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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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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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Jul222019

Team USA, IOC, NBC, Sponsors Eye One Year Until 2020 Tokyo Summer Games

By Barry Janoff

July 22, 2019: With just a year to go until the 2020 Summer Games Opening Ceremony in Tokyo, the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee, the International Olympic Committee, the Tokyo Organizing Committee, broadcast partner NBC and official Olympic marketing partners are joining for a multi-platform effort to embrace the event.

The 2020 Games — scheduled for July 24-Aug. 9, 2020 — will see more than 11,000 athletes from 206 expected countries, with athletes competing in 50 disciplines across 33 sports for a total of 339 medal events.

The Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020 are scheduled for Aug. 25-Sept. 6, 2020, with 22 sports and 537 medal events.

The USOPC said it would mark the one-year countdown with marketing, numerous promotional activities and athlete appearances, including New York, Orlando and Colorado Springs, as well as Team USA athletes taking part in celebrations in Tokyo.

Concurrently, USOPC plans to launch parallel campaigns — "Olympians Made Here" and "Paralympians Made Here" — to celebrate national team student-athletes and advance collegiate Olympic and Paralympic sport opportunities on campuses across the country.

According to USOPC, “The non-commercial solidarity campaigns are the latest initiatives taken by the USOPC’s Collegiate Advisory Council to enhance collaboration between colleges, universities and conferences, the USOPC and its member National Governing Bodies.”

NBCUniversal, which has exclusive media rights to the Olympic Games in the U.S. through 2032, will have a full roster of activation, including a company-wide promotional roadblock.

NBCU’s more than 20 broadcast and cable networks will break an Olympic promotional spot on July 23, including a 60-second version in primetime on NBC set to “The Greatest Show” as performed by Panic! At the Disco.

In cooperation with the USOPC, 15 Olympic athletes and hopefuls — including Shaun White, Ali Krieger and David Boudia — will celebrate the occasion in New York and Los Angeles and appear across numerous NBCU platforms and shows.on July 23-24.

The shows include Access, Talk Stoop, Telemundo-owned stations, CNBC: Make It, NY Live, Stay Tuned, The Hub, On Her Turf and Comcast’s X1.
    
On July 23, Golf Channel’s daily news shows, Morning Drive and Golf Central, will showcase the men’s and women’s golf competitions at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Telemundo will feature special content and segments on its sports and entertainment show, Titulares y Más and across the network’s daily programs and social media.

Team USA social channels will celebrate the one-year-out milestone with new content and a “focus on introducing fans of Team USA to Tokyo 2020 hopefuls in unique, engaging ways.”

Included will be a one-year-out graphic treatment across all social platforms, infographics introducing Team USA summer athletes and sports, on-the-ground updates from the set of NBC’s Today and athlete appearances in New York, and behind-the-scenes content from summer athletes worldwide training for the Games.

Team USA said it would also mark one-year out in Japan in partnership with Setagaya, Team USA’s host city at the Games, with a two-day festival, July 27-28.

IOC top-tier partner Bridgestone, said it would celebrate one-year-to-go until Tokyo 2020 by “inviting the world to follow its journey to the next Olympic Games and experience what it means to help people chase their dreams.”

Bridgestone, the only top-level Olympic and Paralympic partner with its global headquarters in Tokyo — and some 28,000 employees in the country — will activate marketing under its umbrella theme, “Chase Your Dream.”

"As the only Worldwide Olympic and Paralympic Partner with its global headquarters in Tokyo, we feel a personal sense of pride to be able to support these Games and welcome the world to our hometown," Masaaki Tsuya, chairman, CEO and representative executive officer for Bridgestone Corp. said via the company.

The Tokyo Organizing Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games is planning a “1 Year To GO Ceremony” July 24 in the Tokyo International Forum.

“At last, we have exactly one year until the opening of the Tokyo 2020 Games. We are celebrating this important milestone in a ceremony to confirm our solidarity towards the hosting of the Games,” said the committee.

“During this ceremony, the Olympic medal design will be revealed for the first time . . . The program will include exciting content fitted for the celebration, and we will share the expectation and joy of hosting the Games next year.”

IOC top-tier sponsors include Alibaba Group, Atos, Bridgestone, Coca-Cola, Dow, GE, Intel, Omega, Panasonic, Procter & Gamble, Samsung, Toyota and Visa.

USOPC partners include 24 Hour Fitness, The Hartford, Hershey, Kellogg’s, Liberty Mutual, Milk Life, Nabisco, Nike, Oakley, Polo Ralph Lauren, Smucker’s and United.

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