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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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Concession Confession: MLB Fans Love Home Runs, Home Wins, Hot Dogs

By Barry Janoff

March 28, 2019: When people start going out to the ball park today, Opening Day of the 2019 MLB season, they will be looking for a sweet home team victory, home runs and hometown hot dogs.

People in MLB stadiums this season are expected to consume about 18.3 million hot dogs and nearly four million sausages, according to a survey from the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council.

That’s a lot, but actually down from more than 19 million hot dogs and 4.6 million sausages consumed last season.

The 19 million is the same figure as in 2017 and down slightly from the 19.4 million in 2016, but up from 18.5 million in 2015.

In 2011, people ate 22.5 million hot dogs in MLB ball parks; in 2014, the number topped 21.3 million.

As far as toppings, 71% of people in the U.S. who eat hot dogs add mustard, followed by ketchup (52%), onions (47%), chili (45%) and relish (41%).

"It's easy to see why hot dogs and sausages have been stadium staples since the very beginnings of Major League Baseball itself," Eric Mittenthal, NHDSC president, said via the Washington D.C.-based group.

”They are delicious, convenient and nostalgic. What would America's pastime be without these most American of foods?"

The Los Angeles Dodgers top MLB, with projected sales of 2.7 million hot dogs at Dodger Stadium. In second, with 1.2 million hot dogs expected to be consumed is the Chicago Cubs Wrigley Field.

San Francisco Giants fans are predicted to consume 450,000 sausages in Oracle Park, with Cubs fans not far behind at 400,000.

As in past years, the Milwaukee Brewers' Miller Park is the sole MLB venue where sausage sales will outpace hot dogs.

During peak hot dog season, from Memorial Day to Labor Day, people in America “typically consume 7 billion hot dogs. That’s 818 hot dogs consumed every second during that period,” according to NHDSC.

While old favorites will always be on the menu, the coming season will have some culinary surprises.

"In 2019, hot dogs will continue to prove their versatility at ballparks nationwide with versions that reflect our dynamic culture and changing tastes," said Mittenthal.

”It's exciting and mouth-watering to see new takes on old classics that definitely are not your granddad's dog!"

Consumers spent more than $2.4 billion on hot dogs in U.S. supermarkets last year.

Los Angeles residents consume more hot dogs than any other city (36 million-plus pounds), beating out New York and Philadelphia.

At the ball park it’s not just hot dogs. How about pizza.

People in the U.S. eat three billion pizzas a year, with annual U.S. pizza sales upward of $39 billion, according to NHDSC. On any given day, 13% of people in the U.S. eat pizza.

Some places have sought to combine both, such as Domino’s, which has a pizza offering with a crust stuffed with hot dogs.

Pepperoni leads the list of most popular pizzas, followed by sausage, mushroom and plain cheese.

The overall U.S. sausage market is valued at $7.7 billion, of which Italian sausage is $550 million.

Total U.S. pepperoni sales in 2018 topped $526 million, up 9.4% from 2017. By quantity, 63.5 million pounds of pepperoni was sold, an increase of 5.8%.

Among some MLB stadium offerings this season:

Arizona Diamondbacks: "All Day Breakfast Dog" has hash browns, country gravy, cheddar cheese, bacon, fried eggs, hot sauce and green onion put onto an 18-inch hot dog.

Baltimore Orioles: "Crab Mac ‘N Cheese Dog," a hot dog topped with macaroni and cheese and a generous lump of crab meat, seasoned with Old Bay.

Chicago Cubs: “Southwest Fiesta Specialty Hot Dog," a beef frank topped with chili-lime crema, pico de gallo, tortilla strips and house-made pickled peppers.

Cincinnati Reds: "The Nacho Dog," a hot dog topped with jalapenos, nacho cheese, salsa and tortilla chip crumbs.

Detroit Tigers: "Coney Dog Egg Roll," an egg roll stuffed with cut-up hot dogs and chili, drizzled in mustard and sprinkled with onions.

Los Angeles Dodger: “Dodger Sausage," which stuffs a grilled, al pastor sausage with pineapple chunks and tops it with pineapple salsa and cilantro-lime crema. Also, the "Going Yard," a 16.5-inch jalapeño cheddar sausage topped with grilled onions, roasted corn and avocado relish, drizzled with sour cream."

Minnesota Twins: “Boomstick," a two-foot-long creation smothered in chili, nacho cheese, grilled onions and jalapeños

San Francisco Giants: ”Pineapple Polish Sausage," a sweet and savory mix of pork and pineapple chunks.

St. Louis Cardinals: Bacon Wrapped Hot Dog," a jumbo hot dog wrapped in Applewood smoked bacon, served on a locally made jumbo bun and topped with baked beans, pico de gallo, spicy aioli and crispy fried onions.

Texas Rangers: ”RWB (Red, White & Blue) Dog,” a beef frank, flanked by red and blue pickle relish, with a blend of savory, sweet and spicy.

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