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The newly unveiled logo for the Paris 2024 Summer Olympic and Paralympics Games combines two iconic symbols associated with the Games – a gold medal and the Olympic torch – which combine to form an image of Marianne, a female figure representing the French Republic  This is the first time the Olympic logo will be shared with the Paralympic Games.

• The late golf icon Arnold Palmer will be commemorated with a Forever Stamp from the U.S. Postal Service in 2020. The stamp features James Drake's action photo of Palmer at the 1964 U.S. Open at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Md. Art director Antonio Alcalá designed the stamp.

• Dr Teal's Epsom Salts has signed All Pro TE Jason Witten (Dallas Cowboys) and two-time defending Defensive Player of the Year Aaron Donald (Los Angeles Rams) to explain in marketing the “benefits of balancing rigorous workouts with regimented muscle recovery in order to achieve and maintain peak performance.”

• 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. 

• 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.

• 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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Rock & Roll Hall of Fame 2020 Nominees

• Pat Benatar
• Dave Matthews Band
• Depeche Mode
• Doobie Brothers
• Whitney Houston
• Judas Priest
• Kraftwerk
• MC5
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• Nine Inch Nails
• Notorious B.I.G.
• Rufus feat. Chaka Khan
• Todd Rundgren
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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

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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Escape To L.A.: NFL Moves 'Unsuitable' Mexico City Game To City Of Angels

By Barry Janoff

November 14, 2018: The teams, players, marketers, ticket-buyers and ESPN were ready, but in the end the stadium and its field were not.

In a rare but necessary decision, the NFL is moving its Monday Night Football game on Nov. 19  (ESPN) between the Kansas City Chiefs and Los Angeles Rams, originally scheduled for Estadio Azteca in Mexico City, to the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles.

The stadium became, in effect, a field of screams due to recent concerts and soccer matches that made the surface unplayable.

According to the NFL, “The decision is based on the determination — in consultation with the NFLPA and following a meeting and field inspection this afternoon by NFL and club field experts as well as local and independent outside experts – that the playing field at Estadio Azteca does not meet NFL standards for playability and consistency and will not meet those standards by next Monday.”

"We have worked extensively with our partners at Estadio Azteca for months in preparation for this game," Mark Waller, NFL evp-international, said via the league.

"Until very recently, we had no major concerns. But, the combination of a difficult rainy season and a heavy multi-event calendar of events at the stadium, have resulted in significant damage to the field that presents unnecessary risks to player safety and makes it unsuitable to host an NFL game.

“As a result, we have determined that moving the game is the right decision, and one that we needed to announce now in order to allow our teams and fans to make alternate arrangements," said Waller.

The Coliseum is available for Monday because all NFL teams that forgo a home game — with the Rams playing in Mexico as the home team — to play internationally are required to keep their home stadium available as a contingency, according to the league.

“We understand the circumstances and just have to adjust as difficult as the logistics were for both teams, the Rams and Chiefs,” Burke Magnus, ESPN evp-programming and scheduling, said during a media conference call today.

“The same holds true for our crew. We had 150 people that were mobilizing, a ton of logistic, travel, security, transportation, equipment, setting up at the stadium, Estadio Azteca, we had a catering truck already in Mexico.

“So as you can imagine, with a game like that, a lot of detail, a lot of logistics, a lot of planning, a lot of thought and all of that you have to adjust.”

According to Magnus, a fleet of ESPN trucks left Santa Clara and were in Arizona heading toward Mexico,  scheduled to be at the Mexican border this morning.

“So with the news yesterday it turned into scramble mode for a number of hours for much of our team,” he said.

This would have been the third NFL game played in Estadio Azteca, which  holds more than 87,000 people.

In 2016, the Oakland Raiders defeated the Houston Texans, 27-20, before 76,473 people.

Last season, the New England Patriots defeated the Raiders, 33-8, before a crowd of 77,357.

The Rams, who are training in Colorado Springs, are using the situation to the advantage of its region, which is being ravaged by fires and earlier this month was the scene of a shooting in the Borderline Bar & Grill, located in Thousand Oaks, that left 12 people dead.

“The decision is based on the determination . . . that the playing field at Estadio Azteca does not meet NFL standards for playability and consistency.”

The Rams said they would be “providing thousands of complimentary tickets to first responders who are bravely protecting the greater Los Angeles community, as well as people who have been impacted by our community’s recent tragedies.”

According to ESPN’s Magnus, “We’re sensitive to what's going on here in Los Angeles, certainly we experienced it in Santa Clara, over the weekend, with the fires north. And now the same holds true with the news that occurred in Thousand Oaks a week ago, the fires in Malibu, potential air quality concerns, which seem to have gotten better here in .LA. where I am now and all of that.

“But at the end of the day we're excited for this matchup and excited to be televising from Los Angeles now.”

Tickets were made available to Rams Season Ticket Members on Tuesday and beginning today for the general public.

Due to the quick turnaround, the team said tickets for this game would be mobile only. (Details here.)

The NFL will be sharing details on ticket reimbursement procedures this week.

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