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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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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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Topps Adds Kershaw, Verlander Other Collectible Cards To Sports Crate Booty

By Barry Janoff

May 18, 2017: Baseball cards are usually taken out of boxes to be collected.

Topps is now putting cards into boxes to be collected.

The iconic trading card and memorabilia company has signed a deal with Loot Crate, which delivers monthly boxes of officially licensed goods, apparel and curated VIP experiences to subscribers, to be part of the new Sports Crate platform.

Sports Crate, which recently unveiled an official alliance with MLB and the MLB Players’ Assn., is currently working with ten MLB teams to ship such licensed goods as bobble heads, action figures and apparel; collectibles and unique experiences specific to each ball club.

Topps said it would design MLB cards specifically for Sports Crate, beginning this month with a "Bringing the Heat" themed crate that focuses on each participating team's pitchers.

According to Topps, the 2017 Topps Sports Crate Baseball cards collection will have two different sets of numbers, with the first set featuring one card for each team. The complete master set corresponds with the second number and has 50 cards.

This collaboration also includes a special limited foil board set that would be randomly inserted in 10% of Sports Crate team-focused subscriptions, "making them highly sought after by collectors and fans alike," according to Topps.

The initial ten teams include the Boston Red Sox, Chicago Cubs, Detroit Tigers, Kansas City Royals, Los Angeles Dodgers, New York Mets, New York Yankees, San Francisco Giants, St. Louis Cardinals and Texas Rangers.

According to sports collecting and memorabilia company Beckett, the May Topps Sports Crate checklist includes Madison Bumgarner (Giants), Danny Duffy (Royals), Cole Hamels (Rangers), Clayton Kershaw (Dodgers), Jon Lester (Cubs), Rick Porcello (Red Sox), Noah Syndergaard (Mets), Masahiro Tanaka (Yankees), Justin Verlander (Tigers) and Adam Wainwright (Cardinals).

Each player is also expected to be represented by an action figure in each respective team box.

"Trading cards hold timeless memories for fans and we are excited to partner with Topps to bring these exclusive Topps Sports Crate Baseball cards directly to them," Doug Wadleigh, svp and GM for Los Angeles-based Sports Crate, said in a statement. "We're giving fans an added thrill to unwrap within their monthly unboxing experience.

Each subsequent box will have its own MLB theme, potentially including BBQ and Road Warrior.

Loot Crate said its Sports Crates would contain "VIP one-of-the-kind experiences (such as) attending a Boston Red Sox game" in Fenway Park.

Founded in 2012, Loot Crate also has alliances including Marvel, Cartoon Network and Overwatch — often timed to the release of new movies, TV shows, video games or other high-profile events.

There also is a monthly Slam Crate via a deal with WWE, which began this past October.

According to Clay Luraschi, Topps vp-product development, "Sports Crate offers a unique fan experience and we're excited to have Topps be a part of it. It's a natural fit."

Loot Crate said that Sports Crates are currently available on a first-come, first-serve basis and are limited to ensure their collectability. Sports Crates start at $39.99 per month and a five-month Season Pass subscription, which includes an exclusive MLB figure, is available for $179.99 per season. (Details here.)

Loot Crate Brings the Game To MLB With Launch Of Sports Crate

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