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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)

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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)

Wednesday
Aug012012

Historic Olympic Swim Earns Phelps Congratulatory Commercial From Visa, Fans

By Barry Janoff

August 1, 2012: Visa wasted no time a in compiling and airing a national TV spot congratulating Michael Phelps on setting an Olympic record — and personal messages from fans were included to emphasize the moment.

With Phelps swimming the final lap in the 4 x 200m freestyle relay on July 31 at the 2012 Summer Olympics, he and his three teammates won gold — Phelps' third of the current Games and 19th in his Olympic career. That surpassed the record of 18 career medals set by Russian gymnast Larissa Latynina in 1964.

His three teammates in the event were Ryan Lochte, Connor Dwyer and Ricky Berens.

Visa soon thereafter aired “Congratulations Michael” on NBC, which includes scenes from Phelps' record-setting achievement, past Olympic victories and numerous messages from people around the world, which Visa has been compiling on Facebook and YouTube.

The new spot will go into regular rotation as part of Visa's "Go World" umbrella global campaign, which includes "The Difference" and "100th of a Second," both also featuring Phelps. Lead agency is TBWA/Chiat/Day Los Angeles.

Visa said this marks the first time it has used in national marketing actual videos and photos from fans that were submitted via its Olympic "Cheer" application.

However, it is the financial firm's third spontaneous congratulations TV spot: Visa ran a congratulatory commercial for Phelps following his win in the 200 meter butterfly at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games; then, at the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games, Visa aired a congratulatory spot in the U.S. for Julia Mancuso (skiing), Johnny Spillane (skiing), Angela Ruggiero (ice hockey) and Seth Wescott (snowboarding) and in Canada celebrating the country’s first gold medal on home soil (“First Gold”).

“We’re honored to celebrate Michael Phelps as the most decorated Olympian of all-time and his memorable and historic Olympic Games performance through our real-time 'Go World' congratulatory commercial,” Kevin Burke, global CMO of core products for Visa, said in a statement.

In the spot, actor Morgan Freeman, who has been the Visa voiceover for the Go World campaign, says over shots of Phelps in competition, "Michael Phelps brought the world to its feet in 2004. Eight years and 19 medals later, the world hasn't stopped cheering yet. You just became to most decorated Olympian in history. Congratulations, Michael. From all of us."

The commercial closes with a collage of photos and videos from people who submitted images to Visa, which said it has compiled more than 38 million "cheers" to date. (See the full spot here.)

Phelps' record prior to the 2012 Games included six golds and two bronze medals at the 2004 Summer Games in Athens and eight gold medals at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing.

Visa, which has been an Olympic partner for about 25 years, is supporting 69 Olympic and Paralympic hopefuls along with national teams from more than 30 countries. However, the company did not indicate whether another such congratulatory message would air for any of the other members of Team Visa.

“We’re honored to celebrate Michael Phelps as the most decorated Olympian of all-time through our real-time 'Go World' congratulatory commercial."

According to Burke, “We’ve collected tens of millions of cheers from fans around the world for Team Visa athletes, including Michael, and are thrilled to feature some of these expressions of support to underscore the impact that cheering has on inspiring athletes to achieve unforgettable performances at the Olympic Games.”

In addition to Visa, other global partners of the International and U.S. Olympic Committees are Acer, Atos, Coca-Cola, Dow, GE, McDonald's, Omega, Panasonic, P&G and Samsung.

Visa Honors Michael Phelps In 100th Of A Second

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