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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)
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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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Jun162017

Bun And Done: McDonald’s Ends Longtime Top Tier Partnership With IOC, Team USA

By Barry Janoff

(Originally Published in MediaPost)

June 16, 2017: After a relationship that began more than 40 years ago, McDonald’s said it would cease its official alliance with the International Olympic Committee and the U.S. Olympic Committee three years before the end of its current deal "to focus on different priorities."

McDonald’s, which had worked with the IOC since 1976, extended its deal as a global partner in 2012 through 2020.

"As part of our global growth plan, we are reconsidering all aspects of our business and have made this decision in cooperation with the IOC to focus on different priorities," Silvia Lagnado, McDonald’s global CMO, said in a statement.

"We have been proud to support the Olympic Movement, and we thank our customers and staff, the spectators, athletes and officials, as well as the IOC and local Olympics Games organizing committees, for all of their support over the years," said Lagnado.

The IOC said it "has no immediate plans to appoint a direct replacement in the retail food operations sponsorship category, and will review the category in the broader context of existing Olympic marketing programs."

That could, in effect, set up a bidding war for a spot to become a domestic restaurant partner with the USOC, if not the IOC, among such players as Burger King, Chick-fil-A, Taco Bell, Wendy’s, KFC, Buffalo Wild Wings and even Starbucks.

"In today’s rapidly evolving business landscape, we understand that McDonald’s is looking to focus on different business priorities," Timo Lumme, managing firector for IOC Television and Marketing Services, said in a statement. "For these reasons, we have mutually agreed with McDonald’s to part ways.

"I would like to thank our friends at McDonald’s on behalf of the IOC for the commitment the company has shown to the Olympic Movement over many decades."

Although the decision takes effect immediately, McDonald’s said it would continue to be a sponsor for the 2018 Winter Games in PyeongChang “with domestic marketing rights in the Republic of Korea only,” as well as restaurants in the Olympic Park and the Olympic Village.

McDonald's said it would continue to support the spirit of Team USA and its athletes.

"Thanks to McDonald’s for serving Team USA at home and at Olympic Games around the world for more than 30 years," the USOC wrote on its Twitter page.

McDonald’s is now added to a list of companies that for various reasons since November ended official Olympic alliances, including former USOC partners Anheuser-Busch (Budweiser), AT&T, Citigroup and TD Ameritrade.

The remaining 12 IOC Top Tier sponsors are Alibaba, Atos, Bridgestone, Coca-Cola, Dow, GE, Omega, Panasonic, P&G, Samsung, Toyota and Visa.

"We are reconsidering all aspects of our business and have made this decision in cooperation with the IOC to focus on different priorities."

According to the IOC,  Dow, GE, Panasonic, P&G, Samsung, Toyota and Visa have agreements through 2020; Bridgestone, Panasonic and Toyota through 2024; Alibaba through 2028; and Omega through 2032.

"The IOC’s sponsorship strategy is aimed at delivering long-term partnerships that help the Olympic movement achieve the objectives set out in Olympic Agenda 2020, our strategic roadmap for the future," said Lumme. "This strategy is exemplified by the recent announcement of long-term, ground-breaking agreements with new and existing global partners."

In addition to PyeongChang, the upcoming Olympic schedule includes the 2020 Summer Games in Tokyo and the 2022 Winter Games in Beijing.

The IOC is scheduled to name host cities for the 2024 and 2028 Summer Games this September, with Paris and Los Angeles as the only two candidates.

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