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• Under Armour said this morning that Patrik Frisk, the company’s president and COO, would become its new CEO, effective Jan. 1, 2020. He will also remain president. Company founder, chairman and CEO Kevin Plank, will become executive chairman and brand chief. According to Friske via Under Armour, "The opportunity that lies ahead of us is incredible as our entire global team continues to lean hard into our transformation."

• Sacramento, California's capital city, has been awarded an MLS expansion team with Sacramento Republic FC becoming the league's 29th team and beginning play in MLS in 2022. The club will build a new, $300 million, 20,100-seat soccer stadium in the downtown Railyards District. 

• 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.

• 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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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. 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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Apr022014

PepsiCo Extends Its Alliance With MLB, Adds Brands, Harper To Marketing Mix

By Barry Janoff

April 2, 2014: PepsiCo, which has been an official partner of Major League Baseball for more than 15 years, said it has signed a multi-year pact to extend and enhance its relationship with MLB.

As part of the sponsorship, PepsiCo maintains "exclusive rights within the non-alcoholic beverage, sports fuel and salty snack categories to use MLB marks and logos."

In addition, PepsiCo said it has alliances with more than half of the MLB teams and has more than a dozen MLB athletes as marketing endorsers.

PepsiCo brands named as official MLB sponsors include Pepsi, Gatorade, Aquafina, Frito-Lay Seeds, Cracker Jack and Lay's. Financial terms were not disclosed.

PepsiCo said it would continue to "create local and national MLB fan marketing programs, integrate into the league's TV assets, work with the league's mobile and digital properties through its long-standing partnership with MLB Advanced Media, produce retail promotional opportunities with its customers and activate at marquee MLB events" such as the All-Star Game and World Series.

"MLB is a terrific PepsiCo partner and provides a strong platform to activate our food and beverage brands in ways that benefit the League, our retail customers and baseball fans across the country," Jennifer Storms, svp-global sports marketing for PepsiCo, said in a statement "Opening Day marks the start of a busy selling season for many PepsiCo brands and we're delighted to continue our relationship with one of the world's most iconic sports properties."

Included in new marketing will be a campaign from Gatorade to support the launch of its Fierce subline starring Bryce Harper of the Washington Nationals, who has just signed as a brand endorser.

Pepsi will unveil "For the Thrill of the Game"  under its umbrella "Live for Now" campaign, which will focus on the "excitement and passion" that baseball fans have for the game. Aquafina will add to its destination as the "official water of Major League Baseball" by becoming the "official sponsor of the Seventh Inning Stretch," with support that includes on-package promotions.

Frito-Lay brands, including Lay's, Cracker Jack and Frito-Lay Sunflower Seeds will have sampling and other promotional efforts throughout the season. Frito-Lay will also develop team specific POP displays in select markets where it has a team sponsorship, according to the company.

According to Tim Brosnan, evp-business for MLB, "PepsiCo has been a tremendous supporter of Major League Baseball for nearly two decades. PepsiCo will enhance the fan experience at the ballpark and at retail with promotions across its food and beverage portfolio. As one of baseball's great rising stars, Bryce Harper is a perfect selection by Gatorade as a brand endorser."

"PepsiCo will enhance the fan experience at the ballpark and at retail with promotions across its food and beverage portfolio."

The push comes on the heels of what PepsiCo called the launch of the "biggest worldwide, integrated marketing campaign" for its Global Snacks Group. The Lay's brand push stars soccer icon Lionel Messi and will lead to the FIFA World Cup in June-July (for which rival Coca-Cola is an official marketing partner). Elements include TV, out-of-home, POP, Internet, social media and packaging with Messi's image. (See the full spot here.)

“We are proud to deliver the first-ever global equity integrated marketing campaign for Lay’s using the universally beloved game of football as our backdrop,”  Lorraine Chow Hansen, president, PepsiCo Global Snacks Group, said in a statement.

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