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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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• Depeche Mode
• Doobie Brothers
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• Judas Priest
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• MC5
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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

NFL Mexico 2019
• Nov. 18 Kansas City  Chiefs v Los Angeles Chargers Mexico City Estadio Azteca (ESPN Monday Night Football)

NBA 2019 Opening Nights
• 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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Shaq's New Challenge: Take Down Bella Thorne, Win Post Cereal Competition

Special to NYSportsJournalism.com

April 2, 2015: It would seen an unfair mismatch to put 5'8" 17-year-old actress Bella Thorne into a fight with former NBA star center Shaquille O'Neal, who stands 7'1' and weighs in at 325 lbs.

But Post Foods is doing that, pitting the two celebrities in a friendly competition between Fruity Pebbles and Cocoa Pebbles "to see which flavor has the most passionate fans."

Shaq leads Team Fruity and Thorne, heads up Team Cocoa in a multi-media effort that includes TV, Internet, social media and limited-edition boxes featuring the two spokespersons.

The pair are following in the footsteps of WWE icon John Cena and Kyrie Irving of the Cleveland Cavaliers, who last year were leaders for Team Fruity and Team Cocoa, respectively.

“We are excited to expand the Team Fruity and Team Cocoa rosters with amazing talents who exemplify the Pebbles spirit,”  Sue Fruzzetti-Reich, senior brand manager for Post Foods, said in a statement. “We know both Shaq and Bella will bring a renewed surge of energy to their respective teams and inspire fans to share their love for Pebbles.”

The alliance adds to O'Neal's vast array of endorsement deals, which also include AT&T, Arizona Iced Tea, Gold Bond, Icy Hot, Reebok, Buick, Zales, Phillips Van Heusen, Peerless Clothing, 2K Sports, Bloomsbury Publishing and Monster Electronics.

He has been an NBA analyst with Turner Sports since 2011.

“Fruity Pebbles brings out the big kid in me,” four-time NBA champion O’Neal said in a statement. “After a great Pebbles season last year, I’m excited to suit up and go head-to-head against Bella and Team Cocoa. I can’t wait to lead the Team Fruity charge, this is going to be a slam dunk!”

According to Thorne, “I’m a huge fan of Cocoa Pebbles and am pumped to lead Team Cocoa. Just because I’m not a professional athlete, doesn’t mean I’m not competitive. I’m ready to show Shaq and his team that while I may be small, Team Cocoa has BIG game and is ready to take Team Fruity down!”

People can support their favorite flavor online by choosing a team at a dedicated Web site, accessible on desktop, mobile and tablet.

A sweepstakes offers the opportunity to win such prizes as a meet-and-greet with Shaq or Bella, electric scooters, GoPro cameras, gift cards and VIP family vacation in Orlando. (Details here.)

"Since the Pebbles flavor showdown kicked off early last year, our Team Captains and teammates have done a great job at rallying support behind Fruity and Cocoa," said Fruzzetti-Reich. "Both sides have a passionate fan base and it has kept the competition tight.

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