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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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• MC5
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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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Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.
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Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.
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Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.
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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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Mayweather Jr. Makes Boxing + Fitness Franchise Offer: Can You Refuse?

By Barry Janoff

July 25, 2018: Like The Godfather, Floyd Mayweather Jr. wants to make an offer at least some people can’t refuse.

To coincide with the Franchise Grand Opening event on July 28 atf the flagship location for Mayweather Boxing + Fitness —  “a best-in-class fitness experience created by the most successful boxer of all time” — Mayweather Jr. is offering franchises “to qualified individuals” with two options.

Open a new Mayweather Boxing + Fitness studio location “for as little as $200,000” or convert an existing fitness business into a Mayweather Boxing + Fitness studio “for as little as $70,000.”

According to Mayweather Jr., to demonstrate his “passion to help businesses and support the community,” he will waive “the entire franchise fee to help existing qualified gyms convert their business into a Mayweather Boxing + Fitness studio.”

Mayweather Jr. unveiled the global business venture and its structured franchise model following his victorious fight against Conor McGregor in August 2017.  The Los Angeles location opened in late January.

"We're looking for motivated people who share our passion for bringing best-in-class fitness to the world stage," Mayweather Jr. said in a statement. "Our goal is to have Mayweather Boxing & Fitness studios in neighborhoods all over the world, providing fitness programs for anyone who wants to train more effectively."

Mayweather Jr. doesn’t need the money, but he likes the money, which is why he is No. 1 on the lists of not just the World’s Highest-Paid Athletes but Highest-Paid Celebrities from Forbes, with $275 million in winnings and another $10 million from endorsements in 2017, mostly associated with the McGregor bout.

Not all of it goes into his lavish lifestyle. He founded and is a major supporter of the Floyd Mayweather Jr. Foundation, whose mission is to ”empower community alliances, impact youth leadership, promote health and wellness, and strengthen family foundations through community development, entrepreneurialism, and education resulting in a wholesome community.

According to Mayweather Jr., “Emblematic of (my) passion for family, fitness and community, the new enterprise is grounded in the philosophy that fitness levels shouldn't be determined by socioeconomic status, and that everyone should have access to, and benefit from, elite fitness resources.”

The Los Angeles location supports the Gloves Over Guns youth program by providing  “mentoring and coaching for youth in school affected by gangs, crime and peer pressure.”

"Boxing fitness is an on-trend, accessible and highly effective workout," James Williams, CEO of Mayweather Boxing & Fitness, said in a statement.

"With the launch of our franchise program, we are providing entrepreneurs across the world with a system to capitalize on the rapid increase in demand of boxing group fitness, all under the brand that represents the gold standard in boxing. “

"Fitness levels shouldn't be determined by socioeconomic status . . . everyone should have access to, and benefit from, elite fitness resources.”

Williams said the flagship location “has experienced tremendous success and became profitable within its first three months of opening.

“This is a testament to the business infrastructure we have in place, which we are now rolling out through our franchise program,” said Williams.

According to Mayweather Boxing + Fitness, each studio will offer class-based boxing and functional training workouts for all levels of fitness, along with advanced tech features, including individual Virtual Reality sessions, heart rate monitoring and daily workout videos.

The undefeated (50-0) boxer said he is revealing for the first time his “training and fitness methods that kept him on top of the boxing profession for more than 20 years.”

The VR experience features a virtual Mayweather Jr. coaching individual users through routines that “kept him at the top of his game throughout his boxing career, providing an incredibly fun and effective cardio workout.”

The Mayweather Boxing + Fitness flagship studio, located on Wilshire Boulevard in Los Angeles, is scheduled to have its Franchise Grand Opening event July 28 (8 AM PT) with a public event including a ribbon cutting ceremony, giveaways and classes.

Mayweather Jr. - McGregor: $600M Revenue, 4.3M PPV

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