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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

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. 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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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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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. 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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ManU Signs New Stars To Join Rooney: Deadpool, Magneto, Psylocke, Storm

By Barry Janoff

February 6, 2016: Manchester United, already one of the most popular and valuable sports franchises in the world, is adding some new players to raise the bar, including Deadpool, Magneto, Psylocke, Storm and the "President" of the United States.

What was called a "ground-breaking global partnership" between ManU and 20th Century Fox will bring together such soccer players as Wayne Rooney, Ander Herrera, Juan Mata, Chris Smalling, David De Gea and Bastian Schweinsteiger with movies and movie characters from upcoming films.

Cross-marketing will see such 20th Century Fox releases as Deadpool, X-Men: Apocalypse and Independence Day: Resurgence promoted at ManU games and via club social media and other outlets.

Meanwhile, Manchester United will have opportunities to bring its brand into cinemas and other touch-points that reach movie-goers.

Initial joint-marketing is a 60-second spot, "Dream," in which the character Deadpool is seen on a soccer pitch scoring the winning goal on a free-kick. As Rooney and other ManU players congratulate him, he wakes up in his bed. "I had that weird Wayne Rooney dream again," he says.

Financial terms of the alliance were shared.

20th Century Fox joins a roster of Manchester United global partners that include ManU jersey-front sponsor Chevrolet, adidas, AON, Aeroflot, Bulova and Columbia.

“This partnership is the first of its kind for the club and 20th Century Fox," Richard Arnold, group managing director for Manchester United, said in a statement. "Last year in the U.K. alone, there were well over 150 million admissions to the cinema. And, like football, the film industry has unwavering global popularity and can be enjoyed by anyone."

In addition to commercials, Internet and social media, ManU's digital perimeter boards and post-match interview backdrops at the club's Old Trafford home stadium will be used to promote films throughout the season.
 
In addition, 20th Century Fox will have opportunities to provide entertainment for fans attending United home games as well as exclusive content for the club’s global audience via its various team and player digital platforms.

Manchester United has nearly seven million followers on Twitter and close to 68 million likes on its Facebook page.

ManU forward Rooney alone has 25.5 million likes on his Facebook page and 12.5 million followers on Twitter.

The franchise is valued at $3.1 billion, fifth worldwide behind Real Madrid FC ($3.3 billion), the NFL's Dallas Cowboys ($3.2 billion), MLB's New York Yankees ($3.2 billion) and Barcelona FC ($3.1 billion), per Forbes.

According to Paul Hanneman, 20th Century Fox president-worldwide theatrical marketing & distribution, “20th Century Fox is home to many of the world’s biggest film franchises and Manchester United is one of the world’s largest and most successful football clubs. We are excited by the opportunity to combine the entertainment of film with the power of live sports and the passion that Manchester United fans have for their club and the players.

“Together, we look forward to introducing each other to greater connections and more entertaining content that will engage film audiences and football fans."

“Together, we look forward to introducing each other to greater connections and more entertaining content that will engage film audiences and football fans around the globe," said Hanneman.

Activations will ramp-up as the scheduled release dates for 20th Century Fox films approach.

Deadpool is scheduled to hit the U.K. Feb 10 and the U.S. Feb 12.

The scheduled release for X-Men: Apocalypse in the U.K. is May 19 and in the U.S. May 27 (pictured).

Independence Day: Resurgence is scheduled for U.K. release June 23 and in the U.S. on June 24.

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