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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

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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.
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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

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• 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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Dec162015

Butterfinger Plans To Be Bolder Than Bold With Super Bowl 50 Commercial

By Barry Janoff

December 15, 2015: Nestles' brand Butterfinger is diving into the Super Bowl this February, and decided to unveil the news in a big way: By having professional sky diver Carson Schram jump out of a plane eating a Butterfinger and holding signs sharing the message.

Butterfinger said that a 30-second spot would air on CBS during the third quarter of the NFL's historic Super Bowl 50 on Feb. 7, which will launch the brand's umbrella campaign, "Bolder Than Bold."

This marks Butterfinger's second trip to the Super Bowl, having aired "Threesome" during Super Bowl XLVIII in 2014 to help introduce  Butterfinger Peanut Butter Cups.

Thirty-second spots are going for upward of $5 million, according to industry analysts.

"Next year’s Big Game is the perfect platform to let Butterfinger’s funny, bolder than bold attitude shine," Kristen Mandel, Butterfinger brand manager, said in a statement. "Butterfinger will be ready to celebrate boldness -- in bold moves, bold people and bold events."

Separately, PayPal said it would launch its "first major brand campaign as an independent company" via a 45-second spot during the first quarter of Super Bowl 50.

According to  Greg Fisher, PayPal vp-global brand marketing, "This ad is more than a commercial — it’s our opportunity to introduce the world to PayPal’s vision for the future of money — to empower people and businesses to move and manage money securely, efficiently and affordably."

For Butterfinger, a teaser spot opens with the text, "When we make an announcement, we do it Bolder Than Bold," then follows Schram of NorCal Skydiving (Cloverdale, Calif.) as he prepares for his jump, then leaves a plane at 12,000 feet.

While munching on a Butterfinger, he holds up cards that read, "On February 7th Butterfinger will unveil . . . A Big Game ad that is not just bold . . . It's Bolder Than Bold."

The ad directs people to the brand's Twitter account, complete with the hashtag #BolderThanBold. Social media support also includes YouTube and Facebook.

According to Mandel, “Butterfinger delivers a truly bold trifecta — a bold yellow wrapper, a bold brand personality and a bold, gets-stuck-in-your-teeth eating experience. Butterfinger has always strived to live life to the fullest — full of laughs and not taking itself too seriously . . . (This) is just the first step in Butterfinger’s quest to take bold and make it even bolder in a way that is guaranteed to make you laugh."

The spot will be created by Santo and directed by Armando Bo, co-writer of the Academy Award-winning film Birdman.

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