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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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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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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.
Read more at http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/j/johnfkenn121400.html#JZxA5jXY4rCwemgZ.99
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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NBCUniversal Going The Full 100 Yards For NFL 100 Kickoff With Stars, Shows

By Barry Janoff

September 4, 2019: Rock ’n’ Roll badass Joan Jett and Hollywood self-proclaimed badass Betty “B-Dog” White are both part of NBCUniversal’s run-up to the 2019 NFL season.

For NBCU and NBC Sports, that’s all good.

NBCUniversal said it would prepare for NBC Sports’ coverage of NFL Kickoff 2019 with “unmatched participation by its sports, news, entertainment and theme park assets, utilizing some 30 personalities across its portfolio of programing,” in anticipation of the Chicago Bears hosting the Green Bay Packers on Sept. 5.

Three days later, NBC Sports begins its 14th season of Sunday Night Football — “America’s No. 1 primetime television show for a record eight consecutive years,” per NBC — when Super Bowl LIII champion New England Patriots host the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Celebrities and NBCU personalities participating in the Kickoff event include Kelly Clarkson — who is joined by rock icon Joan Jett in the NBC Sunday Night Football opener — Blake Shelton, Gwen Stefani, John Legend, Mario Lopez, Dylan Dreyer and Jim Cramer.

In addition, 97-year-old Betty White hypes NFL Kickoff 2019 in a new promotional video airing across NBCUniversal network. (“There’s only one thing more badass than this year’s kickoff . . . and you’re looking at her!”)

And Brett Favre will hit the parking lot of Soldier Field with Bill Swerski’s Superfans from "Saturday Night Live" to discuss the history of the Packers and Da Bears rivalry throughout the years.

Concurrently, NBC Sports is launching a weekly NFL free-to-play prediction game, "Sunday Night 7", beginning with this week’s Sunday Night Football opener, with “$2 million in guaranteed cash prizes over the course of the regular season and NBC NFL playoff games."

"Sunday Night 7" seven-question contests focus on each upcoming NBC "Sunday Night Football" game (i.e. “Which team’s quarterback will have more yards and touchdowns?”) Sunday Night 7 is available for download on the NBC Sports Predictor app (in the App Store and Google Play Store) and at NBCSports.com/Predictor. (Details here.)

Among the NBCU properties and programs supporting NFL Kickoff 2019 are are Today, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Nightly News with Lester Holt, Access, CNBC’s Mad Money, E! News, Telemundo, Golf Channel and NBC Sports Radio.

The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon will air five special post-Sunday Night Football telecasts, beginning Sept. 8.

Today will bring back the segment “Today Food Loves Football,” featuring chefs from Chicago and Wisconsin as they create and share some of the most famous foods in their regions.

All day Thursday, NBC Sports will have NFL Kickoff branding on more than 20 Web sites of networks/brands across NBCU, including NBCSports.com, GolfChannel.com, Today.com and NBCNews.com.

And NBC Sports’ Sunday Night Football bus returns this season to travel the country, beginning in Chicago for NFL Kickoff 2019, and visiting the host cities of each Sunday Night Football game.

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