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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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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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Nike Releasing Retro Jordan Shoes Based On Clause In MJ’s First Pro Contract

Speciall to NYSportsJournalism.com

June 16, 2017: Basketball shoes often pay homage to a player’s home town, family, college, teammates or hopes and aspirations.

Nike is releasing shoes based on a clause in a player’s contract.

Of course, it helps that the player is Michael Jordan, who not only redefined the game of basketball on the court but rewrote the rules of wearing basketball shoes, as well.

Jordan signed with Nike in 1984 as a 21-year-old rookie entering the NBA with the Chicago Bulls. The alliance put more focus on Jordan’s skills and abilities, ultimately giving birth to the $1 billion Jordan Brand.

As part of his first NBA contract with the Bulls, who drafted him No. 3 overall in 1984 out of North Carolina, Jordan had was was called a "Love of the Game" clause. That enabled him to play in "non-sectioned" basketball games not associated with the Bulls or the NBA "regardless of potential liability.”

Among others, it encompassed pick-up games at Jordan’s favorite gyms, parks and playgrounds as well as alumni games at UNC,

Now, Nike is scheduled to release under a multi-media “Love of the Game” campaign a basketball shoe that would recall the original Nikes he wore back in the day during alumni games, the Air Jordan II.

Another par of retro Converse (now a division of Nike) shoes, Fastbreak in Carolina Blue, honors Jordan’s role in helping to guide the USA National Basketball "Dream Team" to an Olympic gold medal in 1984. He also wore the shoes while leading UNC to a national title in 1982.

Nike is packaging the shoes together in a special box that features the "Love of the Gane" contract clause printed on the inside of the box.

The release date for the limited-edition shoes is June 28.

Nike did not disclose a retail price, but a previous limited-edition Air Jordan 9 retro "Love of the Game" shoe sold for $700.

"When you have a love of the game, no one can tell you when to play and when not to play," Jordan says in a Nike video. "It came about when I was cut from my high school basketball team. That disappointment compelled me to say, I have something to prove to the people who didn’t think I could achieve (my goal).

"Whether you’re paid a dime or a dollar, or nothing, you still want to play basketball," said Jordan.

As Nike explains it, "Jordan’s relentless pursuit of off-season competition was solidified before his pro career even began. During high school (in North Carolina), he spent countless summer days at Wilmington’s Empie Park challenging anyone who would accept.

"This embrace of playground hoops also continued during trips home from the University of North Carolina."

According to Nike, during a 1986 UNC alumni game, Jordan debuted his original PE (player edition) shoes, wearing the Bulls home colorway version of the Air Jordan II that featured Carolina Blue on the heel.

"'Love of the Game means whether you’re paid a dime or a dollar, or nothing, you still want to play basketball."

The game, played on Sept. 6, 1986, featured two competing teams of Tar Heel alumni as part of the dedication of the Dean Edward Smith Center.

In a game on June 28, 1987, which featured UNC alumni against alumni stars from a rival university,  he wore a low-cut version of the II in his alma mater’s team colors, according to Nike.

"Never missing an opportunity to compete, MJ shined in both games while wearing his second signature sneaker," said Nike.

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