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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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• Judas Priest
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• MC5
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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.
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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Foot Locker Asks Dr. Phil, Melissa Rivers How To Be An NBA All-Star Player

By Barry Janoff

December 3, 2015: When a young boy approaches NBA All-Star Russell Westbrook and says, "I'm trying to be just like you," the kid is immediately confronted by a dose a reality served up by ESPN analyst Jalen Rose, CNN chief medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta, TV host/producer Melissa Rivers, talk show personality Dr. Phil, Sports Science's John Brenkus and others.

In the spot from Foot Locker, "Fly Your Own Way featuring Russell Westbrook," the kid's dreams are not so much dashed as brought into focus as he is shown by the various experts how complicated and difficult it is to become a pro basketball player.

The commercial, under the retailer's "Approved" umbrella campaign, supports the release in Foot Locker of the Jordan Brand XX9 Low kicks, which the kid is wearing when he approaches Westbrook. But it's far from being the shoes that make the man.

"Kid,. the odds of you becoming one of the best rebounding guards of all time and a four-time all-star are not very good," says Rose, who played in the NBA for 13 seasons before joining ESPN in 2007.

"From a physiological perspective, you'd have to have the same muscle mass, build, genes, diet," adds Gupta.

The kid gets more bad news from Brenkus, who hosts "Sports Science" segments seen on ESPN.

"Shot mechanics, height, timing, fast-twitch muscle function," says Brenkus.

"You think you have Russell Westbrook's mitochondrial enzyme activity?" asks Gupta. "I'm pretty sure you don't."

Dr. Phil chimes in, "And unless you have Russell's identical emotional makeup there's no way you could match his intensity or clutch factor."

The kid tries to save face by saying, "I didn't mean exactly like Russell."

But the nay-sayers continue with Melissa Rivers, who is part of Fashion Police on E!, relating, "Even if you did play like Russell, you would never have the same sense of style."

Dr. Phil then shares a head-scratching proverb: "You can't put feathers on a dog and call it a chicken."

When the kid asks what that means, his mom appears and says, "I tell him that all the time."

Still confused, the kid's mom explains, "It means it ain't gonna happen, honey."

Fortunately, Westbrook himself revives the kid's broken dreams.

"Don't listen to them," he says. "Just be yourself. I was trying to be like Jalen."

"Really!?" asks a surprise Rose.

"No," says Westbrook. (See the full spot here.)

Foot Locker is supporting with Internet, social media and POP.

Foot Locker also has launched a Jordan Brand Holiday Wish List, described as "the holiday card that delivers." At a location on the Foot Locker Web site, consumers can create a personalized holiday list filled with their favorite Jordan products and share their Wish List via e-mail and social media channels.

Lead agency is BBDO Worldwide.

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