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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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Aug092010

Thinking Out Of The Batter's Box: Next 'Evolution' In Offbeat Baseball Promotions

Promo item from the St. Paul Saints lets fans take sides on the theory of evolution, a "hot" baseball topic.August 9, 2010: Sports teams, especially those in Minor League Baseball, are always on the lookout for unusual anniversaries to celebrate, strangely famous people to honor and unusual items to  give away as fan incentives. The St. Paul (Minnesota) Saints may take the "out of the box" trophy for 2010:  A night to celebrate the "150th anniversary of Charles Darwin’s On the Origin of Species." (The book actually was first published in November 1859, making this more like the 151st anniversary, but what's another year in the overall evolution of life.)

In an effort to bring "to the forefront the highly controversial science vs. religion debate,"  the first 2,500 fans who are "either created or evolved" to enter the Saints game on Aug. 9 at Midway Stadium will receive a spinning head bobble. According to the team, one side of the heads is Adam and the side other is  Cro-Magnon Man. The body of the doll represents Darwin, with one hand of the body holding an apple while the other will stretch lower to the ground and hold a club, according to the team.

The event,  titled “Can’t We All Just Get Along?” actually was planned for June but was hindered by unforeseen challenges: a shipping company strike kept the items "somewhere in the Pacific Ocean," causing two delays. But the St. Paul Saints say they are finally ready to give away the"controversial" head bobbles.

“The events that have occurred to prevent us from distributing these spinning bobbles aren’t quite of biblical proportion, but we definitely had to think twice whether or not we would continue with the giveaway,” Derek Sharrer, Saints evp/GM, said in a statement. “I’m not sure if this is simply the evolution of a great promotion, or if some greater force was preventing us from doing it.”

Promotions scheduled during the game against the Sioux CIty Explorers will "ensure that fun will be had by both sides," according to the team. "Those favoring creationism will have a chance to bob for apples.  In the seventh inning, everyone will rest. For those on the evolution side, fans will be forced to adapt to their surroundings whether in the left field bleachers or hot tubs. They will honor the Saints evolutionary chain and some may participate in contest to find the best Tarzan call."
 
PepsiCo's Frito brand is a big supporter of Minor League Baseball and its promotional giveaways.This is not the first time that the Saints, who play in the American Association (which is not affiliated with either Major League or Minor League Baseball), have had a promotion tied to a unusual situation. In 2002, during a time of stress between Major League Baseball and the Players Association, the club gave away seat cushions allowing fans to show their support by choosing to sit on either Commissioner Bud Selig or union chief Donald Fehr. And in 2009, the team offered an Al Franken/Norm Coleman “Re-count Doll" when it took eight months for Franken to officially be declared winner of Minnesota's vacant U.S. Senate seat.

Among the most unusual upcoming Minor League Baseball promotions for 2010:

Aug. 19: Lakewood (NJ) Blue Claws (South Atlantic League/Philadelphia Phillies): Diamond Dig: A diamond will be buried in the infield and 250 women will get to search for it (after the game).

Aug. 24: Binghamton (NY) Mets (Eastern League/New York Mets): In cooperation with Sage Supply hardware, the team will give toilet plungers to the first 1,000 fans.

Aug. 25: Peoria (Ill.) Chiefs (Midwest League/Chicago Cubs): Infamous Illinoisans Night: "From governors to gangsters, the Chiefs pay recognition to some of Illinois most infamous citizens." Not listed but potentially could include Al Capone, former Gov. Rob Blagojevich, John Dillinger, John Wayne Gacy Jr. and Richard Leopold and Nathan Loeb.

Aug. 28: Brevard Country (Viera, Fla.) Manatees (Advanced Florida State League/Milwaukee Brewers): Paul Lopez and Amber Miller, winners of the team's "From Home Plate to Happily Ever After" contest, will be married on the field prior to the game against the Clearwater Threshers.

Aug. 29: Tulsa (OK) Drillers (Texas League/Colorado Rockies)): Double-shot promotion: The first 2,000 fans get a replica of ONEOK Stadium; all fans get to see an appearance by Myron Noodleman, the self-titled "hippest nerd in da' biz," who looks like a combination of Pee-Wee Herman and early Jerry Lewis. Noodleman in August also will do his shtick with such teams as the Harrisburg Senators, Wilmington Blue Rocks, Altoona Curve, Tennessee Smoikes, Joliet Jackhammers and Southern Illinois Miners.

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