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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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• Pat Benatar
• Dave Matthews Band
• Depeche Mode
• Doobie Brothers
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• Judas Priest
• Kraftwerk
• MC5
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• Notorious B.I.G.
• Rufus feat. Chaka Khan
• Todd Rundgren
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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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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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StubHub: Vegas Golden Knights, Capitals NHL’s Hottest 2018-19 Golden Tickets

By Barry Janoff

September 18, 2018: It turns out the the Vegas Golden Knights are not only golden on the ice (literally) but off the ice, as well,

Coming off a rookie NHL season in which the team reached the Stanley Cup Finals, the Knights have the most in-demand game and four of the Top Ten hottest tickets heading into the 2018-19 NHL season, according to online ticket broker StubHub.

Overall, Golden Knights tickets are the most in-demand among all NHL teams for the second consecutive season. The team’s home opener (Oct. 4) against the Philadelphia Flyers in T-Mobile Arena is No. 1 on StubHub’s list, with a $270 average ticket price.

The Golden Knights are also in demand on the road, with ticket sales 38% higher versus the average demand for NHL tickets on Stubhub.

“Last year was an unforgettable season for hockey fans and this year’s numbers tell us support isn’t slowing down for the Golden Knights after their historic run,” Scott Jablonski, StubHub’s GM of NHL, NFL & NBA, said in a statement.

“Not only are the Golden Knights the most in-demand team for the second year in a row, their home opener is also the top-selling matchup heading into this season.”

Showing that it pays to be in the NHL Stanley Cup Finals — not only to win a NHL championship but to drive interest and awareness in your team on a national and international level — the Washington Capitals are coming off their seven-game Stanley Cup win against Vegas as the second hottest team on StubHub.

The Capitals’ home opener (Oct. 3) against the Boston Bruins is the second most in-demand game on StubHub but tops the list with a $414 average ticket price.

Overall, the Capitals are No. 6 among StubHub’s hottest ticket sellers, which is up from No. 8 last season, No. 15 in 2016 and No. 17 in 2014.

The NHL 2019 Bridgestone Winter Classic is No. 3 on StubHub’s in-demand list, featuring the Chicago Blackhawks vs. Boston Bruins, Jan. 1 in Notre Dame Stadium, with a $192 average ticket price’

The Toronto Maple Leafs at Chicago Blackhawks (Oct. 7, $208) and the Pittsburgh Penguins at Vegas (Jan. 19, $247) are also among StubHub’s Top Five.

The Knights are not taking their foot off the gas when it comes to interaction with fans and selling tickets.

Today, the team unveiled a multi-year alliance with William Hill US, a leading global sports book operator, calling it the first between a NHL team in North America and a sports book.

During the pre-season, the Knights got permission to put real gold dust in their center ice logo.

And the team will expand on its "Vegas Born" multi-media campaign support the team’s sophomore season.

”It's a real fan-centric campaign," team CMO Brian Killingsworth said in a statement.

"It really symbolizes part of our DNA, being part of the community and celebrating our fans. We're putting fans at the front and center of this campaign to show our respect and pay homage to our incredible fan base."

Demand for players merchandise is on the rise, according to stats from StubHub and parent company  eBay.

According to eBay data, since John Tavares' off-season move as a free agent from the New York Islanders to his hometown Toronto Maple Leafs, there has been a 366% increase in his merchandise sold.

Nearly six times as many Maple Leaf Tavares jerseys sold in July versus the month prior to his arrival, according to eBay.

“We’ve seen a 49% surge in demand for Maple Leafs tickets as Toronto fans are clearly excited about the potential of a Stanley Cup Finals run with their hometown hero, John Tavares, at the helm,” said Jablonski.

NHL home openers are among the most in-demand among StubHub customers.

In addition to the Golden Knights and Capitals, home opening tickets are most in-demand for the Chicago Blackhawks, Toronto Maple Leafs and New York Rangers. (Full list below.)

Based on overall ticket sales on StubHub (to date), Vegas is No. 1, followed by:
2. Toronto Maple Leafs (up from No. 4 last season)
3. New York Rangers  (down from No. 2 the previous four seasons)
4. Boston Bruins 5. Chicago Blackhawks (down from No. 1 last season and No. 1 the previous three seasons)
6. Washington Capitals (up from No. 8 last season and No. 15 in 2016)
7. Pittsburgh Penguins
8. Buffalo Savres (up from No. 13)
9. Los Angeles Kings (up from No. 12)
10. Montreal Canadiens

Most In-Demand Games:
1. Philadelphia Flyers at Vegas Golden Knights Oct. 4 (Season opener) $270 average ticket price
2. Boston Bruins at Washington Capitals Oct. 3 (Opening Night) $414 average ticket price
3. 2019 NHL Winter Classic Chicago Blackhawks vs. Boston Bruins Jan. 1 in Notre Dame Stadium $192 average ticket price
4. Toronto Maple Leafs at Chicago Blackhawks Oct. 7 (home opener) $208
5. Pittsburgh Penguins at Vegas Golden Knights Jan. 19 $247
6. Toronto Maple Leafs at Vegas Golden Knights Feb. 14 $233
7. St. Louis Blues at Chicago Blackhawks Oct. 13 $148
8. Montreal Canadiens at Toronto Maple Leafs Oct, 3 (home opener) $351
9. Chicago Black Hawks at Vegas Golden Knights Dec. 6 $224
10. Nashville Predators at New York Rangers Oct. 4 (home opener) $421

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