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The newly unveiled logo for the Paris 2024 Summer Olympic and Paralympics Games combines two iconic symbols associated with the Games – a gold medal and the Olympic torch – which combine to form an image of Marianne, a female figure representing the French Republic  This is the first time the Olympic logo will be shared with the Paralympic Games.

• The late golf icon Arnold Palmer will be commemorated with a Forever Stamp from the U.S. Postal Service in 2020. The stamp features James Drake's action photo of Palmer at the 1964 U.S. Open at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Md. Art director Antonio Alcalá designed the stamp.

• Dr Teal's Epsom Salts has signed All Pro TE Jason Witten (Dallas Cowboys) and two-time defending Defensive Player of the Year Aaron Donald (Los Angeles Rams) to explain in marketing the “benefits of balancing rigorous workouts with regimented muscle recovery in order to achieve and maintain peak performance.”

• 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. 

• 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.

• 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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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 New Orleans Pelicans vs. Toronto Raptors TNT 8 PM (ET)
• 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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Dec142017

Michael Jackson, Still ‘Earning’ $75M A Year, Gets ‘Landmark’ Deal With Sony

By Barry Janoff

December 14, 2017: Michael Jackson, who passed away in June 2009 at the age of 50, is the highest-paid deceased celebrity of 2017, with his estate taking in a estimated $75 million, the fifth consecutive year that the “Thriller” entertainer has held that position. (Arnold Palmer was second at $40 million), according to Forbes.

Jackson’s Facebook page has more than 68 million followers, and his Twitter account has 2.2 million followers.

Recent platforms from Jackson, under the auspices of his estate, include Michael Jackson's Halloween, a new, one-hour perennial animated special; and Michael Jackson’s Thriller 3D.

The iconic Thriller, which this year celebrated its 35th anniversary (released in 1982), is the best-selling album worldwide of all-time, with more than 66 million copies sold and counting, according to music industry associations. (AC/DC’s Back in Black is second with 50 million copies sold.)

All told, Sony Music and the Estate of Michael Jackson had a multitude of reasons to sign what they called a “landmark recording deal that will continue the label's 42-year relationship with Jackson.

Under the new pact, effective January 1, 2018, Sony Music will extend the term of their administration of Michael's record catalog in a long term recording agreement.  Sony will also have the opportunity to partner on additional projects that the Estate may produce during the term of the agreement.  

The new deal was unveiled by Rob Stringer, Sony Music CEO, and John Branca and John McClain, co-executors of the Estate of Michael Jackson.

Financial terms were not disclosed.

"Michael Jackson was an unsurpassed genius and an iconic force in music entertainment,” said Stringer in a statement. “The music — and videos — he made as an artist as part of the Sony Music family are essential to pop culture history.

“We're proud to be part of that history, and to find new innovative ways to make Michael's music available to future generations of fans."

According to Sony and the Jackson Estate, Michael Jackson ranks in the Top 5 of all catalog artists for both audio streaming and video streaming for 2017, as well as in the Top 5 of all artists for the combined audio and video streaming for 2013–2017, alongside the likes of Chainsmokers, One Direction, Beyoncé and Sia.

Jackson's latest release, the compilation album, Scream, was his 16th Top 40 album on the Billboard charts and 30th charting album overall. The release was supported by a Michael Jackson Halloween campaign.

His previous release, 2014's Xscape, reached No. 1 in 49 countries.

According to Branca and McClain, "We couldn't ask for more creative and innovative partners than Sony and Rob Stringer.

“Michael continues to inspire generations of artists who have come after him and attract new fans who understand that his music and message are more important than ever. We look forward to continuing to preserve and develop his remarkable musical legacy with Sony."

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