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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

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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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• 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)

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• Oct. 23 Denver Nuggets vs. Portland Trail Blazers ESPN 10 PM (ET)

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Zlatan Takes The Visa ‘Z’ Train En Route To 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia

NYSJ Sports-Entertainment Business News Service

May 12, 2018: This has been a busy year for Zlatan Ibrahimović.

In March, the 36-year-old striker, who during 15 years as a member of Sweden’s National Team scored 62 goals in 116 games, joined MLS’ Los Angeles Galaxy following a storied career that has included 33 trophies playing for nine teams across England, France, Italy, Netherlands, Spain, Sweden and now the U.S.

In April, Ibrahimović signed a deal with Visa, the official payment Services partner of FIFA, to appear in marketing for the 2018 World Cup in Russia, which begins next month.

Now, Visa has unveiled details for its World Cup activation, “Visa’s Ultimate FIFA World Cup FOMO,” which will document Zlatan’s journey to the tournament and his return to the FIFA World Cup stage, not as a player but as a Madison Avenue personality.

Social media tags for the campaign already include “Team ViZa” and “Everywhere Z wants to be.”

Zlatan joins a Team Visa roster of global social media influencers, including from Germany (freekickerz), Japan (Kotaro Tokuda), Mexico (Pamela Allier), United Kingdom (Chris MD) and Russia (Tatiana Vasilieva).

He himself has more than 60 million followers on social media, including Instagram (31.5 million followers), Facebook (26.3 million) and Twitter (5 million).

“I have been telling the world that I will be at the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia — Visa is now helping me and fans around the world get in on the action,” Ibrahimović said in a statement.

“Visa is innovative. Zlatan is innovative. Together, we are helping fans not miss a moment of the FIFA World Cup.”

Developed globally and shot in the U.K., “Visa’s Ultimate FIFA World Cup FOMO” features a combination of “more than 20 hero and social films” and includes TV, digital, video, social, print and out of home.

The lead spot, "Zlatan Returns To The World Cup," comes complete with a Zlatan bobblehead  and a voiceover from Visa spokesman Morgan Freeman, who says after Zlatan gets on a bus to being his World Cup journey, “No one wants to miss the FIFA World Cup. As an official sponsor, Visa make sure you never have to.”

The tone of Visa’s effort with Ibrahimović was set in the teaser spot, "Welcome to the Visa Family," in which he appears to be standing at the front of a media conference holding a soccer jersey with the word Visa on the front.

He then puts it down and picks up another, in which the Visa “S” has been replaced with a “Z” to read, “ViZa.”

Zlatanised,” he says.

According to Lynne Biggar, chief marketing and communications officer, for Visa Inc., “Visa is committed to enhancing the fan experience at sporting venues around the world and FIFA World Cup is no exception.

“Our FIFA World Cup™ campaign is focused on helping football fans across the globe not miss a moment of the action, whether that is by implementing innovative new ways to pay in-stadium or by giving fans at home a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the tournament.”

Among  Ibrahimović’s other marketing deals are Samsung, Vitamin Well water, gaming firm Bethard, his own line of underwear (A-Z by Zlatan), Zlatan Perfumes and Zlatan Legends intergalactic arcade game for Apple devices.

FIFA partners include adidas, Coca-Cola, Wanda, Gazprom, Hyundai-Kia Motors, Qatar Airways and Visa.

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Zlatanised: Ibrahimović Puts The ‘Z’ Into Visa's Multi-Media World Cup Marketing

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