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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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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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• Oct. 27  Cincinnati Bengals v Los Angeles Rams Wembley Stadium
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• Nov. 18 Kansas City  Chiefs v Los Angeles Chargers Mexico City Estadio Azteca (ESPN Monday Night Football)

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• 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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Top Sports Marketers Of The Year 2015: NHL Plays Offense In Growth, Alliances

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By the Staff of NYSportsJournalism.com

January 12, 2016: The NHL had plenty of reasons to celebrate in 2015 — spanning the second half of the 2014-15 and the first part of the 2015-16 campaigns — including new deals with adidas and Major League Baseball Advanced Media, unveiling details for the 2016 World Cup, strong numbers among viewers both on TV and online and a record spend by the league's marketing partners.

Sponsorship spending on the NHL and the league’s 30 clubs topped $447 million, up $60 million (9.2%) from the previous year and nearly $100 million more than the $356 million total in 2011, according to marketing, research and consulting firm IEG, Chicago.

“Without a doubt, the 2014-2015 season represents a banner year for the NHL in terms of sponsorship revenue,” William Chipps, senior editor for the NHL IEG Sponsorship Report, said in a statement.

In 2015, the NHL signed a seven-year alliance making adidas the exclusive outfitter of on-ice uniforms and official supplier of licensed apparel and headwear for the league starting with the 2017-18 season. Adidas will replace one of its own divisions, Reebok, which has held the rights since 2005, a year before it was acquired by adidas Group.

Adidas also becomes the exclusive outfitter of both authentic and replica jerseys for the eight-team World Cup of Hockey this September.

"This partnership with the NHL is evidence of our comprehensive commitment to the athlete," said Mark King, president for adidas Group North America. "Adding the league to our growing icon portfolio — which includes premier athletes and U.S. league partnerships across football, basketball and baseball — is just the start for us."

In February, the league signed a multi-year North American partnership with enterprise application software and database firm SAP SE. As the official cloud software provider of the NHL, SAP is collaborating with the league on a multi-season the transformation of the NHL's statistics platform on NHL.com and the introduction of new and enhanced statistics that would "establish NHL.com/Stats as the definitive destination for hockey analytics."

In August, the NHL signed a six-year $1.2 billion digital media rights deal with MLBAM, the interactive media and Internet company of MLB, which gives MLBAM exclusive rights to distribute live out-of-market games; exclusive rights to operate NHL Network as an agent for the NHL; and will see MLBAM operate NHL.com, club Web sites and NHL apps.

Under terms of the arrangement, the NHL gets a stake in MLBAM of between 7%-10%.

"As the market leader, MLBAM is uniquely qualified to assist us in giving hockey fans a richer, more immersive experience with the game," NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said in a statement. "MLBAM is also the right partner because they have the expertise to help us deliver new and exciting products to our fans, who crave compelling digital content."

Discover, a league partner since 2010, recently extended its official alliance with the NHL through 2019.

In July, the NHL inked a deal that extends Bridgestone's role as official tire of the NHL and the NHL Players' Assn.  and title sponsor for the Winter Classic and the brand's involvement in other league activations for five seasons. The 2016 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic was Bridgestone's seventh consecutive year as title sponsor of the event.

New league sponsors this past season also included Constellation, DraftKings, GoPro, Kellogg’s, Samsung, and Procter & Gamble (in Canada, for brands including Crest and Oral-B).

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