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• 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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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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Called For Traveling: How Far Would Your Team Go For A March Madness Win?

By Barry Janoff

March 14, 2016: On the court, players are not allowed to travel.

But when it comes to getting to the court for a March Madness game, some teams might call a foul on the NCAA for the amount of traveling they must undertake to reach their destination, the Final Four in Houston.

Players from the University of Hawaii, likely not complaining about being in the NCAA Div. I Men's Basketball Tournament, will have a great deal of flight time to think about their First Round game against California, traveling 2,886 miles to Spokane, the farthest among the teams in this year's field.

California has it somewhat better, needing to go a mere 862.5 miles up the coast to face Hawaii in Spokane Memorial Veterans Arena.

In fact, three of the five teams who will travel the farthest to reach their opening round game must fly to Spokane, including St. Joseph's (2,540 miles from Philadelphia); and Maryland (2,480 miles from College Park) to play South Dakota State, which itself is traveling 1,244.5 miles, giving the two teams combined total of 3,724.5 miles — according to stats from online travel site Hotwire.

That's some 500 miles farther than the combined distance that Oregon State (1,924.9 miles) and VCU (1,289.7) must travel to face off in Oklahoma City (3,219.6).

However, outdistancing the field, in order to face St. Joseph's, Cincinnati has to travel 2,081.5 miles to reach Spokane, giving the two teams a combined mileage of 4,621.5 before they even hit the court.

Also in the Top Five regarding travel miles: Arizona, taking a 2,597-mile trip from Tucson to Dunkin' Donuts Center in Providence, RI; and USC, hopping a plane in Los Angeles and traveling 2,539 miles to their game against Providence (going 686.7 miles) in PNC Arena in Raleigh, NC.

Meanwhile, some teams will barely have their luggage loaded before they have to disembark at their respective destinations.

No. 1 East seed North Carolina will board a bus for its 21.2-mile trip to play in Raleigh, and Oklahoma will be on the road for a mere 23.8 miles to play CSU Bakersfield (which is going 1,343.5 miles) in Oklahoma City's Chesapeake Energy Arena.

Other teams with short trips: Temple and Villanova, going about 100 miles each from the Philadelphia area to play Iowa (embarking on a 1,000-mile journey) and Buffalo (traveling 444.6 miles), respectively, in Barclays Center, Brooklyn; and Yale, whose players don't have to get too comfortable for their 103-mile ride to Providence to play Baylor (trekking 1,830.1 miles).

Overall, the average distance among all teams to reach their destinations in 924.5 miles, according to Hotwire.

Among the other three No. 1 seeded teams, Oregon (West) is going 462.8 miles to Spokane, Kansas (South) is traveling 234 miles to Des Moines' Wells Fargo Arena and Virginia (Midwest) 207.9 miles to Raleigh's PNC Arena.

Of the eight teams heading to Scottrade Center, St. Louis, five have relatively short rides, including Middle Tennessee (342.8 miles), Xavier (349.7), Wisconsin (358.8 Miles), Dayton (362.4 miles), and Michigan State (489.5 miles). Those with longer travel plans to St. Louis: Pittsburgh (604.1 miles), Syracuse (886.5) and Weber State (1,307.3 miles).

Among other teams with more than 1,500 miles in their First Round March Madness travel plans:  Iona (1,792.9 miles to face Iowa State in Pepsi Center, Denver), Seton Hall (1,764.3 miles to play Gonzaga in Denver), Texas Tech (1,529.8 miles to face Butler in Raleigh) and Stephen Austin State (1,508.9 miles to reach Brooklyn to play West Virginia).

(Editor's Note: Click on Info-graph for larger image.)

To face St. Joseph's, Cincinnati has to travel 2,081.5 miles to reach Spokane, giving the two teams a combined mileage of 4,621.5 before they even hit the court.

The numbers were released shortly after a humorous multi-media campaign was unveiled by San Francisco-base Hotwire, "Be Slightly Adventurous," which encourages people to hit the road for spontaneous trips and long weekends, which, in effect, describes March Madness without mentioning it by name.

 "Being slightly adventurous means saying 'Yes'  to long weekends and spontaneous trips, which is exactly what our Hotwire tribe of travelers do," Elisa Humphrey, senior director, brand marketing for Hotwire, said in a statement. "Travel opens us up to more opportunities to choose 'Yes'. And Hotwire is the brand that enthusiastically advocates for more moments of 'Yes'."

Spots, from Hotwire's lead agency, Heat, include "Near Death," "Road Trip," "Have a Good Weekend" and "Three Day Weekend."

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