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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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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)
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5. Giannis Antetokounmpo Milwaukee Bucks
6. Paul George Los Angeles Clippers
7. James Harden Houston Rockets
8. Dwyane Wade Miami Heat (retired)
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10. Russell Westbrook Houston Rockets
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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
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8. Judy $2M
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WWE Tag Teams With '14 Special Olympics As Founding, Media, Social Partner

By Barry Janoff

April 8, 2013: WWE is best know for the likes of John Cena, The Rock, Triple H and Wrestlemania.

Now add the Special Olympics to the list.

WWE said it has become a founding partner for the 2014 Special Olympics USA Games, a national sports event scheduled for June 14-21, at various locations in New Jersey.

Nearly 3,500 athletes will compete in 16 Olympic-style team and individual sports, with the support of 1,000 coaches, 10,000 volunteers and an anticipated 70,000 spectators.

WWE joins a list of founding partners that include Barnabas Health, Hess, PSE&G and Toys “R” Us.

Financial terms were not disclosed.

“WWE is proud to serve as a founding partner of the 2014 Special Olympics USA Games and utilize our global platforms to bring more attention to the accomplishments of so many determined and extraordinary athletes,” Vince McMahon, WWE chairman and CEO said of the alliance, which was disclosed onstage Sunday (April 7) during Wrestlemania 29 at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey. “WWE, its superstars and employees look forward to being a part of these important events."

WWE said it would support the partnership via such platforms as TV, live events, digital and social media to "generate awareness and raise funds in support of the USA Games."

Under terms of the deal, WWE will serve as the official production partner of the  2014 Special Olympics USA Games, filming the Opening Ceremonies as well as producing daily recaps of the sporting competitions and special events throughout the Games. WWE said it would also produce an hour-long TV show highlighting the Games.

WWE superstars and divas will participate in various events in conjunction with the promotion of the 2014 USA Games, and WWE employees will serve as volunteers at the Games. In addition, WWE said it would make a financial contribution to support the Games.

The 2014 USA Games will be at Princeton University, Rider University, the College of New Jersey and Mercer County Park, with the Opening Ceremonies taking place at the Prudential Center in Newark.

Among those present when WWE unveiled its Special Olympics partnership were New Jersey Governor Chris Christie; 2014 USA Games chairman & CEO TJ Nelligan; president of Special Olympics, North America Bob Gobrecht; president of Special Olympics New Jersey Marc Edenzon; WWE evp-creative Stephanie McMahon and Special Olympics athletes Ashley Weber (New Jersey) and David Dennin (Connecticut).

WWE also revealed that WrestleMania 29 was the highest grossing live event in its history at $12.3 million and broke the record for MetLife Stadium’s highest grossing entertainment event as it played out before an announced attendance of 80,676. Wrestlemania 29 was broadcast on pay-per-view in more than 100 countries and 20 languages.

The attendance was second all-time for a Wrestlemania event. Attendance was 93,173 at WrestleMania 3, held at the Pontiac (MI) Silverdome on March 29, 1987, per WWE.

"We are proud to partner with the WWE so that we can expand our reach and showcase how remarkable our athletes truly are.”

WrestleMania 30  is scheduled for April 6, 2014, at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans.

“As evidenced by WWE’s Be a STAR anti-bullying alliance, which aims to build a positive and equitable environment through education and awareness, we knew we found a perfect partner in the WWE for the 2014 Special Olympics USA Games,” TJ Nelligan said at Wrestlemania 29 regarding the WWE alliance. “The drive behind Special Olympics is to build communities of inclusion and acceptance for individuals with intellectual disabilities through sport. The 2014 USA Games is a celebration of these efforts on a national scale. We are proud to partner with the WWE so that we can expand our reach and showcase how remarkable our athletes truly are.”

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