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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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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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• 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 Los Angeles Lakers vs. Los Angeles Clippers TNT 10:30 PM (ET)

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• Oct. 23 Denver Nuggets vs. Portland Trail Blazers ESPN 10 PM (ET)

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Sep162014

Breaking Balls: Bryan Cranston Is A Hit In 'One Man' TBS MLB Post-Season Campaign

By Barry Janoff

September 16, 2014: Bryan Cranston, the critically acclaimed actor who played high school chemistry teacher turned crystal-meth dealer Walter White in AMC's Breaking Bad, plays the part of several baseball players in a multi-platform campaign to support the upcoming MLB post-season games on TBS.

In the humorous TV and online spot, "One-Man MLB Show" that anchors the campaign, Cranston appears in a fictitious one-man play, where he reenacts several classic baseball playoff moments, channeling at various times the heroics of Carlton Fisk, Kirk Gibson and Derek Jeter, among others.

Several 30-second commercials break this week during NFL programming, all pulled from an extended five-minute spot that hit YouTube today (Sept. 16). Support includes Internet and social media such as Facebook and Twitter.

"We wanted to do something different for this year's MLB post-season campaign, and Bryan was a perfect fit for that," said Craig Barry, svp and executive creative director for Turner Sports, at a media event in the MLB FanCave in New York. "He is a huge baseball fan. So when we approached him with the concept of a one-man play dedicated to baseball, he was all for it."

Although Cranston has played comedic roles — most notably as Hal Wilkerson, the oblivious father of the dysfunctional family in Malcolm in the Middle — and has appeared in several theatrical productions, his five-year stint on Breaking Bad, which ran from 2008-2013 and is still on-air in reruns, has left a specific image of the actor in the minds of many people.

"That was part of what interested Bryan," said Barry. "He wanted to break the mold of the [Walter White] character and show people another side of himself."

The campaign supports TBS' eighth consecutive year of MLB post-season coverage, which this season includes the American League Wild Card game (Sept. 30) presented by Budweiser, the AL Division Series (beginning Oct. 2) presented by T-Mobile and the AL Championship Series (starting date TBD).

The extended commercial also includes guest appearances from world renowned ballet dancer Misty Copeland, former MLB pitcher and current TBS analyst Pedro Martinez and animated superstar Bugs Bunny.

In the spot, Cranston explains, "I had been doing a lot of TV and movie work and I felt it was time to get back to the basics by diving right into my great passion — baseball. And I also knew I wanted to do this one-man show. Then it hit me: Why not dramatize the entire MLB post-season. It would be my greatest acting challenge."

We see Cranston on-stage amidst a baseball setting. Among the moments he recreates are Fisk's dramatic home run for the Boston Red Sox in Game 6 of the 1975 World Series, Gibson's legendary home run for the Los Angeles Dodgers in the bottom of the ninth inning in Game 1 of the 1988 World Series and Jeter's famous back-hand flip play for the New York Yankees in Game 3 of the 2001 AL Division Series.

At one point, however, Cranston laments, "There were problems. I sunk a lot of money into this show."

Facing challenges, Cranston gets inspiration from an unlikely source. He walks into a store and sees on a TV a clip of Bugs Bunny in Baseball Bugs, a Looney Toons animated cartoon originally released by Warner Bros. in 1946.

"The Bugster. Mr. B," Cranston says with a straight face. "Any actor who tells you that he is not inspired by Bugs Bunny is a liar. Or a hack."

Misty Copeland is brought in to help him with his movements, much to the chagrin of Martinez, who exclaims, "I don't believe this."

We also are introduced to Arthur Knebbles, who, according to Cranston, "was, of course, the organ player at the old Polo Grounds." However, according to the New York Historical Society, the Polo Grounds never had an organist.

Undaunted, after an appreciative theater audience applauds his Shakespearean rendition of "Take Me Out to the Ball Game," Cranston offers, "With this show, in a very personal way, I get to make my dream come true.

"What can I say. This is the post-season." (See the full spot here.)

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