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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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Mar242014

TD Bank, TD Ameritrade Bank On Special Olympics As Entertainment Presenters

Special to NYSportsJournalism.com

March 24, 2014: Let the 2014 Special Olympics USA Games begin . . . soon, with more partners to enhance the event.

Coordinators of true Special Olympics USA Games, to be held this June, said that TD Bank and TD Ameritrade Holding Corp., longtime supporters of Special Olympics, would be the presenting partners of entertainment at the 2014 USA Games.

The 2014 USA Games are being held June 14-21 throughout Mercer County, New Jersey.
 
TD Bank and TD Ameritrade will sponsor entertainment throughout the Games with special performances at both Special Olympics Town and Corporate Park.

Located on the campus of The College of New Jersey, Special Olympics Town will have a New Jersey Boardwalk theme with rides, games and carnival fare.

Corporate Park, located at Mercer County Park and open to the community, will feature attractions, a rowing exhibition, concessions, spectator services information and lounges as well as interactive events each day presented by corporate partners of the 2014 USA Games.

The Special Olympics USA Games will be hosted by New Jersey from June 14-21, 2014.  Nearly 3,500 athletes will compete in 16 Olympic-style team and individual sports, with the support of 1,000 coaches, 10,000 volunteers and 70,000 family, friends and spectators.

Founding Partners for the 2014 Special Olympic USA Games include 21st Century Fox, Barnabas Health, HESS, KPMG, Prudential, PSE&G, ShopRite, Toys “R” Us and WWE.

"Together, we can create a vibrant, inclusive event that celebrates the accomplishments of these talented athletes as they work, one step at a time, toward achieving their dreams.”

“In addition to the stellar competition of the top Special Olympics athletes in the country in their 16 sports, the 2014 Special Olympics USA Games will also provide a fun and engaging environment for athletes, families and the overall community to learn about the mission of Special Olympics and celebrate their achievements,” TJ Nelligan, chairman and CEO of 2014 Special Olympics USA Games, said in a statement.

“The 2014 Special Olympics USA Games will truly be a memorable week for not only the athletes but all who attend and we are grateful to TD Bank’s and TD Ameritrade’s contributions in helping us keep the expected 70,000 families and spectators entertained," said Nelligan.

The 2014 USA Games will be staged throughout Mercer County, NJ including competitions at Princeton University, Rider University, The College of New Jersey and Mercer County Park, with the Opening Ceremony taking place at the Prudential Center in Newark.

According to Katrina Becker, managing director of communications and public affairs for TD Ameritrade, “TD Ameritrade is a proud supporter of Special Olympics and thrilled to be involved with the USA Games. Together, we can create a vibrant, inclusive event that celebrates the accomplishments of these talented athletes as they work, one step at a time, toward achieving their dreams.”
 
“TD is proud to serve as the Presenting Partners of Entertainment for the Special Olympics USA Games,” Fred Graziano, evp for TD Bank, said in a statement “At TD, we believe in supporting organizations that make our communities stronger, and we’re thrilled to support an organization that has such a positive impact on the athletes and their families.”

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