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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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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

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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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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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• 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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Jan262011

Volkswagen Channeling Hollywood On Its Way To Stardom At Super Bowl XVL

By Barry Janoff, Executive Editor

A pint-sized 'Darth Vader' gets a starring role in a Volkswagen Super Bowl commercial.January 27, 2011: Volkswagen is taking a side trip, via Hollywood, California, en route to Super Bowl XLV in North Texas.

The automaker broke a spot late last year for its Jetta brand, "Backseat Dancer," that features movie legends Gene Kelly and Donald O'Connor, both deceased (1996 and 2003, respectively), sitting in the back of the vehicle and foot-stomping in time to overlayed music (which actually are digitally remixed outtakes from a TV special the pair did in 1960). Volkswagen had previously used Kelly in marketing, including a spot for its Golf GTI in 2006.

For the Super Bowl, Volkswagen is channeling another movie classic, George Lucas' franchise Star Wars, for one of the two 30-second spots it has scheduled to air on Fox on Feb. 6. In "The Force," humorously played out to Star Wars' composer John Williams' "The Imperial March," a much younger and pint-sized version of villain Darth Vader finds the 2012 Passat in his driveway. According to Volkswagen, he then "uses the Force" to his advantage, not only on the Passat but on other items in his parents' home.

The second spot, "Black Beetle," is being billed as the on-air premiere of the 21st Century Beetle marketing campaign. According to the carmaker, it will be "an homage to some of the greatest car chase scenes in the history of film and TV," even though the actual VW car itself is never shown. In the spot, a CGI black beetle is in a "lush kingdom where [it] rules, runs, navigates and out performs all the other creatures." The spot is played out to the high-energy song, "Black Betty," re-recorded here by Jon Spencer and the Blues Explosion.

This will be the second consecutive year Volkswagen has advertised during the Super Bowl after a nine-year hiatus.

Support includes media buys on Oprah and the NBA Finals. Immediately following the Super Bowl, Volkswagen said it would launch a related digital and social media campaign, including an ESPN mobile takeover, VW.com blog, Facebook activations and a YouTube homepage takeover for the recently launched walk-around Webisodes, "Inside the VW Academy." Lead agency is Deutsch LA.

"The iconic shape of the Beetle and its place in pop culture gives us creative license to take a bold and unconventional approach in this spot where viewers only see the silhouette and not the car itself," Tim Ellis, vp-marketing for Volkswagen of America, said in a statement. "Additionally, we've partnered with Lucasfilm for the all-new Passat ad, leveraging the emotional heritage of both Star Wars and Volkswagen to create a memorable moment on an unparalleled platform for two of the vehicles most important to Volkswagen's growth strategy."

Volkswagen went Hollywood with Donald O'Connor (R) and Gene Kelly for its Jetta campaign.According to Mike Sheldon, CEO for Deutsch LA, "Both spots show the creativity and innovation that people expect from an iconic brand like Volkswagen. The Super Bowl is unlike any other media platform in the world in terms of its reach and cultural influence. It is tailor-made for big announcements and is the perfect way for VW to engage the American public."

Voklswagen will be among at least ten automakers and car-related companies with spots during Super Bowl XLV, including Hyundai, Kia, Chrysler, Audi, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Bridgestone and Cars.com. Thirty-second spots are going for between $2.7-$3 million, per industry analysts.

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