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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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• Pat Benatar
• Dave Matthews Band
• Depeche Mode
• Doobie Brothers
• Whitney Houston
• Judas Priest
• Kraftwerk
• MC5
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• Nine Inch Nails
• Notorious B.I.G.
• Rufus feat. Chaka Khan
• Todd Rundgren
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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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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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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.
Read more at http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/j/johnfkenn121400.html#JZxA5jXY4rCwemgZ.99
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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Channel Chasers

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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Pro Bull Riders RidePass Channel: ‘Western Sports. Anywhere. Anytime. No Limits’

By Barry Janoff

January 5, 2018: Even as they take over New York to launch their 25th anniversary tour, Pro Bull Riders has bigger plans: Bringing their nitty, gritty, hard-riding competitions to the masses.

Pro Bull Riders has unveiled details for RidePass, a streaming and on-demand channel scheduled launch in February, described as “Western Sports. Anywhere. Anytime. No Limits.”

RidePass will stream exclusive live and on-demand action from the PBR 25th Anniversary Tour and the Real Time Pain Velocity Tours, and will also be loaded with content to include premier rodeos, original series, news, behind-the-scenes features and opinion available via computer, tablet or smart phone.

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.

The PBR 25th Anniversary Tour launched this weekend (Jan. 5-7) with the Monster Energy Buck Off at the Garden in New York’s Madison Square Garden.

”Complementing our great TV offering on CBS and CBS Sports Network, we are excited to announce that our new digital streaming service, RidePass, will launch in February 2018,” PBR CEO Sean Gleason said during a recent news event.
 
“We have been working diligently to create a robust digital platform that will provide fans with more live bull riding action, spanning multiple PBR tours, as well as original programming exclusive to RidePass.”

Not limited to PBR events, Gleason said that RidePass would also bring “other live western lifestyle sports and original content to members.“

Marketing partners and sponsors will be integrated in to RidePass programming and events.

National partners include Bass Pro Shops, Caterpillar,Cooper Tires, Ford, Jack Daniel’s. Kawasaki, Visit Las Vegas, MGM Grand Las Vegas, Monster Energy and Wranger.

A preview spot offers highlights of action interspersed with some details of what RidePass will offer:

• Stay on top of the latest news, insight, and opinion from the top PBR and Rodeo personalities from around the world.

• Catch live action you can't get anywhere else: PBR 25th Anniversary Tour, Global Cup and Velocity and international tours!

• Dive deeper into the world of rodeo and western sports with new scripted and original series, as well as documentaries on your favorite riders and bulls.

According to Gleason, “RidePass is just one of many ways we continue to invest to ensure that PBR — and now other complementary western lifestyle sports — are accessible to our fans.

“While the first few events of the year will not be broadcast digitally as we prepare for the February launch, I am confident that you will be pleased with RidePass as a comprehensive experience for the most passionate fans in sports,” said Gleason.

PBR did not yet indicate which events would be the first to air exclusively on RidePass.

The PBR 25th Anniversary Tour upcoming schedule includes the Chicago Invitational (Jan. 13-14), The Express Employment Pro Invitational (Oklahoma City, Jan. 20-21), Wrangler Long Live Cowboys Classic (Sacramento, Jan. 26-28), the Anaheim Invitational (Feb. 2-3), the Caterpillar Classic (Kansas, Mo., Feb. 9-11), the St. Louis Invitational (Feb. 17-18), the Winstar World Casino and Resort Iron Cowboy Powered by Kawasaki (Arlington, Texas, Feb. 24-25) and the Pro Bull Riders Batboy Lowdown (North Little Rock, Ark., March 2-3).

(See the full Pro Bull Riders 25th Anniversary Tour schedule here).

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