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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
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• Nov. 18 Kansas City  Chiefs v Los Angeles Chargers Mexico City Estadio Azteca (ESPN Monday Night Football)

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• 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)

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• Oct. 23 Denver Nuggets vs. Portland Trail Blazers ESPN 10 PM (ET)

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Jul182018

Bark And Bite: Hot Dog Days In MLB Cut The Mustard, Don’t Need To Play Ketchup

NYSJ Sports-Entertainment Business News Service

July 18, 2018:
Consumers spent more than $2.4 billion on hot dogs in U.S. supermarkets.

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

That and more data on National Hot Dog Day (July 18) and thanks to the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council, Washington DC, the site of MLB’s All-Star Game and events this past week.

All-Star Game venue Nationals Park offers such hot dog goodies as the Ben's Chili Bowl half smoke topped with chili and unique dogs from Haute Dogs.

NHDSC estimates that baseball fans will consume more than 19 million hot dogs and 4.6 million sausages during the 2018 MLB season. The combined hot dog and sausage total could stretch the entire continental U.S.

“In a love affair that’s spanned decades, baseball and hot dogs remain inseparable,” Eric Mittenthal, president for the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council, said in a statement.

“Year after year, hot dogs continue to hit it out of the park at the concession stand, even as teams innovate to offer more food choices and inventive creations. There’s simply no replacing the unshakable bond baseball and hot dogs share.”

The predicted 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.  

Also from NHDSC, on July 4, people in America downed 150 million hot dogs, enough to stretch from D.C. to L.A. more than five times.

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.”

Leading food service firm Aramark said that baseball fans consume nearly four million hot dogs each season in the eight venues Aramark serves: Citi Field (New York Mets), Citizens Bank Park (Philadelphia Phillies), Coors Field (Colorado Rockies), Fenway Park (Boston Red Sox), Kauffman Stadium (Kansas City Royals), Minute Maid Park (Houston Astros), PNC Park and Rogers Centre) (Toronto Blue Jays).

Houston Astros fans ate nearly 25,000 hot dogs during 2017 World Series games in Minute Maid Park.

During “Dollar Dog Night” at Citizens Bank Park, Phillies fans eat about 28,000 Philly Franks.

The Fenway Frank is the most popular hot dog Aramark said it serves, with Red Sox fans consuming more than 700,000 Franks in Fenway Park each season.

Fans in Houston’s Minute Maid Park and Colorado’s Coors Field tie for eating the second highest amount of hot dogs during baseball season, with more than 500,000 hot dogs consumed annually in each.

And there is something to offer for hungry people who have a beef with traditional hot dogs.

Aramark said this season five of its partner ballparks were named to PETA’s 2018 Top 10 Most Vegan-Friendly Ballparks list.

People at Citi Field eat the most veggie dogs (9,000 last season), followed by fans at the Rogers Centre, who consumed 6,000 veggie dogs last season.

“Hot dogs are as synonymous with baseball as ‘Take Me out to the Ballgame’," Carl Mittleman, president of Aramark’s Sports and Entertainment Division, said in a statement. "Whether you prefer them fully loaded, vegetarian, or with the traditional fixings, hot dogs continue to be among the most popular foods to eat at a ball game,”

“Our chefs continue to elevate and innovate the ballpark staple, tapping in to local flavors, food trends and fan feedback, to ensure our menus offer the perfect hot dog for everyone.”

And don’t forget the vendors.

On average, Aramark hot dog “hawkers” walk 4-5 miles per game. Not an easy task: A fully loaded ballpark hot dog vendor's bin weighs 30 pounds.

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