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• Under Armour said this morning that Patrik Frisk, the company’s president and COO, would become its new CEO, effective Jan. 1, 2020. He will also remain president. Company founder, chairman and CEO Kevin Plank, will become executive chairman and brand chief. According to Friske via Under Armour, "The opportunity that lies ahead of us is incredible as our entire global team continues to lean hard into our transformation."

• 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.

• 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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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

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• 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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En Route To Paris, NBA Shares All-Star Game Details On Fan Vote, Roster Draft

By Barry Janoff

January 17, 2019: The NBA office in New York has released the third fans vote totals for the 2019 All-Star Game and details for the All-Star Game roster draft, but the big news came from London.

LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers continues to lead the Western Conference — and all players — with 3,770,807 votes, while the Milwaukee Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo remains atop the Eastern Conference with 3,626,909 votes in All-Star Game Voting 2019 presented by Google.

Meanwhile, in London, where the New York Knicks played the Washington Wizards in The O2 on Thursday (Jan. 17) — the ninth NBA regular-season game in the U.K. — the league said it was close to finalizing details for a 2020 regular-season game in Paris.

"I was told not to make an announcement today, but it’s something we’re working on very closely — to organize a regular season game in Paris next season,” NBA commissioner Adam Silver said in London during a pre-game media conference.

“France has historically been a terrific make for the NBA. We have several players from France. We’ve played many exhibition games in Paris over the years. It will continue to be an important market.”

Silver said the league had not played in Paris for a number of years because what used to be Bercy Arena was being renovated and upgraded, now known as AccorHotels Arena.

The NBA’s previous Paris appearance was a pre-season game in 2010 between the Knicks and Minnesota Timberwolves.

Although the game and details were yet to be finalized, Silver said, “We’re looking forward to coming back to Paris.”

Hoops will play a bigger role in Paris when it hosts the 2024 Summer Olympics.

In All-Star Game voting, if unchanged, James and Antetokounmpo would be captains for their respective conferences.

The captains will be the All-Star starter from each conference who receives the most fan votes in his conference.

The 2019 NBA All-Star Draft will be televised by TNT Feb. 7.

TNT will announce the NBA All-Star Game starters, including the two team captains, Jan. 24 during the TNT NBA Tip-Off pre-game show

The network will unveil the reserves — seven players from each conference — as selected by NBA head coaches, on Jan. 31 during NBA Tip-Off.

Fans account for 50% of the vote to determine the ten starters (five players from each conference) for the 2019 NBA All-Star Game.

All current NBA players and a media panel each account for 25% of the vote,

In the fan totals released today, James in the West is followed by:

• Luka Dončić Dallas Mavericks 3,301,825
• Stephen Curry Golden State Warriors 2,979,080
• Derrick Rose Minnesota Timberwolves 2,712,938
• Paul George Oklahoma City Thunder 2,583,342
• Kevin Durant Warriors 2,432,134 
• James Harden Houston Rockets 2,315,093
• Anthony Davis New Orleans Pelicans 2,091,770
• Russell Westbrook Thunder 2,090,432
• Steven Adams Thunder 1,483,223

In the East, Antetokounmpo is followed by:

• Kyrie Irving Boston Celtics 3,187,015
• Kawhi Leonard Toronto Raptors2,882,227
• Joel Embiid Philadelphia 76ers 2,292,511
• Dwyane Wade Miami Heat 1,738,043
• Kemba Walker Charlotte Hornets 1,156,040
• Ben Simmons Sixers 941,368
• Jayson Tatum Celtics 826,177
• Victor Oladipo Indiana Pacers 778,983
• Jimmy Butler Sixers 740,778

The 2019 NBA All-Star Game is scheduled for Feb. 17 in Spectrum Center in Charlotte, N.C.  TNT will televise the NBA All-Star Game for the 17th consecutive year.

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