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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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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

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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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MLB Could Take Endorsement Hit Due To Manny, A-Rod

By Barry Janoff

Executive Editor, NYSportsJournalism.com

Manny Ramirez FatHeadMay 7, 2009: The news that Manny Ramirez of the Los Angeles Dodgers has been suspended for 50 games for violating MLB's performance-enhancing drug testing program, coupled with the recent news linking Alex Rodriguez to banned substances, and added to the ongoing news associating Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens and others to such substances, has marketers rethinking endorsement deals using baseball players.

"A lot of companies have stayed away from [Ramirez] already because of his personality. This will make him a far reach for anyone looking for a baseball player for an endorsement," said Robert Tuchman, president and founder of TSE Sports and Entertainment, New York, and author of the new book, 100 Sporting Events You Must See Live. "Unfortunately MLB hasn’t hit bottom yet with all these new revelations. They need to clear this stuff up and move on past this era to come out of this. They will soon enough. They have a lot of young stars in the pipeline."

Ramirez, does not have far to fall in the world of marketing as he earns only about $4-5 million in endorsements. Ramirez has a deal with RecoveryX, an energy drink from Changing Times Vitamins, Scottsdale, AZ; and FatHead has a Ramirez product. But beyond a 2008 campaign in which he was among a group of ball players to do a Father's Day effort for Macy's, his presence among national marketers has been limited.

The Dodgers have to dismantle at least until Ramirez's scheduled return on July 3 their "Mannywood" section at Dodger Stadium, unveiled during the team's current record-setting home stand. Already taken down soon after his suspension was a section on the Dodgers' Web site for selling seats in Mannywood, located in Sections 51 an d 53, closest to where Ramirez plays left field, for which fans had been able to purchase two seats for $99 and receive a limited-edition "Mannywood" T-shirt. On May 5, the Dodgers, in celebration of Cinco de Mayo, even issued a limited edition "Yo estuve en Mannywood" ("I was in Mannywood") T-shirt to fans who purchased tickets in Mannywood. Harder to remove will be numerous billboards throughout Los Angles also supporting Mannywood. And M. Ramirez remains an option on the team's Web site among Dodgers being touted for nomination to the 2009 All-Star Game.

Ramirez was banned for what he called a medication that was prescribed to him by a doctor for a "personal health issue" and not steroids. But the image of a top-level, and very high profile player, being suspended by MLB for 50 games only adds to the public perception of baseball. According to recent column by Kurt Streeter of The Los Angeles Times (which broke the Ramirez suspension story), "L.A. loves Kobe [Bryant] because of his skill, swagger and cold-blooded-killer 'tude. But Ramirez - softer, goofier, wearing the befuddled look of a man who has just lost his keys while still an assassin with a bat - is already right up there with Kobe." Bryant was able to come back from sexual assault allegations in 2003 (a case that was settled out of court), which saw his endorsement earnings drop from $65 million to under $20 million, but which have since returned to about the $35 million level. Likewise, swimmer Michael Phelps took a serious endorsement hit after the release of a photo showing him holding a bong.

Ramierez, working with his agent, Scott Boras (who also handles A-Rod), was quick to admit responsibility, to apologize to the Los Angeles Dodgers and fans and to also distance himself from the "steroid" cloud hanging over some of the game's top players. "Unfortunately, the medication was banned under our drug policy,” Ramirez said in a statement. “Under the policy that mistake is now my responsibility. I have been advised not to say anything more for now. I do want to say one other thing: I’ve taken and passed about 15 drug tests over the past five seasons.”

If history holds true, Ramirez' popularity among fans and consumers - aka those people who voices directly influence how marketers act and react - will fall. After being association with illegal substances, both Rodriguez and Phelps saw significant drops in trust, appeal, endorsement, and aspiration awareness numbers in the Davie Brown Index, which tracks the ability of athletes and celebrities "to influence brand affinity and consumer purchase intent."  Back to Home Page