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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

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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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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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• Oct. 27  Cincinnati Bengals v Los Angeles Rams 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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Apr012016

Papa John's Adds Baseball Toppings To Sports Alliances With MLB Deal

By Barry Janoff

April 1, 2016: Papa John’s, which already has an official alliance with the NFL and a taste of the NBA pie, has signed a deal to become the official pizza of MLB.

Financial terms for the alliance, which begins immediately, were not released. Papa John's replaced Dominos in the category for MLB.

The company also has alliances with 21 MLB teams and is the founding sponsor of the Papa John's Youth Baseball Invitational.

Papa John's said it would support its position with integrated marketing and experiential campaigns across MLB‘s media platforms, signature events and the Play Ball Initiative.

Beginning on Opening Day {April 3) and continuing throughout the MLB season, Papa John’s will promote "Papa Slam," in which consumers get 40% off any pizza on its regular menu the day after a grand slam homer is hit if they order online and use a special promo code.

Papa Slams will be promoted across MLB.com, MLB social channels, MLB Network and MLB.TV, with live look-ins on games when the bases are loaded.

In addition, Papa John’s said it would support Papa Slam across its digital, TV and social media channels. (Details here.)

Dominos promos included pizza giveaways tied to no-hitters. There were seven no-hitters in MLB last season, eight in 2014 and just three in 2013.

By comparison, in 2015, there were 108 grand slams and 4,073 plate appearances with the bases loaded. In 2014, San Francisco Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner hit two. Between 1998 and 2008, MLB averaged 135.5 grand slams per season, with a record 139 hit in 1999.

Although not specified, it is anticipated that Papa John's would utilized MLB players in national TV, print, Internet and social media activation.

A regional campaign unveiled this week with the Texas Rangers features former catcher Ivan "Pudge" Rodriguez in a spot, "Outta The Park," promoting a $7 pizza deal via a special promo code.

As the official pizza sponsor for the NFL and Super Bowl, Papa John's in marketing it has used such players and legends as Peyton Manning (who also owns numerous franchises), J.J. Watt, Joe Montana and Jerome Betis.

With the NBA, it has used in marketing players including Paul George.

“This partnership combines two of the nation’s favorite pastimes, eating pizza and watching baseball,” John Schnatter, Papa John's founder, chairman and CEO, said in a statement. “As the official pizza of Major League Baseball, we are delivering a better pizza to baseball fans and making Grand Slams even more exciting with Papa Slam.”

According to  Bob Bowman, MLB president, business and media, “With 21 Club deals and involvement in youth baseball, Papa John’s has demonstrated a commitment to baseball and we are delighted they are deepening their involvement with a national MLB partnership.

"The Papa Slam is a fun opportunity for Papa John’s to provide a desirable fan benefit connected to the Grand Slam, baseball’s most exciting offensive moment," said Bowman.

Papa John’s MLB team alliances include the Arizona Diamondbacks, Atlanta Braves, Baltimore Orioles, Chicago White Sox, Cleveland Indians, Colorado Rockies, Houston Astros, Kansas City Royals, Los Angeles Angels, Miami Marlins, Milwaukee Brewers, Minnesota Twins, New York Yankees, Philadelphia Phillies, Pittsburgh Pirates, San Diego Padres, Seattle Mariners, St. Louis Cardinals, Tampa Bay Rays, Texas Rangers and Washington Nationals.

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