacies of the 1932 and 1984 Games every day," wrote Wasserman. "Los Angeles has partnered with the Olympic Movement at some crucial moments in our collective histories, and we are eager once again to be a Games changer for the greatest celebration of sports and humanity on the planet."

"The Olympic movement has had a significant and lasting impact on our city twice before, and now a new Los Angeles is united in its dream of hosting the Olympic Games for the third time," Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti wrote in a letter to the IOC. "With nearly 18 million Angelenos from 115 countries of origin speaking more than that 220 languages, you can see the face of the work every day on the streets of L.A. Our developed tourism infrastructure, key civic investments and our cross-cultural fluency ensure that Los Angeles will provide a warm welcome for every visitor to the 2024 Games and a home-team cheering section for every athlete who arrives in our city in 2024."

The IOC's global partners include Atos, Bridgestone, Coca-Cola, Dow, General Electric, McDonald's, Omega, Panasonic, Procter & Gamble, Samsung, Toyota and Visa.

Top USOC partners include 24 Hour Fitness, Anheuser-Busch (Budweiser), AT&T, BMW, BP, Chobani, Citi, Dick's, The Hartford, Hilton, Kellogg's, Liberty Mutual, Nike, TD Ameritrade and United Airlines.

NBC currently has exclusive broadcast rights in the U.S. through 2032.

The IOC said it would "continue to work in close collaboration with each Candidate City to provide them with the best possible services and assistance in the lead-up to the election, by the full IOC Membership, of the Host City by the 130th IOC Session in Lima, Peru in 2017."

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