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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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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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Oct242016

In The Dough: O’Neal Sweetens Marketing Roster With Krispy Kreme Alliance

By Barry Janoff

October 24, 2016: Shaquille O’Neal loves Krispy Kreme doughnuts so much he has bought into the company.

O’Neal has become owner of a Krispy Kreme location in Atlanta, which has been a doughnut shop location for more than 60 years, according to the company. He also is the brand’s new global spokesperson and will appear in multi-media marketing.

"Ur favorite doughnut just got even HOTTER, baby – I’ve joined the @krispykreme family! #krispykreme #shaq #shaqalicious," O’Neal posted to his Twitter account today.

And on his Facebook page, he wrote,"Excited to be joining the Krispy Kreme Doughnuts family as global spokesperson and franchise owner in Atlanta. That Hot Light is ON, baby!"

The pact was overseen by Authentic Brands Group, joint owner of Shaq, Inc., which earlier this year guided the deal between O’Neal and The General insurance.

O’Neal celebrated by visiting Krispy Kreme headquarters in Winston-Salem, NC, interacting with employees and, of course, enjoying some of the product.

"In addition to Shaquille’s status as a sports and entertainment icon and businessman, he is known for spreading joy, which aligns with our positioning and mission," Tony Thompson, president and CEO for Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, said in a statement. "We are confident this partnership will have a big impact for us in Atlanta and around the world."

For its first activation with O’Neal, Krispy Kreme has unveiled "Shaq-or-Treat," a social media driven promotion for Halloween.

Stating that Halloween is one of "O’Neal’s favorite days," people who tag their Halloween social media posts with #ShaqOrTreat between Oct. 28-31 will be eligible to win "Shaq-autographed prizes or Krispy Kreme surprises." (Details here.)

According to O’Neal, “Krispy Kreme prides itself on spreading joy and supporting local communities, and that’s a cause that I am thrilled to be part of. Our goal is to help people find their happy place, and what better way than with a box of delicious Krispy Kreme doughnuts."

O’Neal, who earlier this year was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, also has endorsements and alliances that include Gold Bond, Icy Hot, Reebok, Steiner Sports and The Shaquille O’Neal Big & Tall Men’s Collection at Macy’s.

He recently invested in eSports participant NRG eSports along with former MLB star Alex Rodriguez and MLB player Jimmy Rollins.

O’Neal this week beings his fifth season with Turner Sports’ NBA on TNT's Inside the NBA analysis show, alongside Ernie Johnson, Kenny Smith and Charles Barkley. It would not be unprecedented for him to arrive on-set with Krispy Kreme doughnuts or, in keeping with his style of giving himself nicknames ("The Big Aristotle," "Shaq Daddy," "Superman") to bestow himself another doughnut-related one.

"When you think about brands that resonate in pop culture, Krispy Kreme is on that short list of brands that transcend their industry and connect with consumers on personal level,” Nick Woodhouse, president and CMO for Authentic Brands Group, said in a statement. "We are excited to partner with Krispy Kreme to amplify their message and grow the brand’s presence worldwide."

PHOTOS COURTESY KRISPY KREME

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