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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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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
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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

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• Nov. 18 Kansas City  Chiefs v Los Angeles Chargers Mexico City Estadio Azteca (ESPN Monday Night Football).

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Oct102012

Tennis Star Rafael Nadal In A New York State Of Mind For Return To The Court

By Barry Janoff

October 10, 2012: The last time Rafael Nadal played tennis in public was June in London in the second round of the Wimbledon Grand Slam event.

The next time will be . . .  even Nadal is not sure.

"There is no timetable. It is day-to-day," said Nadal. "I am working hard every day."

Nadal has been obvious by his absence on the tennis circuit over the past four months due to a partially torn patella tendon in his left knee and subsequent surgery. That forced him to pull out of the 2012 Summer Olympics, the U.S. Open and other tournaments. Formerly ranked No. 1 in the world, Nadal is ranked No. 4 now, behind (in order) Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and Andy Murray.

Nadal does plan to return to the court, and said he would like to make it sooner than March 4, 2013, when he is scheduled to participate in the 6th annual BNP Paribas Showdown at New York's Madison Square Garden, The exhibition, part of Tennis Night in America, will see Nadal play 2009 U.S. Open winner Juan Martin del Potro and will also feature current world No. 1 ranked Victoria Azarenka against Olympic women's gold medal winner and reigning U.S. Open women's champion Serena Williams.

"I'm looking forward to playing in that event at Madison Square Garden, especially because I missed playing in New York during the U.S. Open," Nadal said during a conference call on Tuesday regarding what would be his first career match in "The World's Most Famous Arena." "I'm feeling better now then the first couple of months [after surgery]. My knee was not improving correctly, but now I feel better."

Nadal has on-court goals to aim for prior to the BNP Paribas Showdown. He all but ruled out playing in 2012, which would mean missing the ATP World Tour Finals in London and representing his native Spain against the Czech Republic in the Davis Cup Finals, both in November. "Would that be impossible? No. Would it be very difficult? Yes."

The first Grand Slam of the year is the Australia Opem in January, which Nadal won in 2009. Nadal, who has won 11 Grand Slams during his career, said he is aiming to be competitive in 2013 but stressed again that he is taking his return one day at a time.

"I don't want to put any goals to play [in] a tournament," he said from his home in Majorca during the media conference call.  "I am trying not to think that far."

In addition to rehabilitating his knee, Nadal said he watched some of the matches during the Olympics and U.S. Open but found it difficult being an observer rather than a participant. Murray won both the Olympic gold medal and the U.S. Open and now ranks ahead of Nadal, who has said he would want to participate in the 2016 Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro.

The 26-year-old said he has not yet been on the court on a daily basis and has not asked for advice from other athletes who have suffered the same injury and undergone surgery and rehabilitation. "I go every day to the gym, the swimming pool to continue with my recovery."

Nadal also found some time to promote his marketing partners. Last month, he worked with PokerStars.com in a marketing campaign in which he is seen as a faux receptionist working the desk at an upscale country club (pictured). The plan was for Nadal to use his best poker face to convince people that he was not Rafa. In the spot, one man asks, "Do you play tennis?" To which Nadal replies, "Sometimes."

Nadal's deals also include Nike, Bacardi, Babolat, Armani and Kia Motors, putting him in the $18-$20 million annual endorsement range.

"The most important thing is to continue with the treatment. When I don't feel [pain in my knee], hopefully that will happen soon, I will come back on the tennis court."

"I can imagine when I come back I will need time to practice and practice more and more every day. Maybe that will take one month and a half," Nadal said of his current situation. "That is something I will know when my I feel my knee completely without pain when I start to practice.

"The most important thing is to continue with the treatment," he stressed. "When I don't feel [any pain in my knee], hopefully that will happen soon, I will come back on the tennis court."

While Rehabbing Knee, Rafa Nadal Takes On A New Racket

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