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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
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• Notorious B.I.G.
• Rufus feat. Chaka Khan
• Todd Rundgren
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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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Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.
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Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.
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Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.
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Channel Chasers

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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Santa Scores: NBA Delivers Merry Xmas Ratings For ESPN, ABC, Marketers

December 27, 2010: Santa brought a ratings gift to ABC, sibling ESPN and NBA commissioner David Stern on Dec. 25: The best NBA cumulative Christmas Day TV showing ever and the highest ratings for a regular season game on ABC since 2004.

In addition to the NBA and its media partners, among the marketers that benefited from the boost in viewers were T-Mobile, Nike, BBVA, General Motors, Orbitz and LG ELectronics, all of which had spots and/or new campaigns.

According to figures released by the Disney Co. divisions, ABC's doubleheader — the Miami Heat vs. the Los Angeles Lakers and the Boston Celtics vs. the Orlando Magic — averaged a 5.5 national rating, which was up 45% over Christmas Day 2009. Meanwhile,  ESPN's three telecasts were up a cumulative 20% on ESPN versus 2009  (1.8 vs. 1.5).

Delivering the best numbers were the Heat, led by LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh, which not only beat the two-time defending NBA champion Lakers and Kobe Bryant, 96-80, but also hit a 6.4 in the national ratings on ABC. That was an increase of 45% over the same broadcast window on Dec. 25, 2009, when James, then with the Cleveland Cavaliers, faced Bryant and the Lakers (4.4 rating). More importantly it was ABC's highest rating for an NBA regular season game since Christmas Day in 2004 (7.3), when Wade and the Heat faced Bryant and the Lakers).

ABC's earlier game, the Celtics visiting the Magic, pulled down a garnered a 4.6 national rating, an increase of 39% over last year's match up, which featured the same teams. Adding to this year's drama was the fact that the Celtics entered the game with a 14-game winning streak, which was snapped by Dwight Howard and the Magic, 86-76.

NBA Xmas Day on ABC and ESPN included new spots from T-Mobile with Charles Barkley and Dwyane Wade.The NBA's Christmas Day coverage began on ESPN with the Chicago Bulls visiting the New York Knicks. The national telecast, a 103-95 Knicks victory, registered a 2.7 national rating, up 42% over the Miami Heat-New York telecast in 2009 (1.9 rating).

Following ABC's doubleheader, coverage returned to ESPN with a doubleheader, beginning with the host Oklahoma City Thunder and Kevin Durant defeating the Denver Nuggets, 114-106, which registered a 1.4 fast national rating, up 27% over last year's telecast (Los Angeles Clippers vs. Phoenix Suns). In the second game, the Portland Trail Blazers lost to the host Golden State Warriors, 109-102,with the telecast earning a 1.3 fast national rating, which broke even with the 2009 showing (Denver-Portland).

“Christmas Day is a highlight on the NBA calendar," Mark Tatum, NBA evp-global marketing partnerships, said in a statement. For first-year NBA partner BBVA, it was "the perfect opportunity for BBVA to demonstrate its commitment to teamwork. These games [were] a great showcase for one of our newest marketing partners [to unveil] its first NBA-themed campaign, illustrating how our official bank strives to be a great teammate and create winning experiences for NBA fans.”

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