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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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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

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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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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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• Oct. 23 Denver Nuggets vs. Portland Trail Blazers ESPN 10 PM (ET)

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Mar082012

NCAA Corporate Partners, Local Firms All For Hoops First Four Festivities

By Barry Janoff

March 8, 2012: The frenzy that is March Madness added another element last year with the introduction of the First Four, which officially opens the NCAA men's basketball Division I Tournament.

This season, the First Four is expanding to include several days of pre-tournament festivities, which NCAA corporate partners and local marketers have embraced.

The First Four games will take place at the University of Dayton (Ohio) Arena, March 13-14. But on March 11, the inaugural First Four Festival will begin in Dayton proper. Under the auspices of the Dayton-Montgomery County Convention and Visitors Bureau, NCAA and local partners will activate on several levels during what is being described as "a huge street party along several blocks in the city's cobblestoned Oregon historic district."

The First Four was created as part of CBS Sports and Turner Broadcasting's joint 14-year deal with the NCAA that began in 2011.

The introduction of the First Four helped boost Tournament-related ad spend in 2011. The top ten advertisers spent a total of $272.7 million on March Madness marketing while total ad revenue reached an all-time high of $738 million, up 20.2% from the prior year, according to research firm Kantar Media, New York.

The First Four Festival and March 13-14 games are expected to bring at least $4 million into the local economy, per the Dayton-Montgomery County Convention and Visitors Bureau.

According to Dayton City commissioner Nan Whaley, "We are excited to be working with the NCAA, and we expect the events to garner much more positive, national attention for our community."

NCAA corporate champions are Coca-Cola, Capital One and AT&T. Official corporate partners are Allstate, Buick, Enterprise, Infinity, LG, Loew's, Northwest Mutual, Hershey's Reese's, Unilever, UPS and Kraft's Wheat Thins.

Most are expected to have a presence at the First Four Festival via signage, on-site experiential marketing or other activations. Many will also have on-air presence during First Four games.

"We are excited to be working with the NCAA, and we expect the events to garner much more positive, national attention for our community."

Turner’s truTV will air First Four games in prime time. CBS and Turner's TNT and TBS will then show all games from the ensuing rounds leading to the Final Four, which will air on CBS March 31 and April 2 from the Mercerdes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans.

This year's field will be unveiled during a national broadcast on March 11 on CBS. Two of the First Four first-round games will feature the last four at-large teams selected by the NCAA on "Selection Sunday," while the other two games will match teams ranked 65 through 68 on the overall seed list. The winners of the four games then advance to the second round.

Last year, Virginia Commonwealth University was one of the eight First Four teams. VCU ultimately advanced to the Final Four before losing in the semi-finals to Butler.

Last year, the University of Dayton Arena drew 20,217 fans over two days for the inaugural First Four. The University was then selected to host the First Four this month and again in March 2012, when second- and third-round games will also be played there, according to the NCAA.

Among the activations scheduled for the First Four Festival will be big-screen TVs broadcasting conference championship games and the NCAA selection show, a basketball tournament showcasing former players from the University of Dayton and other in-state colleges, live entertainment and an "NCAA First Four 4 Miler" race that will start and end in the midst of the festival.

"We want to show the country that Dayton means basketball," Tim Wabler, vice president and director of athletics at the University of Dayton, said in a statement.

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