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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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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. 27  Cincinnati Bengals v Los Angeles Rams 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. 23 Denver Nuggets vs. Portland Trail Blazers ESPN 10 PM (ET)

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New MLB Pact With Hankook Tire Driven By Marketing, Activation, Brand Awareness

By Barry Janoff

March 28, 2018: With Opening Day one day away, MLB continues to swing for the fences in new marketing deals.

MLB has signed a multi-year pact that names Hankook Tire the ‘official tire of MLB’ in the U.S. and Korea.

Hankook replaces Falken Tires in the category, which signed a two-year deal in 2016.

Financial terms were not disclosed.

Hankook has previously made inroads into baseball, including local marketing and in-stadium signage with some 26 MLB clubs.

The tire company has had an on-going campaign generically tied to baseball, the “Great Catch Rebate.”

Last year, Hankook partnered with The Sporting News for a World Series-themed sweeps.

The alliance is part of Hankook’s strategy to build brand awareness in the U.S. and well as internationally.

The company recently began production at its first manufacturing plant in North America, located in Clarksville, Tenn.

Hankook Tire said it would support the new alliance across MLB media assets, including MLB Network, digital platforms and in MLB ballparks during such jewel events as the All-Star Game, using MLB marks in marketing, giveaways, consumer promotion and events.

Hankook Tire said it is developing MLB-themed creative to run in its multi-media advertising, “as well as a retail marketing campaign that would extend its MLB footprint beyond the ballparks and media.”

The company did not indicate whether MLB players would be used in campaigns.

The brand is also planning virtual ads behind home plate during national broadcasts of post-season games including the League Championship Series and World Series presented by YouTube TV.

“Hankook Tire brings a real passion for baseball and a comprehensive vision to their marketing around our league, teams, and players in the U.S. and beyond,” Noah Garden, evp-commerce for MLB, said in a statement.

“As MLB continues to grow our international activities and events, Hankook Tire demonstrates a new model for MLB partners to be able to achieve their goals of reaching millions of baseball fans not only in the U.S. but around the world.”

Hankook has worked with ESPN for several years on MLB telecasts.

This season, ESPN and ESPN Deportes will televise MLB regular-season games in Puerto Rico and Mexico, including April 18 when the Minnesota Twins face the Cleveland Indians in Hiram Bithorn Stadium, San Juan, Puerto Rico, during a special edition of ESPN’s Wednesday Night Baseball presented by Hankook Tire.

Hankook Tire joins Barbasol, Kingsford, Mitel, Netspend, Snapple and Supercuts as the seventh MLB sponsor that has launched an official partnership with MLB since January.

"Hankook Tire demonstrates a new model for MLB partners to be able to achieve their goals of reaching millions of baseball fans in the U.S. and around the world.”

MLB has also expanded its alliance with YouTube TV and signed with Facebook to air games exclusively on Facebook Watch.

Among other sports sponsorships, Hankook has a global deal with Real Madrid and is an official partner with the UEFA Europa League and the Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters racing circuit.

"Through the partnership, Hankook Tire will use MLB property in marketing activities, giveaways, consumer promotion and events," according to MLB and Hankook. "The company will also engage U.S. consumers through virtual advertisements behind home plate during national broadcasts of post-season games including the League Championship Series and World Series presented by YouTube TV."

According to  Hankook America president Hosung Suh, “Hankook Tire is proud to serve as the official tire of Major League Baseball. As Hankook Tire rapidly grows its presence in the American market, we are honored to connect with America’s favorite tradition — the dynamic game of baseball.”

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