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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

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• 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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After ‘Challenging’ ’17, Under Armour Sees ‘Progress’ in ’18 Behind ‘The Rock,’ Curry

By Barry Janoff

May 1, 2018: During a Q4-year end conference call with analysts and media in November, Under Armour CEO and founder Kevin Plank said, ““Before we start, I’d like to take a moment to acknowledge the disappointment that we feel about our financial performance in 2017. We understand the issues that put us in this position.”

Among the figures, revenue was down 5% to $1.4 billion, apparel revenue decreased 8% to $939 million and North America “challenges impacted results” with revenue down 12%.

During a Q1 2018 call today (May 1), Plank was decidedly more optimistic about numbers that included revenue up 6% to $1.2 billion, direct-to-consumer revenue up 17% to $352 million and apparel revenue up 7% to $766 million.

Although some figures were not as positive — revenue to wholesale customers increased just 1% (to $779 million) and North America revenue was down 1%; and Under Armour recently was passed by Puma for third in sales among athletic-brand companies, behind Nike and adidas, according to financial analysts — Plank had reasons to see a more solid future than months earlier.

 “As a company, there is no question that 2017 and 2018 make up one of the most challenging, yet opportunistic periods in our history,” Plank said during the financial call.

“In the midst of this inflection point, we are holistically transforming the company to ensure that the consumer is always first, simplifying our operations, increasing speed across our global ecosystem and prioritizing investments based on return.”

According to Plank, “The ultimate goal: greater agility, decisiveness and ability to drive long-term profitability through consistent and repeatable execution.

“Over time, we have every confidence that the work we are doing to reposition and engineer our company will deliver an even stronger brand for our consumers and retail partners, while simultaneously creating greater consistency and therefore confidence in Under Armour as an investment choice for our shareholders,” he said.

The financial report came just weeks after Under Armour broke a multi-media campaign starring Dwayne “The Rock" Johnson, “Will Finds A Way,” focusing on the brand’s roots in athletic performance.

Adrienne Lofton, svp-global brand management for Under Armour, said when the campaign was unveiled, "The Under Armour team proudly refers to Dwayne Johnson as the 'Motivator of the Masses' and together we bring this campaign to the world in celebration of our fused belief that with the right amount of 'Will power,' all athletes — including the UA athletes featured alongside him in this campaign — can find their way to the top.”

Plank supported that statement during the financial call, pointing to the recently released UA HOVR Phantom and Sonic running footwear, and the new UA Project Rock collection as having “already virtually sold through.”

Examples our how Under Armour’s “go-to-market has changed during this hybrid period” also include its ColdGear reaction and unstoppable collections; as well as the Signature Curry 4 and Curry 5 fronted by NBA star Stephen Curry; and Speed 2 footwear relations, according to Plank.

Baltimore-based Under Armour’s spokespersons also include Tom Brady, Jordan Spieth, Misty Copeland, Bryce Harper, Buster Posey, Michael Phelps, Andy Murray, Julio Jones, Cam Newton, Clayton Kershaw, Lindsey Vonn and Kelley O’Hara.

"Our first quarter results demonstrate measured progress against our focus on operational excellence and becoming a better company," said Plank.

"As we continue to build our global brand by delivering innovative performance products to our athletes, amplifying our story, further strengthening our go-to-market process, and leveraging our systems to create even deeper consumer connections — we remain confident in our ability to deliver on our full year targets."

Under Armour Goes Back To Its Roots With The Rock

Under Armour CEO Plank: 'Incredibly Disappoint With 2017 Performance'

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