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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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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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Apr172018

International Champions Soccer Cup Pitching Top Teams, Venues, Marketing

NYSJ Sports-Entertainment Business News Service

April 17, 2018: The 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia is scheduled for June 14-July 15.

Just five days later, what might be called "World Cup Lite" begins with 18 of the top soccer teams in the world competing in the sixth International Champions Cup presented by Heineken.

This 2018 event includes 27 matches across the U.S., Europe and Singapore.

The event is scheduled to run July 20 - Aug. 7.

The roster of clubs includes Real Madrid C.F., Manchester United F.C., FC Barcelona, Manchester City F.C., Tottenham Hotspur F.C., Liverpool F.C., Chelsea F.C., Arsenal F.C., A.S. Roma, Juventus F.C., A.C. Milan, F.C. Internazionale, Club Atlético de Madrid, Sevilla FC, Borussia Dortmund, F.C. Bayern Munich, Paris Saint-Germain F.C.and S.L. Benfica.

In addition to presenting sponsor Heineken, 2018 International Champions Cup sponsors include MasterCard International, Ally Financial, Hertz, Konami Digital Entertainment, XYience Energy Drink, Vivid Seats.

Marketing kicks off with an intro TV spot, “Champions Meet Here,” that features a bevy of soccer stars and athletes from other sports, each touting a game or games in their city.

The full two and half minute spot includes Victor Cruz (pictured below), Draymond Green, Matt Bahr, Josh Norman, Zlatan Ibrahimović, Kawann Short, Brandon Graham, Jim Harbaugh, Paolo Maldini, Alana Blanchard (pictured below) and the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders.

Shorter versions will run in each respective city.

The campaign will also include print, Internet, social media and local activation.

ESPN, ESPN Deportes, ESPN Deportes Radio, ESPNU and ESPNEWS will combine to cover the 2018 International Champions Cup presented by Heineken.

U.S.-based venues include Red Bull Arena and MetLife Stadium New York/New Jersey, Hard Rock Stadium Miami, Levi’s Stadium San Francisco Bay Area, Rose Bowl Los Angeles, FedEx Field Washington D.C., Soldier Field Chicago, Bank of America Stadium Charlotte, U.S. Bank Stadium Minneapolis, Heinz Field Pittsburgh, AT&T Stadium Dallas and Lincoln Financial Field Philadelphia.

Europe host cities include Vienna, Gothenburg, Madrid, Stockholm, Naples, Klagenfurt, Lecce and Warsaw.

Singapore will host three matches.

U.S. highlights include:

  • Manchester United F.C. vs Real Madrid C.F. Hard Rock Stadium
  • F.C. Barcelona vs Tottenham Hotspur F.C. Rose Bowl
  • F.C. Bayern Munich vs Manchester City F.C. Hard Rock Stadium
  • A.C. Milan vs. FC Barcelona Levi's Stadium
  • Real Madrid C.F. vs Juventus FedEx Field
  • Manchester United F.C. vs Liverpool F.C. Michigan Stadium
  • Real Madrid C.F. vs. A.S. Roma MetLife Stadium
  • Tottenham Hotspur F.C. vs. A.C. Milan U.S. Bank Stadium

(See full schedule and ticket information here.)

International Champions Cup presented by Heineken is conducted under the auspices of media, sports and entertainment group Relevent.

Also unveiled was the inaugural Women's International Champions Cup, which will bring three of Europe's top women's teams, including Manchester City F.C. and Paris Saint-Germain, to the U.S. and also include North Carolina Courage of the NWSL.

"Interest and fandom for European soccer in the United States and Asia is at an all-time high,” Daniel Sillman, CEO of ICC and Relevent, said in a statement.

“Record numbers of new kids from every region and community are finding a passion for the game, the mythical teams and compelling personalities. The International Champions Cup and Relevent are incredibly excited about giving fans another amazing tournament.”

According to Sillman, in addition to hosting legendary clubs in great cities and creating the European football experience, Relevant is “committed to finding new and innovative ways bring the teams, players and fans together”

He said that the introduction of the first women's tournament “was met with overwhelming response, underscoring the passion for European soccer and our mission."

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