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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

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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MiLB Sets Its Sights On State-Of-the-Art Production With Peerless-AV Alliance

NYSJ Sports-Entertainment Business News Service

February 26, 2019:
This is not your grandfather’s AV squad.

Stating that the alliance would “position the league as a dynamic leader in sport and entertainment,” MiLB has signed a multi-year pact deal naming Peerless-AV— a leading manufacturer and provider of audio-visual products — as its “official digital display partner."

Under terms of the alliance, Peerless-AV would integrate into MiLB's existing partnerships with Allegiant Air and ISM Connect to “establish (Peerless-AV) as the exclusive provider of screen technologies for Minor League Baseball.”

The deal with Peerless-AV builds on another pact signed in July 2018, in which MiLB joined with ISM Connect to launch the Allegiant Airline Network, calling it the “largest in-venue digitally connected smart-screen network in sports and entertainment.”

The installation process of Peerless-AV displays is underway for Opening Night 2019, with MiLB and Peerless-AV are planning additional placements during the year.

In 2019, select MiLB clubs will have the opportunity to participate in the digital network, with the technology furnished by Peerless-AV.

More than 50 MiLB ballparks are scheduled to feature Peerless-AV technology by Opening Day 2020, according to the league.

"Minor League Baseball is committed to driving innovation and enhancing ballpark experiences for our fans,” David Wright, chief marketing and commercial officer for MiLB, said via the league. “Peerless-AV's commitment to be at the forefront of digital display technology aligns perfectly with our vision for being a leader in authentic fan engagement.

"This partnership will allow us to continue making deeper and more meaningful connections with our fans and position MiLB as a dynamic leader in sport and entertainment."

According to MiLB, ISM Connect's solutions give its teams a “new means to disseminate their marketing messaging and allow them to monetize new inventory by building the network's capabilities into existing or new business partnerships.

“Leveraging ISM's content management system to produce, schedule, and manage targeted marketing and custom branded content will allow teams to drive engagement, incremental revenue and brand conversions.”

"ISM Connect's digital engagement network will transform how Minor League Baseball teams and ballparks connect their technology to their fans and in turn, enhance the overall consumer experience," Wright said when the ISM Connect deal was signed.

"This partnership will allow us to understand and connect with our fans on a deeper level, while continuing to evolve as a leader in the technology space."

According Nick Belcore, evp for Peerless-AV, ”Creating and implementing high-quality display solutions to enhance the fan experience is a key focus for our team at Peerless-AV.

“With a shared goal of increasing fan engagement through the use of innovative technology, we are excited to be partnering with Minor League Baseball on this initiative."

Throughout the new partnership term, MilB said that Peerless-AV technology would be incorporated into numerous locations — including concourse LCD displays, video boards and ribbon boards — "to further boost fan engagement and partnership opportunities for MiLB and its teams."

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