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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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Eli Manning QBs Oreo Double Stuf Racing Ads, But Where Are Peyton, Serena?

Eli Manning and Shaquille O'Neal discuss the merits of new Oreo Double Stuf Heads or Tails in TV spot.September 20, 2010: New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning has often appeared in national ads alongside older brother Peyton, but he steps into the spotlight to lead an organization that has stocked itself with all-stars: the Oreo Double Stuf Racing League. Manning, who had been teamed on the DSLR with brother Peyton for several years, now leads a line-up that includes Shaquille O'Neal of the NBA's Boston Celtics, Olympic gold medal-winning speed skater Apolo Anton Ohno and tennis star Venus Williams, another DSRL veteran whose previous partner was her sister, Serena.

Parent company Kraft Foods confirmed that Peyton Manning and Serena Williams no longer have marketing deals with the company and that Kraft, Nabisco and Oreo executives decided to move the DSRL campaign forward without them.

The sales of Double Stuf are in a much stronger position today than when Peyton and Eli helped to launch the fictitious DSRL three years ago, showing double-digit improvements every year, according to Stephen Chirss, senior director of scale and marketing partnerships for Kraft Foods North America. Sisters Venus and Serena Williams came on board after that to keep the family theme going as they challenged the Manning Brothers for DSRL supremacy.

"We had a great relationship with both Peyton and Serena, but they are no longer part of the campaign," said Chriss. "They are focusing on other things and we have decided to go in a different direction, with Eli heading up a new team that still include Venus but also adds Shaquille O'Neal and Apolo Ohno. Having Peyton with us from the beginning worked well for us and gave the product great awareness with consumers, but we feel that with Eli and the others we have a very strong marketing program."

The quad group of stars are featured in a campaign breaking Sept. 20 in which they "challenge a mysterious hooded menace who threatens to overtake the league. The campaign's first 30-second spot follows Manning as he assembles his team to face "the lick racing nemesis. According to Nabisco, will be left to speculate about the "shadowy adversary"  — described as a "notable celebrity — whose identity will not be revealed until January 2011.

Businessman Donald Trump previously faced off against athletes in the DSRL but, like Peyton Manning and Serena Williams, he is currently no where to be seen, as his deal with Kraft Foods also ended.

Does Apolo Ohno favor Heads or Tails?Support for the new campaign includes print, POP and Internet, led by a social media campaign on a dedicated Facebook/Oreo page in which consumers can enter a "Twist It" contest for an opportunity to met the DSRL athletes in person. (Full details here.) Lead agency is DraftFCB Chicago.
 
The campaign is supporting the launch of Double Stuf Oreo Heads or Tails cookies, which feature a chocolate wafer on one side and a vanilla wafer on the other, with the double creme in between.

"In Team DSRL we've assembled the most unique collaboration of world-class athletic talent I've ever seen," Eli Manning, who helped launch the campaign in 2008, said in a statement.  "We may excel in different sports but when united behind an Oreo Double Stuf cookie and a glass of milk, we are a lick racing force to be reckoned with."

According to Shaquille O'Neal, "People don't realize how much precision, speed and concentration it takes to win a lick race. You may have seen me take down a backboard or two in my time, but I guarantee no shattered glass when I dunk my Double Stuf Oreo Heads or Tails."

Donald Trump Double Stufs Manning Brothers, Williams Sisters In Oreo DSRL Campaign

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