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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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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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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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May242018

Wear You At: NFL, Nike Gear Up For Long-Term Exclusive Apparel Deal With Fanatics

By Barry Janoff

May 23, 2018: In the midst of naming future Super Bowl and NFL Draft sites, while revamping rules for both in-game and sideline National Anthem procedures, the NFL also found time to sign a deal that will impact its jersey, apparel and gear categories for at least the next decade.

The NFL and on-field apparel partner Nike have unveiled a ten-year deal  granting Fanatics exclusive consumer product licensing rights to manufacture and distribute all Nike NFL adult products that would be sold through retail .

That includes NFLShop.com, NFL clubs and brick & mortar stores.

The new deal begins with the 2020 season. Financial terms were not released.

Items include replica jerseys, warm-ups, championship T-shirts, sideline apparel and other fan gear, which will have a Nike logo, but will be made and distributed by Fanatics.

Nike will continue to provide all products covered in their NFL alliance through the 2019 season.

People can also continue to purchase officially licensed NFL product from Nike.com and Nike retail outlets.

Once the Fanatics deal kicks in, Nike will also remain the exclusive on-field supplier for NFL uniforms, base layer and sideline apparel for all 32 NFL teams, with the exception of headwear.

Nike took over from adidas division Reebok as the NFL’s official on-field uniform and apparel provider in 2012, a five-year deal valued at $1.1 billion by industry analysts, which was extended for three years in 2015 (through 2020) and then again this past March for another eight years (through 2028)

Nike began an eight-year deal with the NBA this past season, valued at $1 billion, as well as with the WNBA and the NBA’s G (Gatorade) League.

In 2016, Fanatics signed a pact to become the official supplier of MLB fan gear, with Under Armour becoming the official on-field supplier, beginning in 2020, with the companies taking over from Majestic and Nike.

Fanatics acquired Majestic in 2017,. Majestic has been making MLB apparel dating back to 1982.

"We're excited to bring together Nike and Fanatics, two partners at the top of their respective fields, to usher in an exciting new model for licensed merchandise." Michelle Micone, svp-consumer products for the NFL, said in a statement.

"By emphasizing the strengths of both Nike and Fanatics, we have a model that gives us the ability to offer superior on-field products to the teams and the nimbleness to serve the increasingly real-time expectations of today's fans who have more control over their choices.”

Nike and the NFL said they would leverage Fanatics' made-to-order capabilities to” create the largest and most responsive assortment that can instantly react to storylines throughout the NFL season, and also help to grow direct-to-consumer and wholesale efforts across retail channels.”

According to Gary Gertzog, president, business affairs for Fanatics, “With technology, mobile and social media all contributing to a surge in real-time expectations, it's exciting to team up with like-minded partners in the NFL and Nike who are equally enthusiastic in rolling out a new model for this industry that best serves the fans, retailers, players and the league.

”Our vertical structure will allow us to reach more fans and retailers with a wider assortment of merchandise which is consistently stocked and replenished."

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