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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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• Pat Benatar
• Dave Matthews Band
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• Whitney Houston
• Judas Priest
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• MC5
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• Todd Rundgren
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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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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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Feb162019

Hulu Has Live Sports, Pays Endorsers Lillard, Embiid, Giannis To Say So

By Barry Janoff

February 15, 2019: If you didn’t know that Hulu has live sports, you will soon, thanks to a trio of NBA All-Star players.

And if you didn’t know that companies pay athletes to endorse their products, well, that’s something Hulu will tell you, as well.

OTT platform Hulu gets in-your-face about product endorsements in a new humorous caustic multi-media campaign, “Hulu Sellouts,” in which Damian Lillard, Joel Embiid, Giannis Antetokounmpo not only tout the fact that Hulu has live sports, but go to extremes to spread the word.

In his standalone spot, "Damian Lillard’s Tattoo," the Portland Trail Blazers guard gets a tattoo that literally reads, “Hulu Has Live Sports.”

In "Joel Embiid's Nickname," the Philadelphia 76ers center changes his nickname from “The Process” to “Hulu Has Live Sports.”

NBA MVP candidate Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks will have fun with his “Greek Freak” persona in a spot to be revealed.

The campaign also includes digital and social media, as well as consumer activation beginning All-Star Weekend.

On Twitter, Facebook and other social media destinations, Hulu said accounts for each of the players would have such hash tags as #ad, #paid, #sponsored, #hulupaidme, #neversellout and #hulusellouts.

The campaign will run throughout the year with athletes from other sports, according to the company.

Lead agency is Big Family Table, Los Angeles.

Hulu, which is jointly owned by Comcast Corp., Walt Disney Co., 21st Century Fox Inc. and AT&T WarnerMedia, said that in 2018, its advertising revenue rose more than 45% to nearly $1.5 billion – the most in its history – and increased its advertiser base by 50%.

Hulu also said it added eight million subscribers in 2018 and closed its fiscal year with more than 25 million total subscribers across its subscription on demand and live TV plans in the U.S.

The “Sellout” effort is running concurrently with Hulu’s “Better Ruins Everything” push, also from Big Family Table, which uses the same type of caustic humor.

In his spot, NBA All-Star James Harden, one of several celebrities in the effort, says, ”Never get a king-size bed — it ruins sleeping on anything else forever. And never get Hulu, with live TV for sports plus tons of shows and movies. It will ruin TV for you forever.”

All three players in the “Sellout” campaign are highly visible among NBA partners and other companies.

Lillard stars in a new effort from Biofreeze. Embiid currently appears in spots for Mountain Dew, NBA League Pass and HyperX, and was in the recent campaign for “The Grinch” movie.

Antetokounmpo just signed with Metro by T-Mobile, is on the cover of NBA 2K and even appears in a safety video that plays on flights on Aegean Airlines.

In his spot, Lilliard is asked why he’s getting a tattoo that reads, “Hulu Has Live Sports.”

“It’s in the contract,” he replies, sitting in a tattoo parlor along with two Hulu lawyers.

“Can I at least change the font?” asks the tattoo artist.

“If you want to be sued,” replies one of the lawyers, who also kills such options as having the text come out of a dragon’s mouth or written on the back of a dolphin.

In his spot, fans notice that Embiid is signing his autographs “Joel ‘Hulu Has Lve Sports’ Embiid.”

“Mr. Embiid, why’d you change your nickname?” asks one young fan.

Embiid’s terse answer, “Money.”

All three spots end with the players sitting at a press conference table, wads of cash piled next to them, wearing a jersey and in from of a page backdrop, both of which read, “Hulu Has Live Sports.”

As Embiid continually repeats the phase, his pile of money grows each time.

Disney, 21st Century Fox and Comcast each currently own 30% of Hulu, with AT&T Warner Media at 10%. An acquisition deal still being finalized that would give Disney the share owned by Fox.

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