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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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Following A Challenging 2010, Can The PGA Tour Get Out Of The Woods In 2011?

By Barry Janoff, Executive Editor

December 10, 2010: Even though the most visible golfer in the world, Tiger Woods, struggled in 2010 and did not win a tournament for the first time in his career, PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem not only said that he was happy with the overall performance of players and marketing support but that there were numerous dynamics in place that would make 2011 a strong year.

Although the challenges of the current economy are still a major concern, Finchem said during a media conference on Dec. 9 that six new sponsors have been added on the PGA Tour level with "seven or eight renewals and several more on the horizon. We now have over 30% of PGA Tour title sponsorships extended beyond 2012. And so we made solid progress." (Full list of corporate partners here.)

Going into 2011 the commissioner said that just two of 45 tournaments for next season lacked a corporate sponsor — the Bob Hope and The Heritage — but that all of the tournaments are "fully funded."

Among recent marketing activity, the PGA Tour signed a deal under which United Airlines would replace long-time partner Delta as the official company in the category and another signaling General Motors' return after two years off the circuit due to financial problems. Among other sponsorship activation, GM's Cadillac will be back to sponsor the World Golf Championship this March in Miami via a six-year deal under which the event is being renamed the Cadillac Championship. GM dropped its alliance not only with the event but with Woods, the Academy Awards and the Super Bowl in 2008 and 2009.

A sign of the improving times is that GM was part of World Series marketing when it unveiled a Chevrolet campaign during the Fox telecasts featuring the San Francisco Giants and Texas Rangers, and also will be part of Super Bowl XVL in February, also on Fox.

GM's Cadillac brand returns in 2011 as title sponsor of a PGA Tour event.“We are partnering with a company that has demonstrated, over a long, long period of time, a tremendous knowledge for marketing,” Finchem said at the end of November regarding the automaker, which had previously been aligned with the PGA Tour for 50 years. “The problems that befell this company were not about selling cars. Cadillac is a brand that has always been strong. It is getting stronger now and to be a part of that upswing is a great opportunity for us.”

Regarding Woods' situation, Finchem spun some positive aspects out of the fact that the man who lost his world No. 1 ranking had not been playing up to par.

"We like the way virtually all of our partners are trying to get the story lines out about players," said Finchem during the media conference on Dec. 9. "[That's] tougher to do when Tiger is playing really well, because he does eat up a lot of the interest and time. But in this last year when he didn't play early in the year and then in '08, it opened up the opportunity to get some of these other stories told, which is important to our future."

Finchem said he foresees a stronger Woods playing in 2011 but could not predict where and how often he would compete. "I'd ask you to ask Tiger that. I do have a feeling that in a sense from talking to a wide range of players that there's going to be . . . an extensive effort by players to shake up their schedule a little bit. I don't want to characterize any one particular player, but I think you're going to see that pretty much across the board.

Tiger Woods was on the cover of EA Sports' PGA Tour '11 and garnered other global attention despite his sub-par showing on the golf course."With Tiger, you know, Tiger has not had a lot of movement in his schedule for about ten years. But his overall presence as a player who is chasing big records and a perennial No. 1 player, now No. 2, is that he increases interest across the board in the sport, whether he's playing or not, actually. And that's a positive thing."

Finchem addressed the ratings of PGA Tour events on TV in 2010 and how other sports contributed to soft ratings. "I think that it is appealing on television. I think that the challenges we have are promoting what we have effectively. And we have had more challenges this past year on what's up against us than we have had in a while: The Winter Olympics performed significantly higher than anybody would have anticipated, and that hurt us three weeks early in the year, three weekends . . . In the first quarter, the NFL ratings were at an all-time high. That hurt us. And we have had four or five other instances later in the season where there were just uniquely popular programming up against us."

Looking forward, Finchem said "that would not necessarily play out again this year. I don't think it's at all a function of the quality of the telecast.All three of our partners have done a much better job as the years have gone by, and I think they have got it down. I think if you want to watch golf, they do a great job. We particularly like the technological aspect, the high-tech aspects that have been added the last three or four years.

"So we like the way that our television partners focused on that," Finchem continued. "I think we have to do a better job of bringing it home to our overall fan base, which is over 100 million people [who] pay attention to golf on television on a regular basis. We have got to reach them with some compelling stories, and that's what we are really focused on."

"[Tiger Woods] increases interest across the board in the sport, whether he's playing or not, actually. And that's a positive thing."

According to Finchem, the performances of rookies and younger players "has led us to conclude that we really need to focus on that dynamic as we go into 2011. It will be our primary promotional focus to get people to pay attention to how well the veterans continue to play, and the young stars, the competition between the newer generation and the more experienced and older players. We think [this made] for good theater this year, and we are excited about that development."

Finchem specifically singled out such young players as PGA Tour Rookie of the Year Rickie Fowler and Dustin Johnson, as well as FedExCup winner Jim Furyk, Bernhard Langer (Charles Schwab Cup champion) and Jamie Lovemark (Nationwide Tour Player of the Year) as proof that it was not only Woods and Phil Mickelson who garnered the fan, media and marketing attention. "I've never in my tenure seen so much buzz and interest about rookies and young players creating exciting performances," Finchem said.

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