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• 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. 

• 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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Jun122019

Oakland Raiders, Jon Gruden Will Show-And-Tell All On HBO’s 'Hard Knocks'

By Barry Janoff

June 11, 2019: The Raiders are planning to move to Las Vegas for the 2020 NFL season into a new $1.8 billion venue, but they won’t leave Oakland without making some noise.

The team has been selected by HBO Sports to star in “Hard Knocks: Training Camp With the Oakland Raiders,” which will get up-close and personal with second-year head coach Jon Gruden and players including wide receiver Antonio Brown, quarterback Derek Carr, offensive lineman Trent Brown (who will be hard to mss at 6’8”, 380 lbs.) and rookie safety Johnathan Abram.

The five-episode series is scheduled to begin airing Aug. 6, culminating with the Sept. 3 season finale.

“Camera crews from NFL Films will head to the Bay area in the next few weeks to begin filming,” according to HBO, “with the action heating up in August when the cinema verité show focuses on the daily lives and routines of players and coaches."

On their Twitter page, the Raiders simply wrote, “Hard Knocks: Tell your friends. #RaiderNation.”

Offered Brown on his Twitter page, “Get your popcorn ready. It’s a Hard Knock life for us.”

“Everybody wants to be a Raider. Now they’ll find out what it takes to become one,” Raiders owner Mark Davis said via the team.

The franchise does not lack for drama, led by the move to Vegas, the complicated logistics needed for the Raiders to remain in Oakland-Alameda County Stadium for the 2019 season, the high-energy of Gruden and the storied history of the team's Silver-and -Black fans.

According to Ross Ketover, senior executive for NFL Films, “Since the AFL-NFL merger, the Raiders have been a part of some of the most iconic moments in league history.

“We at NFL Films have been thrilled and honored to showcase the mythology of the Raiders from the Holy Roller, Sea of Hands, Ghost to the Post all the way to today with coach Gruden and this unbelievable cast of players and coaches.

“Needless to say, we’re very much looking forward to this season of Hard Knocks.”

HBO Sports said that a 30-person NFL Films crew would be in Raiders’ training camp in Napa Valley, shooting more than 1,750 hours of footage over the course of the series.

Camera and sound crews will have "unencumbered access to players’ and coaches’ meeting rooms, training rooms, living quarters and practice fields."

“If you’re a fan of football or great storytelling, Hard Knocks with the Oakland Raiders is going to be must-see television,” Peter Nelson, evp-HBO Sports, said via the media company.

“We are so grateful to this storied franchise for opening up its doors and allowing HBO and NFL Films to spend the summer with the Raiders in what promises to be a compelling and engaging training camp.”

Hard Knocks launched with the Baltimore Ravens in 2001, followed by the Dallas Cowboys (2002), Kansas City Chiefs (2007), Cowboys (2008), Cincinnati Bengals (2009), New York Jets (2010), Miami Dolphins (2012), Bengals (2013), Atlanta Falcons (2014), Houston Texans (2015), Los Angeles Rams (2016), Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2017) and the Cleveland Browns (2018).

The series has won 18 Sports Emmy Awards.

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