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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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• 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

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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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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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Mar072015

Dick's Focus On Athletes Is Up-Close, Personal In 'Who WIll You Be?' Campaign

By Barry Janoff

March 6, 2015: Sporting goods retailer Dick's Sporting Goods is roaring into March and its ensuing madness with a new brand campaign, "Who Will You Be?"

The effort is intended not just to drive traffic to its stores but also to support Dick's position as presenting sponsor for ESPN's College Basketball Championship Week, its new alliance with the U.S. Olympic Committee and to put a spotlight on how young athletes are motivated.

The effort is anchored by a 60-second umbrella commercial, "Who Will You Be?" and supported by 24 unique 15-second spots. The long spot and its shorter siblings — all housed on a dedicated Web site — will run on TV and digitally during the NCAA Men's and Women's Div. I Basketball Tournaments and then through the fall.

"'Who Will You Be?' highlights the everyday decisions that athletes face and how the choices they make both reveal and shape their character," Lauren Hobart, svp/CMO for Dick's Sporting Goods, said in a statement. "At Dick's, we believe that sports make people better. This next chapter in our brand story is rooted in this belief."

Last month, Dick's Sporting Goods unveiled a multi-year alliance to become the "official sporting goods retail sponsor to the USOC and Team USA. The pact will see Dick's offer U.S. Olympic and Paralympic team hopefuls the opportunity to work at Dick's in a flex scheduled to accommodate their training schedules.

The long-form umbrella ads shows athletes training or participating in various sports. The shorter versions focus on individual stories.

Among the 15-second spots: "Soft Toss" (high school and college baseball), "7th Inning" (women's baseball) Stickwork (lacrosse), "The One" (a Little Leaguer goes to buy a bat, imagining which one can help him to be like his big league heroes), "King of the Court "(guys playing hoops in a schoolyard), "First Drop" (a young girl on a skateboard) and "Practice Swing" (a guy works over and over to perfect his golf swing).

In "Trophy Case," which works to bookend the other shorter ads, a kid is seen looking at a wall-length showcase filled with trophies from all sports.

According to Hobart, "These 15-second spots enable us to tell multiple stories. Each 15-second story is a glimpse into the subconscious of different athletes in moments both big and small. Some of these moments will speak to very specific audiences; however, we hope this campaign as a whole will touch everyone who has ever pushed themselves to be better."

Dick's will carry the "Who Will You Be?" campaign to print, outdoor, Internet and social media, with new integrations to be released throughout the year.

Regarding the retailer's alliance with the USOC, Hobart said, “At Dick's, we believe in the spirit of athletes and the power of their dreams. We plan to be there to support the athletes who need it most, in a way that no other sporting goods retailer possibly can.”

The Pittsburgh-based company in February reported net sales for the 52 weeks ended Jan. 31, 2015 increased 9.7% from last year's period to $6.8 billion due to the consolidated same store sales increase of 2.4% coupled with the opening of new stores. It has more than 600 locations nationwide.

Dick's Joins With USOC, Team USA

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