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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

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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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Kim Clijsters, Tennis Hall Of Famer, Planning The Mother Of All Comebacks

By Barry Janoff

September 12, 2019: Kim Clijsters, a four-time Grand Slam winner who was formerly ranked No. 1 in the world, said that she is in the process of making a comeback to the pro tennis circuit, having not played an official match since the 2012 U.S. Open.

This will be the third comeback in Clijsters’ tennis career, having first retired in 2007 due to injuries and to start a family..

Clijsters, 36, unveiled her plans today via social media, which included a video of her training and exercising.

“What do I really want from life?” said Clijsters, who was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 2017 (in a class that also included Andy Roddick).

“For the past seven years I’ve been a full-time mother and love it. But I also love being a professional tennis player. Honestly, I miss that feeling. So what if tried to do both.”

A shot of her with John McEnroe has him asking, “Are you thinking of making a comeback by any chance, Kim?” as they both laugh.

“Let’s do this,” she says in the video. “Let’s come back one more time. See you in 2020.”

She has a tennis academy in her native Belgium and since 2010 has worked as a tennis commentator in the U.S. and Europe.

She was part of the ceremonies during the recent 2019 U.S. Open when she was inducted into the Court of Champions.

To be considered for the Court of Champions, players must have one U.S. Open title in singles and have been retired from singles at the U.S. Open for a minimum of five years.

Clijsters won U.S. Open singles titles in 2005, 2009 and 2010 (and was a finalist in 2003, losing to Justine Henin-Hardenne) and won the Australian Open in 2011 (and was a finalist in 2003).

She also won French Open and Wimbledon doubles in 2003 with Al Sugiyama.

Clijsters, who turned pro in 1997 and first reached No. 1 in 2003, retired in 2007 at the age of 23 due a wrist injury that required surgery and to start a family.

She returned in 2009, then retired again in 2012.

She has three children and, among her many accomplishments, in 2009 she become the first mother to win a Grand Slam title (U.S. Open) since Evonne Goolagong at Wimbledon in 1980.

Her win at the 2011 Australian Open returned her to No. 1 for a 20th career week, becoming the only mother to hold the top spot since computer rankings began in November 1975, according to the WTA..

Her singles record n 523-127, her doubles record 131-55

She was ranked No. 1 in both singles and doubles in 2003.

Clijsters was a member of the 2001 Belgian championship Fed Cup team and the Belgian Team at the 2012 London Olympics.

“Kim Clijsters ranks among the greats of the game and her return to the Tour is exciting news for the WTA family and tennis fans around the world,” Steve Simon, WTA chairman and CEO, said via the organization.

“Driven by her love for the sport, this wonderful champion continues to inspire women and men in all walks of life — and she only adds to the compelling wealth of talent in women’s tennis. I wish Kim all the best in this next chapter of her playing career.”

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