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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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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)

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• 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 Renews, Enhances Videogame Alliances With 2K Sports, EA Sports

Kevin Durant in EA Sport's NBA Jam videogame.May 23, 2011: New deals between the NBA and its videogame partners show that while the live action aspects of LeBron James, Dwayne Wade, Derrick Rose, Kevin Durant and Dirk Nowitzki still drive the sport, having control over simulated versions of NBA stars continues to hit home with the league's core demographic.

The NBA said it has renewed alliances with both 2K Sports and EA Sports. Financial terms and lengths of the deals were not disclosed.

2K's NBA 2K11 has sold more than five million units worldwide since its release on Oct. 5, 2010, making it the best-selling game in the history of 2K Sports, and the most popular NBA 2K title in the 13-year history of the franchise, according to the company.

The cover athlete was Michael Jordan, who also was prominently featured in the game.

Michael Jordan gets air time in 2K Sports' NBA 2K11.Under the new deal, 2K Sports said it would "explore new NBA licensed gaming opportunities, including online and social media platforms."

EA Sports has been an NBA licensee since 1991 and launched its cornerstone hoops game, NBA Live, in 1995. EA is planning to debut a new 5-on-5 NBA simulation title in the Fall of 2012.

Last October, EA Sports revived NBA Jam, a popular arcade game from the early 1990’s. The next generation edition, NBA Jam: On Fire Edition, is being developed for release in the Fall of 2011.

Like 2K, EA Sports is also expanding across new media outlets, including the iPad and iPhone.

The company has also been title sponor of NBA Europe Live Presented by EA Sports, the league's annual pre-season international tour.

On the downside, EA Sports delayed the release of its NBA Elite 11 title, which initially was touted with much fanfare, in order to improve overall quality.

"The decision to delay NBA Elite was hard because the game has great promise," EA Sports president Peter Moore said this past September. "But ultimately we feel this is the right thing to do. We've been making steady progress on basketball for the past few years and it's going to take extra time to make the game."

Despite that, the NBA sees a great upside in its videogame alliances.

“We have had successful and longstanding relationships with both 2K Sports and EA Sports,” Sal LaRocca, evp-NBA global merchandising, said in a statement. “Extending our agreements with the top sports videogame developers continues to maximize our presence in this category, while ensuring our fans the best selection of NBA video games.”

According to the NBA, Take-Two and EA will each have the rights to use NBA teams and players in their NBA videogame titles. Throughout the agreements, the league will work closely with Take-Two and EA to "promote the basketball video games through global marketing, promotional programs, and multiple assets." including NBA TV, NBA.com, and grassroots events.

“Extending our agreements with the top sports videogame developers continues to maximize our presence in this category."

“We’re pleased to continue our longstanding partnership with the NBA,” said Jordan Edelstein, vp-marketing for EA Sports. “With our all-new digital download of NBA Jam coming this fall and a new simulation title in development for release next year, we have a strong lineup of innovative NBA titles coming soon from EA Sports.”

According to Strauss Zelnick, CEO of 2K Sports' parent company, Take-Two, “The top-selling NBA 2K series continues to be a pillar of Take-Two’s foundation for growth. We’re confident that our renewed partnership with the NBA will extend the unparalleled success of this franchise. We’re thrilled to be in business with . . .  the entire team at the NBA.”

“2K Sports provides our fans with an incredible gaming experience, one that captures both the excitement of our game and the athleticism of our players,” commented Adam Silver, NBA Deputy Commissioner. “Coming off a record-breaking year with NBA 2K11, we look forward to continuing our successful partnership.”

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