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• Under Armour said this morning that Patrik Frisk, the company’s president and COO, would become its new CEO, effective Jan. 1, 2020. He will also remain president. Company founder, chairman and CEO Kevin Plank, will become executive chairman and brand chief. According to Friske via Under Armour, "The opportunity that lies ahead of us is incredible as our entire global team continues to lean hard into our transformation."

• Sacramento, California's capital city, has been awarded an MLS expansion team with Sacramento Republic FC becoming the league's 29th team and beginning play in MLS in 2022. The club will build a new, $300 million, 20,100-seat soccer stadium in the downtown Railyards District. 

• 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.

• 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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Oct192015

Sheraton Hotels Says Reaching Fans, Guests Is Key To MLB Partnership

By Barry Janoffcv

October 19, 2015: On the heels of launching a $100 million "Where Actions Speak Louder" campaign, Sheraton Hotels & Resorts and Starwood Preferred Guest unveiled a partnership naming Sheraton as the “official hotel of Major League Baseball” and SPG as the “official hotel loyalty program" of MLB.

According to the hotelier, the new alliance "brings Sheraton guests, Starwood Preferred Guest members and avid baseball fans closer to the action by providing them access to must-see games while on the road, as well as the opportunity to bid on once-in-a-lifetime experiences."

Financial terms of the MLB deal were not disclosed.
 
The Sheraton push comes as Courtyard By Marriott is upping its presence as the official hotel of the NFL, including a Super Bowl 50 "Suite Stadium Contest" offering an overnight stay in Levi's Stadium the night before the game this February.

In July, Marriott partnered with the NBA across international games on five different continents, including regular-season games in Mexico City (Dec. 3) and London (Jan. 14).

Sheraton said it would immediately support its new pact with MLB with a viewing party tonight (Oct. 19) in the Sheraton New York Times Square of Game 3 of the American League Championship Series. The event will be hosted by four-time MLB All-Star José Reyes, SNY and five-time MLB All-Star and TV MLB analyst and commentator Keith Hernandez.

Sheraton said that participating hotels would host post-season screenings of MLB games through the World Series.

Also beginning today, Starwood Preferred Guest members will be able to use Starpoints for pairs of tickets to 2015 World Series games. (Details here.)

Sheraton will support with a multi-platform campaign to tie-in with the 2016 MLB season, including TV, print, Internet, social media and in-hotel signage.

The brand also will activate around the 2016 MLB All-Star Game in San Diego, where the Sheraton chain has numbers hotels.

MLB-related promotions and sweepstakes will offer tickets to games and other prizes.

Within its hotels, Sheraton said it would offer complimentary access to MLB.TV. In addition, custom Starwood booking widgets located on MLB.com and participating teams’ schedule pages will aid people in booking travel plans to see MLB teams on the road.

“We are thrilled to become the ‘official hotel of Major League Baseball,’ a sport we know is a true passion for a lot of our Sheraton guests,” Dave Marr, global brand leader for Sheraton Hotels & Resorts, said in a statement. “The partnership provides Starwood with the ability to connect with the MLB fan base, a large and highly engaged audience that will help support the brand’s repositioning and further drive loyalty.”

According to Noah Garden, evp-business for MLB, "This new partnership will provide MLB content and unique experiences to Sheraton guests and SPG members, offering baseball fans an attractive benefit when making a hotel choice. In addition, MLB will deliver enormous visibility to millions of passionate baseball fans, giving Sheraton an important platform to showcase its new brand positioning."

“We know many of our members are loyal baseball fans and appreciate unrivaled access to amazing seats and exclusive experiences,” Mark Vondrasek,svp-commercial services for Starwood Hotels & Resorts, said in a statement. “Through this new partnership with MLB, we can fuel our members’ passions with unforgettable moments tapping into the best that baseball has to offer.”

The company's multi-platform "Where Actions Speak Louder" campaign, launched in September and scheduled to run through 2017, includes Sheraton's first TV spots in about ten years, as well as print, Internet, social media, mobile and in-room.

Lead agency is Marcel New York.

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