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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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En Route To San Francisco, Warriors Sign Deal With Fanatics For Chase Center

NYSJ Sports-Entertainment Business News Service

July 22, 2019:
The NBA’s Golden State Warriors plan to arrive in San Francisco in style.

The team has signed a long-term deal naming Fanatics, a  global leader for licensed sports merchandise, as the exclusive operator of all Warriors Shop locations throughout the Bay Area.

According to the team, the omni-channel retail partnership will “significantly broaden the assortment and availability of high-quality merchandise for fans across online, mobile and on-site retail stores.”

Financial terms of the alliance were not released.

The Warriors will move from Oakland’s Oracle Arena to San Francisco’s new $1.4 billion Chase Center, an 18,064-seat sports and entertainment arena set to open in September.

Chase Center will anchor Thrive City, a multipurpose, privately financed complex in Mission Bay neighborhood to include 3.2 acres of publicly accessible plazas and open space, part of a larger mixed-use development including office buildings and restaurant and retail locations.

Fanatics’ operated Warriors Shop locations include San Francisco’s Market Street, Walnut Creek, Santa Clara; and the new, multi-level 10,000 sq. ft. flagship location in Thrive City and stores inside of Chase Center.

The Warriors last month signed a multi-year renewal of their alliance with Ticketmaster in which the ticket marketplace becomes a founding partner of the new venue.

In addition to naming rights partner Chase, Chase Center founding partners also include Accenture, Google Cloud, Hewlett-Packard, PepsiCo, RingCentral and United Airlines.

With the Warriors’ pact, Fanatics said it now has a dozen e-commerce deals with NBA teams, including five with omni-channel and venue operation: the Warriors, Memphis Grizzlies, New Orleans Pelicans, Sacramento Kings and Washington Wizards,

The Warriors have built a solid domestic and global following over the past five seasons, winning three NBA titles and five consecutive Western Division title.

According to the NBA, the Warriors have ranked in the Top Three in all team merchandise sales, including 2016 and 2017, when the team led the NBA in merchandise sales.

All-Star guard Stephen Curry has ranked in the Top Five in league jersey sales over the last six seasons, including three-straight seasons in which his jersey was the most-purchased among all players (2016, 2017, 2018).

“Fanatics is the unquestioned industry leader in retail and e-commerce solutions for sports licensed merchandise,” Rick Welts, Warriors president and COO, said via the team.

“This partnership with Fanatics will provide fans with an enhanced, seamless, omni-channel shopping experience including the new, world-class Warriors Shop at Thrive City, just outside the main entrance to Chase Center.”

According to Fanatics CEO Doug Mack, Given our large employee presence in the Bay Area it is a very special place for our company, which makes us all proud to be a part of the Warriors’ ambitious vision for Chase Center and Thrive City,

The Warriors are scheduled to play their first preseason game in the Chase Center against the Los Angeles Lakers on Oct. 5.

Warriors Add Ticketmaster As Chase Center Partner

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