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• Universal Casting in Miami has been looking for people to fill three roles for what was called a “major commercial” with Serena Williams: Serena at 7-13 years old, 15-19 and 22-27. “Those auditioning must be proficient tennis players and must look like Serena.”   

• NFL Network’s Good Morning Football is in London for six days starting today (Monday, Oct. 22) leading up to the Philadelphia Eagles vs. Jacksonville Jaguars game in Wembley Stadium on Sunday (Oct. 28). Good Morning Football will air Monday-Friday (7 AM ET) from Westminster Live Studios. 

• Charles Wang, 74, businessman and former owner of the New York Islanders (2000-16), passed away on Sunday morning. RIP.

• ESPN said it generated its best NBA opening week rating since 2014 on Saturday for LeBron James’ home-opener with the Los Angeles Lakers. The Lakers vs. Rockets game telecast, won by Houston, 124-115, drew a 2.5 metered market rating, also making it the highest-rated NBA regular season game on ESPN since the Warriors 73rd win game in April of 2016.

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NBA Teams With Jersey-Logo Deals (to date):
• Atlanta Hawks (Shareware)
• Boston Celtics (GE)
• Brooklyn Nets (Infor)
• Charlotte Hornets (LendingTree)
• Chicago Bulls (Jenni Optical)
• Cleveland Cavaliers (Goodyear)
• Dallas Mavericks (5miles)
• Denver Nuggets (Western Union)
• Detroit Pistons (Flagstaff Bank)
• Golden State Warriors (Rakuten)
• Houston Rockets (Rokit)
• Los Angeles Clippers (Bumble)
• Los Angeles Lakers (Wish)
• Memphis Grizzlies (FedEx)
• Miami Heat (Ultimate Software)
• Milwaukee Bucks (Harley Davidson)
• Minnesota Timberwolves (Fitbit)
• New Orleans Pelicans (Zatarain’s)
• New York Knicks (Squarespace)
• Orlando Magic (Disney World)
• Philadelphia 76ers (StubHub)
• Phoenix Suns (PayPal)
• Portland Trail Blazers (Biofreeze)
• Sacramento Kings (Blue Diamond)
• San Antonio Spurs (Frost Bank)
• Toronto Raptors (Sun Life)
• Utah Jazz (Qualtrics)

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Weekend Box Office Oct. 12-14
1. Venom $35.7 M
2. A Star Is Born $28M
3. First Man $16.6M
4. Goosebumps 2 $16.2M
5. Smallfoot $9.3M
6. Night School $8M
7. Bad Times at the El Royale $7.2M
8. The House With A Clock In Its Walls $4M
9. The Hate U Give $1.8M

SOURCE: COMSCORE.com

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Joel Embiid Has A Story To Tell About Life, Hoops, New Under Armour Shoe Deal

By Barry Janoff

October 11, 2018: Joel Embiid, NBA All-Star center for the Philadelphia 76ers, has signed a five-year deal with Under Armour, which will include signature shoes, marketing and other activations.

Embiid, who had been with adidas his first four years in the league, tipped his hand (or foot) in the pre-season when he wore Under Armour kicks during games, including the two China Games against the Dallas Mavericks.

Financial terms of the deal were not shared, but were called “the biggest for a center” by industry analysts.

“Welcome to the family,” Under Armour proclaimed on its Web site.

Embiid spent time after his signing in an Under Armour van, handing out swag to kids at a Philadelphia Boys & Girls Club.

“Philly has been behind me from Day 1 . . . Ya’ll have had my back. Now I’m gonna do my best to have your back,” he posted to his Twitter account.

Embiid has a solid social media following: 2.9 million on Instagram, 1.5 million-plus on Twitter, more than 281,000 on Facebook.

He joins a roster of Under Armour athletes and celebrities that includes Stephon Curry, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Tom Brady, Jordan Spieth, Misty Copeland, Bryce Harper, Clayton Kershaw, Lindsey Vonn, Anthony Joshua, Cam Newton and Michael Phelps.

For Embiid, however, the move to Under Armour went beyond signing a deal with a shoe company.

“This is about more than just shoes. This is about more than just basketball. I’m joining the Under Armour family, but I’m not trying to sell you sneakers right now,” Embiid wrote on in an essay, “This Is Bigger Than Basketball,” posted on the Under Armour Web site.

Embiid, who was born in Yaoundé, Cameroon, did not play basketball until he was 15, using as his inspirations Hall of Famer Hakeem Olajuwon and Luc Mbah a Moute, also a native of Cameroon, who was in the NBA and running a basketball camp there.

He eventually played one year at Kansas before being drafted in the first round (No. 3) overall by the Sixers in 2014.

“When I sat down with Under Armour, one of the first things we talked about was how this can be bigger than just shoes, bigger than just basketball,” wrote Embiid. “I want to help change people’s lives like Luc changed my life.”

He talks about his life in Cameroon, going from undiscovered to the Sixers in just a few years, his parents and his younger brother, Arthur, who died in a car accident in Cameroon shortly after Embiid was drafted.

This past summer, he was part of a group of NBAers who played in the 2018 Africa Game.

He also is the cover athlete for EA Sports NBA Live 19.

“Basketball has given me everything, but it has to be bigger than basketball. That was the first thing that I said to Under Armour, and they were behind it 100%. This isn’t about a shoe deal. I mean, listen . . . I’m gonna make sure they design some shoes as pretty as I am. Don’t worry about that. We’re gonna take care of that.

“But this is bigger than that. I want to use this partnership to do something real. I want to do something that would make my brother proud.

“And I want to start in Philly.”

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