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• "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.  

• Bluberi Gaming has signed a deal with WWE to develop a series of licensed slot games featuring WWE Superstars and Legends. Among those to be featured include John Cena, Triple H, Becky Lynch, Roman Reigns and Ronda Rousey. The first WWE series of slot games is scheduled to hit casinos October 2020.

• HarperCollins Publishers said it has acquired world rights to Back, the first memoir authored by Tiger Woods. According to Woods, “This book is my definitive story. It’s in my words and expresses my thoughts.” A publication date was not given.

• Turner Sports’ eLeague has signed a deal with tech solutions and services provider CDW to “create enhanced fan experiences across eLeague’s properties on TV, digital, social and in-arena.” The alliance also names CDW an “official arena partner” for eLeague and the Rocket League Championship Series. Full story here

• 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. 

• The Paley Center for Media, NY, will honor the 100th season of the NFL with a new exhibit: "A Century of Football: Celebrating the NFL’s 100th Season," free and open to the public (thru Oct. 27).

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• Depeche Mode
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• Whitney Houston
• Judas Priest
• Kraftwerk
• MC5
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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. 11-13
1. Joker $55M
2. Addams Family $30.3M
3. Gemini Man $20.5M
4. Abominable $6.2M
5. Downton Abbey $4.9M
6. Hustlers $3.9M
7. Judy $3.3M
8. It 2 $3.2M
9. Jexi $3.1M
10. Ad Astra $1.9M
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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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NFL UK 2019
• Oct. 6 Chicago Bears v Oakland Raiders Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
• Oct. 13 Carolina Panthers v Tampa Bay Buccaneers Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
• 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).

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Feb062010

Can Gatorade Reach Goal To Regain Ground With G Series?

February 6, 2010: PepsiCo's Gatorade still owns a Goliath's share of the sports drink category at more than 80%. But Gatorade's share used to be over 90%. Last year, it repositioned itself as 'G," but still saw sales decline and even discontinued its under-performing Tiger Focus along with some other lines, not because of Tiger Woods' personal problems but "to make room for our planned series of innovative products in 2010."   Industry analysts said that Gatorade sales were down 14% through the first three-quarters of 2009 and that TIger Focus was down almost 35% versus the previous year.

Meanwhile, the Davids of the category, which overall has taken a sales hit, have been grabbing some of Gatorade's defecting consumers in what has been a vibrant attempt to bring the giant down, including Coca-Cola's PowerAde, which has about 25% of the market, sibling Glaceau Vitaminwater, Mott's Accerade and All-Sport.


Concurrently, Gatorade has had a significant shake up in marketing, naming Jennifer Storms as svp-sports marketing last June to replace Jeff Urban, who resigned that month after 10 years with the company; and hiring Andrea Fairchild as vp-marketing last month, filling a position vacated by John Galloway in November.

For the second time in as many years, Gatorade is undergoing a complete transformation. The brand is now unveiling G Series in an attempt to "stake out new ground by delivering a broader product line to help address the sports performance needs of more athletes," according to PepsiCo. G Series is described as "a new line of sports performance products that provide the fluid, fuel, and nutrients athletes need before, during, and after a workout, practice or competition."

The official launch has come during Super Bowl XLIV week, where the brand set up a Gatorade Performance Lab and had visits from NFL players including Eli Manning, Matthew Stafford, Tony Gonzalez, D'Brickashaw Ferguson and Vincent Jackson, as well as upcoming draft selections Sam Bradford and Tim Tebow. During the game itself, consumers will see a Web spot and prime product placement, with a new logo, in territory that Gatorade continues to own — along the sidelines. Either Sean Payton, head coach of the New Orleans Saints, or Indianapolis Colts head coach Jim Caldwell will get doused with a G Series product on national TV.

Discontinued by Gatorade.Afterward, marketing will continue to utilize Gatorade's extensive roster, including Usain Bolt, Serena Williams, Peyton Manning, Misty May-Treanor, Dwyane Wade, Derek Jeter, Ellery Hollingsworth and Landon Donovan. Support will include print, online and experiential activation. Lead agency is TBWA\Chiat\Day, Los Angeles.

"Our goal is to leverage our scientific resources and knowledge of athletes to redefine the sports performance nutrition landscape," Sarah Robb O'Hagan, CMO for Gatorade, said in a statement. "As a first step, we are innovating our product lineup to meet a greater range of needs for more athletes."

Each product of the G Series is designed to meet the distinct performance needs around workout or competition usage: Gatorade Prime 01 for use within 15 minutes of a workout or competition; Gatorade Perform 02/Thirst Quencher for use during physical activity; Gatorade Perform 02/G2, a low-calorie drink during exercise; and Gatorade Recover 03 to provide hydration and muscle recovery benefits after exercise.

"Every successful brand evolution delivers a one-two punch of image and innovation, and the G Series is a major step on our journey from a sports drink to a sports performance innovation company," said O'Hagan. "For too long, this category has relied on flavor extensions and it's time to reset the clock in terms of functionality, and that's what we're doing in 2010."

Scene from 'The Journey.'The TV spot, "The Journey," is played out to 2010 NFL playoff scenes of players in action, on the sidelines and in the locker room, interspersed with shots of Gatorade products being used. In voiceover, rap musician/actor Common explains, "Twelve begin the second season. Twelve tribes converge . . . But 12 become eight  . . . eight become four . . .  four become two." The spot concludes with shots of both the Colts and Saints before text reads, "Only one will be remembered." The full spot runs a minute and a half but Gatorade will also break it into 15- and 30-second slots.

The G Series products are scheduled to hit retail in stages, with G2 now on shelf in its reframed Perform 02 label, Gatorade Thirst Quencher with its G Series label Gatorade Perform 02 in March and Gatorade Prime 01 and Gatorade Recover 03 in April, all at grocery, drug, convenience, mass and club stores. 

 

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