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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)

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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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Marshawn Lynch Makes ‘Beast Mode’ Ownership Run With IFL Oakland Panthers

NYSJ Sports-Entertainment Business News Service

September 11, 2019: For 17 NFL seasons, Marshawn Lynch made news on the field as a running back with the Buffalo Bills, Seattle Seahawks and Oakland Raiders.

Now Lynch is making news off the field as a “player” with the Indoor Football League.

Lynch said he is joining with entertainment and gaming entrepreneur Roy Choi to found the Oakland Panthers, which will join the IFL for the 2020 season this February.’

Lynch, a native of Oakland, said he was driven to keep pro football in Oakland, which will be without a NFL team when the Raiders move to Las Vegas for the 2020 season.

”I believe the power of football has the ability to transform a community and the families who live there,” Lynch said via the IFL.

“I’ve seen it and lived it. I'm excited that Da' Town will get another team to call its own.”

Lynch, who was a key part of the Seahawks Super Bowl XLVIII championship team (2014) and a five-time Pro Bowl selection, said he attended some IFL games last year “and had a good-ass time. The games have lots of fluidity and tickets are priced so that the entire family can check it out,.”

The Panthers are scheduled to play seven home games in the Oakland Arena, formerly known as Oracle Arena when the NBA’s Golden State Warriors played there before moving to their new Chase Center venue in San Francisco for the 2019-20 season.

According to the IFL and Lynch, the Panthers franchise will support its athletes in a “unique manner.”

“Given the challenges of Bay Area housing prices, the Panthers will not only provide salaries for players, but the team will also provide lodging and meals during the season.”

Lodging and practice facilities will be located in the East Bay.

Also according to the IFL and Lynch, the team name Panthers “is no accident.”

"The Oakland community has a long history with the name. It references the Bay Area indigenous cougar and (2018) film, Black Panther film, directed by Oakland native Ryan Coogler.

“It also pays tribute to Oakland's history of activism with the groundbreaking social action of the Black Panther movement of the '60s.”

"Oakland and the Bay Area embody activism, work ethic, passion, and loyalty,” Choi said via the league. “Those qualities are represented by the Panther name and by my co-founder Marshawn Lynch.

“While I am obviously impressed by his on-field performance, it is his community work that is the most inspiring. There is no one better than Marshawn to lead such a community-oriented sports franchise like the Oakland Panthers.

Choi said Lynch and he were “exploring ways the community can also have ownership in our team."

"I was blessed with my time and journey making it to the (NFL) but there are more ways of getting there than the route I took."

Choi, who owns two other IFL franchises (Cedar Rapids Iowa River Kings, San Diego Strike Force) as managing partner of Knighted Ventures, a Los Angeles-based company investing in and managing projects in entertainment and gaming; and founder of KCM Agency, a marketing firm.

He is also the executive producer for Kollaboration Global, a national nonprofit organization that “provides Asian American artists and leaders a platform to discover, empower, and connect.  of the “gourmet food truck movement.”

The Panthers have named veteran sports executive Scott McKibben as president and Kurt Bryan their head coach as part of a ten-man coaching staff.

Founded in 2008, the IFL currently has 12 other franchises: Arizona Rattlers, Bismarck (ND) Bucks, Cedar Rapids (Iowa) River Kings, Dunk City (Albuquerque, NM) Gladiators, Green Bat Blizzard, Iowa (Des Moines) Barnstormers, Nebraska (Grand Island) Danger, Quad City (Moline, Ill.) Steam wheelers, San Diego Strike Force, Souix Falls (SD) Storm and the Tucson Sugar Skulls.

The season runs February to July.

"I was blessed with my time and journey making it to the (NFL) but there are more ways of getting there than the route I took,” said Lynch, who has an apparel and accessories line under his nickname, Beast Mode.

“So its hella important to me, to keep finding opportunities for players to pursue their dreams of getting to that next level, and I know the Panthers and this league can help with that."

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