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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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Hilary Knight, Top Women Pro Hockey Stars, Plan Boycott For Better Conditions

By Barry Janoff

May 3, 2019: Key players from the National Women’s Hockey League, including national and Olympic stars Hilary Knight (pictured), Kendall Coyne Schofield and Marie Philip-Poulin, said in a statement they would not play pro hockey next season in a effort to put a spotlight on the current state of their game.

“We have come together, over 200 players strong, to say it is time to create a sustainable professional league for Women’s hockey,” they wrote in a statement. “We are coming together . . .  as one collective voice to help navigate the future and protect the players needs.

“We cannot make a sustainable living in the current state of the professional game. Having no health undulant and making as low as two thousand dollars a season means players can’t adequately train and prepare to play at the highest level.”

The move follows the recent decision of the Canadian Women’s Hockey League to fold after the past season.

In a video posted to social media, with the support of hockey brand Braun, the players explain, “Professional women’s hockey is essential. We need professional women’s hockey to inspire the next generation of female hockey players.

"If she can’t see it how can she dream to be it. Playing hockey teaches girls that they’re only as strong as their teammates. Playing hockey empowers girls to realize their limitless potential. We are innovators, and we are redefining women’s hockey. The Women’s Movement never stops."

Proponents of the boycott see the NHL as playing a major role, along the lines of the NBA and the WNBA.

Mary-Kay Messier, vp-global marketing for Bauer Hockey and a board member for the non-profit Play Like a Girl, stressed in a statement the importance of “continued support for women’s professional hockey opportunities” in the wake of the CWHL ceasing operations.

“I believe that in order to develop a long-term viable women’s professional hockey program, the National Hockey League must be in an ownership position. It’s not just about financial support. It’s about a longterm vision and the required resources, including the expertise, to effectively promote the women’s game.

“The NHL and its member clubs have the unique ability to leverage community connections and position the world’s top female athletes as ambassadors and role models, all of which will server to grow participation and inspire diversity in our hockey community," said Messier.

The NWHL released a statement from Dani Rylan, founder and commissioner, and other executives addressed to the “players, fans and supporters of the NWHL and women’s hockey.”

“NWHL leadership respects the wishes of all players to consider their options, and they know we are always available to meet, to participate in open communication addressing their concerns and exchanging ideas, and to collaborate with the players on one league.

“We are coming together as one collective voice to help navigate the future and protect the players needs."

“In the meantime, our plans continue for Season 5 of the NWHL to begin in October. After a series of highly constructive and positive discussions with the NWHL Players’ Association over the last month, we are offering increased salaries and a 50-50 revenue spilt from league-level sponsorships and media rights deals. Coming off an incredible 2018-19, we are confident another fantastic season is ahead."

According to Rylan, “After the CWHL announced it was ceasing operations, the NWHL immediately went to work and embraced the opportunity to build the one league for North America that many people, including the national team players, said they desired. We raised significant investments and met with top brands wanting to support one thriving league featuring the best of the best from around the world.

“Thanks to you, the NWHL’s efforts to advance the sport, build the value of women’s hockey players, and show future generations that they can See It, Dream It and Be It, will continue for many years to come. We are excited about the future, and we welcome everyone who wants to join us.”

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