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

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Infiniti Connects With ESPN, College Coaches For March Madness Marketing

Special to NYSportsJournalism.com

January 16, 2013: Infiniti likes the Big Dance so much that it is retuning for third year.

The automaker has signed with the NCAA, ESPN and the National Association of Basketball Coaches as the sponsor of the "Infiniti Coaches' Charity Challenge" for the third year.

The program, which expanded last year, pits 48 NABC coaches from the nation's top NCAA Division I men's basketball programs in a fan-vote challenge, with the total Infiniti contribution reaching $335,000.

Infiniti, an official corporate partner of the NCAA, said it would make a $100,000 donation to a charity designated by the winning coach.

The Infiniti Coaches' Charity Challenge will be promoted each week through a wide range of media, including the ESPN Game of the Week, Facebook and other social media.

ESPN's activation launches with four integrated content pieces narrated by Duke head basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski at ESPN.com/Infiniti. ESPN CreativeWorks worked with TBA\Chiat\Day New York for the pieces.

The first piece premiered during the Tennessee vs. Kentucky game on ESPN. They will run during about 14 college hoops games on ESPN this season from through early March. (See coach segments here.)

Infiniti will use this campaign and other March Madness activation to support the 2014 Q50, due to hit showrooms this summer, and other 2014 releases.

"Last season, Infiniti was pleased to present Ohio State University men's basketball coach Thad Matta a $100,000 check for his charity, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Ohio, for winning the annual "Infiniti Coaches' Charity Challenge," Ben Poore, vp for Infiniti Americas, said in a statement. "We know Coach Matta will plan on defending his title, but the 47 other coaches and their fans are going to put up a great fight."

Among the participating coaches and their charities are: Krzyzewski (Emily Krzyzewski Center); John Beilein, Michigan (The St. Louis Center); Sean Miller, Arizona (Ronald McDonald House Charities, Southern Arizona); and Bill Self, Kansas (Assists Foundation).

All 48 coaches' charities are guaranteed at least $5,000 from Infiniti.
 
Fan participation at a dedicate Web site, which began this week, will determine the ultimate winner over an eight-week period.Coaches will vie against each other and be narrowed down by brackets similar to March Madness.  Fans can vote for one coach per region per day. The winning coach will be announced March 11.  (Full details here.)

"College basketball coaches across America contribute in so many ways throughout the year for numerous national and local charitable organizations as well as community projects and initiatives," said Jim Haney, executive director for the NABC,  said in a statement. "The Infiniti Coaches' Charity Challenge enables college basketball fans to team with these outstanding coaches in providing significant financial support and awareness for so many worthy programs."

"We're also looking forward to joining fans across the nation for a great season of outstanding competition on the courts."

According to Infiniti's Poore, "Infiniti is proud to once again support NCAA Division I men's basketball and the NABC and their outstanding efforts in raising funds and support for their designated charities. We're also looking forward to joining fans across the nation for a great season of outstanding competition on the courts."

NCAA corporate champions are AT&T, Capital One and Coca-Cola.

NCAA corporate partners are Allstate, Buick, Enterprise, Infiniti, LG, Lowe's, Nabisco, Northwest Mutual, Reese's Unilever and UPS.

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