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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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• 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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Seeking To Drive Global Tennis Strategy, Porsche Signs Wheel Deal With WTA

By Barry Janoff

April 30, 2017: Fresh off its success in the Porsche Grand Prix, during which Maria Sharapova made her return to competitive tennis after a 15-month suspension, Porsche has signed a multi-year deal naming it the title sponsor for the WTA Finals qualification platform.

The season-long effort will be known as the "Porsche Race to Singapore," which culminates at the BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global in October, which features the top eight women’s singles players and top eight doubles teams.

Financial terms were not disclosed.

"We have seen a strong, intense and successful partnership and cooperation between Porsche and the WTA," Detlev von Platen, executive board member responsible for sales and marketing for Porsche AG, said during a media conference in Stuttgart to unveil the alliance with the WTA. "We have seen it in Stuttgart (at the Porsche Grand Prix) and now we want to see it on an international basis. We now have conceived the Race to Singapore with the WTA."

Under the re-imagined Porsche Race to Singapore, 57 tournaments — 53 WTA events plus the four Grand Slams — leading into the WTA Finals each represent one lap of the Porsche Race to Singapore.

Each tournament will be noted in campaign graphics with a lap number (reflecting the tournament number within the season) on a pit lane signpost.

The player who finishes the regular season as the No.1 player on the Porsche Race to Singapore leaderboard, by collecting the most points after lap 57, will not only earn a spot in the season-ending showpiece but also be presented with a new Porsche 911 GTS Cabriolet.

Porsche has been the official automotive sponsor of the BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global since 2015. In addition, the Stuttgart-based company has been a sponsor for the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix since 1978 and has served as the event owner and organizer since 2002.

"We are always looking for partnerships in tournaments, but the standard has been set by Porsche with its unwavering commitment to our sport," Steve Simon WTA chairman and CEO, said during the media event. "Aligning Porsche with our great athletes is something very special."

Sponsorship spend on tennis reached hit a record $801 million in 2016, up 4.2% from the $769 million spend in 2015.

However, showing some of the shortcomings in tennis sponsorships, it lags behind the projected 4.7% rise  in overall global sponsorship spend in 2016, according to the Tennis Sponsorship Report from research and consulting firm IEG, Chicago, which was released late last year.

 The reason for tennis not keeping pace is "due to a mixed bag of activity at the world's major tennis organizations," according to IEG.

The most active category in tennis sponsorship is financial services (including banks, credit cards), followed by airlines, automotive, alcoholic beverages, non-alcoholic beverages, watches/jewelry and retail.

According to the WTA’s Simon, "The WTA is delighted to strengthen its long-standing relationship with Porsche. Porsche has supported women’s tennis for 40 years and we look forward to now creating a global footprint for the brand’s association with the WTA."

"The title sponsorship of the Porsche Race to Singapore contributes to the internationalization of our engagement in women’s tennis," said von Platen. "It intensifies our successful partnership with the WTA and enriches it with a new attractive element.

"Alongside our national activities and the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix’s worldwide presence, this new element provides value and visibility throughout the entire year in women´s tennis," said von Platen.

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