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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
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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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Top Sports Marketers Of The Year 2014: Levi's — Walk The Walk In Jeans

By the Staff of NYSportsJournalism.com

December 17, 2014: Back in the day, prospectors put on their Levi's and went into the great outdoors for endless hours of backbreaking work.

These days, 68,000-75,000 people can put on their Levi's and head out to Levi's Stadium for endless hours of watching the San Francisco 49ers at work.

But it's not just the Niners who play inside the $1.2 billion stadium in Santa Clara. Among other events at Levi's Stadium: the CFB Pac-12 Championship Game was played there on Dec. 5, the CFB Foster Farms Bowl is scheduled for Dec. 30 and WWE Wrestlemania 31 will hold court there on March 2.

That's not to mention the Coors Light NHL Stadium Series scheduled for Feb. 21 between the San Jose Sharks and Los Angeles Kings. And in 2016 the Big Game: the historic Super Bowl 50 on Feb. 6.

Even with the tab of a 20-year deal its estimated $220 million for naming rights, Levi Strauss & Co. appears to already be getting it's money's worth.

In addition to Levi's it has a plethora of marketing partners, including PepsiCo, Yahoo!, Intel, Anheuser-Busch (Bud Light), Sony, Comcast-NBCUniversal, Esurance, United Airlines, SunPower, NRG Energy, SAP, Citrix, Violin Memory and Brocade. Via their efforts, the venue has been called the most high-tech and one of most environmentally friendly sports stadiums in the world.

Levi's alliance with the stadium and the Niners goes beyond signage and as the official outfitter for both the venue and the team.

In-stadium, a mobile app offers a variety of options for fans, including a way order Levi’s products from their seats during games; and the 23,000-square-foot Levi’s 501 Club includes an historical homage to the company. Fans who wear Levi's products to games can receive on the spot such items as tickets to upcoming events, field access passes and 501 Club upgrades "to reward them for living in their Levi’s," according to the company.

In the social media space, Levi's is presenting sponsor for the team's "Forty Viners" effort, which offers on Vine team information with a focus on fans (and also unites fans on Twitter).

Levi's has been working with creative agency Heat, San Francisco, for activation and marketing relating to the stadium experience. The effort includes print, radio, digital, social, in-stadium and experiential, such as the Fan Rally at Levi’s Plaza in San Francisco and at Levi's Stadium that coincided with the Niners first official home game in Levi's Stadium on Sept. 14.

Niners tight end Vernon Davis has also aided the strategy as an official spokesman. In addition to multi-media marketing, Levi's had partnered with Davis on initiatives benefiting the Vernon Davis Foundation for the Arts, which seeks to provide scholarships to dedicated art students and grants to deserving nonprofit programs.

"When we signed on to sponsor it, we knew that it would become an industry-leading example of innovation, sustainability and excellence — values that 49ers organization share with Levi’s," Stacy Doren, head of Levi’s marketing for the Americas, said during a recent Q&A with NYSportsJournalism. "As the company that founded the blue jean, Levi’s prides itself on its forward thinking approach to the development of our products. Innovation is something that is and was always at our core."

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