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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

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• Nov. 18 Kansas City  Chiefs v Los Angeles Chargers Mexico City Estadio Azteca (ESPN Monday Night Football)

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• 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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Real Madrid Tops ManU For Title As Most Valuable Soccer Franchise In Europe

NYSJ Sports-Entertainment Business News Service

May 29, 2019: In soccer, numbers on the pitch mean everything.

And so do the numbers in the bank.

Real Madrid has much to kick about in both areas, coming in as the No. 1 most valuable soccer team in Europe, $3.68 billion, according to "The European Elite 2019: Football Clubs' Valuation" from global financial services firm KPMG.

Real Madrid replaces Manchester United, valued at  $3.65 billion.

ManU had been No. 1 three previous years.

At $3.1billion, Bayern Munich drops from No. 2 to No. 3, but remains one of just three clubs valued by KPMG at more then $3 billion.

The Top Five also includes Barcelona ($2.8 billion) and Manchester City ($2.8 billion).

The most recent global franchise value report from Forbes has the NFL’s Dallas Cowboys as the world’s most valuable sports team, valued at $4.8 billion; followed by three soccer clubs: Manchester United ($4.123 billion), Real Madrid ($4.088 billion) and Barcelona ($4.064 billion).

That, in effect, makes the three clubs atop the KPMG list with Bayern Munich also the most valuable soccer franchises in the world.

The KPMG report, which covers the 2016-17 and 2017-18 seasons — when Real Madrid was the two-time Champions League title winner —  uses as the basis for finances: account profitability, broadcasting rights, popularity, sporting potential and stadium value.

KPMG valued 32 clubs overall.

“The transition of major clubs into media and entertainment companies, with global brand exposure . . . helps create more stable and predictable cash flows and consequently better warranties to investors and financiers,” Andrea Sartori, KPMG’s global head of sports and author of "The European Elite 2019: Football Clubs' Valuation,” wrote in the report.

“It comes by no surprise, that such remarkable growth has heated the debate concerning the transformation of European clubs’ competition structure.”

The representation of the English Premier League “(confirms) its dominance having nine clubs on the list and accounting for 43% of the total aggregate value.”

Tottenham Hotspur, which just opened its new stadium and has an alliance with the NFL, was up 31% in value versus the previous KPMG report. Real Madrid was up 10%  Inter Milan was up 41%.

Top 15 Most Valuable Soccer Clubs
1. Real Madrid $3.68B
2. Manchester United $3.65B
3. Bayern Munich $3.1B
4. Barcelona $2.8B
5. Manchester City $2.8B
6. Chelsea $2.5B
7. Liverpool $2.4B
8. Arsenal $2.3B
9. Tottenham $1.9B
10. Juventus $1.75B
11. Paris Saint-Germian $1.5B
12. Borussia Dortmund $1.25B
13. Atletico Madrid $1.15B
14. FC Schalke $851.3M
15. Inter Milan $770.1M

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