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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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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

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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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Jan042017

NFL Hall Of Famer Jerry Rice Playing Wingman, Catching Passes For Popeyes

By Barry Janoff

Janaury 4, 2017: NFL legend and Pro Football Hall of Famer Jerry Rice knows a lot about catching footballs.

Now he’s out to share his knowledge about better ways to eat and enjoy chicken.

In its first campaign with an athlete/celebrity endorser, Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen is featuring Rice in a series of spots that show off not only the brand’s product but faux inventions intended to enhance the experience.

Among the imaginary goods, all demonstrated by Rice: napkin shirts, spicy and mild toothpicks, wing skewers, a biscuit cushion, taste mask, sauce dome, screen guard playbook, a phone kickstand and wing gloves.

The campaign, "Wingovations," comes with one lead spot and several auxiliary spots each for one of the accoutrements. A separate spot, "A Football Chat," finds Annie talking with Rice about Popeyes’ Cajun Wings.

The campaign tag line: "Football is better with Popeyes."

The effort also includes Internet, social media and POP.

A sweepstakes at a dedicated Web site offers such prizes as a VIP tailgate package including a custom golf cart and a $500 Popeyes gift card, as well as gift cards for sports apparel, coolers and tumblers. (Details here.)

Lead agency is GSD&M, Austin.

The spots will run now through Super Bowl LI on Feb. 5 in Houston’s NRG Stadium. Popeyes is not an official partner with the NFL, but likely will do some guerrilla marketing with Rice via on-site activation.

Popeyes also was the title sponsor of last month’s college football Bahamas Bowl.

"It was a natural next step for Popeyes," Hector Muñoz, CMO-US for Popeyes, said in a statement. “We know fans love to enjoy our food, especially our wings, during games. Mix that with how much social media allows fans to follow their teams and it's a perfect combination."

The lead spot finds Popeyes’ spokeswoman Annie (actress Deirdre Henry) at a news desk with co-anchor Mike. "We all know that football is better with Popeyes, but what if I told you that there is a better way to enjoy your favorite game-time snack."

At which point, the pair unveil Rice testing the Wingovation products: The Taste Mask has a chicken wing attached to the front grill to enable the wearer to eat while keeping their hands free to catch footballs. The Sauce Dome is a hard-hat with an array of sauces built into the brim. The two-ply Napkin Shirt allows people to wipe the chicken sauce on themselves without ruining their real shirts.

Spicy and Mild Toothpicks replace the taste of traditional wood tooth picks with flavors that enable the Popeyes' chicken experience to last after the meal. The Biscuit Cushion is "a stadium seat that feels like heaven and smells like butter."

People are asked to submit their own ideas. At this time, however, none of the products displayed are actually available.

In the spot for Cajun Wings, "A Football Chat," Annie interviews Rice at the news desk.

"I hear you’re a famous football player," she says. "Are you good at anything else?"

Annie then asks Rice to read the script for a Popeye’s commercial, which he does, but with her voice dubbed in.

"It’s playoff season," says Rice. "And nothing brings flavor to the game like my classic Cajun Wings."

"How’d you do that?" Annie asks. In his own voice, Rice replies, "I’m a pro."

Rice played 20 seasons in the NFL, winning three Super Bowls with the San Francisco 49ers. He retired in 2005 but remains the league’s all-time leader in receptions (1,549), receiving years (22,895), touchdowns caught (197) and all-purpose yards (23,549).

As of October 2, 2016, Popeyes had 2,631 operating restaurants in the U.S., the District of Columbia, three territories and 26 foreign countries.

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