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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
SOURCE: STUBHUB.COM

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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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Jun062019

Hey Daddy-O: Father’s Day Spend On Tickets, Ties, Tech To Hit Record $16 Billion

“I think the saddest day of my life was when I realized I could beat my Dad at most things, and Bart experienced that at the age of four.” — Homer Simpson

By Barry Janoff

June 6, 2019: More than 75% of people in the U.S. will celebrate Father’s Day on June 16 — most likely including The Simpsons — spending an average of $139 for predicted record total of $16 billion.

That total is up some $700 million from last year’s $15.3 billion spend, which was a slight dip from the previous record spend of $15.5 billion in 2017, according to the National Retail Federation.

The average spend per person of $139 is up from last year’s $132.82, and up from $91 in 2009.

Spending on Dad’s Day has gone up almost $7 billion, about 70%, since 2009 ($9.4 billion) and $4 billion since 2014 ($12.5 billion).

However, Dads should not feel too cocky: Spend on Mother’s Day last month hit a record $25 billion.

“Fathers, husbands and sons can expect to feel the love this Father’s Day,” Matthew Shay, NRF president and CEO, said via the Washington D.C.-based organization.

“Over the past decade, spending on Father’s Day gifts has increased significantly. Retailers are ready with gifts that will have no problem impressing dad.”

More than 45% of people will get Dad clothing or a special outing. More than 61% will buy a card.

Greeting cards were also the most popular gift on Mother’s Day, followed by flowers, special outing, gift cards and clothing. The Dad’s list is greeting cards, special outing, clothing, gift cards and books/CDs.

Among others planning Father’s Day events, MLB has unveiled special T-shirts from Fanatics, polo shirts from Under Armour and caps from New Era for the occasion (available here.).

According to NRF, the top category spends include special outings such as sports events, theater or movies ($3.3 billion), clothing ($2.5 billion), gift cards ($2.5 billion), electronics ($1.8 billion), home improvement or gardening supplies (($927 million), personal care ($905 million), tools or appliances ($863 million), greeting cards ($830 million), sporting goods ($822 million), automotive accessories ($708 million) and books/CSs ($588 million).

According to Phil Rist, vp-strategy, Prosper Insight & Analytics, which conducts the annual survey for NRF, “It’s important to consumers of all ages that their gift for dad is unique and creates a special memory.

“For example, subscription box services have become a popular unique gift option, particularly among younger consumers.”

NRF said the biggest drivers of Father’s Day spending are growth in spend by consumers ages 35-44 — an average $197.66, over $100 more than this age group spent ten years ago.

By category, the biggest growth spending will be seen in clothing, special outings and gift cards.

More than half of those surveyed plan to buy for their fathers or stepfathers (53%); others will shop for their husbands (27%) or sons (9%).

When shopping, 39% will go to department stores, 34% will shop online, 24%at a discount store, 23% at a specialty store, 11% at a specialty clothing store and 2%via catalog.

Nearly six-in-ten Father’s Day shoppers (57%) with smartphone/tablets plan to use their device to assist in Father’s Day gifting decisions, with 38% using their mobile device to research products and compare prices.

The survey of 7,591 consumers was conducted May 1-9 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 1.2% points.

Mother’s Day Spend Predicted To Reach Record $25B


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