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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

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

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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)

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• Oct. 23 Denver Nuggets vs. Portland Trail Blazers ESPN 10 PM (ET)

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ExxonMobil Puts Pedal To The Metal In New, Expanded Deal With Nascar

Special to NYSportsJournalism.com

January 21, 2013: ExxonMobil, whose marketing roots with Nascar go back to 1978, as signed a multi-year partnership extension making Mobil 1 the “official motor oil" and also the “official lubricant technology partner" of Nascar through 2017.

Financial details of the alliance extension and expansion were not disclosed.

ExxonMobil said that 2013 would mark the 11th consecutive season in which the Mobil 1 brand has been an official partner of Nascar. The Mobil 1 brand’s history in motor sports officially began in 1978 with a sponsorship of Williams Formula One Racing Team.

Under terms of the new pact, Mobil 1 becomes "a contingency partner" across all Nascar national and touring series and continues as presenting sponsor of the Mobil 1 Driver of the Race award and presenting sponsor of the Nascar Canadian Tire Series.

In addition, ExxonMobil and Nascar said they would launch a digital, branded content platform "that explores Nascar’s world-class automotive technology via the 'Nascar Automotive Technology Center Engineered by Mobil 1.'"

The online site, which will be part of the recently relaunched Nascar.com, will offer visitors "automotive technology-related information through original feature stories, photos, videos, a glossary of automotive and racing terms, plus social elements including fan polls."

ExxonMobil will also continue to support its Nascar alliance via multi-media marketing including TV, radio, print, Internet and such social media destinations as YouTube, Facebook and Twitter.

“As the lubricant technology of champion drivers and race teams, the renewed association between Mobil 1 and Nascar allows us to better engage motor sports fans by leveraging the excitement of racing,” Rebecca Aldred, global brand manager for Mobil 1, said in a statement, citing the launch of the Nascar Automotive Technology Center Engineered by Mobil 1. "Mobil 1 is the world’s leading synthetic motor oil brand in no small part due to the commitment to supporting Nascar’s three national racing series.”

According to Jim O’Connell, chief sales officer, for Nascar, “We’re excited about continuing our partnership with ExxonMobil and helping extend the Mobil 1 brand’s rich legacy in our sport. As an extension of this partnership, both Nascar and Mobil 1 look forward to engaging fans through the newly created technology platform that promises to offer fans a unique perspective into the technology that drives this sport.”

In addition to Nascar, ExxonMobil said that Mobil 1 with racing squads and circuits including Vodafone McLaren Mercedes’ Formula One team, Corvette Racing’s American LeMans Series team, Tony Stewart Racing in the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series and the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup.

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