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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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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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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

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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Feb172019

Captain Marvel Soars With WNBA, Marketing Partners, Intl. Women’s Day

By Barry Janoff

February 17, 2019: Captain Marvel is coming to theaters, and so too are a bevy of marketing partners ready to take flight to support the movie and its release.

Among the brands: Hasbro, Lego, Funko, USopoly, New Era, Schwinn, Citizen Watch, Stance, Alaska Airlines, the WNBA and Marvel itself.

The WNBA might have the most organic ties to the film, which is the first time Marvel has released a movie fronted by a female superhero (two years after DC Comics’ Wonder Woman).

A multi-media campaign that launched in conjunction with NBA All-Star Weekend is anchored by a "WNBA x Captain Marvel" 30-second spot, which aligns Brie Larson’s Carol Danvers/Captain Marvel character with WNBA stars.

As we see shots of such WNBA players as Diana Turasi and A’Ja Wilson in action, a voiceover in the spot says, “We all have something to fight for. Something that calls us to lead. The question is: How will you get it done?” Text: Discover what makes her . . . a hero.”

The spot, created in-house, will run on NBA and WNBA media partners such as ESPN, ABC TNT and across NBA-WNBA media platforms including NBA TV and NBA.com, in addition to YouTube and other social media destinations.

According to the WNBA, “In partnership with Marvel, the WNBA highlights superhero moves of players alongside those of Captain Marvel, proving to young girls that grit, power and strength can make a hero.”

Captain Marvel debuts in theaters on International Women’s Day, March 8.

The WNBA season starts May 24, 2019.

In support of the movie and International Women’s Day, We Have Stories is powering a #CaptainMarvelChallenge and site on GoFundMe.com in conjunction with Girls Inc. of Greater Los Angeles, to raise money to send girls who might not be able to afford to travel and attend, to see the movie.

We Have Stories is a non-profit organization that “provides financial grants for resources and support to storytellers and content creators from diverse communities to help increase positive representation of these groups in media.”

Girls Inc. of Greater Los Angeles said it serves girls in Title I schools in South Los Angeles, Watts and Compton, “many of whom are considered ‘at risk’ through no fault of their own.”

Beyond the hoops court, the movie literally has taken to the air via Alaska Airlines, which earlier this month unveiled an aircraft repainted with Captain Marvel imagery.

"Our collaboration with Alaska Airlines is taking our fans 'Higher, Further, Faster' with this amazing opportunity to fly with our fearless Super Hero and pilot, Captain Marvel," Mindy Hamilton, svp-global partnerships for Marvel, said via the company.

"We are so excited that our fans will be accompanied by Carol Danvers on their next adventure."

Among other key tie-ins (in alphabetical order):

• Alex & Ani jewelry.

• Bioworld handbags.

• Citizen Watch watches.

• Diff sunglasses.

• Funko keychains, pencil toppers, toys and other accessories.

• Hasbro action figures and accessories.

• HerUniverse jackets and dresses.

• Invicta watches.

• Lego building sets (pictured). A company promo offers, “Fly with Captain Marvel and Nick Fury to rescue Goose the cat from Talos the Skrull! Fire four missiles at once with each of the jet’s flick-missile shooters and attack with Captain Marvel's power energy. Then grab Goose, place her in the back of the jet and fly away!”

• Marvel has issued a new series of Captain Marvel comics, movie posters. books and other collectibles.

• New Era hats and wool caps.

• Schwinn bicycle (pictured).

• Stance socks.

• USopoly game Captain Marvel: Secret Skrulls (pictured).

Captain Marvel stars Brie Larson (Carol Danvers/Captain Marvel), Samuel L Jackson (Nick Fury), Ben Mendelsohn (Talos), Clark Gregg (Phil Coulson) and Lashana Lynch (Maria Rambeau).

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