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• Under Armour said this morning that Patrik Frisk, the company’s president and COO, would become its new CEO, effective Jan. 1, 2020. He will also remain president. Company founder, chairman and CEO Kevin Plank, will become executive chairman and brand chief. According to Friske via Under Armour, "The opportunity that lies ahead of us is incredible as our entire global team continues to lean hard into our transformation."

• 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.

• 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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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

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• Nov. 18 Kansas City  Chiefs v Los Angeles Chargers Mexico City Estadio Azteca (ESPN Monday Night Football)

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• 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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Zion Drafted By NBA 2K: ‘I’m Not LeBron, I’m Trying To Be The Next Version Of Me’

By Barry Janoff

July 30, 2019: Zion Williamson has signed a deal with NBA 2K, and it seems the only thing he doesn’t like about it is his rating in NBA 2K20.

“It’s crazy, man. Nothing can really beat that,” Williamson, the NBA’s overall No. 1 draft pick by the New Orleans Pelicans, says in an intro spot, "Next Up," unveiling his alliance with 2K. I’m in the game. I don’t have to create my player — I’m already there. I’m excited about that.

“ I just have to get my 2K player rating up (from 81).”

2K said Williamson is the “highest-rated rookie in NBA 2K since 2011.”

By comparison, De’Aaron Rox (Sacramento Kings) is rated 86; Trae Young (Atlanta Hawks), Clint Cappella (Houston Rockets) and Jason Tatum (Celtics) are 85; Derrick Rose (Pistons) 80 and Pelicans teammate Lonzo Ball is 79.

Financial terms of the deal were not shared, which follows on the heels of Williamson signing a pact with Nike’s Jordan Brand valued at $75 million over five years, according to industry analysts.

NBA 2K said the agreement will include Williamson’s integration into various game initiatives, consumer events, brand creative, and social activations.

Williamson will make his video game debut in NBA 2K20 when it launches on Sept. 6.

“Zion represents the best of the NBA’s up and coming talent and we are excited to welcome him to Team 2K,” Jason Argent, svp-basketball operations for NBA 2K, said via the gaming company.

“For more than 20 years, NBA 2K has identified and worked with the best basketball talent in the world. It’s been incredible to witness what Zion can do on the court and we’re excited to grow with him throughout his career.”

Williamson joins an elite group of NBA athletes who have represented NBA 2K over the past two decades including Kevin Durant, Stephen Curry, James Harden, Shaquille O’Neal, LeBron James and Giannis Antetokounmpo,

The NBA 2K20 standard cover features Anthony Davis; Dwyane Wade is on the Legends Edition.

But it is another former NBA star after whom Williamson models his game.

“People think I’m ‘The Next.' I just want to get out there and play ball with my teammates,” Williamson offers in the intro spot. “We’ll see if I prove them right.

“My game was inspired by Michael Jordan. I loved the way he played. Offense and defense. His assassin mentality. I watched a lot of LeBron growing up. Kobe. T-Mac. Those are the best players. I felt I could take small potions of their game and somehow try to put it into mine.”

According to the rookie out of Duke, “I wouldn’t  have made it this far if I was just a dunker. I feel I’m an underrated passer. An underrated shooter. Obviously I can still work on both. But I don’t get enough credit for my overall game.

“My mindset is to try to win Rookie of the Year. It might not happen. But you’re thinking you can’t win it you’re starting off wrong.

“I’m excited to officially join Team 2K and be a part of this global phenomenon, where people around the world can play as me. I’m ready to put my imprint on basketball culture and be a part of the team that represents what’s next in the sport.

“Everyone is thinking I’m the next LeBron, or whoever. But I’m Zion and I’m trying to be the next version of me.’

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