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• Sacramento, California's capital city, has been awarded an MLS expansion team with Sacramento Republic FC becoming the league's 29th team and beginning play in MLS in 2022. The club will build a new, $300 million, 20,100-seat soccer stadium in the downtown Railyards District. 

• 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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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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• Oct. 23 Denver Nuggets vs. Portland Trail Blazers ESPN 10 PM (ET)

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Dreams Of Gold: Team USA Skates To Winter Games Without NHL Players

By Barry Janoff

January 2, 2018: This past April, the NHL, stating that “the overwhelming majority of our clubs are adamantly opposed to disrupting the 2017-18 NHL season for purposes of accommodating Olympic participation by some NHL players,” officially decided not to allow players under contract to play for their respective national teams in the 2018 Winter Games.

USA Hockey has moved on, naming its roster from among a pool of some 100 players currently not on NHL contracts, from among U.S. players “based in Europe, playing in the American Hockey League or other minor leagues, or playing college hockey,” according to USA Hockey.

The move has also significantly impacted the Canadian men’s hockey team, which has won the past two gold medals.

The last time the NHL did not have players in the Olympics was 1994 in Lillehammer, Norway.

Among the players named to the Team USA men’s team are James Wisniewski and Jim Slater, who have each played more then 500 NHL games.

Three players currently participate in the AHL: Chris Bourque (Hershey Bears), Bobby Butler (Milwaukee Admirals) and John McCarthy (San Jose Barracuda).

Five of those named to the Team USA roster come from teams in Switzerland’s National League: Bobby Sanguinetti, Mark Arcobello, Broc Little, Garrett Roe and Slater.

Five players from the Kontinental Hockey League made Team USA as did two who currently play in the Swedish Hockey League.

Tony Granato, the men’s head coach at the University of Wisconsin, is Team USA’s Olympic head coach.

“We really like our roster,” according to Jim Johannson, GM for the 2018 U.S. Olympic Men’s Ice Hockey Team and also USA Hockey assistant executive director for hockey operations. “It’s a group that brings versatility and experience and includes players who have a lot of passion about representing our country.”

On the women’s side, Team USA will be led by Hilary Knight (pictured), Meghan Duggan, Kacey Bellamy and twins Monique Lamoureux-Morando and Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson.

PyeongChang marks the third consecutive Winter Games for all five players.

Team USA won the first women’s ice hockey Olympic gold medal in 1998, followed by silver in 2002, 2012 and 2014, and bronze in 2006.

Canada has won gold at each of last four Winter Games.

“Today we took another step closer towards achieving our ultimate goal, which is to bring home a gold medal from South Korea,” said Reagan Carey, GM for the 2018 U.S. Olympic Women’s Ice Hockey Team and also the director of women’s hockey for USA Hockey, said in a statement.

“We’ve had an exceptional four months in Wesley Chapel leading up to this point and are confident that these 23 women give our country the best opportunity to reach the top of the podium in February.”

More than half of the players named to the 2018 U.S. Paralympic Sled Hockey Team are returning gold medalists, including four two-time returning gold medalists — Adam Page, Nikko Landeros, Josh Pauls — and three-time Paralympic gold medal goalie Steve Cash.

Six other players were part of the gold-medal winning team in Sochi.

The Winter Games are scheduled for Feb. 8-25, NBC Sports.

The Paralympic Games are scheduled for March 8-18, NBC Sports.

2018 Olympics U.S. Men’s Roster

2018 Olympics U.S. Women’s Roster

2018 Paralympics U.S. Men's Roster

NHL Puts 2018 Winter Games On Ice

Hilary Knight Photo NBC Sports

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