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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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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
SOURCE: STUBHUB.COM

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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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Dec152015

NHL, Marketing Partners Share Their Strategy To Heat Up Outdoor Winter Classic

Special to NYSportsJournalism.com

December 15, 2015: Before the Montreal Canadiens and Boston Bruins face off in the outdoor Bridgestone Winter Classic in Gillette Stadium on Jan. 1, a bevy of marketing partners will line up as part of the NHL Winter Classic Spectator Plaza.

The league is building a two-day event, free to the public, that will include player signings, interactive games, photo ops, trading cards, memorabilia, official game merchandise and food, including the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile, a 27-foot long hot dog on wheels.

Also before the first puck is dropped for the game itself — scheduled for 1 PM (ET) on NBC — fans and viewers will have the opportunity to go behind the scenes via Epix Presents Road to the NHL Winter Classic (Dec. 16, Dec, 23, Dec. 30), watch the Bruins and Canadiens team practices in Gillette Stadium (Dec. 31) on NHL Network and NHL.com and see the NHL Winter Classic Alumni Game (Dec. 31, 3:30 PM) with more than 40 former Bruins and Canadiens players and coaches scheduled to participate, also in Gillette Stadium..

According to the NHL, the list of partners that will activate Dec. 31-Jan. 1 include:

• Game title sponsor Bridgestone, offering people the opportunity to be a goaltender, play EA Sports NHL 16 and win gift cards for shop.NHL.com

• CCM with an Accu-Net shooting gallery

• Geico overseeing an NHL trivia contest and a hockey simulator

Honda offering signed autographs from NHL Alumni and a chance to win a trip to the 2016 NHL Awards in Las Vegas)

• MetLife with a Sharp Shooter allowing visitors to test their hockey skills

• Molson Canadian building a Hockey House with interactive games, bubble hockey tournaments and selling beer (for those 21 years and older)

• Reebok presenting a "Dress For Battle" interactive display

• TicketMaster offering a Target Practice Challenge

• Upper Deck displaying and sharing hockey trading cards and games

NHL Network and Xfinity teaming to give people an opportunity to call a game from a copy of the NHL Network set.

In addition, Coors Light is asking people to sign a drink responsibly pledge on a giant puck for an opportunity to win an NHL prize pack.

Retail tents within Spectator Plaza will feature an extensive selection of officially-licensed 2016 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic merchandise.

The 2016 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic Legacy Initiative powered by Constellation will unveil a renovated street hockey rink in Charlestown, Mass., funded by the Bruins, the City of Boston, Constellation and Bridgestone, with the Bryan McGonagle Street Hockey Rink at Ryan Playground having gotten a complete makeover (official unveiling scheduled for Dec. 17).

The Alumni Game is scheduled to feature such former Bruins as Ray Bourque, Cam Neely, Terry O'Reilly, Don Cherry and Mike Milbury; and Canadiens alumni including Yvan Cournoyer, Jacques Demersm, Guy Lafleur, Larry Robinson, Guy Carbonneau, Jose Theodore and Mats Naslund.

NHL, Epix Back On Road To Winter Classic

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