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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

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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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• Oct. 27  Cincinnati Bengals v Los Angeles Rams Wembley Stadium
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Bangers & Mash: NFL Raising Stakes Again In London, Playing Four Games In 2019

NYSJ Sports-Entertainment Business News Service

October 30, 2018:
The NFL continues to build its alliances in the U.K., sharing details that it would return to a four-game schedule in London for the 2019 season.

The Jacksonville Jaguars have a contract to play there in 2019 and 2020, but the other teams have not yet been named.

Only three of the league’s 32 franchises have not played in the U.K.

The league played four games there in 2017, three each in 2018 and 2014-16.

Two games will be played in Wembley Stadium, two in the new stadium that is home to Tottenham Hotspur (pictured below).

"The games in the past few weeks have once again demonstrated the incredible passion of NFL fans in the U.K.," Mark Waller, evp-international for the NFL, said via the league.

"The support of our stadium partners, the Mayor of London and the Minister for Sport gives us a great foundation for further development of the sport and the ability to give our fans even more NFL games in the coming years."

The NFL’s game on Oct. 14 between the Seattle Seahawks and Oakland Raiders set a NFL Wembley record with 84,922 in attendance.

That was then broken on Oct. 28 when 85,870 watched the Philadelphia Eagles defeat the Jaguars.

Including the three games this season, the NFL has drawn more than 84,000 in 16 consecutive games in Wembley.

Presenting sponsor for the NFL’s London Games has been Subway.

NFL London marketing partners also include Budweiser, Pepsi Max, Visa, Hyundai, Just For Men Hair Care, FedEx, Microsoft, Virgin Atlantic, Thomas Cook Sport, Bose, Heinz Yellow Mustard, Marriott and VisitTheUSA.com.

According to Tracey Crouch, U.K. Minister for Sport, “The NFL in London is going from strength to strength and I am delighted that we will have four games in the capital next year, with Tottenham Hotspur's new stadium joining Wembley as a host venue.

“The league brings an incredible Super Bowl-style atmosphere to the UK, with fans sporting jerseys from a range of NFL teams packing out Wembley this autumn in record numbers. I am sure the two games at Tottenham next year will also be a huge success as the U.K. will once again show its passion and enthusiasm for this fantastic sport."

The NFL has had discussions about placing a team in London as well as playing a Super Bowl there.

Jacksonville has played in the U.K. six times, with two games coming over the next two seasons, Goodell was asked about the feasibility of having an NFL franchise located there.

Earlier this month, Jaguars owner Shahid Khan decided to withdraw his $790 million offer to acquire Wembley Stadium in London, where the NFL has played most of its U.K. games as part of its International Series, since rebranded as the London Games, since 2007.

While he was in London this past weekend, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell  made an appearance on NFL Network’s Good Morning Football Weekend, which also was based in in the city for the week.

“I believe that the fan base is here for a team," Goodell said on GMFW. "Just in numbers and passion, I think the business community/commercial community is strong enough. The political support we have for this is extraordinary. I think all of those elements are here.”

However, Goodall emphasized that there would be significant logistical hurdles should the Jaguars or another team be based out of London.

“Where it's most challenging in my view is in the playoffs, because you can't really plan for that,” he said.

“So we could probably work the schedule in a fair way during the season, but when you get to the post-season it could be unfair to a team . . . So we've got to find an answer to that.”

But other than that? “I’m perfectly comfortable with this market and the size and passion for football. We wouldn't have a problem (having a team here).”

The NFL has acknowledged that there is strong support in London to host a Super Bowl there and that the league has considered the possibility.

However, said Goodell, “The ownership really feels strongly that that's a reward for our fans. If (we) had a franchise here, I think it would come into play. I think without a franchise it's probably difficult.”

Goodell: U.K. Has Strong Fan Base, Super Bowl Still A Problem

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