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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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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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Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.
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Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.
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Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.
Read more at http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/j/johnfkenn121400.html#JZxA5jXY4rCwemgZ.99
Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.
Read more at http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/j/johnfkenn121400.html#46Ul8rBF4XpB4lo0.99
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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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Dec092015

Verizon, Hyundai, Pepsi, DirecTV Planning Super Events For Super Bowl 50

By Barry Janoff

December 8, 2015: Verizon Wireless, Hyundai, Pepsi and DirecTV are among the plethora of brands working to build their marketing footprint in and around the San Francisco Bay Area, which will host the parties, events and other activations associated with Super Bowl 50 this February.

Verizon is planing to blanket San Francisco, the Bay Area and Santa Clara — home to Levi's Stadium — with a mutli-platform, multimedia campaign surrounding the NFL's historic Super Bowl 50.

Verizon, already in place as the official wireless service provider for the NFL and Super Bowl 50, has signed on be come presenting sponsor for Super Bowl City, the San Francisco Bay Area Super Bowl 50 Host Committee's free fan-fest village.

The fan-fest is being designed to "showcase the best the Bay Area has to offer, with interactive games and activities that highlight the region's technological prowess, culinary excellence and cultural diversity, as well as celebrate Super Bowl 50 and the Bay Area's place in NFL history," according to the San Francisco Bay Area Super Bowl 50 Host Committee.

Super Bowl City presented by Verizon will be located in Justin Herman Plaza, on the Embarcadero at the foot of Market Street.

Super Bowl City presented by Verizon will operate in addition to the NFL Experience Driven by Hyundai, the league's interactive "theme park" that will be held in the Moscone Center.

Both Super Bowl City presented by Verizon and the NFL Experience will open Jan. 30 and run through 2 PM (PT) on Super Bowl Sunday on Feb. 7.

"We're looking forward to being an active partner in Super Bowl City and working with the Super Bowl 50 Host Committee to make it an experience unlike any other," Greg Haller, president-Pacific Market for Verizon, said in a statement. "Technology continues to play an increasing role in fans' enjoyment of the NFL, and we'll be bringing that to life in engaging ways in Super Bowl City."

Super Bowl 50 Host Committee marketing partners include Google, Intel, Kaiser Permanente, Old Navy, SAP, Yahoo!, San Francisco Travel and the San Francisco 49ers.

According to Keith Bruce, CEO for the Super Bowl 50 Host Committee, "Super Bowl City presented by Verizon will feature free family-friendly activities for locals and visitors alike to enjoy the extravaganza that is the sporting world's biggest annual event. Our partnership with Verizon will help us to deliver on our promise of celebrating Super Bowl 50 in an unprecedented way."

The NFL Experience Driven by Hyundai will feature interactive areas, player signings and other events sponsored by NFL partners.

Included will be The NFL Play 60 Zone; a section dedicated to the history of the game, such as at all past Super Bowl championship rings and the Vince Lombardi Trophy; and the NFL Shop.

Also as part of Super Bowl 50 activities, DirecTV and Pepsi, both NFL partners, are planning an "ultimate fan experience" on San Francisco's Pier 70, scheduled to run Feb. 4-6.

The DirecTV-Pepsi activation is scheduled to include live performances from Dave Matthews Band and Pharrell as well as "exclusive DJ sets and nightly performances by some of the top artists in music."

On Feb. 6, a tech-heavy event from DirecTV-Pepsi will be co-hosted AXS TV, which operates under the auspices of Mark Cuban.

Sponsors also include Showtime, Miller Lite and Jetlux.

"Since Super Bowl 50 is such a historic occasion, we wanted to create a disruptive and engaging experience that would match our customers' excitement for the big game," Adam Harter, vp-ultural connections for PepsiCo, said in a statement.

"Pepsi and DirecTV are both respected for providing premier entertainment for fans, serving up unique pop culture moments around the Super Bowl. This partnership will be an organic way of bringing our collective vision to life," said Harter.

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