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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

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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
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Nov052014

Nascar Racing Four Young Drivers Onto Nick Sports With 'Hammer Down'

Special to NYSportsJournalism.com

November 5, 2014: Nascar is going extra laps to expand its audience by trying to make it younger and more diverse, the latest example of which is a programming alliance with Nickelodeon to be part of NickSports, a two-hour, weekly primetime programming block that debuted Sept. 3, on Nicktoons.

For its first entry, Nascar on Nov. 5 will debut the docu-series, Hammer Down, described as an original, four-episode series featuring four of Nascar’s rising stars: Kyle Larson, Ryan Blaney, Darrell "Bubba" Wallace Jr. and Kenzie Ruston.

Produced by Nascar Productions, the eight- to 12-minute episodes "will give audiences an all-access pass into the young athletes’ lives as they aspire to become elite Nascar drivers, while also enjoying time with friends and coming of age as young adults."

Hammer Down gives young sports fans an inside look into the world of Nascar through relatable personalities,” Zane Stoddard, Nascar vp-entertainment marketing and content development, said in a statement. “Nickelodeon is the leader in the kids’ entertainment space and we’re thrilled about the opportunity to align with such an influential brand to reach the next generation of Nascar fans.”
 
The first two episodes, “A Picture of Speed” and “The Family Business,” to air Nov. 5, spotlight Nascar Camping World Truck Series drivers Wallace, 21, and Blaney, 20, respectively.

In the episodes, the drivers will "share their racing roots, walk viewers through a Nascar race shop and garage and open up about their hobbies and the practical jokes that continue to bond them as friends," according to Nascar.

Among other inside info, Wallace reveals that he eats a lot of Fruit Roll-Ups. "That's kinda bad," the 21-year-old says. "But that's okay. I'm a kid, just like you."

The final two episodes will be focus on Nascar Sprint Cup Series driver Larson, 22, and Ruston, 23, the highest finishing female in Nascar K&N Pro Series history, and are scheduled to air later this month.

"We’re thrilled about the opportunity to align with such an influential brand to reach the next generation of Nascar fans.”

The weekly NickSports block also includes original and acquired long- and short-form content from the NFL, MLS, and WWE. It airs every Wednesday from 9-11 PM. ET.

According to Keith Dawkins, svp/GM for Nicktoons, TeenNick and Nick Jr., "More than 70% of kids ages 7-14 in the U.S. play two-to-three organized sports a year, so the interest and enthusiasm is already there. Our NickSports block will bring kids and families into the huddle by giving them an all-access pass to their favorite athletes, teams and leagues.”

In addition to Hammer Down, Nascar Productions said it would create four 60- to 90-second vignettes that would air during the NickSports block. The vignettes will "focus on key strategic Nascar initiatives that reflect principles of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math), the athleticism of Nascar drivers and the sanctioning body’s Green efforts, among other topics."

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