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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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Rock & Roll Hall of Fame 2020 Nominees

• Pat Benatar
• Dave Matthews Band
• Depeche Mode
• Doobie Brothers
• Whitney Houston
• Judas Priest
• Kraftwerk
• MC5
• Motorhead
• Nine Inch Nails
• Notorious B.I.G.
• Rufus feat. Chaka Khan
• Todd Rundgren
• Soundgarden
• T. Rex
• Thin Lizzy

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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
SOURCE: STUBHUB.COM

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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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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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You Be The Judge: 14 MLB Players In Running For Topps No. 1 Card Vote

By Barry Janoff

October 2, 2017: Back in 1952, Andy Pafko of the Brooklyn Dodgers was the first No. 1, leading off Topp’s initial set of MLB trading cards.

For 2018, Topps is asking people to vote from among a group of 14 players (plus the opportunity for a write-in) to decide which player would hold the prestigious No. 1 spot for the 2018 Topps Baseball Series 1.

According to Beckett, the bible for sports card collecting, "For the most part, it has been baseball’s best in the No. 1 spot on the Topps Baseball checklist."

Players who have been No. 1 in Topps baseball also include Hank Aaron, Ted Williams, Jackie Robinson, Willie Mays, Nolan Ryan, Mike Piazza, Brooks Robinson, Frank Robinson and Derek Jeter.

This is the third consecutive year that Topps is asking people to vote for the No. 1 card.

The 2018 winner will follow in the footsteps of Mike Trout (2016) and Kris Bryant (2017), both voted No. 1 by fans and consumers.

Among the 14 vying for the '18 leadoff spot: 52-homer/114 RBI rookie Aaron Judge (New York Yankees), 59-homer star Giancarlo Stanton (Miami Marlins) and Boston Red Sox pitcher Chris Sale (17-8, 2.90 ERA, 308 Ks).

Trout and Bryant also are on the list. (See full list below.)

To enhance the voting process, Topps is offering prizes, randomly choosing entries from those who voted. Winners will then be selected randomly and contacted via e-mail.

Among the prizes: 2017 Topps Triple Threads Baseball hobby box, 2017 Bowman Chrome hobby box, 2017 Topps Allen & Ginter hobby box, 2017 Topps Clearly Authentic hobby box and  2017 Topps Tribute David Ortiz relic /199). (Details and full list of prizes here.)

People can vote at the Topps Web site.

They are also being asked to promote the contest on social media using the hashtag #ToppsCardNo1.

Voting will take place now through Friday, Oct. 6 (4 PM ET).

The winner will be unveiled "a couple of weeks" before the release of 2018 Topps Baseball Series 1, which is scheduled for Jan. 31, 2018.

The players are (in alphabetical order):

• Jose Altuve (Houston Astros)

• Nolan Arenado (Colorado Rockies)

• Kris Bryamt (Chicago Cubs)

• Miguel Cabrera (Detroit Tigers)

• Paul Goldschmidt (Arizona Diamondbacks)

• Bryce Harper (Washington Nationals)

• Aaron Judge (New York Yankees)

• Clayton Kershaw (Los Angeles Dodgers)

• Francisco Lindor (Cleveland Indians)

• Buster Posey (San Francisco Giants)

• Chris Sale (Boston Red Sox)

• Giancarlo Stanton (Miami Marlins)

• Mike Trout (Los Angeles Angeles)

• Adrian Beltran (Texas Rangers)

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