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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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• Pat Benatar
• Dave Matthews Band
• Depeche Mode
• Doobie Brothers
• Whitney Houston
• Judas Priest
• Kraftwerk
• MC5
• Motorhead
• Nine Inch Nails
• Notorious B.I.G.
• Rufus feat. Chaka Khan
• Todd Rundgren
• Soundgarden
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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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Jun182019

Bellinger, Yelich, Trout Lead As 2019 MLB All-Star Game Voting Nears Final Tally

By Barry Janoff

June 17, 2019: MLB has released the next “Primary Round” votes for the 2019 All-Star Game, and it shows that  Cody Bellinger, Christian Yelich, Mike Trout and Javier Baez are among the players who will advance to the “Starters Election” but that Bryce Harper might not.

Primary voting for the 2019 Google MLB All-Star Ballot closes June 21 (4 PM ET).

The top three vote-getters at each position in each league — and nine outfielders per league — move to "The Starters Election," which begins June 26 (Noon ET).

Harper, who in March signed a 13-year, $330 million deal with the Philadelphia Phillies, currently sits at No.10 among NL outfielders, 32,242 votes behind Charlie Blackmon of the Colorado Rockies (530,342).

Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Bellinger leads all players across both leagues with 2,184,251votes.

Yelich, outfielder with the Milwaukee Brewers, is second and the only other player with more than two million votes at 2,065,382.

Los Angeles Angels outfielder Trout is third (1,904,273), followed by Cubs shortstop Baez (1,672,062) and teammate catcher Willson Contreras (1,555,490).

Starters for the 2019 All-Star Game will be unveiled June 27 on on ESPN.

Pitchers and reserves will be named June 30, with Bryce potentially finding a spot among the latter if he does not accumulate enough fan votes.

The 2019 All-Star Game in Progressive Field in Cleveland, will air nationally on Fox, in Canada by Rogers Sportsnet and RDS; and worldwide by partners in more than 180 countries.

The Top Ten vote-getters to day across both leagues also include Houston Astros outfielder George Springer (1,495,817), Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado (1,475,825), New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez (1,357,340), Astros third baseman Alex Bregman (1,322,935) and Atlanta Braves outfielder Ronald Acuna Jr.,(1,229,200).

People may vote in "The Primary" at MLB.com and all 30 club sites, the MLB At Bat and MLB Ballpark apps up to five times in any 24-hour period.

Fans in the U.S. and Canada can also vote on Google Search for every position, or up to 17 unique players per day, by searching "MLB Vote" or the names of their favorite players.

AL CATCHERS
1. Gary Sanchez, Yankees 1,357,340

2. James McCann, White Sox 580,394

3. Robinson Chirinos, Astros 487,868

4. Jason Castro, Twins 444,533
5. Christian Vazquez, Red Sox 302,686
6. Jonathan Lucroy, Angels 268,710

7. Roberto Perez, Indians 176,976
8. Josh Phegley, Athletics 151,679

9. Mike Zunino, Rays 128,345

10. Martin Maldonado, Royals 113,525

NL CATCHERS
1.Willson Contreras, Cubs 1,555,490

2. Brian McCann, Braves 725,484

3. Yasmani Grandal, Brewers 513,412

4. J.T. Realmuto, Phillies 438,390

5. Yadier Molina, Cardinals 375,690
6. Austin Barnes, Dodgers 344,745

7. Tony Wolters, Rockies 204,641

8. Wilson Ramos, Mets 167,879
9. Buster Posey, Giants 146,905
10. Yan Gomes, Nationals 101,584

AL FIRST BASE
1. Luke Voit, Yankees 696,164

2. C.J. Cron, Twins 586,303

3. Carlos Santana, Indians 560,836
4. Jose Abreu, White Sox 517,473

5. Yuli Gurriel, Astros 433,692
6. Albert Pujols, Angels 384,322
7. Miguel Cabrera, Tigers 362,659
8. Edwin Encarnacion, Mariners/Yankees 205,040
9. Mitch Moreland, Red Sox 193,609

10. Ji-Man Choi, Rays 168,723

NL FIRST BASE
1. Josh Bell, Pirates 1,106,186

2. Freddie Freeman, Braves 1,022,535

3. Anthony Rizzo, Cubs 948,047

4. Max Muncy, Dodgers 446,704

5. Pete Alonso, Mets 319,256

6. Rhys Hoskins, Phillies 249,341

7. Paul Goldschmidt, Cardinals 234,176
8. Jesus Aguilar, Brewers 188,332

9. Eric Hosmer, Padres 149,749

10. Daniel Murphy, Rockies 112,317

DESIGNATED HITTER
1. J.D. Martinez, Red Sox 893,689
2. Hunter Pence, Rangers  602,766
3. Nelson Cruz, Twins 506,211
4. Shohei Ohtani, Angels 362,947
5. Aledmys Diaz, Astros 353,015
6. Giancarlo Stanton, Yankees 295,326
7. Avisail Garcia, Rays 282,170
8. Khris Davis, Athletics 251,191
9. Daniel Vogelbach, Mariners 237,238
10. Yonder Alonso, White Sox 147,177

