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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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MLB, ESPN To Air ‘Shred Hate’ Anti-Bullying Campaign With Stars During Post-Season

By Barry Janoff

September 27, 2018: Nolan Arenado, Javier Báez, Mookie Betts, Sean Doolittle, Aaron Judge, Francisco Lindor, George Springer, Mike Trout  and Justin Verlander would make a formidable roster if they pooled their talent on one team.

They have, not on the playing field, but as part of an anti-bullying campaign, “Shred Hate," under the auspices of non-profit group No Bully and with the support of partners MLB and ESPN.

The PSA campaign is anchored by a spot, “Join Our Team,” in which the players urge people to join the anti-bully movement, which is being highlighted in October during National Bullying Prevention Month.

A separate spot starring 2017 World Series MVP George Springer is another a key element in the MLB component of the campaign.

“Join Our Team’ will break on ESPN during its MLB coverage this week, then run on its coverage of the National League Wild Card Game presented by Hankook  (Oct. 2).

“Join Our Team” and the Springer spot (pictured) will air throughout October during MLB post-season games on-air and at Web sites including MLB.com, MLB club sites and PlayBall.org.

Support includes social media with the hash tag #ShredHate and activation on-site at MLB post-season games.

Shred Hate is a joint program among MLB, ESPN and its X Games platform, "striving to put an end to bullying in schools by encouraging youth to choose kindness."

In addition to MLB and ESPN, No Bully partners include Abercrombie & Fitch, Burger King, the NBA’s Golden State Warriors, Hasbro and Toms.

“We are incredibly appreciative of each of these All-Stars, whose participation in this campaign to end bullying will have an impact on children throughout our country for years to come,” Billy Bean, vp and special assistant to MLB commissioner Rob Manfred, said via the league.

“Our sport has a unique opportunity to impact lives and help our youth re-define the school experience through the foundations of respect, kindness and dignity. We are fortunate to have some of baseball’s very best join us as we continue to battle against this epidemic.” 

Shred Hate was launched in January 2017 at X Games Aspen.

According to San Francisco-based No Bully, it has since reached nearly 30,000 students; and the No Bully System methodology, which is implemented in schools through the Shred Hate initiative, has been able to remediate more than 90% of bullying instances.

Numerous MLB clubs currently support Shred Hate in-school bullying prevention efforts, including the Chicago Cubs, Chicago White Sox, Los Angeles Angels, Los Angeles Dodgers, Minnesota Twins, Philadelphia Phillies, Pittsburgh Pirates, Texas Rangers and Washington Nationals.

“I went through the ups and downs from being made fun of, “ said Springer, who has continued to overcome his own personal experience with a stutter, and has been a major advocate for The Stuttering Association for the Young) while also regularly speaking out against bullying.

“Sports allowed me to do and be who I wanted to be, to participate and speak freely, and to come out of my shell. I want kids and adults to be themselves. Being who you want to be, and being who you are, is the most important thing in this world. Don’t let anybody stop you from that.”

According to Judge, “I don’t want to be defined only as a baseball player. There are a lot of things off the field that make me who I am.

"I want to be someone that helps spread the message that every kid should feel respected and understood. That’s the kind of mark I want to leave. I want to be a positive influence and a role model for kids.”

Lindor spoke for all the players when he said, “Shred Hate is delivering a really important message.

“Over ten million kids per year are targets of bullying in schools and even more are targeted on social media. No one deserves to be bullied and it’s up to all of us to make sure it doesn’t happen.”

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