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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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• Pat Benatar
• Dave Matthews Band
• Depeche Mode
• Doobie Brothers
• Whitney Houston
• Judas Priest
• Kraftwerk
• MC5
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• 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
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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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Mar102016

NBA Boosts Global Strategy, Radio Signal, Fan Reach Via Alliance With TuneIn Audio

Special to NYSportsJournalism.com

March 10, 2016: As part of a strategic effort to grow its fan base and reach consumers around the world, the NBA this week signed a deal with audio network TuneIn to air all of its games and jewel events, as well as those for sibling WNBA.

TuneIn, which said it has more than 60 million active monthly users, 100,000-plus radio stations and more than 5.7 million on-demand programs, also has sports deals with the NFL, MLB and English Premier League, as well as ESPN Radio, talkSport, CBS Radio sports stations and South By Southwest.

TuneIn also involved with the NCAA Div. I Men's Basketball Tournament, including a Selection Sunday Special on March 13 and March Madness listening parties throughout the month.

Financial terms of the multi-year NBA deal were not shared.

The alliance, which will impact audiences outside of the U.S., Canada and China, begins immediately and includes all remaining games for this season and then the NBA playoffs and Finals.

Beginning with 2016-17, TuneIn said it would provide premium users with access to all 1,230 NBA regular-season games, the entire NBA playoffs and Finals and such marquee events as the NBA All-Star Game, State Farm All-Star Saturday Night and the NBA Draft presented by State Farm.

TuneIn said it would also work with the NBA to "create and launch original content alongside the game broadcasts, including daily talk, analysis and fantasy shows during the regular season."

In addition, TuneIn said it plans to offer "On-Demand Content,' through which users would be able to listen to replays of the most recent ten games for each team on a rolling basis; and 24/7 NBA channel, a live channel consisting of a "mix of NBA TV content and original programming so users can listen to live and on-demand basketball programming year-round."

"NBA fans worldwide are passionate about the game and consume our content in numerous ways from television and radio, to mobile and social media," David Denenberg, svp-global media distribution and business affairs for the NBA said in a statement. "TuneIn's global platform is another unique way for our fans to experience the excitement of our game."

WNBA regular season and playoff games will be available beginning with the season opener in May, as will games from the NBA Development League, to stay up-to-date on star prospects.

The NBA is finding a growing audience not just for its U.S.-born stars but also from the increased number of players international players in the league.

The number of international players now in the NBA has more than doubled since 2000-01, when the league had 45 international players, and nearly quintupled since 1990-91 (21 international players).

Prior to the TuneIn deals, NBA games broadcast to 215 nations and territories in 47 languages.

According to Kevin Straley, chief content officer for San Francisco-based TuneIn, "We're excited to announce this new partnership with the NBA. The combination of our platform with a global reach in 230 countries and territories, and the NBA's international fan base makes this a perfect fit to extend TuneIn's growing sports content portfolio. The NBA is the worldwide leader for sports leagues in terms of engaging fans in both social and mobile distribution."

TuneI's playlist also includes music, news and talk stations. People can subscribe to TuneIn Premium or sign up for a free trial via TuneIn.com, iOS and Android apps.

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