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NEW YORK -- Barcelonas official motto is mes que un Club, or more than a club in the Catalan language.In an effort to take over the U.S. market, the Spanish soccer powerhouse is showing that its also a global, multimillion dollar business.Looking to capitalize on its biggest assets -- superstars like Lionel Messi and Neymar -- and the growing popularity of soccer in the U.S., Barcelona opened a commercial office in New York that will lead the teams efforts to expand its business, gain more fans across the Atlantic and help the sport grow in America.We are coming to open new lines of relationships with a lot of companies, Barcelona President Josep Bartomeu said Tuesday during the opening of the office. Being in the U.S., probably other brands, other companies will like to partner with us.Barcelona already has commercial deals with four American companies -- Nike, Gillette, Gatorade and Black & Decker. It also claims to be the most popular soccer team in the country with about 19 million fans, followed by Manchester United with 17 million. The Premier League club is owned by the U.S.-based Glazer family, which also owns the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the NFL, and is listed on the New York Stock Exchange.Barcelona has played in sold-out summer tours in the U.S. in recent years, and operates soccer academies in Florida and Charlotte, North Carolina, with more planned for New York and other cities, Bartomeu said.Francesco Calvo, the clubs chief revenue officer, said Barcelona generated $680 million in revenue last year. Their target is to increase the overall revenue to $1 billion by 2021, with the U.S. market considered an important factor in that growth.The (U.S.) domestic (market) is key, said Manel Arroyo, Barcelonas vice president for marketing and communications. But its also key that American companies can discover in us a platform to be known around the world.The Spanish league, La Liga, and other European clubs like Bayern Munich already have offices in New York. Barcelona opened its first overseas post two years ago in Hong Kong to oversee its efforts in Asia.U.S. and China are the main markets, the places where football is growing faster, Arroyo said.But even if other clubs arrived first in the U.S., Barcelona has something every other team in the world desires: Messi.The five-time FIFA Player of the Year has led the team to unprecedented success on and off the field, winning the Champions League four times and the Spanish league eight times in the last 10 years. His stellar play and on-field prowess translates to financial bonanza for Barcelona.Leo Messi is basic for us, Bartomeu said. Everybody wants Leo Messi on their team, and theres a reason for that. (Messi is) not only a sports objective, but more than a sports objective.Besides expanding the brand and reaching out to fans, Arroyo said the club is in New York to learn from U.S. leagues like the NFL and NBA, which he considers the benchmark in the global sports industry.The sports industry in this country is number one, without a doubt, he said, and clearly one of the focuses in this office is to learn from this country. Nike Air Force 1 Negras. U.S. District Judge Lorna G. Schofield in Manhattan agreed that lawyers on both sides could make their formal requests by Nov. 8. A hearing is scheduled for a day earlier. Jordan Siev, a lawyer for Rodriguez, wrote in a joint letter to the judge from lawyers on both sides that MLB lawyers planned to ask that the lawsuit be dismissed. Nike Air Force One Blancas Bajas. -- Stanford squashed Oregons national championship hopes again, schooling the Ducks in power football. 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On a day filled mostly with qualifying matches, fifth-seeded Marcel Granollers of Spain also entered the second with a 7-5, 3-6, 6-2 win over Aljaz Bedene of Slovenia, while Guido Pella of Argentina defeated Guillermo Garcia-Lopez of Spain 7-6 (6), 6-4 to advance. RENTON, Wash. -- Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman declined to take questions at his weekly news conference Wednesday as a form of protest to recent police shootings.Instead, he shared his thoughts on athletes and social change.Im not going to answer any questions today, and its no offense to you guys, but I think the state of things in the world today is very interesting, Sherman said.I think you have players that are trying to take a stand and trying to be aware of social issues and try to make a stand and increase peoples awareness and put a spotlight on it, and theyre being ignored. Whether theyre taking a knee or whether theyre locking arms, theyre trying to bring people together and unite them for a cause. I think the last couple days, a couple more guys have gotten shot and killed in the middle of the street. More videos have come out of guys getting killed, and I think people are still missing the point. The reason these guys are kneeling, the reason were locking arms is to bring people together, to make people aware that this is not right. Its not right for people to get killed in the street.Shermans protest comes one day after police fatally shot Keith Lamont Scott in Charlotte, North Carolina, and five days after 40-year-old Terence Crutcher was fatally shot by an officer in Tulsa, Oklahoma.I do a lot of community service. I go out there and try to help kids and try to encourage them to bbe better and to aspire to more.dddddddddddd And when you tell a kid, When youre dealing with police, just put your hands up and comply with everything, and theres still a chance of them getting shot and no repercussions for anyone, thats an unfortunate time to be living. Thats an unfortunate place to be in. Theres not a lot you can tell a kid. Theres not a lot you can try to inspire, say to inspire a person. When you say, Hey, we need black fathers to be in the community to stay there for your kids, but theyre getting killed in the street for nothing, for putting their hands on their cars. And I think thats the unfortunate part. Thats the unfortunate place that were living in. And something needs to be done.Last month, Sherman said he felt San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernicks protest came from a good place, though added that you cant ever stand against the flag.?Shermans teammate, Jeremy Lane, knelt during the national anthem before the Seahawks final preseason game, but the Seahawks have since stood together, arms locked as a demonstration of unity.When a guy takes a knee, you can ignore it, Sherman said. You can say hes not being patriotic, hes not honoring the flag. Im doing none of those things. Im saying it straight up. 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