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• Under Armour said this morning that Patrik Frisk, the company’s president and COO, would become its new CEO, effective Jan. 1, 2020. He will also remain president. Company founder, chairman and CEO Kevin Plank, will become executive chairman and brand chief. According to Friske via Under Armour, "The opportunity that lies ahead of us is incredible as our entire global team continues to lean hard into our transformation."

• Sacramento, California's capital city, has been awarded an MLS expansion team with Sacramento Republic FC becoming the league's 29th team and beginning play in MLS in 2022. The club will build a new, $300 million, 20,100-seat soccer stadium in the downtown Railyards District. 

• 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.

• 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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• 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)
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Allianz Title Sponsorship Deal Seeks To Ensure Growth Of Drone Racing League

By Barry Janoff

February 8, 2017: Critics who might have seen the Drone Racing League as a fly-by-night venture could be re-evaluating their opinion with the DRL unveiling a multi-year, global partnership with insurance firm Allianz.

Under terms of the deal, German-based Allianz becomes title sponsor for DRL’s elite race circuit, now known as the Allianz World Championship series, which this year is scheduled to include six races.

Allianz will also support with multi-platform marketing, including a 2017 preview spot that launched to coincide with the Allianz deal, and "leverage its motor racing heritage to bring the 'sport of the future' to a rapidly growing worldwide audience."

Financial terms of the pact were not disclosed.

"This is an incredibly exciting day for the Drone Racing League and a huge leap forward for professional drone racing," Nicholas Horbaczewski, DRL CEO and founder, said in a statement. "To DRL, Allianz is bringing world-renowned brand credibility and a proud history of innovative sports partnerships, including an extensive tradition in auto racing, and an undeniable proof point that the sport of the future has arrived."

Although not aligned with DRL, the entertainment aspect of drones was seen by more then 117 million people when they were featured during the Super Bowl LI Pepsi Zero Sugar Halftime Show starring Lady Gaga.

Companies using drones on a trial basis include Amazon, UPS, DHL, Domino’s and ASDA Supermarkets.

The Drone Racing League launched in January 2016 as the first global pro drone racing organization.

DRL hosted five pro races in its inaugural season and said it had more than 30 million broadcast viewers — including ESPN and Sky Sports — and more than 43 million views of its digital content.

DRL said the upcoming season, beginning in June, would air in more than 75 countries, including ESPN/ESPN2 in North and South America, Sky Sports in Italy and the U.K. and Prosieben in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

Additional broadcast and distribution partners will be unveiled before the season begins.

As part of the Allianz World Championship, DRL will host races each year at official Allianz venues, including Allianz-branded stadiums and corporate facilities. As title sponsor, Allianz will have the lockup logo displayed on the uniforms of DRL pilots, on the starting podiums and throughout the intricate, three-dimensional courses.

The 2017 Allianz World Championship includes six pro DRL races among 16 top drone pilots, and will take place in six stunning venues across Miami, New Orleans, Atlanta, Boston, Munich and London. Pilots will race for branded teams, including a Bud Light team.

The Allianz World Championship will air as 12 hour-long episodes, covering a "winner-take-all competition for a six-figure salary" and the title of "World’s Greatest Drone Pilot" heading into the 2018 season.

"Drones are already an important part of our business so we’re excited to align with DRL as they reimagine what racing in the 21st century looks like."

According to Jean-Marc Pailhol, head of group market management & distribution for Alliance, "The pursuit of innovation and calculated risk taking are the reasons insurance was invented in the first place. Allianz is proud to be partnering with DRL, a true pioneer of today’s digital driven sports.

"Drones are already an important part of our business so we’re excited to align with DRL as they harness the latest technological advancements and reimagine what racing in the 21st century looks like," said Pailhol.

"The scale and long-term nature of the deal shows Allianz’s genuine commitment to advancing the sport and will accelerate the introduction of drone racing to audiences around the world," said DRL’s Horbaczewski.

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