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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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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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• 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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Dec022016

NCAA Unveils Details, Activation For 2018 Men’s March Madness Final Four

By Barry Janoff

December 1, 2016: The NCAA likes to plan ahead, well ahead, as evidenced by its selection in early November of New Orleans as the host city for the 2022 Men’s Basketball Div. I host city.

Today, the NCAA unveiled the official logo for the 2018 Final Four, scheduled to take place in San Antonio’s Alamodome, March 29-April 2, 2018.

This will be San Antonio’s fourth time hosting the Final Four, but the first time since 2008. The other years were 1998 and 2004.

The 2018 NCAA Women's Division I Basketball Final Four is scheduled for March 30 and April 1 in the Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio.

The advanced planning, in this case some 18 months out, gives all parities involved access to official logos and other NCAA marks to be used in conjunction with marketing, sponsorship deals and other activation.

The San Antonio Local Organizing Committee, which is working with the NCAA on the event, said the logo and related marks would be used to not only support the Final Four but the city’s 2018 Tricentennial Celebration as well.

"Today’s logo unveiling for the 2018 Final Four is another reminder for the incredible level of enthusiasm this community has for the event," Dan Gavitt, vp-NCAA men’s basketball championships, said during a media event in San Antonio.

"It’s evident that the Final Four has such a lasting impact on the host city. We’re excited to bring the Final Four back to San Antonio, and we’re grateful to the people of this beautiful city for the effort they put forth to make the games, the ancillary events and community initiatives so memorable for all those involved.," said Gavitt.

San Antonio Sports, the city’s non-profit sports commission involved in attracting sports events to the region, said that its  "I Play! After-School" program would add basketball to its curriculum as a legacy of the 2018 Final Four.

Jenny Carnes, SALOC executive director; said that SALOC would seek more than 3,500 volunteers to help stage the 2018 Men’s Final Four. (Details here.)

"The Alamo City has been truly blessed by the partnership formed with the NCAA," Pat Frost, chairman for SALOC, said during the media event to unveil the Final Four logo. "Its basketball championships have brought millions of dollars to our community, helped our city shine in the national spotlight and provided countless opportunities for our youth to reap the benefits of hosting a Final Four."

The NCAA initiated its play-it-forward strategy for the Final Four in 2014, when it named future sites for 2017-2021. Dan Gavitt, vp-NCAA men’s basketball championships, said that process would continue next year with the 2023, 2024 and 2025 Men's Final Four locations scheduled to be named in the summer of 2018.

NCAA corporate champions currently include AT&T, Capital One and Coca-Cola.

Corporate partners include Allstate, Amazon Echo, Microsoft’s Bing, Buffalo Wild Wings, Buick, Enterprise, Infiniti, Lowe’s. LG, nabisco, Northwest Mutual, Pizza Hut, Reese’s Unilever and Wendy’s.

Between now and 2022, upcoming Men’s Div. I Final Four sites are:

April 1/3, 2017 University of Phoenix (AZ) Stadium
• March 31/April 2, 2018 Alamodome San Antonio
• April 6/8, 2019 U.S. Bank Stadium Minneapolis
• April 4/6, 2020 Mercedes-Benz Stadium Atlanta
• Dares TBD 2021 Lucas Oil Stadium Indianapolis
• Dates TBD 2022 Mercedes-Benz Superdome New Orleans

NCAA Beings Planning For 2022 Men’s Hoops Final Four

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