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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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Rock & Roll Hall of Fame 2020 Nominees

• Pat Benatar
• Dave Matthews Band
• Depeche Mode
• Doobie Brothers
• Whitney Houston
• Judas Priest
• Kraftwerk
• MC5
• Motorhead
• Nine Inch Nails
• Notorious B.I.G.
• Rufus feat. Chaka Khan
• Todd Rundgren
• Soundgarden
• T. Rex
• Thin Lizzy

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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
SOURCE: STUBHUB.COM

BUY SELL

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.
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
Channel Chasers

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)

Thursday
Jan212010

Brett Favre Back At Sears Selling TVs, Hinting At Trip To Super Bowl

"See you in Miami . . . Maybe not."January 21, 2010: Brett Favre has made good thus far on his decision to play for the Minnesota Vikings this season, leading them to the NFC championship game on Jan. 24 against the New Orleans Saints. His success also has been good news for Sears, which this week unveils an ad with supporting marketing that hints at the possibility of Favre and the Vikings going to Miami, the site of Super Bowl XLIV on Feb. 7.

The spot follows the same humorous vein, and was shot at the same time, as the Sears ad at the beginning of the season in which Favre waffles over purchasing a widescreen TV, much in the same way he waffled over the past two seasons about his decisions to retire and then unretire.

In the new spot, the same employee, a member of the Sears Blue Electronics Crew, from the first spot is showing Favre a widescreen Samsung. "Winning. Touchdowns. Pretty impressive," he says to Favre. Favre shrugs his shoulders. "Yeah, it's Ok."  The salesman then says, "I'm actually going to get going. I'm heading down to Miami. Maybe we'll see you down there." Then, pausing, the Sears guy says, "Eh, maybe we won't." Favre looks at him and asks, somewhat irritated, "What are you trying to say?!" Lead agency is Young & Rubicam, Chicago.

The spot then directs views to Sears.com/football to vote for their favorite Brett Favre Sears commercial and to enter to win a gift card as part of the TV MatchMaker sweepstakes, running now through Feb. 7. As part of a push to match consumers with their favorite electronics, Sears is asking consumers to fill out online questionnaires to become eligible to win gift cards valued at $1,500 and $500 toward the purchase of electronics at Sears.

Sears also said it would give "a free seven-inch tailgate TV to the first 444 people who purchase any TV on Sunday, Jan. 24 after 6 a.m. EST at Sears.com."

Among the Favre Sears commercials that are up for voting are one in which the Sears salesman says, "You look like Brett Favre," and Favre replies, "I get that a lot."; another in which he asks Favre, "Are you a football guy?" To which Favre replies, "Not really. Cooking. Ballet. The arts." And another in which he says to Favre, "Those are some man-hands. You're a sportsman, aren't you?" "Sort of," Favre replies. "You like jai alai?" he asks Favre. "I like the way it's spelled," smiles Favre. "How'd that 'j' get in there?"

Support also includes dedicated pages on YouTube, Facebook Twitter.

"We are spreading 'Favre Fever' to fans everywhere by extending great savings to our customers so they can enjoy watching the playoffs on a new TV and feel confident with their purchasing decision," Karen Austin, svp and president, Home Electronics, Sears Holdings, said in a statement. "With the combination of our affordable prices, quality products and real-time price checks, we know our customers will not waffle on their decision to buy a new TV so they can enjoy every play of the game to the fullest."

Brett Favre Decides On A Team — Sears

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