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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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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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New Era Caps Deal As Founding Partner For L.A. Live, NHL Kings, Microsoft Theater

By Barry Janoff

July 13, 2016: New Era caps, already found on MLB, NFL and NBA fields and courts, is expanding its entertainment presence, signing a multi-year deal to become a founding partner and exclusive headwear provider for L.A. Live, the four-million sq. ft., $3 billion downtown Los Angeles sports, residential and entertainment district that includes Staples Center, the Grammy Museum and the L.A. broadcast center for ESPN.

As part of the deal, handled under the auspices of L.A. Live owner AEG (Anschutz Entertainment Group), New Era also becomes the exclusive headwear supplier for the NHL's Los Angeles Kings (which play in Staples Center), Microsoft Theater and The Novo by Microsoft, the latter two of which are also part of L.A. Live.

In addition, New Era is building its own permanent retail space in L.A. Live, a 3,160 sq. ft. New Era D-Lab, inside Staples Center.

New Era already has an alliance with Staples Center, which also is home to the NBA's Lakers and Clippers and WNBA Sparks.

Financial terms of the deal were not released.

"Working with AEG provides us an unparalleled opportunity to showcase and activate New Era's brand within the L.A. Live campus," Chris Koch, president and CEO for Buffalo, NY-based New Era, said in a statement. "AEG has created a state-of-the-art facility in L.A. Live.

"As the only brand in sports history to have the exclusive MLB on-field, NFL sideline and NBA on-court headwear rights for all three major U.S. leagues at the same time, New Era is looking forward to showcasing our extensive product collection in a one-of-a-kind retail experience to everyone in attendance at this wonderful venue created by AEG," said Koch.

L.A. Live partners also include American Express, Anheuser-Busch (Budweiser), Coca-Cola, Microsoft, StubHub, Target, Toyota and Wells Fargo.

The New Era D-Lab, scheduled to open Dec. 1, will be located in the front of Staples Center on the corner of Chick Hearn Court and Figueroa, looking onto Microsoft Square.

To support the founding partnership, New Era will have traditional and LED signage throughout the L.A. Live campus.

With the Kings, which are owned by AEG, New Era will have signage throughout Staples Center on Kings' game days. New Era signage will also be featured throughout Microsoft Theater and The Novo by Microsoft.

AEG said it would support The New Era D-Lab and partnership through digital and social media campaigns, and would work with New Era on a "customized in-game feature to further enhance the New Era brand and portfolio as well as provide digital and social media support ahead of and during game days."

The retail space, co-owned by AEG and New Era, will "serve as a hub for fans, celebrities, athletes and visiting NHL and NBA teams to design their own custom headwear."

Visitors to The New Era D-Lab will be able to design "one-of-a-kind creations for their favorite teams across New Era's portfolio with the D-Lab's enhanced technology," according to New Era.

"Working with AEG provides us an unparalleled opportunity to showcase and activate New Era's brand within the L.A. Live campus."

In addition, The New Era D-Lab will host private tastemaker, celebrity and athlete endorsement events throughout the year.

According to Sean Ryan, vp-merchandise for AEG, "Since the inception of Staples Center, we have had a long-standing relationship with New Era, who has helped us commemorate such iconic moments as Kobe's last game and the L.A. Kings' Stanley Cup wins in 2012 and 2014.

"The ability for us to expand our relationship with New Era and partner with them across some of our most iconic assets provides us with the flexibility to meet the needs of our visitors and speaks to our mutual commitment to not only provide fans with the best selection of headwear in sports, but also one of the best experiences," said Ryan.

AEG is affiliated with or owns, manages or consults with more than 120 arenas, stadiums, theaters, clubs and convention centers worldwide, including The O2 Arena (London), AT&T Center (San Antonio), Barclays Center (Brooklyn, NY), AmericanAirlines Arena (Miami), Oracle Arena (Oakland) and BBVA Compass Stadium (Houston, which will host Super Bowl LI in February).

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