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• Bluberi Gaming has signed a deal with WWE to develop a series of licensed slot games featuring WWE Superstars and Legends. Among those to be featured include John Cena, Triple H, Becky Lynch, Roman Reigns and Ronda Rousey, along with such Legends as Hulk Hogan, “Stone Cold” Steve Austin and Shawn Michaels. The first WWE series of slot games is scheduled to hit casinos October 2020.

• HarperCollins Publishers said it has acquired world rights to Back, the first memoir authored by Tiger Woods. According to Woods, “This book is my definitive story. It’s in my words and expresses my thoughts. It describes how I feel and what’s happened in my life.” A publication date was not given.

• Turner Sports’ eLeague has signed a deal with tech solutions and services provider CDW to “create enhanced fan experiences across eLeague’s properties on TV, digital, social and in-arena.” The alliance also names CDW an “official arena partner” for eLeague and the Rocket League Championship Series. Full story here.

• San Manuel Casino, under the auspices of the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians, has signed a deal to become a Founding Partner for Allegiant Stadium, scheduled to open at the home of the Raiders for the 2020 NFL season when the franchise relocates from Oakland to Las Vegas.

• 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. 

• The Paley Center for Media, NY, will honor the 100th season of the NFL with a new exhibit: "A Century of Football: Celebrating the NFL’s 100th Season," free and open to the public (thru Oct. 27).

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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
• Thin Lizzy

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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. 11-13
1. Joker $55M
2. Addams Family $30.3M
3. Gemini Man $20.5M
4. Abominable $6.2M
5. Downton Abbey $4.9M
6. Hustlers $3.9M
7. Judy $3.3M
8. It 2 $3.2M
9. Jexi $3.1M
10. Ad Astra $1.9M
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Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.
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Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.
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Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.
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Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.
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NFL UK 2019
• Oct. 6 Chicago Bears v Oakland Raiders Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
• Oct. 13 Carolina Panthers v Tampa Bay Buccaneers Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
• 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).

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Mar182017

B-Dubs Puts Real Time, Overtime, Hit The Button Time Into March Madness Push

By Barry Janoff

March 17, 2017: As the official hangout for NCAA March Madness, Buffalo Wild Wings knows a few things about wings, beer and making unusual things happen in sports.

Sprinkler systems turned on. Lights turned off. Men in black and aliens possibly responsible for the interceptions that Brett Favre threw during his NFL career.

And the cryptic connection between the "Hit the Button" device found in Buffalo Wild Wings locations and the inexplicable plays that happen during games when fans and customers "activate" them.

An official NCAA partner since 2013 via a three-year deal that was renewed last year, B-Dubs is bringing a full-out humorous multi-platform, "We Do It For You," into the 2017 NCAA hoops tournament, including TV, Internet, social media, in-restaurant at some 1,200 locations and on-site Final Four activation in Phoenix.

"For years, fans have pointed a finger at Buffalo Wild Wings on social media when an unexplained event happens, a game goes into overtime or they want us to intervene in the outcome," Bob Ruhland, vp-marketing for Buffalo Wild Wings, said in a statement.

"This year, we wanted to continue to extend this popular idea that Buffalo Wild Wings can make games more exciting and if our fans want something to happen — from rallying their team from a deficit to leveling the playing field — we would find a way to make that a reality."

Buffalo Wild Wings will again seek to "own" overtime, during which it gets extra time to promote itself, by encouraging fans and customers to "Hit the button."

The brand, indeed, took "credit" for the first overtime in Super Bowl history this past February when it said it received more than 7,500 requests on Twitter to do so, via the hash tag #HitTheButton.

For March Madness, when a game goes into overtime, B-Dubs will immediately air a spot called "Overtime Time," which "encourages fans to enjoy the five extra minutes of free basketball and not question who or what might have caused it," according to B-Dubs.

Buffalo Wild Wings will get air time during March Madness games on CBS and Turner Sport’s TBS, TNT and truTV via a series of spots reminiscent of The Twilight Zone TV show.

Lead agency is TBWA\Chiat\Day LA.

In "No. 7," a member of the B-Dubs staff grants the wish of a customer watching hoops on TV to "remove No. 7 from the game," with the player transported from the action and appearing dazed and confused at the table.

"FooDoo" finds a vegetable appetizer in the shape of a voodoo doll able to impact action on the court, initially to the joy of the customers who ordered it but then to their dismay when the breaking of the talisman’s carrot leg appears to break the leg of a player in a game.

"Rally Beard" sees a clean-shaven Buffalo Wild Wings employee comply when two customers watching NCAA March Madness on TV need to help their team stage a rally — willing himself to grow a rally beard. One problem: he can't stop the beard from growing even after the rally has been successful.

"For years, fans have pointed a finger at Buffalo Wild Wings on social media when an unexplained event happens."

Among the ways that Buffalo Wild Wings is "putting the power in our fans hands" will be via Facebook (11.9 million followers) and Twitter, where B-Dubs will share videos and GIFs that visitors "can use to try to distract opponents on their own"with "Tools of Distraction" (a rally beard, free throw gong, an inflatable, dancing tube fan).

On Instagram, Buffalo Wild Wings is building "Instagram Stories" that offer people a "playbook tutorial for using B-Dubs' menu items to help affect games just by tapping through each step of the play."

B-Dubs said that people who use the #HitTheButton hash tag could find their tweets scrolled in real-time on the hoops-dedicated Web site, which offers TV scheudules and other March Madness items.
 
At the Final Four Fan Fest in Phoenix, the Buffalo Wild Wings Sports Lounge will include a Rally Beard Photo Op station, flat-screen TVs airing tournament coverage, a Blazin’ Challenge wing eating contest, Pop-a-Shot free-throw games and appearances by March Madness TV analysts and former coaches including Steve Lavin and Seth Greenberg.

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