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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)
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
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Top Sports Marketers Of The Year 2014: Foot Locker — The Game Is Afoot

By the Staff of NYSportsJournalism.com

December 17, 2014: Many people consider Foot Locker stores to be the equivalent of the ultimate candy store:

But instead of chocolates, lollipops, Good & Plenty and cotton candy, you get the freshest Nike, Jordan, adidas, Under Armour, New Ear, Puma and Asics in 3,460 stores in 23 countries in North America, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand (as of Aug. 2).

With a sweet basketful of help from lead agency BBDO NY, Foot Locker has been able to not only connect with consumers but in a plethora of commercials share a revisionist history of sports and also enable athletes to show off their comedic chops.

Over the past year, Mike Tyson resolved his issues with Evander Holyfield. Manny Pacquiao got his middleweight fight with an elusive foe (a commercial that may have been a catalyst for a possible real fight with Floyd Mayweather Jr. in 2015).

WWE icon John Cena explained, "You don't have to believe something is real in order to enjoy it." Scottie Pippen stated, "I'm the greatest Chicago Bull of all time."

John Wall saw one version of his hoops life flash before his eyes, in which he ended up pudgy and selling used cars.

Kevin Durant hit the streets to find the baddest player alive. Kobe Bryant designed a light bulb that made everyone look better and a piano that turned "piano boys into piano men and [made] Lionel Richie's tears cry tears."

Damian Llliard shared his goal of winning an NBA title before his career ended, much to the lament of Karl Malone and Chris Webber, who finished their respective careers without an NBA championship; and in another spot he got to call veteran Tracy McGrady a "rookie."

Mars Blackmon (Spike Lee) made a return appearance for Nike's Jordan in a spot with Russell Westbrook. Chris Paul got to take selfless with kids who could be future pros and then share a spot with his kids, wife and mom. And James Harden not only got to share tips about disguises with Anthony Davis and go shopping with "The Beards," but took on the entire Internet in a game of Horse.

Foot Locker's tactics showed that not only could marketing be creative and memorable, but also move consumers into stores.

Last month, Foot Locker, Inc. reported net income for Q3 of $120 million, up from $107 million from the same period in 2013. It also marked the company's 19th consecutive quarter of "meaningful sales and profit growth," according to Ken Hicks, who retired as CEO on Dec. 1 (a position he had held since 2011).

"Our banners have strong positions in the athletic marketplace; our financial footing is solid; and we have a depth of talent — at the store, field, and management levels — that is second to none," said Hicks.

Foot Locker takes its out-of-store game seriously by connecting with students, educators and education. This year, Foot Locker will award $20,000 scholarships to 20 student athletes, as it has for the past three years (with the 2015 winners to be unveiled in April).

According to Hicks, "We created this program to provide an opportunity for higher education for exceptional student athletes who have made a positive impact within their communities and might not have been able to attend college otherwise."

Among other efforts, the brand oversees the Foot Locker Cross Country Championships, which features the top prep athletes in the category who compete in four regional 5K races. The 36th annual event took place in the Midwest (Kenosha, Wis.), Northeast (Bronx, N.Y.) and South (Charlotte, N.C.) on Nov. 29; and the West (Walnut, Calif.) on Dec. 6, culminating in the National Finals on Dec. 13 in San Diego.

"They don't sell just anything at Foot Locker. They sell the best product, the best gear," said John Osborn, President and CEO for BBDO NY, in a Q&A with NYSportsJournalism earlier this year. "It says something about you. It has a badge quality, a status associated with it. It says that you are approved, the product is approved, Foot Locker approves it before they put it in their stores."

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