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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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• 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. 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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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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Top Sports Marketers Of The Year 2015: NFL Goes For Gold At Super Bowl 50

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By the Staff of NYSportsJournalism.com

January 12, 2016: The NFL is dealing with serious issues involving concussions, player health, PEDs, domestic violence and child abuse.

The NFL in 2015 also put together an historic effort for an historic game: Super Bowl 50.

The NFL launched a year-long celebration for Super Bowl 50 involving current and past players, coaches and teams, along with multi-platform marketing support from the league and its partners.

The plans were first visible during the NFL Draft, April 30-May 2 in Chicago. During the Draft, prospects and former players entered Auditorium Theatre on a gold carpet and players wore a New Era cap emblazoned with a gold shield along with their new team logo when they are drafted. Support also included a Super Bowl Museum and "gold-themed promotions" in Chicago.

The pre-season Pro Football Hall of Fame Game in Canton, Ohio, on Aug. 9 featured the Minnesota Vikings and Pittsburgh Steelers, a rematch of Super Bowl IX, followed during the regular season with 19 rematches of previous Super Bowls.

Throughout the 2015 season, a golden Super Bowl 50 logo was on the field at every game, and the 50-yard line numerals and NFL shield logo at every stadium were gold.  

Beginning in Week 7 of the season, sideline apparel from Nike and New Era featured team logos on select sideline pieces and all caps outlined in gold.

Under an "On The Fifty" platform, the league linked the previous 49 Super Bowls with Super Bowl 50 by "celebrating the teams, players, coaches, fans and communities that have been a part of those games."

Merchandise representing previous Super Bowls hit stores in October.

Among the activations was a Super Bowl High School Honor Roll. High schools from which players and/or coaches have graduated and later appeared in a Super Bowl received a commemorative golden football produced by Wilson, presenedt where possible by the players or coaches themselves.

Super Bowl Homecomings saw previous Super Bowl teams honored through various activations by each respective city.

The 43 previous Super Bowl MVPs were celebrated all season, which will culminate at Super Bowl 50 when they will be recognized on-field. "MVPs will be an integral part of the Super Bowl High School Honor Roll and the Super Bowl Homecoming programs," according to the league.

At the Pro Bowl, scheduled for Jan. 31, 2016 in Hawaii, uniforms worn by Pro Bowl players will incorporate gold and other activations will promote Super Bowl 50 on Feb. 7, 2016 in Levi’s Stadium, home venue for the San Francisco 49ers.

A gold 50 appeared alongside the Vince Lombardi Trophy, designed by Tiffany, all year. It will be presented to the Super Bowl champions at the MVP and head coach press conference the morning following the game.

Each number is cast in bronze, plated in 18 kt gold and weighs nearly 33 lbs.

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