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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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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.
Read more at http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/j/johnfkenn121400.html#JZxA5jXY4rCwemgZ.99
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.
Read more at http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/j/johnfkenn121400.html#46Ul8rBF4XpB4lo0.99
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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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This Is The Year Marshawn, Harden, CP3 Get Real In 'Madden NFL 18' Campaign

By Barry Janoff

September 10, 2017: Did Beast Mode almost miss his first official game as a member of the Oakland Raiders?

Not in real life, where Marshawn Lynch had 18 carries and rushed for 76 yards in Oakland’s 26-16 opening week win over the Tennessee Titans.

But in a new spot for EA Sports Madden NFL 18, Lynch is walking down a street with a friend when they seen a bevy of TVs in a store window, all seemingly tuned into a Raiders game.

"You guys got a game today?" asks the friend. "Oh, man," replies a distressed Lynch as he runs off. "Thought I had a bye week.”"

Turns out they were watching Madden NFL 18.

EA Sports continues its multi-media support for Madden NFL 18, which launched in late August, with the spot, "This Is The Year," featuring Lynch, NBA stars James Harden and Chris Paul, plus a plethora of rappers and gamers who proclaim that it’s their turn to shine.

The spot supports distinct features in the new game, including "Longshot," Madden's first story mode; and playing Madden Ultimate Team with friends in MUT Squads.

EA Sports uses the "This is the year" mantra as a different inspiration for different people.

"This is the year . . . the Rams have won the Super Bowl . . . of four-letter celebrations (uttered by two kids banished to their room) . . .  we banish the demons . . .  to get sent to your room (said by a kid who is trashing his parent’s swimming pool) . . . I make my brother cry . . . we win so much we’re going to need a bigger band wagon . . . I start from the bottom and end up on top."

Harden makes an appearance playing Madden NFL 18 when he gets a call from new Houston Rockets’ backcourt partner Chris Paul.

"I’m open over here. Give me the ball," implores Paul, playing Madden Ultimate Team with Harden but anticipating what might be a situation when the NBA season starts. "You can’t keep calling every play," replies Harden. "Pass me the ball," yells Paul.

"This is the year rivals become teammates," offers Harden.

The two-minute spot also features rappers and musicians E-40 and Rae Sremmurd.

Also new this year, calling it a "landmark event" and describing it as the "largest competitive gaming commitment ever by a U.S. professional sports league," EA and the NFL have united to launch the Madden NFL Club Championship, a competitive gaming and eSports event within the second season of the Madden NFL Championship Series.

The Madden NFL Club Championship will encompass all 32 NFL teams.

This year’s Madden NFL 18 Championship Series features the biggest prize pool to date, more than $1.15 million.

Competition began Aug. 22 with the launch of EA Sports Madden NFL 18 G.O.A.T Edition for Xbox One and PlayStation4. (Details here.)

EA Sports’ strategy is to keep the marketing machine ramped up throughout the the year, with the opening of the NFL season a major tie-in.

The game was the top downloaded digital title for August 2017, according to the Playstation blog, ahead of Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice, Sonic Mania, Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege and Grand Theft Auto V.

The "Longshot" story allows gamers to play as Devin Wade, a former Texas high school quarterback whose life led him away from pro football but who now is seeking a second chance to make the big show.

Although it has had it peaks and valleys since its debut in 1988 (under the title John Madden Football), the Madden NFL franchise continues to be a juggernaut. Sales since then have topped $4.1 billion with more than 100 million copies sold.

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