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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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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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• Oct. 27  Cincinnati Bengals v Los Angeles Rams Wembley Stadium
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• Oct. 22 Los Angeles Lakers vs. Los Angeles Clippers TNT 10:30 PM (ET)

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• Oct. 23 Denver Nuggets vs. Portland Trail Blazers ESPN 10 PM (ET)

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Apr162018

NFL, NFLPA Reveal Results Of Helmet Tests As Concussion Dilemma Heats Up Again

By Barry Janoff

April 16, 2018: The NFL, in collaboration with the NFLPA, has unveiled the results of tests conducted on 34 helmets that were developed for use in pro football.

The laboratory test conditions were “intended to represent potentially concussive head impacts in the NFL. The results of this study should not be extrapolated to collegiate, high school, or youth football,” according to the league.

According to the NFL and NFLPA, “A survey of helmets used by NFL teams indicates that at least 98% of players are wearing helmet models that have been tested in this study.”

Of the total tested, 17 made the Top Performing Group and seven made the group just below that.

Ten, however, were listed as Prohibited Helmets.

Six of these helmets were prohibited immediately. The other four may be worn by players who were using them in 2017, but may not be adopted by new players, according to the NFL and NFLPA.  

Heading the Top Performing Group list was the VICIS Zero 1 (2018), which, according to the NFL, is a new model not previously worn by NFL players.

Second was the VICIS Zero 1 (2017), which was was No. 1 on the NFL-NFLPA list last year.

The Top Five also included the Riddell Speedflez Precision, Schutt Air XP Pro VTD II and the Schutt Air SP Pro VTD.

Riddell had five helmets among the Top 17. Xenith had four.

Shutt had six helmets on the Top Performing list but also had three helmets on the Prohibited list. Rawlings had four helmets on the NFL-NFLPA Prohibited list.

According to the NFL, “In previous seasons, NFL players could choose any helmet as long as the helmet passed current National Operating Committee on Standards for Athletic Equipment (NOCSAE) certification standards.

“The prohibited helmets perform poorly in laboratory testing, have been discontinued by the manufacturer, or were produced by companies no longer manufacturing football helmets.”

The overall results came with this warning: “No helmet system can completely protect against serious brain and/or neck injuries a player might sustain while participating in football.”

According to IQVIA, the NFL’s injury data partner, 28% of concussion evaluations during games this past season were initiated by a player reporting his own symptoms, up from 18.4% in 2016.

However, data also showed that there were 281 cases reported of concussions during the 2017 pre- and regular season, topping the previous high of 275 in 2015.

Last week, the NFL asked a federal court in Philadelphia to appoint an investigator to look into what it called “widespread fraud” by some former players who submitted medical claims its part of the NFL’s $1 billion settlement regarding concussions.

“A survey of helmets used by NFL teams indicates that at least 98% of players are wearing helmet models that have been tested in this study.”

Regarding the testing of helmets, the NFL and NFLPA used their respective “appointed biomechanical experts (and) coordinated extensive laboratory research to evaluate which helmets best reduce head impact severity.”

The laboratory results shared with NFL players, club equipment managers, club medical, training and coaching staffs to “help inform equipment choices”

In addition to the ranking, other factors that should be considered by players when choosing a helmet, including fit, comfort, durability, player position and the player’s medical history, according to the NFL and NFLPA.

The tests were conducted by an independent helmet testing laboratory, Biokinetics Inc. of Ottawa, Canada.

The overseeing body included Allen Sills, M.D., F.A.C.S., chief medical officer for the NFL.

Full results here.

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