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The newly unveiled logo for the Paris 2024 Summer Olympic and Paralympics Games combines two iconic symbols associated with the Games – a gold medal and the Olympic torch – which combine to form an image of Marianne, a female figure representing the French Republic  This is the first time the Olympic logo will be shared with the Paralympic Games.

• The late golf icon Arnold Palmer will be commemorated with a Forever Stamp from the U.S. Postal Service in 2020. The stamp features James Drake's action photo of Palmer at the 1964 U.S. Open at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Md. Art director Antonio Alcalá designed the stamp.

• Dr Teal's Epsom Salts has signed All Pro TE Jason Witten (Dallas Cowboys) and two-time defending Defensive Player of the Year Aaron Donald (Los Angeles Rams) to explain in marketing the “benefits of balancing rigorous workouts with regimented muscle recovery in order to achieve and maintain peak performance.”

• 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. 

• 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.

• 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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New U.S. Oracle Tennis Pro Series An ‘Unprecedented Expansion’ In Tournaments

By Barry Janoff

September 4, 2019: Tech company Oracle is making hoops news these days as the former naming rights holder to Oracle Arena in Oakland, which had been home to the NBA’s Golden State Warriors, and now as a Founding Partner at Chase Center, the venue that is the new San Francisco home for the Warriors.

Oracle is also serving up news in tennis, unveiling the Oracle Pro Series, a planned schedule of more than 25 new ATP, WTA and ITF World Tennis Tour pro tournaments to be held nationwide in 2019 and 2020.

Oracle is partnering with InsideOut Sports & Entertainment, led by Jim Courier, Tennis Hall of Famer and Tennis Channel analyst; and his business partner, Jon Venison, to manage the Oracle Pro Series.

The company said the lower-tier Oracle Pro Series would create more than 40% new playing opportunities in the United States for tennis professionals and “expand the pathway for the next generation of aspiring champions from college tennis up to the ATP Tour and the WTA Tour.”

"The Oracle Pro Series is an unprecedented expansion in the number of U.S. professional tournaments and reinforces Oracle's commitment to advancing the sport," Courier said via InsideOut Sports & Entertainment.

According to Oracle, “The Oracle Pro Series would reward success with immediate access to higher-level tournaments by connecting all Oracle events into one merit-based path to the highest levels of international professional tennis.

"At Oracle, we're looking at this holistically," Oracle CEO Mark Hurd said via the firm, headquartered south of San Francisco in Redwood City.

"We want more exposure for tennis at all levels in the United States. All of our efforts, from awards to tournament series to collegiate sponsorships and strategic partnerships, are pieces of an overall plan to raise the quality of American tennis."

Many of the tournaments will be combined men's and women's events with equal prize money ranging from $25,000 to $108,000 per tournament.

The six combined tournaments scheduled for the fall of 2019 will be played in California, Texas and Florida. (See schedule below.)

The final schedule for 2020 will include more than 20 tournaments, most of which will be combined events. Locations will be unveiled later this year.

According to Courier, ”We are thrilled to be partnering with Oracle to give up-and-coming players more opportunities to compete for prize money, improve their rankings and launch their careers.

"Together, we will play a big part influencing the future of tennis in the U.S."

The new platform builds on Oracle's presence at the pro and college tennis levels, including the Oracle Challenger Series, an annual hard-court tournament as part of the ATP Challenger Tour and the WTA 125K Series.

Oracle also supports collegiate tennis through sponsorship of the Intercollegiate Tennis Assn. This includes hosting several marquee ITA championship events throughout the year, such as the Oracle ITA Masters and the Oracle ITA Fall Championships.

At the grassroots level, Oracle supports tennis through a strategic partnership with Universal Tennis Rating. UTR leverages Oracle'scloud technology to power its algorithm-based, big-data rating system and digital platform.

"We are incredibly excited that Oracle is providing even more opportunities for American players to compete throughout the year, as well as more opportunities for fans to attend professional tennis events throughout the country,” Stacey Allaster, CEO for the U.S. Tennis Assn., said via the organization.

"These events help develop American talent and serve as a stepping stone for players to reach the highest levels of the game, while at the same time inspire kids across the nation to pick up a racket and play this sport."

The 2019 Oracle Pro Series schedule (subject to change):

• Oct. 6-13: The Claremont Club, Los Angeles

• Oct. 13-20: Baylor University, Waco, Texas

• Oct. 20 -27: Texas Christian University,  Fort Worth, Texas (ATP)

• Oct. 20-27: Southern Methodist University, Dallas (WTA)

• Nov. 4-10: Pepperdine University, Malibu, Calif.
Nov. 11-17: USTA National Campus, Orlando

• Nov. 17-24: Sanchez-Casal Academy, Naples, Fla.

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