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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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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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Music City Maestros: The NFL Recorded Several Hits During 2019 Nashville Draft 

By Barry Janoff

May 23, 2019: Calling it an “immense success” that “exceeded all expectations,” the NFL and the Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp. unveiled numbers that showed the 2019 Draft set numerous records across the board.

The three-day event in April generated $133 million in direct spending and the economic impact to the city and region was $224 million.

Both topped the records set during the 2018 NFL Draft, held in AT&T Stadium, home to the Dallas Cowboys, which was the first hosted in an NFL stadium.

The Dallas event generated a then-NFL Draft record $125.2 million in economic impact and $74 million in direct spending for the city and region, according to an economic impact report compiled by VisitDallas, using Destinations International's economic impact calculator.

The Nashville event also attracted a Draft record crowd of 600,000 for the three days.

The 2019 Draft aired on ESPN, ESPN2, ABC, DisneyHD and NFL Network, attracting 47.5 million in TV viewership.

The NFL said that the 2021 Draft would take place in Cleveland and the 2023 event would be staged in Kansas City.

The 2020 NFL Draft will be in Las Vegas. The site for the 2022 Draft has not yet been determined.

“The NFL Draft in Nashville outperformed even our lofty expectations and set the bar for future NFL events,” Peter O’Reilly, NFL evp-club business and league events, said via the league.

“We are grateful to the Tennessee Titans, the Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp, the City of Nashville, the volunteers and the fans who made this unforgettable event the most-watched and most-attended Draft ever.”

Among the economic impact figures released by the NFL and Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp., the Draft generated $10.6 million in taxes and fees for Davidson County, 54% of attendees were from out-of-town, 33% of visitors said they flew in, 67% drove and 97% of attendees said they were likely to recommend the event.

Visitor spending included: Lodging 32.1%, Recreation (attractions, museums, etc.) 21.5%, Food and Beverage 17.7%, Retail: 16.2% and Transportation (not including airfare) 12.5%.

According to host Titans controlling owner Amy Adams Strunk, “By any measure, it was the NFL’s most successful draft in their history and I am so proud that our organization played a role in that achievement.

"This year’s Draft will be remembered for years to come and will definitely lead to other events large and small for our city.”

“The 2019 NFL Draft exceeded all expectations,” Butch Spyridon, president and CEO of the Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp., said via the organization.

“Nashville had record spending, record attendance, record viewership and a record number of credentialed media — the biggest and best NFL Draft ever. The overall success is due to the tremendous spirit of collaboration within the city, including the Tennessee Titans, and our great Metro departments.”

NFL Draft Locations

• 1965-2014: New York (various locations)

• 2015-16: Auditorium Theatre at Roosevelt University-Grant Park,  Chicago

• 2017: Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia

• 2018: AT&T Stadium, Dallas

• 2019: Downtown Nashville

• 2020: Las Vegas Blvd. and surrounding areas

• 2021: Downtown Cleveland

• 2022: TBD

• 2023: Downtown Kansas City

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