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• Under Armour said this morning that Patrik Frisk, the company’s president and COO, would become its new CEO, effective Jan. 1, 2020. He will also remain president. Company founder, chairman and CEO Kevin Plank, will become executive chairman and brand chief. According to Friske via Under Armour, "The opportunity that lies ahead of us is incredible as our entire global team continues to lean hard into our transformation."

• 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.

• 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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• Whitney Houston
• Judas Priest
• Kraftwerk
• 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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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 Unveils National Diversity Pride Platform To Support LGBTQ Community

NYSJ Sports-Entertainment Business News Service

June 3, 2019:
Calling it the “largest documented Pride celebration in professional sports,” MiLB has unveiled the official launch of MiLB Pride, part of the organization's diversity and inclusion initiative.

Some 70 MiLB teams will host Pride LGBTQ-themed nights or events this season, incorporating Pride into scheduled promotions, providing discounted tickets to LGBTQ organizations and/or engaging with the LGBTQ community both in the ballpark and beyond.

A national platform includes teams forming partnerships with more than 150 local LGBTQ organizations.

"Minor League Baseball stadiums have always been and will continue to be safe and welcoming places for all  people,”  Pat O'Conner, president and CEO for MiLB, said via the organization.

“MiLB Pride is yet one more way we're showing our ongoing commitment to our fans and to diversity and inclusion within the game of baseball."

MiLB said MiLB Pride was “created in response to the growing number of MiLB teams' Pride events and a desire to further conversations about LGBTQ inclusion throughout baseball.”

This past February, MiLB became the first sports league to join the Association of National Advertisers' Alliance for Inclusive & Multicultural Marketing, which was “created to provide corporations with viable solutions for growth by targeting various thriving multicultural and inclusive market segments.”

In addition to the in-stadium events, some teams are giving back to their local communities by donating a portion of ticket sales to LGBTQ non-profit organizations in their area.

MiLB is also arranging educational workshops, networking opportunities and social event, “all designed to connect with the LGBTQ community and support the creation of a welcoming environment for LGBTQ fans, employees and partners in MiLB ballparks.”

Support includes a designated Web site, social media and MiLB Pride team merchandise such as T-shirts, caps, baseballs and accessories.

According to Vincent Pierson, director of diversity and inclusion for MiLB, ”Sports can bring people together and help transcend differences. MiLB Pride is putting the power of sports into action and building bridges to the LGBTQ community that didn't previously exist.

“Launching this program is a proud moment for the game of baseball and we look forward to building on this in the future."

Among MiLB's national partnerships are You Can Play — an organization that advocates for equality and respect for all who connect with sports, regardless of sexual orientation and/or gender identity — and the Pride Tape initiative, "a badge of support from teammates, coaches, parents and pros to young LGBTQ players and fans."

"You Can Play is grateful to be partnering with Minor League Baseball as it continues to serve as a model for diversity and inclusion," Brian Kitts, president of You Can Play, said via the group.

"We share a commitment to growing a great sport by making locker rooms and stadiums safe for every baseball player and fan, including those in the LGBTQ community"

MiLB said MilB Pride is the latest platform to join its Diversity Initiative programs, including Copa de la Diversión (Fun Cup) focusing on Hispanic communities, Women in Baseball and the FIELD Program.

FIELD (Fostering Inclusion through Education and Leadership Development) “combines educational and leadership development with skill specific training, access to a vast network of sports professionals and industry knowledge and exposure to create a unique experience for selected participants."

MiLB Goes Mas Grande For Copa de la Diversión

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