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• Universal Casting in Miami has been looking for people to fill three roles for what was called a “major commercial” with Serena Williams: Serena at 7-13 years old, 15-19 and 22-27. “Those auditioning must be proficient tennis players and must look like Serena.”   

• NFL Network’s Good Morning Football is in London for six days starting today (Monday, Oct. 22) leading up to the Philadelphia Eagles vs. Jacksonville Jaguars game in Wembley Stadium on Sunday (Oct. 28). Good Morning Football will air Monday-Friday (7 AM ET) from Westminster Live Studios. 

• Charles Wang, 74, businessman and former owner of the New York Islanders (2000-16), passed away on Sunday morning. RIP.

• ESPN said it generated its best NBA opening week rating since 2014 on Saturday for LeBron James’ home-opener with the Los Angeles Lakers. The Lakers vs. Rockets game telecast, won by Houston, 124-115, drew a 2.5 metered market rating, also making it the highest-rated NBA regular season game on ESPN since the Warriors 73rd win game in April of 2016.

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NBA Teams With Jersey-Logo Deals (to date):
• Atlanta Hawks (Shareware)
• Boston Celtics (GE)
• Brooklyn Nets (Infor)
• Charlotte Hornets (LendingTree)
• Chicago Bulls (Jenni Optical)
• Cleveland Cavaliers (Goodyear)
• Dallas Mavericks (5miles)
• Denver Nuggets (Western Union)
• Detroit Pistons (Flagstaff Bank)
• Golden State Warriors (Rakuten)
• Houston Rockets (Rokit)
• Los Angeles Clippers (Bumble)
• Los Angeles Lakers (Wish)
• Memphis Grizzlies (FedEx)
• Miami Heat (Ultimate Software)
• Milwaukee Bucks (Harley Davidson)
• Minnesota Timberwolves (Fitbit)
• New Orleans Pelicans (Zatarain’s)
• New York Knicks (Squarespace)
• Orlando Magic (Disney World)
• Philadelphia 76ers (StubHub)
• Phoenix Suns (PayPal)
• Portland Trail Blazers (Biofreeze)
• Sacramento Kings (Blue Diamond)
• San Antonio Spurs (Frost Bank)
• Toronto Raptors (Sun Life)
• Utah Jazz (Qualtrics)

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Weekend Box Office Oct. 12-14
1. Venom $35.7 M
2. A Star Is Born $28M
3. First Man $16.6M
4. Goosebumps 2 $16.2M
5. Smallfoot $9.3M
6. Night School $8M
7. Bad Times at the El Royale $7.2M
8. The House With A Clock In Its Walls $4M
9. The Hate U Give $1.8M

SOURCE: COMSCORE.com

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Oct052017

Ice, Ice Baby: NHL Sponsorship Spend A Record $505M In Centennial Season

By Barry Janoff

October 5, 2017: Last season, the NHL honored its 100th anniversary with a full-out season-long celebration that included players, coaches, legends, fans and multi-platform marketing activation.

The celebration continues to have positive results.

Sponsorship spending on the NHL and its 30 clubs totaled a league record $505 million in the 2016-17 season, a 5.9% increase over the previous year.

Although the spend fell short of the 6.7% increase the league experienced in the 2015-16 NHL season, it exceeded the projected 4.3% increase in overall 2017 sports spending and 4.1% increase in overall North American sponsorship spending, according to research and consulting firm ESP Properties, Chicago.

Overall, the NHL has seen a steady rise in sponsor spend since the lockout season of 2012-13, when more than 500 regular season games were canceled.

That season, sponsor spend on the NHL and its teams was $390 million, which rose to $409 million in 2013-14, $447 million in 2014-15 and $477 million in 2015-16, according to the 2016-17 ESP Properties NHL Sponsorship Report.

Despite this upward trend, the NHL remains fourth among the Big Four U.S. sports in total sponsor spend, behind the NFL ($1.2 billion), NBA ($880 million) and MLB ($778 million).

Worldwide sponsorship spend in motorsports topped $5.3 billion last year, golf was at $1.7 billion and tennis was at $739 million, per ESP Properties.

According to research firm Statista, which provides information to companies and universities around the world, global sponsorship spend on sports topped a category record $63 billion in 2017.

"Reebok was the most active sponsor of the NHL in the 2016-17 season in terms of number of deals,” with 100% of NHL properties reporting it as a sponsor, according to ESP Properties. “However, Reebok will relinquish that status in beginning this season as (parent company) adidas becomes the league’s official jersey provider.”

The addition of adidas is expected to drive NHL sponsor spend to another record high this season, as will the addition of expansion franchise the Vegas Golden Knights, according to the ESP Properties NHL Sponsorship Report.

Among other factors cited by ESP Properties in projecting future NHL sponsor spend:

• Scotiabank’s 20-year, $800 million naming rights deal to the Air Canada Centre, home to the Toronto Maple Leafs and NBA’s Raptors, which officially will be renamed Scotiabank Arena on July 1, 2018.

• The expiration of the league’s $400 million partnership with MillerCoors and Molson Coors—and a potentially larger deal following the 2016 acquisition of MillerCoors by Molson Coors.
        
Behind Reebok, Enterprise Rent-a Car (74%) and Geico (71%) were the only other companies that topped 70% activation.

The Top 15 most active NHL sponsors also included Anheuser-Busch InBev (Bud/Bud Light 61%), Ticketmaster (52%), Coca-Cola (48%), Pepsi (42%), Ford (39%), Lexus (35%), Toyota (29%), Tim Horton’s (29%), McDonald’s (29%), Blue Cross-Blue Shield (26%), Dunkin’ Donuts (26%) and ScotiaBank (26%).

"The addition of adidas is expected to drive NHL sponsor spend to another record high this season, as will expansion franchise the Vegas Golden Knights."

The most active category sponsoring the NHL was automotive, replacing QSR, with carmakers 3.4 times more likely to sponsor the league than the average of all sponsors, according to ESP Properties.

Technology, retail and sports apparel and equipment joined the list of the ten most active categories, while lottery and gaming, non-alcoholic beverages and food dropped off.

After auto and QSR (2.9), the Top Ten most active categories were insurance (2.6), beer (2.5), medical (2.2), banks (2.0), tech (2.0), retail (2.0), media (1.9) and sports apparel and equipment (1.6).

The NHL champion Pittsburgh Penguins were among seven NHL franchises that had total sponsorship spend above the NHL average: the Boston Bruins, Chicago Blackhawks, Montreal Canadians, New York Rangers,  Penguins, Maple Leafs and Vancouver Canucks.

Teams that had sponsorship spend at the NHL average were the Anaheim Ducks, Calgary Flames, Dallas Stars, Detroit Red Wings, Edmonton Oilers, Los Angeles Kings, Minnesota Wild, New Jersey Devils, New York Islanders, Ottawa Senators, Philadelphia Flyers, San Jose Sharks, St. Louis Blues and Washington Capitals.

Teams that fell below the NHL average in sponsor spend were the Arizona Coyotes, Buffalo Sabres, Carolina Hurricanes, Colorado Avalanche, Columbus Blue Jackets, Florida Panthers, Nashville Predators, Tampa Bay Lightening and Winnipeg Jets.

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