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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
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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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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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State Farm Brings Starters Chris Paul, James Harden Back For NBA Campaign

By Barry Janoff

October 16, 2018: State Farm, an official NBA partner since 2010, enters the 2018-19 season with a multi-platform push that includes new spots, new activation and a naming rights deal to the home arena for the Atlanta Hawks.

Three spots — “RoboAgent,” “Nice Moments” and “19K Jerseys” — will break this week during NBA Tip-Off presented by Kia starring Chris Paul and James Harden of the Houston Rockets and actor Oscar Nuñez reprising his role as State Farm agent Cole Perez.

The spots, continuing the tag “Here to help things go right,” will air across NBA media partners ESPN, TNT and NBA TV, with digital and social media support.

The campaign will continue through the NBA season with new work during such jewel events as such NBA Christmas Day and All-Star Weekend, where State Farm is title sponsor of All-Star Saturday Night.

Lead agency is Translation, LLC.

The message, according to State Farm, is “communicating that whether it’s the game of basketball or the game of life, when you have a trusted playmaker like a State Farm agent on your team, you can always trust that they’ve ‘got you.’”

In August, State Farm enhanced its NBA presence via a naming rights deal to the home venue of the Atlanta Hawks and WNBA Dream, formerly Philips Arena and now State Farm Arena.

Although specific terms of the deal were not disclosed, they were put at 20 years for $175 million by industry analysts.

In September, State Farm acquired naming rights to the home stadium for the NFL’s Arizona Cardinals.

State Farm is the most active partner in the NBA, which last season topped $1 billion in sponsor spend for the first time, according to the 2018 ESP NBA Sponsorship Spend Report from research and consulting firm ESP Properties, Chicago.

Paul has been a State Farm spokesman since 2012 and his days with the Los Angeles Clippers, when he was paired with faux twin brother Cliff Paul.

After he joined the Rockets last season, he appeared in spots with Harden and Rockets icon Clyde “The Glide” Drexler.

Last year, Paul, Harden and Drexler visited Houston-area schools and hosted fund-raisers as part of rebuilding efforts following Hurricane Harvey, in conjunction with NBA Cares, State Farm, Chris Paul Family Foundation and Reading Is Fundamental.

In "RoboAgent," Paul, Harden and Perez receive a visit from a knockoff AI bot created by a rival “budget” insurance company to compete with State Farm. The robot looks like Cole, and Paul and Harden criticize his appearance — Cole begs to differ that the bot probably never had a girlfriend.

Ultimately they stay with State Farm because “these bots do not have the compassion of a real State Farm agent.” Which leads the knockoff bot to spew water from his eyes.

Nice Moments” sees Paul and Perez staring at clouds while reclining on the hood on Cole’s car as they wait for help with a flat tire. But where Paul sees a penguin, Cole, ever the diligent State Farm agent, sees and agonizes over what  looks  like a busted pipe spewing water everywhere.

The next cloud to him looks like Paul’s house “that’s being burglarized. They’re stealing your TV right now. And that one is a bear destroying your car.”

Paul tells Perez he needs a vacation. Perez replies, “We don’t have an off-season.” Text: “Here to help cloudy days go right.”

In “19K Jerseys,” Cole shows Chris his new State Farm Agent League jersey, No. 13,172. “Why such a high number?” asks Paul. Perez explains that State Farm has more than 19,000 agents. “I wanted No. 13,171,” Cole says, “but Ty from Sioux Falls is in town, and he called dibs.”

That’s when Ty Teveldal, a real State Farm agent from Sioux Falls, makes a cameo appearance.

State Farm Expands NBA Presence With Naming Rights Deal

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