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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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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

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)

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Jul122018

MLB Makes It Clear: Biometric Ticketing Technology Is Here, Beginning At ASG

By Barry Janoff

July 12, 2018: Clear, a New York-based firm that has developed a biometric identity technology for security, ticketing and other consumer platforms, has signed a deal to become the official biometric identity and ticketing partner with MLB.

The ticketing technology, created in conjunction with Tickets.com, a MLB wholly owned ticketing technology company, offers people a “faster, more secure entry experience” by using “biometrics to enter ballparks, eliminating the need to present a paper or mobile ticket,” as well as at concession stands and other consumer touch-points.

Financial terms of the pact were not releases.
 
According to Clear, “Enter the game like a V.I.P. Say goodbye to waiting in security lines. With Clear, you are your ticket.”

The technology will be used during MLB All-Star Week for events in Nationals Park in Washington DC, where a dedicated entrance near the third base side of the stadium will allow Clear members to enter.

Clear will also have two enrollment stations outside the stadium.

MLB and Clear said the biometric ticketing technology would be tested at select MLB ballparks later this season, with broader roll-out to Clear and Tickets.com-enabled ballparks beginning in 2019.

Tickets.com is the primary ticketing partner for 23 MLB clubs.

The technology allows Clear members who link their Clear profile with their MLB.com account to gain entry “with just the tap of a finger or, in the near future, facial recognition technology . . . enabling fans to pay for food, beer and validate legal age.”

Clear said its ongoing expansion in sports builds on the company’s success in “delivering secure, frictionless customer experiences in major airports around the country.”

Clear said it is certified as a Qualified Anti-Terrorism Technology by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

“Our collaboration with Clear is an important new technology initiative, delivering safe, simple and seamless experiences for fans,” Noah Garden, evp-business for MLB, said in a statement.

“Developing a partnership that will unify emerging identity technology and ticketing is reflective of our commitments to always improving ballpark accessibility and maintaining critical security standards.”

Clear said it is also working with MLB to roll out Clear Lanes at ballparks hosting MLB Jewel Events after All-Star Week, including post-season games at participating ballparks.

Participating Clear MLB  teams and their home venues currently include the Atlanta Braves, Colorado Rockies, Detroit Tigers, Miami Marlins, New York Mets, New York Yankees, Oakland A’s, San Francisco Giants and Seattle Mariners.

Among its 13 professional sports partnerships are MLS’ NYCFC (which plays in Yankee Stadium), LAFC and the San Jose Earthquakes, according to Clear.

Enrollment for Clear Sports is free at any participating venue, takes less than five minutes and can be used at the game immediately. (Details here.)

"We are thrilled to partner with MLB to make game days more enjoyable and secure for fans with biometric ticketing,” Caryn Seidman-Becker, CEO & co-founder for Clear.

“We look forward to continuing to innovate alongside the League and the sports community to transform the fan experience from ticketing to concessions and more.”

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