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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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Top Sports Marketers Of The Year 2018: Springhill Entertainment-Uninterrupted

By the Staff of NYSportsJournalism

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January 2019: LeBron James will not shut up and dribble.

And he will not stay in his lane because there are so many lanes on which he travels.

When James headed west from the Cleveland Cavaliers to the Los Angeles Lakers, he not only took his basketball skills but his burgeoning creative and production skills, as well.

Over the past year, James and partner Maverick Carter have been very busy.

James, Carter and their Uninterrupted digital media company are the powers behind The Shop, a casual talk show-type setting that seeks to emulate experiences James and many others have had in which the local barbershop is the focal point for sometimes easy, sometimes heated, conversation among friends and others from the neighborhood.

The Shop is exactly why we created Uninterrupted,” James said via the media company. “Anyone who has been in a real barbershop, like the ones where I grew up, knows why this show can be so incredible.

In October, HBO Sports unveiled a SpringHill Entertainment production of the college sports documentary film, Student Athlete.

CBS Entertainment has ordered a ten-episode series with the working title, Million Dollar Mile, whose executive producing companies include Springhill Entertainment.

CBS described Million Dollar Mile — scheduled to permiere March 27 — as a “high-stakes competition series that challenges everyday athletes’ physical and mental toughness like never before with an opportunity to change their lives forever.

According to Carter, “This show takes competition series to a whole new level. It’s intense, it’s entertaining and it has a twist that will have people on the edge of their seats while also creating an opportunity to change the contestants’ lives.

“It’s exactly the type of aspirational content SpringHill Entertainment is about, and we can’t wait for people to experience it.”

Showtime, a subsidiary of CBS Corp., is airing a three-part documentary series, Shut Up and Dribble, from executive producers James and Carter.

Warriors of Liberty City, a six-part documentary series from Springhill Entertainment, debuted on Starz in September. It follows a season with the youth football team Liberty City Warriors and shows how the tough Miami neighborhood has produced a number of NFL stars.

In October, HBO aired Student Athlete, a documentary sharing stories of five current and former collegiate athletes and “revealing the exploitative world of high-revenue college sports.”

Also on air in 2018 from the production company: The Wall (NBC) challenge game show; and Best Shot (YouTube Premium), with former NBA player Jay Williams mentoring the Newark (NJ) High School hoops team.

“LeBron represents the epitome of strength, vision and determination."

Perhaps his most impactful move of the year, James and the LeBron James Family Foundation over the summer opened the I Promise School in his hometown of Akron, OH, providing education, meals, transportation and other perks to 240 “at-risk” third- and fourth-grade kids, with plans to expand in the coming years.

He was named the 2018 AP Male Sports Athlete of the Year for the third consecutive time. (Serena Williams was named the AP Female Athlete of the Year.)

“LeBron represents the epitome of strength, vision and determination,” Sharon Vuong, svp-alternative for CBS Entertainment., said via the media company.

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