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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
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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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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
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)

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Marketers Supporting Dwight Howard's NBA Finals Push

Updated June 5, 2009 (Originally posted May 27, 2009: A lot of the post-season marketing talk regarding the NBA has focused on ads from Nike and Vitaminwater putting Kobe Bryant and LeBron James in the spotlight. But companies such as adidas, T-Mobile and even Vitaminwater are supporting Dwight Howard and the Orlando Magic, which defeated LeBron's Cleveland Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference Finals. Nike is still running its "Most Valuable Puppets" campaign, with the company saying it is paying homage to two of the top players in the game. Vitaminwater has added to its Kobe-LeBron campaign with a new spot featuring Howard. Howard himself told the media after Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals that he found the Nike "Most Valuable Puppets" spots entertaining but was quick to add, "If we go out there and play, we shouldn’t worry about what we see on TV, the commercials, the write-ups, whatever. Do we find it disrespectful that they’re counting us out? Yeah. But there is nothing we can control. What we can control is how hard we play on the court, and that’s when we get the job done.”

Adidas's Dwight Howard NBA Finals edition TS Commander LT.NBA Finals T-shirt featuring Kobe and Dwight.Adidas has been a strong marketing partner of Howard's for years, and af or the NBA Finals has released the 2009 All-Star Game unveiled the TS Commander LT, a sneak peak of the official player edition shoes for the 2009-10 NBA season which will debut at adidas Sport Performance stores Oct. 1. SRP $100). Howard will autograph a pair of the shoes after each Finals game, which will be put up for auction at www.NBA.com after the Finals. And at the NBA Store and at www.NBAStore.com, consumers can purchase a special NBA Finals T-shirt with the images of Bryant and Howard with the tag "Where CRUNCHTIME versus DUNKTIME Happens." Adidas' TechFit PowerWeb line was unveiled at the 2009 All-Star Game with the Magic center as the centerpiece. The undergarments act as a layer of body armor, have officially been endorsed by the NBA and even include an elbow sleeve accessory that Howard has been wearing during the playoffs (in addition to his adidas TS Bounce Commander basketball shoes) complete with an adidas logo. The line hits retail June 1, just three days before the NBA Finals are set to begin, with support that includes a promotion offering adidas gear and a "Give 100%, get 104%" tagged section at adidas.com. Adidas has also just unveiled a video, "Dwight Howard: The Detailed Mechanics of a Commander," an animated homage (from FreeDarko) that focuses on Howard's mental focus, spirit, energy and strength, at one point comparing his legs to the Space Shuttle that helped power him to the 2009 NBA Defensive Player of the Year award. T-Mobile will continue to run its spot with Howard, Dwyane Wade and Charles Barkley in which Barkley injures the videogame version of Howard. Howard also figures prominently in Vitaminwater marketing, where he even has appeared along with Bryant and James, so a push involving Howard alone or with Bryant would seem to be in place. Howard's marketing reach, which currently brings him about $15 million in endorsements (which also include McDonald's and others), now extends to the virtual world. Last week, Goodwin Sports Management, Seattle, which handles Howard, signed a deal with Virtual Greats, a virtual goods sales and distribution system, to create a signature line of virtual products for Howard as well as NBA All-Star Kevin Durant and WNBA MVP Candace Parker. The virtual Howard (pictured above), Durant and Parker characters will also be used to promote NBA and WNBA licensed products in online communities.

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