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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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• MC5
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• Rufus feat. Chaka Khan
• Todd Rundgren
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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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Mar122013

Old School Vs. New School Vs. The Curse: 'Madden NFL 25' Cover Vote Begins

By Barry Janoff

March 12, 2013: If Joe Montana, Jerry Rice, Terrell Davis, Deion Sanders, Dan Marino, Marshall Faulk and Jerome Bettis are on one team; and Clay Matthews, Darrelle Revis, Adrian Peterson, Colin Kaepernick, Russell Wilson, Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III are on another, it can only mean one thing.

The official voting for the cover of Madden NFL 25 has started.

Electronic Arts this week unveiled two brackets for the selection process: one composed of 32 old-school NFL players and one of 32 new-school NFL players, with the winner of each bracket facing off in the finals for the right to appear on the cover.

EA said it has received more than 33 million votes since turning over the process to the public at large in 2011. Last year, Calvin 'Magatron' Johnson of the Detroit Lions beat out Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton for the honor of the cover for Madden NFL 13.

EA Sports is overseeing the voting in conjunction with the NFL Players Assn. and ESPN, which will provide weekly updates on SportsNation. EA said the name Madden NFL 25 rather than Madden NFL 14, which would have been next in the line of succession, was chosen in celebration of the franchise’s silver anniversary. The game is scheduled to hit retail on Aug. 27.

Marketing support will include TV, print, in-store, Internet and such social media destinations as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

Voting will follow brackets similar to those used by the NCAA Div. I men's basketball tournament en route to the Final Four. Round 1 runs now through March 20. Round 2 goes March 20-27. Round 3 is March 27-April 3. The Quarterfinal Round is April 3-10. Semifinal voting will be conducted April 10-27. The Finals will be held April 17-24. (See the full brackets here.)

The winner of the Madden NFL 25 voting will try to avoid the "Madden Curse," which has seen players either succumb to injury or sub-par seasons the year of their Madden NFL release.

EA Sports also is offering people the opportunity to win a trip for two to the Madden NFL 25 cover shoot on April 24 and tickets to the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft on April 25 in New York. (Full details here.)

“The Madden NFL 25 cover vote is the perfect marriage between two strong brands coming together to put fans in control of what they’re most passionate about and giving them a platform for their voices to be heard,” Brian Dailey, director of games and partnerships for ESPN, said in a statement. “Engagement has been strong in our last two Madden cover votes, accounting for some of ESPN’s most successful social activations to date, and we anticipate that to continue with the 25th anniversary.”

According to Anthony Stevenson, senior director of marketing for EA Sports, “Madden NFL 25 will be a culmination of 25 years of innovation when it launches in August and there is no better way to honor our incredible history than by engaging our fans in the ultimate debate of old school vs. new school."

“The Madden NFL 25 cover vote is the perfect marriage between two strong brands coming together to put fans in control of what they’re most passionate about."

Since launching in 1988 as John Madden Football, the franchise has sold about 99 million units and generated more than $3.7 billion in net revenue, according to Electronic Arts.

Among the players who have appeared on Madden NFL covers are Barry Sanders (Madden NFL 2000), Michael Vick (Madden NFL 04), Ray Lewis (Madden NFL 05), Brett Favre (Madden NFL 09), Larry Fitzgerald and Troy Polamalu (Madden NFL 10) and Drew Brees (Madden NFL 11).

Luck, Wilson, RGIII Take On Legends For Madden NFL 25 Cover Bragging Rights

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