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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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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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NFL UK 2019
• Oct. 27  Cincinnati Bengals v Los Angeles Rams Wembley Stadium
• Nov. 3 Houston Texans v Jacksonville Jaguars Wembley Stadium

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• Nov. 18 Kansas City  Chiefs v Los Angeles Chargers Mexico City Estadio Azteca (ESPN Monday Night Football)

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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)

• 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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Los Angeles Rams Stadium Books American Airlines To $90M Partnership Alliance

By Barry Janoff

August 6, 2019: LA Stadium and Entertainment District at Hollywood Park (LASED), the $5 billion project now under construction as the 2020 home for the NFL’s Los Angeles Rams and Chargers, has signed American Airlines as its first partner as well as a Founding Partner for LASED and the official airline of the Rams and Chargers.

As a part of the agreement, the carrier will have exclusive naming rights to American Airlines Plaza, an expansive 2.5-acre two-level open-air space that serves as a main entrance into the stadium and performance venue (rendition pictured).

Financial terms were not released, but were put at $90 million over ten years by industry analysts.

“For decades, Los Angeles has been one of American’s most important markets and has played a major role in connecting Southern California to the rest of the world,” Robert Isom, American Airlines president, said during a media conference in Los Angeles on Tuesday.

“It is our mission to give our customers the world-class experience they deserve, and we are committed to doing so both at the airport and within the community. It’s an exciting time for the City of Angels and for American Airlines.”

American Airlines Plaza will also be the main entry point into an adjacent VIP entrance, which opens into a three-level lobby inside the stadium.

The venue, which does not as yet have a naming rights deal, has been selected as host for Super Bowl LVI in February 2022.

It is also scheduled to host the College Football Playoff National Championship in January 2023.

During the 2028 Los Angeles Summer Olympics, the stadium is expected to host the opening and closing ceremonies, as well as soccer. Archery will be held on the grounds outside the stadium

It also could be among the prospective venues during the 2026 FIFA World Cup, to be hosted by the U.S., Mexico and Canada.

American Airlines also currently has rights to the home arenas for the NBA’s Miami Heat and Dallas Mavericks.

American said it is the largest carrier at Los Angeles International Airport, with more than 200 daily flights to 70 destinations.

The carrier, has a 70-plus year presence at LAX, is "undertaking a $1.6 billion modernization project to fully reimagine LAX Terminals 4 and 5 — American’s largest individual investment at an airport in its 93-year history," according to the airline.

Airlines have been active in the naming rights category over the past months.

Earlier this week, the Raiders, which are moving from Oakland to Las Vegas for the 2020 NFL season, signed a $400 million-plus naming rights deal to their new stadium with Allegiance Air.

"We are looking forward to continuing to work together to inspire Angelenos to shine bright and reach new heights.”

In June, Los Angles Memorial Coliseum signed a ten-year naming rights deal valued to the field with United Airlines, now known as United Airlines Field at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.

LASED is being built under the auspices of Rams owner and chairman Stan Kroenke.

“We are thrilled to continue our partnership with American Airlines and travel with them to Hollywood Park,” said Kevin Demoff, Rams COO, said via the team.

“From building playgrounds and rewarding fans with trips to games to flying the team to Super Bowl LIII, American Airlines and the Rams have made quite a team. We are looking forward to continuing to work together to inspire Angelenos to shine bright and reach new heights.”

PHOTOS COURTESY HKS Architects, Inc.

Raiders, Allegiant Fly $400 Million-Plus Naming Rights Deal

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