AL SECOND BASE
1. Tommy La Stella, Angels 1,020,912

2. Jose Altuve, Astros  923,117

3. DJ LeMahieu, Yankees 739,074
4. Jonathan Schoop, Twins 362,504
5. Whit Merrifield, Royals 247,903

6. Brandon Lowe, Rays 237,277

7. Michael Chavis, Red Sox 236,526

8. Jason Kipnis, Indians 137,724

9. Dee Gordon, Mariners 119,799

10. Yolmer Sanchez, White Sox 110,786

NL SECOND BASE
1. Ozzie Albies, Braves 1,011,132

2. Mike Moustakas, Brewers 966,391

3. Ketel Marte, D-backs 554,524

4. Enrique Hernandez, Dodgers 455,704
5. Cesar Hernandez, Phillies 424,379
6. Daniel Descalso, Cubs 410,122

7. Robinson Cano, Mets 179,750

8. Kolten Wong, Cardinals 163,237
9. Brian Dozier, Nationals 156,129

10. Ryan McMahon, Rockies  109,692

AL THIRD BASE
1. Alex Bregman, Astros 1,322,935

2. Gio Urshela, Yankees 502,614

3. Hunter Dozier, Royals 424,028

4. Rafael Devers, Red Sox 335,635

5. Marwin Gonzalez, Twins 290,264

6. Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Blue Jays 269,492

7. Matt Chapman, Athletics 267,590

8. Yoan Moncada, White Sox 262,416

9. David Fletcher, Angels 192,712

10. Jose Ramirez, Indians 136,766

NL THIRD BASE
1. Nolan Arenado, Rockies 1,475,825

2. Kris Bryant, Cubs 850,758

3. Josh Donaldson, Braves 550,947

4. Justin Turner, Dodgers 512,237

5. Anthony Rendon, Nationals 378,761
6. Manny Machado, Padres 207,354
7. Eduardo Escobar, D-backs 185,561
8. Travis Shaw, Brewers 148,322

9. Maikel Franco, Phillies 138,948

10. Matt Carpenter, Cardinals 132,248

AL SHORTSTOP
1. Jorge Polanco, Twins 818,082
2. Carlos Correa, Astros 656,995
3. Gleyber Torres, Yankees 565,728

4. Tim Anderson, White Sox 510,337
5. Francisco Lindor, Indians 460,952
6. Xander Bogaerts, Red Sox 410,134
7. Andrelton Simmons, Angels 274,181

8. Elvis Andrus, Rangers 166,275

9. Adalberto Mondesi, Royals 148,843
10. Willy Adames, Rays 126,583

NL SHORTSTOP
1. Javier Baez, Cubs 1,672,062

2. Dansby Swanson, Braves 764,663
3. Corey Seager, Dodgers 494,546

4. Trevor Story, Rockies 457,159
5. Jean Segura, Phillies 286,287

6. Fernando Tatis Jr., Padres 246,374

7. Orlando Arcia, Brewers 233,953

8. Paul DeJong, Cardinals 195,357

9. Trea Turner, Nationals 150,392

10. Jose Iglesias, Reds 134,143

AL OUTFIELD
1. Mike Trout, Angels 1,904,273

2. George Springer, Astros 1,495,817

3. Michael Brantley, Astros 924,173

4. Austin Meadows, Rays 887,946

5. Mookie Betts, Red Sox 777,642

6. Eddie Rosario, Twins 687,515

7. Aaron Judge, Yankees 577,640
8. Joey Gallo, Rangers 537,934

9. Josh Reddick, Astros 511,903

10. Max Kepler, Twins 435,789

11. Byron Buxton, Twins 418,287
12. Brett Gardner, Yankees 259,179
13. Andrew Benintendi, Red Sox 258,476
14. Jackie Bradley Jr., Red Sox 234,302
15. Tommy Pham, Rays 223,250

16. Aaron Hicks, Yankees 221,578
17. Trey Mancini, Orioles 206,620

18. Shin-Soo Choo, Rangers 194,328
19. Kole Calhoun, Angels 168,971
20. Kevin Kiermaier, Rays 158,609

NL OUTFIELD
1. Cody Bellinger, Dodgers 2,184,251

2. Christian Yelich, Brewers 2,065,382

3. Ronald Acuna Jr., Braves 1,229,200

4. Albert Almora Jr., Cubs 645,291

5. Jason Heyward, Cubs  614,823

6. Nick Markakis, Braves 614,358

7. Joc Pederson, Dodgers 598,909
8. Kyle Schwarber, Cubs 585,997

9. Charlie Blackmon, Rockies 530,342
10. Bryce Harper, Phillies 498,100

11. Alex Verdugo, Dodgers 437,115
12. Ender Inciarte, Braves 332,134
13. Juan Soto, Nationals 302,375
14. Lorenzo Cain, Brewers  282,069
15. Marcell Ozuna, Cardinals  275,590
16. Melky Cabrera, Pirates  252,384
17. Scott Kingery, Phillies 233,131

18. Andrew McCutchen, Phillies 224,871
19. Ryan Braun, Brewers 221,172
20. Jeff McNeil, Mets 205,542

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