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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
• T. Rex
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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
SOURCE: STUBHUB.COM

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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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Nascar, eBay Offer Unique Racing Items, Experiences To Benefit Kids Foundation

NYSJ Sports-Entertainment Business News Service

October 22, 2018:
eBay and Nascar have joined forces to launch a site where people have the opportunity to bid on autographed memorabilia and unique racing experiences.

Now through Nov. 1, visitors to eBay.com/Nascar and bid on 20 items, including a Martin Truex Jr. autographed side panel, Joey Logano autographed hood, Dale Earnhardt, Jr. autographed replica full-size helmet, Nascar on NBC Sports behind-the-scenes experience, a meet-and-greet with  Chase Elliott and a 2018 Nascar Champion's Week package in Las Vegas.

One hundred percent of the proceeds from each item will benefit The Nascar Foundation programs for children.

"Nascar is synonymous with a truly passionate fan base, and eBay fuels this passion while helping people come together to make an impact," Suzy Deering, CMO-eBay Americas, said via the company.

"We understand the apparel, memorabilia and merchandise are ways for fans to show allegiance for their favorite drivers — and show support for causes they believe in. In collaboration with the Nascar community, eBay is now offering a wide-range of exclusive inventory that helps children finish first through programs of the Nascar Foundation and our eBay for Charity platform."

The Nascar Foundation “believes every child should have a chance at a healthy life and deserves to get across the finish line.”

Through the Speediatrics Children's Fund and Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award, the Foundation is “making children's health and medical needs its top priority.”

According to Nichole Krieger, Nascar Foundation executive director, ”We are thrilled to partner with eBay to provide these very unique items to their customers.”

“At the end of the day, it's all about the kids. Funds raised through this auction will help us provide much needed health care services to children in our racing communities across the country."

Added eBay’s Deering, “True to our mission of opportunity for all, eBay brings new ways for the racing community to give back to the next generation of fans."

Items and experiences for auction:

• 2019 Daytona 500 VIP Experience

• 2018 Homestead-Miami Speedway VIP Experience with Nascar Suite Passes

• Richard Petty Meet and Greet Experience

• iRacing Experience with William Byron

• Meet-and-Greet with Chase Elliott

• Nascar on NBC Sports Behind-the-Scenes Experience

• Meet-and-Greet with Joey Logano

• 2018 Nascar Champion's Week Package in Las Vegas

• American Ethanol Green Flag autographed by Monster Energy Nascar Cup Series Drivers

• Martin Truex Jr. Autographed Side Panel Sheet Metal

• Joey Logano Autographed Hood

• Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Autographed Replica Full-Size Helmet

• Ty Dillon Autographed Race-Used Firesuit

• Helmet Visor signed by Richard Petty and Bubba Wallace

• Paralyzed Veterans of America Hat Autographed by Brad Keselowski

• Alex Bowman Autographed Diecast

• Jeff Gordon Autographed 24EVER Framed Photo

• Nascar Replica Hood autographed by Monster Energy Nascar Cup Series Drivers

• The Glass Case of Emotion autographed Poster

• Full Size Replica Helmet autographed by Monster Energy Nascar Cup Series Drivers

Bid here.

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