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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

NFL Mexico 2019
• 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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Nov272015

London Town's A Go-Go: NFL Feeling Right At Home In U.K., Unveils 2016 Schedule

By Barry Janoff

November 26, 2015: The NFL is planning to expand on its London town party in the U.K., and they won't be dancing with themselves.

In 2016. the NFL's U.K. International Series, which has seen 14 games played in London since 2007, includes two games in Wembley Stadium and for the first time one in Twickenham Stadium.

The former is part of a recently-signed extension that will see NFL teams in Wembley through 2020, the latter a new deal with the Rugby Football Union in which the league would play a minimum of three regular-season games at Twickenham Stadium in London over a three-year period.

“The passion our U.K. fans have shown for the NFL is overwhelming,” NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said in a statement. “We are very appreciative of the strong and growing fan support, not only for the games, but for all of the related NFL events we host in the U.K. throughout the year.."

Beginning in 2018, the NFL will also play a minimum of two games per season in a new stadium that will be home venue to the Tottenham Hotspur of the English Premier League, to be scheduled concurrently with games in the two other U.K. stadiums.

The Jacksonville Jaguars recently extended their deal to play a game per year in the U.K. through 2020.

The NFL said it has a U.K. fan base of more than 13 million, and is eyeing growth while potentially projecting a franchise there by 2022. Sunday viewership of NFL games has more than doubled and the Super Bowl audience has increased more than 75%, according to the league, which continues to entrench itself in the U.K. also due in large part to the development of "new and stronger business partnerships."

A Super Bowl in London is in the mix of potential future developments.

Among the companies that are officially aligned with the NFL International Series and/or the NFL U.K. Web site are Anheuser-Busch (Budweiser), DraftKings, Five Guys, Hyundai, Pepsi Max, Visa, Microsoft, Marriott, Papa John's, Virgin Atlantic, Majestic, Bose and Ion Camera.

"(A franchise by 2022 is) a realistic time frame," Mark Waller, evp-International for the NFL, told NFL.com. "But there are still things we need to test for, so we have to be able to build a lot of things into the next few years. We don't need to prove as much on the fan-demand side. We feel comfortable that, in a few years, we'll be where we need to be there. The real focus is doing things to keep testing. We're really focusing on the logistical and operational side."

The 2016 schedule will see the Indianapolis Colts vs. Jaguars in Wembley Stadium (Sunday, Oct. 2), St. Louis Rams vs. a TBD NFC East team in Twickenham Stadium (Sunday, Oct. 23) and the Washington Redskins vs. Cincinnati Bengals in Wembley (Sunday, Oct. 30).  

Of the previous 14 games played in the U.K., including three this season, only one drew fewer than 80,000 fans (Chicago Bears-Tampa Bay Buccaneers Oct. 23, 2011). The three games this season averaged more than 83,700.

The game between the Buffalo Bills and Jaguars this past Oct. 25 was the first global live stream of a regular season NFL game across devices.

"We’re going to have to continue to invest in that marketplace and find ways to engage those fans even more deeply."

Yahoo! paid some $20 million for the rights to stream the game, according to industry analysts. The game, which ran three hours and 15 minutes, saw fans stream more than 460 million total minutes, according to the league.

Dairy Queen was the pre-game show sponsor on Yahoo!, and Toyota sponsored the halftime show.

In addition, advertisers included American Express, Applebee’s, Arby's, Bose, Burlington Stores, Cadillac, Chrysler, CiCi’s Pizza, Citi, CompareCards.com, Danone Nations Cup, eHealth.com, Emirates Airline, Esurance, KFC, Kohl’s, Lincoln, Microsoft, Nationwide, Papa John's, Redd's Apple Ale, Snickers, Subway Restaurants, T-Mobile and Totino’s.

"What our next step is, I don’t know," said Goodell. "That’s something we’re going to have to evaluate. We believe that we are going to continue to grow there and that’s going to take work. We’re going to have to continue to invest in that marketplace and find ways to engage those fans even more deeply. And I’m optimistic that they will continue to respond positively, as they already have.”

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