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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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Rock & Roll Hall of Fame 2020 Nominees

• 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
• Thin Lizzy

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KEEPING SCORE

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

BUY SELL

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
BoxOfficeMojo.com

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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.
Read more at http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/j/johnfkenn121400.html#JZxA5jXY4rCwemgZ.99
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.
Read more at http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/j/johnfkenn121400.html#46Ul8rBF4XpB4lo0.99
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)

Thursday
May262016

Mountain Dew Takes Consumers For A VR Ride With Dale Jr., Kasey Kahne, YouTube

By Barry Janoff

May 25, 2016: Not content to get products such as Pitch Black and Baja Blast into the hands of consumers, Mtn. Dew is using a virtual reality platform and gaming softwear to give consumers a hands-on experience with top Nascar drivers Dale Earnhardt Jr., Kasey Kahne and Chase Elliott.

As part of its recently launched DEWcision 2016 multi-media campaign, Mtn. Dew said it would "leverage the latest in Oculus VR hardware and gaming/CGI software" to put people behind the wheel of race cars, employing a 360º perspective in peson, on YouTube and via other social media platforms.

The effort enables people via VR to race through a beach-desert landscape powered by Baja Blast or a futuristic cityscape powered by Pitch Black.

With DEWcision 2016, playing off of this year's presidential election, Mtn. Dew is asking people to pick a favorite between Pitch Black and Baja Blast, which, according to the brand, "are two specialty flavors that have developed cult followings of true Dew aficionados."

Depending on which path a person chooses in the VR experience, their vote will also be counted to help determine which flavor wins DEWcision 2016.

Mtn. Dew said is the first time it is using VR as a content channel as part of a larger, integrated 360-degree campaign.

Dale Jr., Kahne and Elliott — all part of the Mtn. Dew Racing Team — provide running commentary and other insights as the drive the VR courses, directing viewers to use the 360º option to look for obstacles and other unique scenes happening not just in front of but also above, behind and on both sides of the car.

"You're in the driver's seat," offers Earnhardt Jr. "This is no ordinary track, but I think you can handle it."

As part of its DEWcision VR leg, Mtn. Dew has formed partnership with Shazam, becoming the "first brand to launch a VR campaign on the app.

Using Visual Shazam, people can access exclusive VR content when they scan Pitch Black or Baja Blast bottles.

The VR racing content will also be available this week to people at the JR Motorsports Fan Day in Mooresville, N.C. (May 26-27) as well as on YouTube 360 and Facebook 360 and through the Milk VR library.
 
Mtn. Dew said it is one of the first brands to use the new Oculus Rift VR headset and developer kit to "transport fans to a choose-your-own adventure gamified VR racing experience. The experience was developed by Firstborn using Unreal gaming software for VR.

After putting on a VR headset, the viewer is seated and given an Oculus-enabled steering wheel. The steering wheel is linked to the VR world, allowing viewers to steer their chosen car on the racetrack.

In addition, the brand is launching a dedicated VR hub at MountainDew.com/VR that features all of its VR content playable via a mobile phone.

According to Greg Lyons, svp-marketing for Mtn. Dew, "Dew Nation (never ceases) to amaze me with your passion for these two brands. From bathing in Baja Blast to road tripping to stock up on Pitch Black, we think we've seen it all . . . until now. This summer, we're challenging you to show us how far you would go for your favorite flavor."

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