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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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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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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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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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NBA Players-Refs Detail ‘Unprecedented’ All-Star Summit To Improve Relationship

By Barry Janoff

February 13, 2018: Tension between NBA players and NBA referees is not new.

What has happened this season, however, is that NBA players’ respect for NBA referees arguably seems to be at an all-time low.

At one point, Golden State Warriors All-Star forward Draymond Green suggested that the NBA should get “a new crop of referees.”

He was fined for his words by the NBA, and managed to keep the green in his wallet after another game when, asked about the referees, declined to offer negative comments. “I’m going to save my money,” he told reporters.

At another point this season, Carmelo Anthony of the Oklahoma City Thunder said, “I’m done with the refs. No disrespect, but I’m done with these guys.”

They were far from alone.

In what was called “an unprecedented meeting” that will seek to ease tensions and create a clearer vision moving forward, representatives from the National Basketball Players Assn. and the National Basketball Referees Assn. will gather in private to discuss player-referee relations.

The meeting is scheduled for Feb. 17 in Los Angeles during All-Star Game break.

Although attendees were not shared, the NBPA executive committee includes Chris Paul (president), LeBron James (first vp), and vps Carmelo Anthony, Stephen Curry, Pau Gasol, Andre Iguodala and Garrett Temple.

According to the NBPA and the NBRA, “The two overriding objectives of the meeting will be furthering communication and transparency  —  two tenets of growing importance in a league with more exposure and attention than perhaps any other in the world.

“It is our shared belief that improvement in these areas will lead to enhanced on-court dynamics and will serve to create an environment characterized by utmost fairness and respect.”

“This meeting provides a rare opportunity for our players to talk directly with the referees off the court, away from the immediate pressures and emotions of the game,” Michele Roberts, NBPA executive director, said in a statement.

“We feel confident that this format will allow for a candid discussion of the issues and that each side will come away with a better understanding of the other’s perspective. It is our hope that this meeting will mark the beginning of an open dialogue that will ultimately lead to progress and improved conditions for all,” said Roberts.

According to NBRA spokesperson Mark Denesuk, “Everything we are focusing on in the meeting with the players is about creating a better experience for the fan. This initiative taken on by the players and referees demonstrates just how seriously we take this responsibility.”

Both sides said that, based on input from their respective members, they wouldl be prepared to “productively discuss strengths and frustrations, as well as ideas and solutions.”

"It is our hope that this meeting will mark the beginning of an open dialogue that will ultimately lead to progress and improved conditions for all."

Among the topics that are on the table for discussion:

• On-court communication and demeanor
• Perception in media, optics, and reality of issues between players and officials
• Respect For The Game rules, and their consistent enforcement
• Tactics for de-escalation of tension from each side
• Equality of treatment for all players and officials

“Night in and night out, the NBA is a showcase for the most competitive professionals in the world,” the NBPA and NBRA said in a  joint statement. “Our community of players, coaches and referees pursue excellence and the continuous improvement of our craft, always working toward the advancement of the game.

“Finding opportunities to work together, like this summit, is the beginning of a process — one that we hope and believe will yield positive results in the long run.”

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