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• Under Armour said this morning that Patrik Frisk, the company’s president and COO, would become its new CEO, effective Jan. 1, 2020. He will also remain president. Company founder, chairman and CEO Kevin Plank, will become executive chairman and brand chief. According to Friske via Under Armour, "The opportunity that lies ahead of us is incredible as our entire global team continues to lean hard into our transformation."

• 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.

• 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
• Motorhead
• Nine Inch Nails
• Notorious B.I.G.
• Rufus feat. Chaka Khan
• Todd Rundgren
• Soundgarden
• T. Rex
• Thin Lizzy

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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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NFL Pro Bowl Back To Orlando For 2020 Game, Fan Festivities, Activation

NYSJ Sports-Entertainment Business News Service

August 7, 2019:
The NFL Pro Bowl presented by Verizon will return to Orlando’s Camping World Stadium for the fourth straight year, scheduled for Jan. 26, 2020.

It will air live on ESPN, ESPN Deportes and simulcast on ABC (3 PM ET).

Additional distribution on digital and audio platforms will be added.

"We're thrilled to return to Orlando for the fourth year in a row and bring the Pro Bowl experience to the city of Orlando, our fans, players and partners," Peter O’Reilly, NFL evp-club business & league events, said via the league.

"We're happy to provide not only a week-long celebration of football, but also to extend the celebration of the NFL's 100th season throughout this year's Pro Bowl."

Super Bowl LIV is one week later in Miami’s Hard Rock Stadium (Feb. 2).

There was an average of 8.2 million viewers for the Pro Bowl in 2019, 8.6 million in 2018 and 7.6 million in 2017, according to industry analysts. Average viewership had been as high as 13.4 million in 2011.

The 2020 Pro Bowl presented by Verizon will follow the traditional AFC versus NFC format and feature 88 of the best NFL players — 44 from each conference — as determined by a consensus of votes by fans, players, and coaches.

Both teams will be led by offensive and defensive NFL Legends, who will serve as captains representing each conference. 

The NFL said it would provide fans of all ages with unique opportunities to be a part of festivities associated with Pro Bowl Week.

Pro Bowl Week festivities in Orlando will include the NFL Flag Championships, which will culminate live on ESPN/ABC on Pro Bowl Sunday during pre-game; and presentation of the Don Shula NFL High School Coach of the Year Award.

ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World Resort will be home to the NFL Pro Bowl Experience, a free football festival.

People will also have access to AFC and NFC team practices.

In addition, Pro Bowl Week will include the return of the Pro Bowl Skills Showdown, testing the athletic prowess of All-Stars from each conference in unique competitions.

The Pro Bowl Skills Showdown will air Jan. 23 in prime time on ESPN, with re-airs on ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN Deportes and ABC.

"Huddle for 100" will activate during NFL Pro Bowl week through volunteer events in which all Pro Bowl players will give their time towards bettering Orlando and its surrounding communities.

"Huddle for 100" is the NFL's initiative to have one million people volunteer 100 minutes of their time, with an end goal of 100 million service minutes by Super Bowl LIV to celebrate the league's 100th season.

"Orlando has embraced hosting the Pro Bowl the last three years and we're excited to welcome NFL fans from around the world, as well as the league's best players, back to our city this January," Orlando mayor Buddy Dyer via the league.

“We are grateful for our partnership with the NFL and believe that the league's decision to again return a marquee event like the Pro Bowl to Camping World Stadium further strengthens Orlando's status as one of the nation's premier sports destinations."

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