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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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• Pat Benatar
• Dave Matthews Band
• Depeche Mode
• Doobie Brothers
• Whitney Houston
• Judas Priest
• Kraftwerk
• MC5
• Motorhead
• Nine Inch Nails
• Notorious B.I.G.
• Rufus feat. Chaka Khan
• Todd Rundgren
• Soundgarden
• T. Rex
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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.
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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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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)

Friday
Jan092015

Surely You've Heard About Kareem, 'Airplane!' Cast And Travel Wisconsin?

By Barry Janoff

January 8, 2015: Yes. And don't call me Shirley.

In 1980, directors/writers David and Jerry Zucker and Jim Abrahams sent the irreverent movie Airplane! crashing into theaters. It featured a plethora of stars spouting clever and crazy lines in a plot that was a loopy send-up of a bevy of cliche Hollywood genres.

The cast and creators of Airplane! have staged a reunion of sorts over the past year via a multimedia marketing effort from the Wisconsin Department of Tourism.

A trio of TV spots have focused on three seasons and the benefits of being in Wisconsin that come with each: Summer and Fall, which aired in 2014; and Winter, which breaks this week.

They each star Robert Hays (Ted Striker), Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (Roger Murdock) and Otto, the inflatable autopilot. Creative was handled by the Zuckers and Abrahams.

The Zucker brothers were born in Milwaukee, Abrahams was born in Shorewood, Abdul-Jabbar played with the NBA's Milwaukee Bucks (1969-75), winning a league title there in 1971.

“This winter TV spot completes a series of ads that combined gorgeous, aerial footage in three different seasons with our brand of fun,” Wisconsin Tourism secretary Stephanie Klett said in a statement.

The Wisconsin Department of Tourism said the purpose of these spots and other advertising is to "market the state as the Midwest’s premier travel destination for fun by executing industry-leading marketing programs and establishing strategic partnerships." The Department said it plays a "significant role in generating greater economic impact and jobs for Wisconsin."

The new spot, "There's Nothing Better Than Winter In Wisconsin," will run in Milwaukee, Chicago and the Twin Cities through Feb. 8,; and in Chicago movie cinemas through Feb. 19.

Other winter campaign components include radio, out of home, print, social media and digital advertising.

Like the first two spots, "Stars Shirley Love Wisconsin Summers" and "Throttle Up For Fall In Wisconsin," the new spot is laden with images, sounds and convoluted dialogue reminiscent of Airplane!

At one point, while doing a Wisconsin flyover that shows off the state’s scenic beauty and winter outdoor activities, pilot Striker asks copilot Murdoch to check on the plane's altitude — which Murdoch does by sticking his arm out out the window and scooping up a handful of snow.

In the Fall ad, when their plane appears to be skimming the tops of trees, Striker exclaims to copilot Murdoch, "We're too low, Roger." "You can call me Kareem if you want," Murdoch replies, soon seen wearing a Milwaukee Bucks jersey and shorts in place of his pilot's uniform, a reference to the movie itself when a kid visiting the cockpit is convinced that Murdock is really Abdul-Jabbar.

In the Summer spot, dialogue between the two is almost straight out of Airplane!

Murdoch: Roger? My name is Kareem.

Striker: Kareem?! Surely you can't be serious.

Murdock: I am serious. And don't call me Shirley.

Striker: Looks like I picked the wrong week to quit flying.

According to Klett, “We are so fortunate to have such a great team of people behind these ads, which have generated a phenomenal amount of national exposure for tourism in Wisconsin.”

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