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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

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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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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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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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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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Jul052017

Olympic Channel: Home Of Team USA Gets Programming Clarity As Opening Day Nears

By Barry Janoff

July 5, 2017: The Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA already has a scheduled launch date — July 15 — and now it has an opening day line-up.

Programming will begin with a 30-minute Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA Launch Special (6:30 AM ET) hosted by NBC Sports’ Mike Tirico, who was named NBC’s prime time Olympic host earlier this year.

The show, which will have several encore presentations throughout the week, "will guide viewers through a preview of what they can expect to see on the new network," according to NBC.

The Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA is slated to launch in 35 million households, including most subscribers of Altice, AT&T DirecTV, Comcast, Spectrum, and Verizon at launch.

The linear channel will also be available at launch on such streaming services as DirecTV Now, Fubo, Hulu, Sony PlayStation Vue and YouTube TV.

In addition, the Channel will be live-streamed on OlympicChannel.com, the Olympic Channel app, NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app.

Launch day programming is also scheduled to feature:

• A Team USA athlete roundtable with Olympic medalists Shaun White, Kelly Clark and Gus Kenworthy, moderated by Olympic gold medalist Tara Lipinski

• Previews of the FINA World Swimming Championships and IAAF World Track & Field Championships, which will supply significant programming during the network’s first few weeks

• A preview of upcoming documentaries from the IOC’s global Olympic Channel original programming

• Behind-the-scenes content and social media elements from NBC Olympics’ promotional shoot for the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang, South Korea.

The Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA programming complements 400 hours of Olympic Sports programming already scheduled to air in 2017 on NBC and NBCSN, and streamed on NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app, as well as on the distributors’ on demand and digital platforms.

The formation of Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA was unveiled in December 2016 as a collaboration among the IOC, USOC and NBCU to "create a comprehensive Olympic content and distribution partnership in the United States."

The partnership complements the Olympic Channel global digital platform, which was launched by the IOC following the Closing Ceremony of the 2016 Summer Games in Rio.

“Through this exciting new partnership with the USOC and NBCUniversal, we will ensure that U.S. audiences are more closely connected with the Olympic Movement through a more personalized experience,” Mark Parkman, general manager of the Olympic Channel, said in a statement during the unveiling.

Advertising opportunities will be available to "IOC top-tier partners and USOC partners," said Gary Zenkel, president, NBC Olympics, during a recent media conference call. "There may be opportunities for National Governing Body partners. That will be our focus."

"We are in active discussion with our partners regarding sponsorship of the Olympic Channel," said Lisa Baird, CMO for USOC .

Timo Lumme, managing director for IOC Television, said the IOC is currently in the process of renewing or extending deals with some current top-tier partners "and is also fielding inquiries from new sources," some of which may include Olympic Channel sponsorship deals.

Founding Partners to date supporting the IOC's Olympic Channel are worldwide partners Alibaba Group, Bridgestone and Toyota.

The first month of programming on Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA is scheduled to include coverage of the 2017 FINA World Swimming and Diving Championships from Budapest, Hungary; the IAAF Track and Field World Championships from London, England, in August; and the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships from Vienna, Austria, in July and August.

It will also include Olympic-themed original content created by all three parties, such as original programs produced by filmmakers from around the world commissioned by the global Olympic Channel; and archival footage from the IOC and NBCU’s libraries of Olympic features and documentaries.

There also will be original Team USA programming produced by the USOC that provides "authentic, wide-ranging and athlete-focused coverage of the Olympic Movement in the United States."

Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA To Launch In 35M Households

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