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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

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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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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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Jul242017

Siri Is In Trouble: Who Ya Gonna Call? Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson To The Rescue

By Barry Janoff

July 24, 2017: According to a new report from data measurement and consulting firm Verto Analytics, usage of personal assistants apps – apps that use artificial intelligence, machine learning and cloud-based natural language processes to accomplish everyday tasks (i.e. messaging, navigation, accessing entertainment content, searching information) — has shown “spotty growth and even some decline among consumers.”

According to the San Francisco-based firm, "While some personal assistant apps have seen some major user growth, in general, this sector has experienced stagnation and even a decrease in users among certain apps like Siri . . . Phone-based personal assistant apps, such as Siri and S-Voice, are slowly falling in popularity . . . "

Although Apple’s Siri still is the most-used of the lot — 41 million vs. 23 million for Samsung S Voice and 20 million for Google Text-To-Speech — between May 2016 and May 2017 Siri’s active user base declined by 7.3 million monthly users, per Verto Analytics.

This news, combined with the release of iPhone 8 later this year, seems to have put Apple on the defense regarding its outgoing iPhone 7 and the decline in popularity of Siri.

Who better to stem the tide, or at least stop the bleeding, than Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson.

The former WWE star is among the most popular and highest paid actors in Hollywood. He earned an estimated $65 million over the past year (including The Fate of the Furious, Moana, Baywatch and HBO’s Ballers, plus his own production company, Seven Bucks), according to Forbes.

His legion includes 90.6 million followers on Instagram, more than 57.4 million followers on Facebook and11.6 million on Twitter.

In a new "film" that runs nearly four minutes, "iPhone 7: The Rock x Siri Dominate the Day" (Hungry Man Productions) Johnson uses Siri to show us how he has become one of Hollywood’s busiest people.

"You should never, ever, under any circumstances, underestimate how much Dwayne Johnson can get done in a day with Siri," according to Apple.

As The Rock himself touted on social media, "I partnered with #Apple to make the BIGGEST, COOLEST, CRAZIEST, DOPEST, MOST OVER THE TOP, FUNNEST (is that even a word?) movie ever. And I have the greatest co-star of all time — #SIRI."

Apple will use segments of the long-form to run as ads.

"I make movies for the world to enjoy and we also made this one to motivate you to get out there and get the job done,” according to The Rock. “I want you to watch it, have fun with it and then go LIVE IT."

Although he is constantly using Siri in this film, Johnson does not fit the profile of a "personal assistant ‘super user’ — someone who spends more than twice as much time on this category of apps as the average consumer." According to Verto Analytics, that would be a 52-year old female who spends 1.5 hours per month on personal assistant apps.

None the less, the film itself, like Johnson, is non-stop action. He already is multi-tasking when he says, "Hey, Siri, read my schedule."

"You have 25 appointments at 7:15, then at 7:20 . . . "

A news report on TV talks about The Rock: "Can he do more? Experts say no."

To Johnson, "That sounds like a challenge."

"You should never, ever, under any circumstances, underestimate how much Dwayne Johnson can get done in a day with Siri."

With his iPhone and Siri for companionship, he orders a Lyft ride to LAX (driving the car himself), commandeers an airplane and flies it to Rome (so he help repair Michelangelo’s painting on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel), heads to Japan to discuss his new fashion line (which he helps to present on the catwalk), cooks a meal with renowned chef Ludo Lefebvre, practices music on his Chinese zither, manages to take a rocket into space (where he uses his iPhone to take a selfie) and returns to Hollywood to film the closing scene in his latest action movie.”

"Glad to be back,” he says. “I have a lot to do."

"So much fun," he wrote on his social media platforms. "Happy the world is digging the campaign. We're just getting started. So much fun."

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