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• 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.

• 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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Déjà Vu: With Djokovic, Wawrinka Out, Nadal, Federer Challenge Murray For No. 1

By Barry Janoff

August 8, 2017: With Stan Wawrinka, the No. 4 ranked men’s tennis player in the world, adding himself to the list of players not competing in the upcoming U.S. Open, Novak Djokovic already out and No. 1 Andy Murray battling a hip injury, the question is: Who might be No. 1 after the U.S. Open Series and U.S. Open Grand Slam tournament?.

Wawrinka, the 2016 U.S. Open champion, said that knee surgery and rehabilitation would force him to miss the rest of the 2017 season.

In July, No. 5-ranked Djokovic, who lost to Wawrinka in the ’16 U.S. Open finals, said he would miss the remainder of 2017 due to an elbow injury, which also includes the ATP Finals in London.

Murray has been having health issues and withdrew from the Rogers Cup in Montreal, part of the U.S. Open Series, (Aug. 4-13) to take time to rehabilitate a hip injury. He gave no timetable for his return.

As Yogi Berra said, it’s déjà vu all over again as that could open the door for No. 2 Rafael Nadal or No. 3 Roger Federer to move back as the WTA ranked No. 1, a spot they both have enjoyed in the past.

Nadal is less than 300 points behind Murray in the most recent ATP rankings, with Wimbledon winner Federer about 1,300 points back. Federer has won five U.S. Open titles, Nadal two.

Federer was last ranked No. 1 on Nov. 4, 2012, and holds the record for most consecutive weeks at No. 1 (237) as well as most total weeks at No. 1 (302).

Nadal was last ranked No. 1 on July 6, 2014, losing the spot after 30 consecutive weeks.

Murray has been No. 1 since Nov. 7, 2016.

One the women’s side, Karolina Pliskova is ranked No. 1 by the WTA, followed by Simona Halep, Angelique Kerber and Wimbledon winner Garbiñe Muguruza.

Serena Williams will not be at the U.S. Open awaiting the birth of her first child, with the due date expected while the U.S. Open is in progress (Aug. 28-Sept. 10).

"I am sad to announce that after talking with my team and doctor I had to make a difficult decision to undergo a medical intervention on my knee," Wawrinka posted to his Facebook page. "This was the only solution to make sure I will be able to compete at the top level for many more years.

"This is obviously extremely disappointing, but I’m already looking ahead and planning my recovery,” said Wawrinka. I love this sport and I will work hard to get back to my top level and play many more years . . . I will see you all in 2018,” wrote Wawrinka.

Murray offered on the Rogers Cup official Web site, "I am sad to be missing the tournament in Montreal because I have many great memories from my time in Canada. I am doing everything I can to return as quickly as possible."

Unranked Maria Sharapova, working on a comeback following a 15-month suspension due to use of a banned drug, also opted out of the Rogers Open.

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