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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

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
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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

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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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Mar162011

A New Ballgame: WTA's David Shoemaker Named CEO Of NBA's China Division

March 16, 2011: The NBA has had a presence in China for more than three decades, but has really ramped up efforts since the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing.  

In a move to continue to enhance its presence there, NBA commissioner David Stern said that David Shoemaker, president of the Women’s Tennis Assn., has been named CEO of NBA China, effective June 1.

As NBA China CEO, Shoemaker will oversee all of the league’s business and basketball development in Greater China. The WTA did not release any details regarding filling Shoemaker's position.

NBA China is governed by a board of directors that includes NBA owners, representatives of strategic investors, Stern, NBA deputy commissioner and COO Adam Silver, former NBA China CEO Tim Chen and Heidi Ueberroth, who is president of NBA International.

When NBA China was launched in 2008, Stern said that "the opportunity for basketball and the NBA in China is simply extraordinary.” Since then, several NBA teams and players have toured the nation. Kobe Bryant has the best-selling NBA jersey in China, surpassing even local hero Yao Ming, according to NBA sales figures.

In addition, a growing number of NBA players are signing shoe deals with China-based companies, including 2010 No. 2 overall draft pick Evan Turner, who signed with Li-Ning, joining Shaquille O'Neal and Baron Davis; Kevin Garnett with Anta and Jason Kidd with Peak. In addition, NBA veteran Stephon Marbury, who is in the midst of a three-year deal with Shanxi Zhongyu in the Chinese Basketball Assn., where under terms of his contract he is creating a company to sell his line of Starbury basketball shoes.

“I have been able to witness first-hand the immense popularity of basketball and the success of the NBA in China," Shoemaker said in a statement. "I look forward to building on the impressive infrastructure already in place and leading the league and the game of basketball to new heights in the country.”

"I look forward to building on the impressive infrastructure already in place and leading the league and basketball to new heights in the country.”

According to commissioner Stern, “David Shoemaker has the right combination of experience, talent and leadership ability, making him an ideal choice to serve as CEO of NBA China. The game and our business in China have expanded dramatically since NBA China’s launch in 2008, and David has the necessary skills to lead our talented team in continuing our growth.”  

Shoemaker will join Steve Richard, who resumes his position as NBA China’s CFO after serving as interim CEO; and COO Collins Qian, "to continue NBA China’s success in developing the league’s business and helping to accelerate basketball’s growth in the country," according to the NBA.

Shoemaker  joined the WTA in 2004 as general counsel and was appointed WTA President in August 2009, where he was responsible for all global operations of the tour. For WTA China, he oversaw all of the tour’s television, digital, and sponsorship relationships and development, as well as community and government relations.

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