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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

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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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Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.
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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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Feb142018

Pro Bull Riders Officially Launches RidePass, Gets Schooled With HS Rodeo

By Barry Janoff

February 13, 2018: Professional Bull Riders has officially launched RidePass, a 24/7 OTT digital streaming service offering the “world’s most comprehensive PBR and western sports content.”

PRB shared news of RidePass last month, saying it would encompass more than 500 hours annually of “exclusive live event coverage, news and opinion programs and original and scripted series.”

In conjunction with the premiere of RidePass, PBR unveiled a partnership with the National High School Rodeo Assn. “to grow high school rodeo through media, marketing, and programs for youth.
 
The multi-faceted alliance, which PBR said “signals (its) further expansion into western sports beyond bull riding,” includes global TV and digital rights representation for U.S. and international coverage of high school rodeo, as well as PBR sponsorship of NHSRA to "market and support rodeo youth development programs globally."

NHSRA will be part of the programming on RidePass, which will offer more than 150 live PBR and western sports events to include additional coverage of PBR’s premier and non-televised tours; international coverage of the sport’s top tours in Australia, Brazil, Canada and Mexico; and live rodeo events.

PBR multi-media marketing for RidePass describes the streaming and on-demand channel as “Western Sports. Anywhere. Anytime. No Limits.”

The channel comes as Pro Bull Riders said its coverage on CBS Sports would be expanding this year to 52 telecasts from the PBR 25th Anniversary Tour that will be aired on either CBS or CBS Sports Network.

 “Fans have been asking for more live-event coverage, more access to the sport’s compelling personalities, and additional ways to celebrate cowboy values,” Sean Gleason, CEO for PBR, said in a statement.

“RidePass will allow fans to stream everything from their favorite PBR and rodeo events to original western-themed sports series available nowhere else," said Gleason.

PBR is a division of Endeavor (formerly WME|IMG), a leading global sports, entertainment and fashion company.

The network’s first live-streaming event is scheduled to be PBR’s St. Louis Invitational Presented by Express Employment Professionals from Scottrade Center (Feb. 17).

The first streaming rodeo event will be a "major showdown" to be held at Thomas and Mack Center in Las Vegas in conjunction with PBR’s Last Cowboy Standing (May 5-6).

RidePass will launch several original series at its launch, including “Keepin’ It 90,” a RidePass original series featuring two-time PBR World Champion J.B. Mauney and popular western personality Dale Brisby; and “In Color,” a series offering in-depth conversations with current and past PBR stars.

RidePass members will have live and on-demand access to other non-televised PBR events, including select 25th PBR: Unleash The Beast rounds currently not carried by CBS; PBR Real Time Pain Relief Velocity Tour events; PBR Global Cup and international tours; and stand-alone rodeo events.

Among the NHSRA events RidePass will cover are the NHSRA High School Finals and the NHSRA Junior High Finals.

More than 12,000 students, eligible to win $1.8 million in annual academic and competition-based scholarships, participate in 1,800 NHSRA events held annually in 43 states as well as Australia, Canada and Mexico.

“This is a significant opportunity to grow high school rodeo as a global media property by leveraging Endeavor’s reach, shining a light on compelling NHSRA student-athletes around the world, and raising awareness of a sport every young athlete should consider,” said Gleason.

““The young men and women who compete in junior high and high school rodeo are the future of the cowboy, keeping alive an important part of our heritage.”

According to PBR, “The NHSRA High School Finals, scheduled for July 15-21 in Rock Springs, WY, is the world’s largest rodeo in terms of athletes (more than 1,600) and stock, while the NHSRA Junior High Finals, set for June 24-30 in Huron, SD, is the second largest rodeo in the world with more than 1,100 athletes competing.” 

RidePass debuts via mobile app (iOS and Android) and Web site and will become available later this year on OTT services such as Amazon, Apple TV and Roku. (RidePass memberships start at $6.99 monthly for full-year subscription.)

RidePass is a continuation of Endeavor’s burgeoning direct-to-consumer OTT strategy, following the acquisition of UFC and its OTT UFC Fight Pass and digital fashion network Made to Measure. 

Pro Bull Riders RidePass: Western Sports. Anywhere, Anytime. No Limits

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