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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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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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• Oct. 27  Cincinnati Bengals v Los Angeles Rams Wembley Stadium
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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)

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• Oct. 23 Denver Nuggets vs. Portland Trail Blazers ESPN 10 PM (ET)

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Jan192017

Target Buys Into Major Alliance With MLS, Minnesota United, Youth Soccer Programs

Special to NYSportsJournalism.com

January 19, 2017: Calling the move its largest push into team sports, national big box retailer Target has signed a multi-year deal to become an official partner with Major League Soccer, US Youth Soccer and the U.S. Soccer Foundation.

In addition, the Minneapolis-based company will become the jersey-front sponsor for the expansion MLS Minnesota United FC, with activation to include presenting sponsorship for the team’s initial campaign.

Financial terms of the alliance were not released.

As part of the strategy, Target said it would partner with a number of its leading vendors, including Belkin, Crest, Degree, Dove, Energizer, GE, Gillette, GSK, Hershey’s, Kimberly-Clark, Philips, Scotch-Brite, Smuckers, Tide and Venus.

"There are so many things that drew us to soccer — it’s multicultural, watched and played by families and is growing immensely in popularity,” Rick Gomez, svp-marketing for Target, said in a statement. "We’ve partnered with several incredible organizations and vendors to invite soccer fans everywhere to engage with the Target brand in new ways."

Target said it sold one million soccer balls last year and that sales of soccer-related merchandise rose 15%, its "fastest growing sub-category in the sporting goods business."

Target is prominent in sports in its hometown via naming rights for Target Center, which is home to the NBA’s Timberwolves and WNBA Lynx; and Target Field, home to MLB’s Twins.

Under terms of the deal, Target will run spots during MLS broadcasts on Univision, Fox Sports and ESPN; and will have "opportunities for in-stadium experiences, player appearances and ownership of certain major MLS platforms," which the league said would be unveiled in the future.

According to Kathy Carter, president, Soccer United Marketing, the commercial arm for MLS, "We’re excited to welcome Target to the soccer family. It’s great to see such a holistic approach being taken — from the professional ranks to the youth level. It’s also ideal timing as Target’s hometown club, Minnesota United FC, joins Major League Soccer this year. We look forward to working together for many years to come."

In addition to the Target logo and presenting sponsorship with the Minnesota United, Target said it would be a premier sponsor at MNUFC events across the Twin Cities, and would have signage in TCF Bank Stadium at all 17 home matches.

Minnesota United moved to MLS this season from the NASL,

In its alliance with US Youth Soccer — which includes more than three million players ages 5-19, plus 900,000 coaches, volunteers and administrators — Target will become the official retailer for the organization and the presenting sponsor of the Target United Cup, a recreational soccer tournament that will visit 30-40 cities.

"We’ve partnered with several incredible organizations and vendors to invite soccer fans everywhere to engage with the Target brand in new ways."

Target has also provided a $75,000 grant to the U.S. Soccer Foundation to support national expansion of the organization’s Soccer for Success program, a free after-school program intended to help kids "establish healthy habits and develop critical life skills through caring coach-mentors and family engagement."

According to Nick Rogers, president, Minnesota United FC, "Target believes they have a role to play in fueling the potential of soccer and soccer players at all levels in Minnesota and the entire club is thrilled to have them as a partner. I can’t wait to see our players and fans proudly displaying the iconic Target bullseye across their chests.

"Together, Target and Minnesota United will represent the state of Minnesota in our global game," said Rogers.

MLS partners also include adidas, Advocate, Allstate, AT&T, Audi, Chipotle, Coca-Cola, Continental, DraftKings, EA Sports, Etihad Airways, Heineken, The Home Depot, Johnson & Johnson, Makita, Mondeléz, SeatGeek, Southern New Hampshire University, Tag Heuer and Wells Fargo.

The 2017 MLS season begins March 3.

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