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• 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.

• 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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Jul272018

NBA’s Milwaukee Bucks New $500M Arena Now Has A $100M Name: Fiserv Forum

By Barry Janoff

July 26, 2018: Beginning with the 2018-19 NBA season, the Milwaukee Bucks will have a new arena.

Now, the arena that will be home to the exploits of Bucks' All-Star Giannis Antetokounmpo has a name: Fiserv Forum.

Fiserv, a global provider of financial technology and payment solutions based in the Milwaukee suburb of Brookfield, has signed a 25-year deal for exclusive naming rights to the new venue.

The venue will be home to the Bucks as well as the Marquette University Golden Eagles men’s basketball team.

Financial naming rights details were not released. The cost of the venue, which had gone under the working title of Wisconsin Entertainment and Sports Center, was put at $524 million.

The Bucks franchise is valued a just over $1 billion, 37th among all NBA teams, according to Forbes.

Industry analysts say naming rights deals to NBA arenas average between $4-$6 million per year, which would put the Fiserv deal at between $120-$150 million.

At the high end, however, the Golden State Warriors have a venue currently under construction in San Francisco for which JPMorgan Chase has acquired naming rights, to be known as Chase Center for a planned opening in time for the 2019-20 season.

That naming rights deal was put at $300 million over 20 years by analysts, $15 million annually.

Late last year Capital One acquired naming rights for the Washington Wizards venue that had been known as Verizon Center in a deal valued at $100 million over ten years by analysts.

Also among recent NBA venue naming rights deals, Golden 1 Credit Union in 2015 signed a 20-year pact for an estimated $120 million for the Sacramento Kings home building.

Among established naming rights deals, Boston Celtics owenrship has a 20-year deal with TD Bank, signed in 2005, valued at just over $119 million; Barclays in 2012 signed a 20-year naming rights deal valued at $200 million for the Nets home arena in Brooklyn, NY; United Airlines in 2013 renewed its naming rights deal for the home site of the Chicago Bulls for an estimated $100 million over 20 years; and American Airlines has a 30-year deal, which expires in 2030, valued at $195 million for the arena that is home to the Dallas Mavericks.

The new venue is located north from the BMO Harris Bradley Center, where the team has played for the past 30 seasons.

Fiserv Forum is scheduled to have a public grand opening party on Aug. 28,

The Killers will headline the grand opening concert on Sept. 4.

More than 200 entertainment and other events are being booked annually.

The franchise is coming off a season-long celebration of its 50th anniversary, which included special events, guests, memorabilia (pictured below) and other activation.

‘“We are excited to partner with the Milwaukee Bucks to create an unprecedented opportunity to elevate our brand as one of the world’s leading providers of financial technology and payment services,” Jeff Yabuki, president and CEO for Fiserv, said in a statement.

“We also expect this arrangement to further differentiate our brand in support of our purpose of delivering value and excellence to our clients every day.”

Fiserv Forum includes 17,500 seats for basketball and up to 18,000 for concerts, with 34 luxury suites and three clubs.

The arena is the centerpiece of a 30-acre business, residential, cultural and entertainment revitalization in the heart of downtown Milwaukee.

Founding Partners for Fiserv Forum include BMO Harris Bank, Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin, Johnson Controls and Miller Brewing Company.

For its money, Fiserv’s logo will be prominently featured on the exterior façade, playing surface, rooftop and throughout the facility.

Other marketing support is being planned but was not detailed.

Among the events booked for the inaugural year are Justin Timberlake, Pink, Elton John, Fleetwood Mac and the Foo Fighters.

According to Bucks owners Wes Edens, Marc Lasry and Jamie Dinan, “It was clear from the start of our conversations that the Bucks and Fiserv align perfectly in our goals for innovation and leadership, and carry the same passion for excellence.

“As Fiserv Forum becomes an internationally recognized venue, we are excited to be an instrumental part of furthering Fiserv’s brand as a leader in its industry. Fiserv Forum will be the entertainment and sporting heart of our city and will deliver memorable experiences for fans and families in Wisconsin for generations to come.”

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