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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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Rock & Roll Hall of Fame 2020 Nominees

• Pat Benatar
• Dave Matthews Band
• Depeche Mode
• Doobie Brothers
• Whitney Houston
• Judas Priest
• Kraftwerk
• MC5
• Motorhead
• Nine Inch Nails
• Notorious B.I.G.
• Rufus feat. Chaka Khan
• Todd Rundgren
• Soundgarden
• T. Rex
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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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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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Swift, Coachella, Stones, Uber (!) Drive Music Sponsorship Spend To $1.4B in 2015

By Barry Janoff

September 21, 2015: With such celebrated performers as Taylor Swift, U2, Garth Brooks, Kenny Chesney and the Rolling Stones all on tour this year, and such festivals as Coachella, Stagecoach, Lollapalooza and Austin City Limits playing to throngs of enthusiastic fans, the music entertainment category is poised to set several records regarding ticket sales, attendance and sponsorship deals.

Sponsorship spending on music tours, venues and festivals is predicted to reach a record $1.4 billion in 2015, up 4.8% from last year, according to the just-released IEG Sponsorship Report from research, marketing and consulting firm IEG, Chicago..

The spend tops the projected 2015 increase in the overall sponsorship industry, which IEG places at 4%, as well as sports (4.4%), causes (3.7%) and "every other property segment."

According to William Chipps, senior editor for IEG Sponsorship Report senior editor, two factors are driving the increased spend: "Continued interest in national music festivals and a growing appetite for regional festivals, some of which have secured significant deals."

“Music festivals continue to pop out of the woodwork," said Chipps in a statement, "and many are drawing interest from national brands looking for an uncluttered marketing environment,.

Sponsorship spend in the category has climbed since 2011, when it was $1.17 billion. In 2012, the figure hit $1.22 billion; in 2013 $1.28 billion; and in 2014 $1.34 billion, per IEG.

Although the leading category is non-alcoholic beverages, with companies "3.8 times more likely to sponsor music than the average of all sponsors," according to IEG, Anheuser-Busch is the most active sponsor of music, with 29% saturation. Last year's leader, Coca-Cola (11%) is now fifth.

The Top Five also includes PepsiCo (17%), Brown-Forman (14%) and MillerCoors (11%).

Louisville, Ky.-based spirits and wine company Brown-Forman brands include Jack Daniel's, Old Forester, Finlandia, Southern Comfort, and Korbel.

According to IEG, one new company among the Top Ten most-active sponsors list is Uber. The ride-share app "has significantly expanded its presence on the music festival scene" with deals that include Live Nation, Lollapalooza, Austin City Limits Music Festival and the Sasquatch Music Festival.

Behind non-alcoholic beverages, the Top Five categories also include Spirits (3.4 times more likely to sponsor music than the average of all sponsors), Media & Publishing (3.4), Beer 3.3) and Retail (2.6).

According to Pollstar, which tracks concert revenue and ticket sales, people purchased a record 18.8 million tickets for the Top 100 grossing tours of North America during the first half of 2015, a combined total of more than $1.4 billion.

That's up $402 million 39% over 2014 and up 15% over 2013, which at the time was a mid-year record.

The Rolling Stones, with just ten dates in North America though June, topped the list with $80.7 million for their Zip Code Tour, Garth Brooks was second at $79.9 million but No. 1 in tickets sold at 1.2 million, according to figures released by Pollstar in June.

Top Five grossing tours through mid-2015 also includes Fleetwood Mac ($65.9 million), Kenny Chesney ($55.8 million) and U2 ($40.3 million).

Taylor Swift, whose 1989 Tour has grossed $35.6 million through June, according to Pollstar, has endorsement deals that include Coca-Cola, Xfinity, Keds and Sony.

Among festivals, the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival (Indio, Calif., April 10-12, April 17-18), set a record by grossing more than $84.2 million and selling some 198,000 tickers, No. 1 among all festivals in North America. Those figures were up from $78.3 million and 193,000, respectively, in 2014, according to Billboard. The lineup included AC/DC, Jack White, Drake and Hozier.
 
Sponsors for Coachella 2015 included Absolut, American Express, H&M, Heineken, JBL, Samsung Galazy and Sephora.

C&W festival Stagecoach (Indio, Calif., April 24-26), presented by Toyota, also set records, grossing almost $21.9 million with ticket sales reaching 140,000. Among the headliners: Tim McGraw, Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton.

In addition to Toyota, Stagescoach sponsors included AmEx, Bud Light, Firestone, Malibu Rum, Monster Energy and PlayStation.

One of the nation's longest-running music festivals, Lollapalooza, had a sponsor roster in 2015 that included Red Bull, Anheuser-Busch (Bud Light), Pepsi, Bacardi, Jack Daniel's Toyota and Uber.

Included on the sponsor roll call for the music, film and interactive portion of South By Southwest: Esurance, Mazda, Monster Energy and Capital One.

Also among the most popular festivals this year: Mysteryland, Austin City Limits Music Festival,  Beale Street, Bonnarro, Warped Tour and Voodoo Music Experience.

The Top Ten grossing tours through mid-2015 includes Maroon 5 ($39.8 million), Neil Diamond ($37.7 million), Taylor Swift ($35.6 million), Elton John ($29.8 million) and Bette Middler ($28.2 million). (See the Top 100 North American tours through June here.)

Top Ten Most Active Categories
Non-alcoholic beverage companies (3.8 times more likely to sponsor music than the average of all sponsors)
Spirits 3.4
Media & Publishing 3.4
Beer 3.3
Retail 2.6
Food 2.1
Telecom 1.6
Banking 1.5
Auto 1.4
Hotel & Resort 1.2

Top Ten Most Active Companies
Anheuser-Busch 29%
PepsiCo 17%
Brown-Forman 14%
MillerCoors 11%
Coca-Cola 11%
Uber 10%
Diageo 9%
Ford 8%
Fifth Generation 8%
Heineken 8%
AT&T 8%
Source: IEG

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