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• Under Armour said this morning that Patrik Frisk, the company’s president and COO, would become its new CEO, effective Jan. 1, 2020. He will also remain president. Company founder, chairman and CEO Kevin Plank, will become executive chairman and brand chief. According to Friske via Under Armour, "The opportunity that lies ahead of us is incredible as our entire global team continues to lean hard into our transformation."

• 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.

• 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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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)
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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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2. Joker $29.2M
3. Zombieland 2 $26.7M
4. Addams Family $16M
5. Gemini Man $8.5M
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adidas Joins Rookie Premier Lacrosse League In ‘Historic’ Multi-Year Partnership

NYSJ Sports-Entertainment Business News Service

April 10, 2019:
The Premier Lacrosse League, which already has a media deal with NBC Sports, the backing of top corporate and capital investors and the leadership of lacrosse star Paul Rabil, has added adidas to its roster of brand partners for its inaugural campaign.

Calling it a “historic multi-year partnership,” PLL has named adidas as the official athletic footwear and apparel partner for the league and its six franchises.

PLL is scheduled to launch its first 14-week season on June 1.

It will compete for attention in the category with Major League Lacrosse (which previously had a deal with adidas) and the indoor National Lacrosse League.

Financial terms of the adidas deal were not released.

“adidas is demonstrating a powerful commitment to lacrosse — shaping our future and expanding the game’s global popularity,” Rabil, co-founder and chief strategy officer for PLL, said via the league.

“This is a seismic event in the history of lacrosse. A first-of-its-kind partnership with adidas, the world’s leading apparel brand, will cultivate future generations of players and also provide the latest, most innovative products to PLL athletes.”

Under terms of the deal, adidas will design and manufacture all official on-field PLL apparel for players and coaches. Athletes and staff will be outfitted with adidas adizero cleats and athletic footwear.

To support PLL’s rookie effort, adidas said it would create brand activations at local tentpole experiences throughout the season, including Opening Weekend, the All-Star Game and the League Championship.

In addition, adidas plans to host two PLL pop-up events at the brand’s flagship stores in Santa Monica and Los Angeles .

According to Jeff McGillis, vp-adidas U.S. Sports, “As the ‘creator’ sports brand, we take pride in shaping the future of sport and providing an all-new stage to showcase one of the fastest growing team sports in North America.

“adidas has a ton of momentum and this new partnership provides a unique opportunity to introduce the sport of lacrosse to new fans, help empower the next of generation of creators and ultimately build lacrosse culture in the U .S.”

The PLL features more than 160 players on six teams competing in a tour-based model taking place in 13 U.S. cities over two and a half months.

NBC Sports will present 16 games on NBC Sports Network and three on NBC.

All games will also be streamed via authentication on NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app.

NBC Sports Gold — NBC Sports’ direct-to-consumer live streaming product powered by Playmaker Media — will live-stream 20 games exclusively for its subscribers.

PLL was co-founded by Paul Rabil and his brother, Mike, a serial entrepreneur and investor.

It is backed by an investment group comprised of The Raine Group, Creative Artists Agency, the Chernin Group and Blum Capital.

“We’re always looking to create, innovate and challenge the status quo,” Dan Near, senior director-adidas Lacrosse, said via the company. “A league built for the players, with a platform to gain exposure and grow the game in an unprecedented way will change the sport.

“We have some game-changing concepts in the works and this collaboration provides a tremendous platform to build on our vision for the sport and showcase our commitment to innovate for the best athletes in the world.”

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