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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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• Doobie Brothers
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• MC5
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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
SOURCE: STUBHUB.COM

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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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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.
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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)

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Jun222017

NBA Partners Draft Marketing Activation To Welcome Next-Gen Players Into League

By Barry Janoff

June 22, 2017: Fresh off the 2016-17 NBA season and the Golden State Warriors championship run, and with such prospects as Markelle Fultz, Lonzo Ball, Josh Jackson, Jason Tatum, De’Aaron Fox and Malik MonK in the spotlight, the league’s marketing partners are all-in for the NBA Draft presented by State Farm tonight.

Among those that have activated and are activating for the event in Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY, are American Express, Anheuser Busch (Bud Light), Cisco, ExxonMobile, Foot Locker, Gatorade, Jack Daniel’s, JBL, Mountain Dew, New Era, Spalding, State Farm, Tissot and Verizon.

Brands that broke spots in support of the NBA Draft featuring several of the league’s top incoming prospects include Foot Locker ("Father’s Day," "One-On-One"), JBL, Tissot, Gatorade ("One And Only") and Spalding, which in conjunction with Slam Magazine premiered "Without A Doubt Vol. 2" documentary, featuring De’Aaron Fox, at the NBA Store.

State Farm will debut a vignette series highlighting draftees Josh Jackson, Markelle Fultz, and Jayson Tatum, which will be posted on NBA.com and league social channels.

Coverage of the NBA Draft on ESPN, with ancillary coverage by NBA TV, will put many of the league’s partners in a national spotlight.

As associate partners of NBA Draft, Bud Light, Gatorade and Verizon will receive onsite signage and Draft show partner integration.

Cisco will host TelePresence interviews in the NBA Draft media circuit with draft picks for international media in several cities.

As official timekeeper for the NBA, Tissot’s logo will be prominently featured on the on-stage Draft Clock, which displays the amount of available time between each selection.

As the sole presenter of NBA statistics, all the Draft-related statistics both in-arena and on NBA.com are Draft Stats sponsored by SAP.

For the first time, the NBA Draft cap given to players will be made by New Era, via its iconic 5950. New Era will also have product placement onsite including a green room pedestal from which players will take the cap when their names are called, and hat displays on the Draft stage.

Mountain Dew’ s NBA 3X will be promoted at Barclays Center throughout the night, with the next Dew NBA 3X tour stop scheduled for Brooklyn Bridge Park (June 24- 25).  

State Farm said it would have 50 brand ambassadors throughout Barclays Center presenting people with seat upgrades, tickets and concession stand gift cards.

Among social media activation, @NBA social channels will distribute multiple New Era and hat-based messages, including two videos about the making of the cap and its meaning in the basketball journeys of the drafted players.

In addition, JBL will conduct a Draft Social with interactive videos of the draftees wearing custom-made team branded headphones and a voiceover from NBA commissioner Adam Silver announcing their name and position in the Draft.

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