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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

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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NFL UK 2019
• Oct. 27  Cincinnati Bengals v Los Angeles Rams Wembley Stadium
• Nov. 3 Houston Texans v Jacksonville Jaguars Wembley Stadium

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• Nov. 18 Kansas City  Chiefs v Los Angeles Chargers Mexico City Estadio Azteca (ESPN Monday Night Football)

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• 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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Snack Time: New MLB Multi-Platform Alliance With Utz Is In The Bag

By Barry Janoff

May 2, 2018: People who watch baseball on TV or in person enjoy eating snacks.

But MLB has been without an official “salty snack” partner since the 2017 season.

Until now.

In what the brand is calling its first sponsorship with a “major sports league,” Utz Quality Foods has signed a multi-year, multi-platform deal to become the “official salty snack partner for MLB.”

Products include pretzels, potato chips, cheeseballs and popcorn.

The deal fills a category that opened prior to the 2017 season when Coca-Cola replaced Pepsi as MLB’s official partner, with Frito-Lay having held the category position.

Utz joins Barbasol, Hankook Tires, Kingsford, Mitel, Netspend, Snapple and Supercuts as brands that have become MLB sponsors since January.

Financial terms were not released.

“Fans have watched baseball games while enjoying their favorite food for decades, so a fully integrated partnership with Utz and its collection of snacks is a perfect match,” Noah Garden, MLB evp-commerce, said in a statement. “A classic American brand, Utz potato chips, pretzels and popcorn are a welcome addition to the MLB line-up of sponsors."

Utz said it plans to promote its full assortment of snack products with integrated branding across MLB’s broadcast and digital platforms, including MLB Network and MLB.com.

The multi-year partnership gives Utz marketing and activation rights across MLB jewel events, including the playoffs and World Series presented by YouTube TV.

During All-Star Week this July, hosted by the Washington Nationals, Utz will have a presence at such events such as The Color Run All-Star 5K and Geico All-Star FanFest.

Utz said it would support these events with “retail promotions and sweepstake opportunities in their local stores.

As part of its first pro sports league partnership, Utz said it would create baseball-themed packaging for a variety of its products that will include the silhouetted batter and other official MLB marks.

Utz has partnerships with both the Baltimore Orioles and Pittsburgh Pirates.

According to Tom Flocco, president and COO for Hanover, PA-based Utz, “As a nearly 100-year-old, family owned company, Utz is proud to be affiliated with an institution as great as MLB.

“We both place a great deal of emphasis on quality, family and tradition, and look forward to finding ways to bring Utz fans and MLB fans closer together.”

Founded in 1921, Ute brands include Utz, Golden Flake, Zapp’s, “Dirty” Potato Chips, Good Health®, Bachman, Bachman Jax, Wachusett, Snikiddy, Boulder Canyon.

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