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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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• 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
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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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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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Rod Woodson Gets A Hall Pass To Canton

July 27, 2009: On Aug. 8, Rod Woodson will officially be inducted into the Pro Football Hall Of Fame, located in Canton, Ohio, along with an esteemed class that includes Bob Hayes, Randall McDaniel, Bruce Smith, Derrick Thomas and Ralph Wilson Jr., the founder and owner of the Buffalo Bills. The cornerback/safety out of Purdue spent ten seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers (1987-96), one year with the San Francisco 49ers (1997), four with the Baltimore Ravens (1998-2001) including the Super Bowl XXXV title team, and two with the Oakland Raiders before retiring following the 2003 season. His stats include 11 Pro Bowl appearances and three Super Bowl games, and in 1994 he was named to the NFL's 75th Anniversary All-Time Team. Woodson spoke with members of the media on July 27.

What are your feelings about being inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame?
Ron Woodson: "It's an honor and a privilege. When you look at the history of pro football, to be one of about only 200 guys among all those who played the game to be inducted, it's amazing. To be named in the same category as Joe Namath, Ray Nitschke . . . I'm honored and humbly accept it."

• How would you compare yourself to defensive back Deion Sanders?
Woodson: I don't like to compare players. [Deion and I] were similar but in a lot of ways different. I considered myself an all-around defensive back. I would do whatever I had to do. I worked hard and took pride in my craft. I think we both felt we were better than anyone in front of us.

What do you think about NFL games in Mexico City?
Woodson: [International games] are good for the league. It's good to promote the league around the world. The guys are all for it. They like to play in front of different crowds and in different environments.

You had 71 career interceptions and [an NFL record] 12 returned for touchdowns. What made you so good at that?
Woodson: I always ran scared! I tried not to get knocked down by offensive linemen [who become defensive players when Woodson caught an interception).

You won a Super Bowl with the Baltimore Ravens, but you are associated more with the Pittsburgh Steelers. What are your thoughts about your ten seasons in Pittsburgh?
Woodson: Those years defined my career. I had four great seasons in Baltimore and I'm proud of the Super Bowl ring. We had great teams in Pittsburgh. We went to the Super Bowl [XXX, losing to the Dallas Cowboys], but never had the opportunity to win.

Who was the toughest wide receiver you ever faced?
Woodson: Webster Slaughter [who played in the NFL from 1986-1998]. His first six years in the league he was with the Cleveland Browns, so I had to face him twice a year for six years! He was quick. I didn't like those quick, little receivers.

What are your thoughts about the Pro Football Hall of Fame class of 2009?

Woodson: It's an honor to be with such great men. They were tremendous athletes. They represented the league [with great honor] on and off the field. They were respected as athletes and as family men. Back to Home Page