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The newly unveiled logo for the Paris 2024 Summer Olympic and Paralympics Games combines two iconic symbols associated with the Games – a gold medal and the Olympic torch – which combine to form an image of Marianne, a female figure representing the French Republic  This is the first time the Olympic logo will be shared with the Paralympic Games.

• The late golf icon Arnold Palmer will be commemorated with a Forever Stamp from the U.S. Postal Service in 2020. The stamp features James Drake's action photo of Palmer at the 1964 U.S. Open at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Md. Art director Antonio Alcalá designed the stamp.

• Dr Teal's Epsom Salts has signed All Pro TE Jason Witten (Dallas Cowboys) and two-time defending Defensive Player of the Year Aaron Donald (Los Angeles Rams) to explain in marketing the “benefits of balancing rigorous workouts with regimented muscle recovery in order to achieve and maintain peak performance.”

• 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. 

• 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.

• 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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• Doobie Brothers
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• MC5
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• Nine Inch Nails
• Notorious B.I.G.
• Rufus feat. Chaka Khan
• Todd Rundgren
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• T. Rex
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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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Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.
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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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Top Ten Sports Marketers Of The Year 2015: Nothing Is Easy, Everything Is Possible

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By the Staff of NYSportsJournalism

January 11, 2016: What are the qualities, strategies and skill sets that separate some companies, leagues, athletes and organizations from others and drive them to rise to the level of Sports Marketers of the Year?

In 2015, it included an event with 7,000 athletes and 3,000 coaches, a Super Bowl that was decades in the making, two fighters who came together after years of avoiding each other, a golden anniversary celebration for an iconic sports drink, an NBA MVP who led his team to victory against all odds and a kick-ass MMA champ who took on all comers, ultimately defeating all but one.

For AT&T, it is supporting and helping to grow college sports as a corporate partner of the NCAA and through a bevy of regional and local activations, as well as boosting sports and entertainment via naming rights deals for AT&T Stadium (home of the NFL's Dallas Cowboys) and supporting with marketing that features legends from college and the pros. There also was time for a deal that made a couple of headlines in which AT&T acquired DirecTV for $49 billion. (Read the full story here.)

For Dick's Sporting Goods, it is building a foundation to raise funds for and awareness of the financial plight of high school sports while expanding its core propositions via expansion, memorable ad campaigns and a multi-layered union with the U.S. Olympic Committee that includes offering flexible work hours to potential Olympic and Paralympic atheltes. (Read the full story here.)

In the category of eSports, it is generating enough fan, financial, marketing and media interest to skyrocket an entire global movement, including creating divisions and driving investments from the likes of Activision, EA Sports, Turner Sports, Coca-Cola and Microsoft. (Read the full story here.)

At Esurance, it is generating awareness of online insurance and driving a message across sports and marketing boundaries via alliances that include tennis, MLB and SXSW. (Read the full story here.)

A combined effort between HBO and Showtime was a major reason that the Floyd Mayweather Jr.-Manny Pacquiao fight on May 2 took place. Not to mention a Foot Locker commercial. A chance meeting during a Miami Heat game. And a fing full of sponsors, media and fight fans offering to pay a record sum to see the bout, seven years in the making, become a reality. (Read the full story here.)

At the NHL, the past year included a new deal with adidas, a game-changing alliance with Major League Baseball Advanced Media, new pacts with such companies as SAP, Kellogg’s, Samsung, and Procter & Gamble, all leading to a league record spend among marketing partners. (Read the full story here.)

For the NFL, is it evolving a strategy over 50 years that culminates with an historic Super Bowl so impactful that it changed the Roman L to  Arabic number 50. (Read the full story here.)

A year-long celebration of the golden 50th anniversary of Gatorade put PepsiCo on the list, including a "Be Like Mike" redux and other elements featuring Jordan and a powerful roster of brand endorsers. (Read the full story here.)

Skechers reached the summit here by compiling and triumphantly utilizing what arguably might be the most eclectic team ever to drive consumer awareness and sales, adding the Los Angeles Marathon, Meghan Trainor, and Sugar Ray Leonard to a roster that includes Ringo Starr, Demi Lovato, Mariano Rivera, Joe Montana and Joe Namath — plus a Super Bowl commercial starring Pete Rose. (Read the full story here.)

For the Special Olympics World Games Los Angeles, it was successfully hosting from July 25-Aug. 2 7,000 athletes and 3,000 coaches representing 177 countries, 30,000 volunteers and an estimated 500,000 spectators — organizers called it the "single biggest event in Los Angeles since the 1984 Olympic Games" — with such partners as AEG, Bank of America, Coca-Cola, Mattel, Procter & Gamble, Toyota, Toys R Us, Kate Capshaw & Steven Spielberg and The Walt Disney Co. (Read the full story here.)

Two athletes, each with their own set of memorable skills in the areas of sports, marketing and fan interaction, have been selected as the first Athlete Sports Marketers of the Year: the UFC's Ronda Rousey and NBA All-Star guard Stephen Curry. They both have already been deemed to be leaders among their peers across all sports and have officially been named as the Female Athlete Sports Marketer of the Year (read her full story here) and the Male Athlete Sports Marketer of the Year (read his full story here), respectively, by NYSportsJournalism.

The Top Ten Sports Marketers of the Year for 2015 were selected by NYSportsJournalism.com via a review of the stories, articles, Q&A's, features, social media strengths, marketing, business efforts and response from readers, consumers and industry peers about companies, people, organizations, teams, leagues, agencies, medial outlets and others throughout the year.

The ten companies, leagues and categories will now go to a vote among the public-at-large.

Ultimately, one of them will become the Grand Sports Marketer of the Year and join past winners including BBVA Compass (2010), Mission AthleteCare (2012), Stand Up to Cancer with MLB and MasterCard (2013) and The ALS Assn. (2014).

Congratulations to all of those nominated for the work and achievements you have had in 2015, and to the achievements to come in 2016 and beyond.

The Top Sports Marketers of the Year for 2015 (in alphabetical order): AT&T, Dick's Sporting Goods, eSports (category), Esurance, HBO-Showtime (Mayweather-Pacquiao), NFL Super Bowl 50, NHL, PepsiCo Gatorade, Skechers, Special Olympics World Games Los Angeles.

Female Athlete Sports Marketer of the Year: Ronda Rousey

Male Athlete Sports Marketer of the Year: Stephen Curry

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