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• 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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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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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 New Orleans Pelicans vs. Toronto Raptors TNT 8 PM (ET)
• 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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May102017

NHL Bridgestone Winter Classic, ‘Nothing Short Of A Phenomenon,’ Hitting New York

By Barry Janoff

May 10, 2017: New York has hosted an open-air Super Bowl in February, so why not an outdoor hockey game in January?

The NHL has scheduled the next game in its iconic Winter Classic series for Citi Field, home of MLB’s New York Mets.

The 2018 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic next season will see the hometown Rangers host the Buffalo Sabres on Jan. 1.

The New Year's Day game will be broadcast live on NBC, Sportsnet and TVA Sports (1 PM ET).

According to NHL commissioner Gary Bettman, "This will be the 23rd outdoor game (during the regular season, also including Centennial, Heritage and Stadium Series games), 1.2 million fans have attended these games. It’s nothing short of a phenomenon.

"These games capture everybody’s attention. It’s emotional. It’s our fans getting together in larger numbers than usual. It conjures up emotional memories for our players about learning how to skate (outside) as youngsters. it takes the game back to its roots," said Bettman.

The league said that additional details on the 2018 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic, including ticket information and events surrounding the game, would be unveiled in the coming months.

Updates also will be available at NHL.com/WinterClassic.

The game marks the ten-year anniversary of the first NHL Winter Classic, which first was played in Ralph Wilson Stadium in Buffalo (2008).

Bridgestone, the official tire for the NHL and NHLPA, returns as title sponsor for a ninth consecutive year.  The initial game was sponsored by PepsiCo’s AMP Energy.

According to the NHL, five of the six most-watched NHL regular-season games in the U.S. since 1975 are Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic games.

The company recently extended its partnership with the league through 2021.

"The Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic continues to be the league's marquee outdoor game each season, as well as a centerpiece in our own strategic, season-long sports activation," Phil Pacsi, vp-sports/events marketing and training for Bridgestone Americas, said in a statement.

"Throughout our longstanding partnership, this special game has allowed Bridgestone to strengthen its relationship with the passionate, performance-minded hockey fans in North America and around the world, and it's a privilege to help celebrate its 10th anniversary."

Unfortunately for the Rangers, the news came on the same day they were eliminated from the Stanley Cup playoffs by the Ottawa Senators.

The 2018 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic will be the sixth NHL Winter Classic to be held in a baseball stadium: Wrigley Field in Chicago (2009), Fenway Park in Boston (2010), Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia (2012), Nationals Park in Washington (2015) and Busch Stadium in St. Louis (2017).

Yankee Stadium hosted two outdoor Stadium Series games in 2014, with the Rangers facing the New Jersey Devils and the New York Islanders, respectively.

Four Winter Classics have been held in football venues: Ralph Wilson Stadium Buffalo (2008), Heinz Field Pittsburgh (2011), Michigan University Stadium (2024, which set a record with 105,491 in attendance) and Gillette Stadium Foxborough MA (2016).

"The Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic continues to be the league's marquee outdoor game and a centerpiece in our own strategic sports activation."

NHL Network and NHL.com will provide extensive coverage live from the event leading up to and after the game. NHL Social will have exclusive coverage on all social platforms, including NHL hashtag #WinterClassic.

Citi Field holds about 45,000 people including standing room.

"We are thrilled and excited to host the 2018 NHL Winter Classic between the Rangers and Sabres and thank commissioner Bettman for his support in choosing Citi Field," Mets COO Jeff Wilpon said in a statement.

"We look forward to providing the hockey fans in our city and state a unique setting to experience this marquee match-up and adding it to the list of unique events we have been able to bring to the ballpark."

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