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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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T-Mobile Steps Up To The Plate At Home Run Derby For Little League Baseball

By Barry Janoff

July 2, 2019: T-Mobile, the official wireless provider for MLB, will return to the All-Star Game with a full plate of activation, led by a donation of $250,000 to Little League Baseball and Softball that will increase based on long balls hit during the T-Mobile Home Run Derby.

The T-Mobile Home Run Derby, scheduled for July 8 in Cleveland’s Progressive Field (ESPN), will feature eight players.

They include Ronald Acuña Jr. (Atlanta Braves), Pete Alonso (New York Mets), Josh Bell (Pittsburgh Pirates), Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (Toronto Blue Jays), Carlos Santana (Cleveland Indians) and Christian Yelich (Milwaukee Brewers).

The T-Mobile Home Run Derby match-ups will be named during a special T-Mobile Home Run Derby Bracket Show on July 3 (ESPN).

In addition to the $250,000, T-Mobile will donate an extra $1,000 per home run and $5,000 per magenta bonus ball home run.

Last year, the T-Mobile Home Run Derby donation was $450,000.

This past April, T-Mobile and CEO John Legere donated $100,000 to support local leagues rebuilding in Puerto Rico.

T-Mobile in March extended its alliance with MLB and also added Little League Baseball to its partnerships.

T-Mobile has been an official partner with MLB since 2013, and in 2016 became title sponsor for the T-Mobile Home Run Derby during All-Star Game week.

In December, T-Mobile enhanced its MLB presence by signing a 25-year naming rights deal for the Seattle Mariners home venue, formerly Safeco Field, not T-Mobile Park.

The deal was put at $3-$4 million annually by industry analysts.

“We love showing up big for baseball fans — and at this year’s T-Mobile Home Run Derby, it’s no different,” Legere said via the Bellevue, Wash.-based company.

The telecom company is currently in the final stages of a multibillion-dollar merger with Sprint.

“We’re all in, supporting our future baseball and softball sluggers with a $250K-plus donation to Little League, making America’s game more accessible for kids and families around the country.”

T-Mobile said funds raised would help make local Little League programs more “accessible for kids and families around the country through equipment grants and financial assistance to help make youth participation more affordable.”

T-Mobile is brining people into the action via the T-Mobile Home Run Derby Bracket Challenge, offering an opportunity to win $250,000 via a dedicated Web site or the MLB AtBat app. (Details here).

The company will have presence in Cleveland throughout the All-Star Game event, including  the 2019 T-Mobile All-Star Hat Shop and T-Mobile All-Star Zipline at Play Ball Park.

“We love showing up big for baseball fans — and at this year’s T-Mobile Home Run Derby, it’s no different."

On T-Mobile Home Run Derby night, T-Mobile will host an exclusive Derby After Dark event, hosted by Francisco Lindor (Cleveland Indians), with scheduled performances from Shaquille O’Neal and DJ Irie., as well as celebrity guests and MLB All-Stars.

According to Legere, “We’re here for the fans, with so much fun on the ground in Cleveland and on social, so everyone can get in on the action. Let’s play ball!”

In addition to the traditional T-Mobile Home Run Derby telecast on ESPN, ESPN2 will offer an alternative viewing experience for the second straight year.

The T-Mobile Home Run Derby Statcast edition powered by AWS will feature an analytics-driven presentation including 3D spray charts of home run paths and exit velocity.

Naming Rights Deal Adds To T-Moblie’s MLB Presence

T-Mobile Extends With MLB, Adds Little League To Roster

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