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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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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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Twitter Continues Sports Push With MLB, NHL Live-Stream, Highlights Program

By Barry Janoff

July 25, 2016: Calling it the "fastest way to see what's happening in sports," Twitter continues its march into the category with a deal to live-stream weekly out-of-market games from MLB and the NHL.

In addition, OTT network 120 Sports will produce a nightly multi-sports highlights show, The Rally, the first show of its kind to be streamed live on Twitter.

The MLB, NHL and 120 Sports streaming rights come through Twitter's new partnership with MLB Advanced Media.

The alliance comes days after Twitter unveiled a digital media rights partnership with Campus Insiders, anchored by the live streaming of more than 300 college sports events.

In addition, Twitter and the NBA earlier this month expanded and enhanced their alliance to include exclusive original live programs to begin with the 2016-17 season.

This past April, Twitter signed a deal with the NFL to stream live Thursday Night Football games, beginning this season.

Financial terms of the deals were not disclosed.

"Twitter is the fastest way to see what's happening in sports," Anthony Noto, Twitter's chief financial officer, said in a statement. "Our partnership with Campus Insiders will bring live streaming video of college sports directly to the people who are already talking about it on Twitter, all on a single screen."

The MLB and NHL games will be available free to logged-in and logged-out Twitter users in the U.S.

MLB games will also be available worldwide, except in select international territories. A schedule for the MLB and NHL games will be available at a later date.

The NBA, which joined Twitter in 2009, has more than 22.4 million followers worldwide, tops among sports leagues worldwide, according to Twitter. (Figures do not include team, player or other NBA-related accounts.)

The NFL is second (19.4 million), followed by the Champions League and Premier League (about 12 million followers each).

Among other leagues, WWE has 7.7 million followers, MLB 6 million, NHL 4.9 million, UFC 4.2 million, Nascar 2.9 million and MLS 2.4 million, per Twitter.

Among teams, Real Madrid (20.1 million) and FC Barcelona (18.1 million) have by far the most worldwide followers.

Twitter Sports has more than 14.3 million followers.

According to Kenny Gersh, evp-business for MLBAM, "Twitter has long been a great partner and platform for both baseball and hockey fans as they follow their favorite teams and players every day. We know fans will embrace what this wide-ranging partnership brings — expanded and reliable access to live baseball and hockey and the introduction of Twitter's first daily live highlight show delivered intuitively to a platform where they're actively engaged with the games."

Echoed Stephen McArdle, NHL evp-digital media and strategic planning, "Twitter has become a crucial forum and engagement tool for hockey fans to enhance their NHL viewing experience and stay connected to the game on and off the ice. We are excited that fans will now be able to enjoy live NHL games through our partnership with Twitter."

"Twitter has long been a great partner and platform for both baseball and hockey fans as they follow their favorite teams and players."

The Rally will include highlights and "expert perspective across multiple sports exclusively" to Twitter users in the U.S. The program will utilize a distinct format "designed to integrate with Twitter's platform, using Twitter-based data to determine live trending topics as well as adding other interactive elements for instant conversation and analysis.

"The Rally on Twitter will combine the production and editorial values of television with the speed and interactivity of digital media," Jason Coyle, 120 Sports president, said in a statement. "We are excited to bring this first-of-its-kind programming to Twitter as we continue the push of 120 Sports beyond the limitations of traditional media, infusing real-time, scaled fan sentiment and feedback into the sports conversation every night."

Twitter's No. 1 Sports League, NBA Continues To Build Social Business, Fanbase

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