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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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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)
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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
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Apr242019

What Can $25B Get You On Mother’s Day: Flowers, Jewelry, Gym Membership

By Barry Janoff

April 24, 2019: According to the iconic girl group The Shirelles, “Mama said there'll be days like this/There'll be days like this, mama said.”

That day is Mother’s Day, and this year spend is expected to hit a record $25 billion, up from $23.1 billion in 2018, which was down slightly from the previous record $23.6 billion spent in 2017.

Some 84% of adults in the U.S. are expected to celebrate in honor of their mothers and other women in their live on May 12. according to a new survey from the National Retail Federation.

“This year’s spending is expected to be the highest in the 16-year history of our survey,” Matthew Shay, NRF President and CEO, said via the Washington, DC-based group.

“Consumers are excited to celebrate all the moms in their lives, and retailers are ready to inspire consumers with unique gift options.”

The new record is some $10 billion more than the record-spend reached for Father’s Day in 2018, which topped $15 billion; and about $4 billion more than the record $20.7 billion spend during Valentine's Day this past February.

Marketers are all-in for the event.

Portal From Facebook is running a commercial (pictured above) staring Neil Patrick Harris, who discovers what the moms of Dwayne Johnson, Serena Williams, Snoop Dogg, Odell Beckham Jr (pictured below) and Jonah Hill do when their kids are too busy to celebrate Mother’s Day.

The NHL recently signed a multi-year deal with Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance that includes a hockey-mom element.

The alliance is being supported by a NHL Most Valuable Hockey Mom presented by MassMutual campaign, which “celebrates Mother's Day and the sacrifices hockey moms across the United States make behind the scenes every day.”

People in the U.S. are being encouraged to honor hockey moms and share their inspiring stories of commitment, contributions and support to the sport and those who play it.

At the end of the campaign, the winner of NHL Most Valuable Hockey Mom presented by MassMutual will receive a trip along with a guest to attend the 2019 NHL Awards in Las Vegas. (Details here.)

According to 1-800-Flowers, the e-company expects to deliver “20 million stems and 160,000 plants and succulents for Mother’s Day.” That includes 50%-60% of its total traffic via mobile devices, higher than its non-peak holidays.

“Consumers are excited to celebrate all the moms in their lives, and retailers are ready to inspire consumers with unique gift options.”

New for 1-800-Flowers this year, Google Home as a voice platform for shopping and transacting as well as a mobile consumer app for the new Samsung Galaxy Fold smartphone.

23AndMe is running a spot offering “the perfect gift to your mom this Mother’s Day: Get $30 off 23andMe’s Health + Ancestry kit through May 13.”

With the exception of 2014 and 2018, Mother’s Day spend has risen every year since 2009 ($14.1 billion), topping the $20 billion mark for the first time in 2013 ($20.7 billion), dipping the next year ($19.9 billion) before rising the next few years.

Those celebrating are expected to spend an average $196, compared with $180 in 2018.

Consumers ages 35-44 are predicted to spend the most, an average $248, up from $224.

Men are likely to spend more than women: $237 compared to $158, according to NRF.

The top-spend category is jewelry at $5.2 billion, followed by such “special outings” as spa, gym membership, concerts or events at $4.6 billion.

Flowers and gift cards and/or certificates will each reach $2.6 billion; personal service is expected to reach $2 billion.

Top-spend categories also include clothing ($2.3 billion), consumer electronics ($2.2 billion) and housewares or gardening tools ($1.1 billion).

People will also spend $843 million on greeting cards. Books or CDs will reach $544 million.

NRF's Annual 2019 Mother's Day Spending Survey was conducted by Prosper Insights & Analytics.

“Mother’s Day is about celebrating a very special person or persons in your life,”  Phil Rist, Prosper vp-strategy, said via the firm.

“Consumers today want to make sure they’re gifting mom something that will make her feel loved. And they’ll use all the inspiration and guidance they can get in finding that perfect gift.”

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