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• 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.

• 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

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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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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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• Oct. 27  Cincinnati Bengals v Los Angeles Rams Wembley Stadium
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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)

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• Oct. 23 Denver Nuggets vs. Portland Trail Blazers ESPN 10 PM (ET)

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Apr142015

Say Watt: Reebok Tackles Larger Consumer Base With J.J. Watt, 50 Cent Alliances

By Barry Janoff

April 13, 2015: Reebok, which has been sweating hard to establish itself as a global leader in the fitness category, has signed a pair of endorsement deals intended to enhance its position while also expanding its potential consumer base.

The sports brand has inked what it called a "breakthrough partnership' with Justin "J.J." Watt, the all-Pro defensive end for the NFL's Houston Texans, as part of Reebok's “Be More Human” integrated marketing campaign.

The theme, according to Reebok, is a "rally cry for people to push themselves out of their comfort zone to fulfill their human potential. JJ Watt has teamed up with Reebok to inspire and motivate people everywhere to reach their full potential through fitness."

In a separate deal, Reebok has signed a strategic licensing partnership SMS Audio, LLC, the audio headphone and accessories brand founded and run under the auspices of musician Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson.

The alliance makes SMS Audio Reebok’s official fitness headphone licensee across Reebok’s global market, with plans for co-branded headphones to hit the market later this year.

Financial terms for the two deals were not released.

The Watt deal gives Reebok its first NFL endorser since being replaced by Nike in 2012 as the league's official on-field apparel supplier following a ten-year alliance. Watt will not be able to wear Reebok cleats during NFL games due to lead deals with other brands, including Reebok parent company adidas.

"For Reebok, J.J. perfectly represents what it means to ‘Be More Human’ as he challenges himself to reach the absolute limits of what is possible,” Chris Waldeck, vp for Reebok US, said in a statement. “Not only is J.J. the embodiment of that belief, he is an incredibly inspiring athlete who can spread that message further.”

Watt joins a roster of Reebok athletes known that includes gold-medal winning gymnast Aly Raisman, UFC fighters Ronda Rousey, Jon Jones, Anthony Pettis and Conor McGregor, and such top CrossFit athletes as Rich Froning and Annie Thorisdottir.

According to Watt, “Most of my life has been spent in a gym, on a field or wherever I could find a space to train. I don’t train to be the best football player, I train to be the best athlete. Period. My partnership with Reebok is centered around the goal of inspiring people to push themselves harder and farther than they ever have been before to reach their full potential. Fitness is something that should be important to every person on this planet. So join the movement and start training. It’s time to work.”

The 6'5", 290 lb. Watt celebrated the signing by jumping a person-best 5’ 1” atop a stack of boxes while wearing a pair of Reebok ZPump Fusions, the video of which went viral and even made in onto ESPN's SportsCenter.

On her Facebook page, the 5'2" Raisman wrote to Watt, "You could box-jump over my head (but) let's never try that."

“We saw him fail his first attempt at a 5’ 1” box jump, and we saw him try again until he accomplished it.," said Reebok's Waldeck. "That simple act — trying, failing, and trying again — locked it in for us. Being a better human isn’t about constantly setting records: it’s about working hard to become the best version of yourself."

In the SMS alliance, SMS Audio will develop a line of Reebok-licensed headphones "specifically designed to stand up to the demands required from the wide spectrum of fitness activities for which Reebok manufactures products."

"My partnership with Reebok is centered around the goal of inspiring people to push themselves harder and farther . . .  to reach their full potential."

SMS and Reebok will support the partnership via marketing "designed to reach and engage devout fitness enthusiasts and avid athletes that demand superior performance from their fitness and audio gear.

“Music adds an important dimension to fitness,” Linne Kimball, Reebok’s head of licensing, said in a statement. “Whether it is part of mental preparation pre-workout, or whether it adds personal motivation during a long run. In SMS Audio, Reebok has found a partner who understands the unique demands that fitness places on the category, and will work closely with us to create Reebok audio solutions for our fit generation consumer.”

The Reebok-licensed headphone collection from SMS Audio will be available in August 2015 at select retail locations including Reebok stores and Reebok.com.

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