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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.
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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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Nov202015

NBA Players Have 'One Wish' In Holiday Campaign: Special-Edition Uniforms

By Barry Janoff

November 20, 2015: A group of NBA players have "One Wish" for the holidays, and it's not what you might think.

It's about getting the new holiday-edition NBA jerseys.

A new spot, with support on Internet, social media and in-arena, touts the NBA's Dec. 25 TV games and full ten-game schedule, during which all players will be decked out in the Xmas-themed adidas jerseys, shorts and socks (from Stance).

The NBA also has designed a snow-flake ball for use on that day.

One Wish” features Anthony Davis (New Orleans Pelicans), James Harden (Houston Rockets), DeAndre Jordan (Los Angeles Clippers), Kawhi Leonard (San Antonio Spurs), Kevin Love (Cleveland Cavaliers) and Joakim Noah (Chicago Bulls).

In the spot, which is part of the NBA's umbrella "This Is Why We Play" effort, they all have a reason why the jolly bearded man who delivers gifts should bring them the special adidas gear.

"I've shared the ball like never before," says Leonard.

"The biggest day of the year is coming and I've been a very good boy," offers Noah.

Davis says, "This unibrow needs that uniform."

"I'll bring the love if you bring the jersey," relates Love.

And Harden offers, I've chosen team success over individual success. From one beard to another . . . "

A voiceover then says, "Tune in on Dec. 25 and watch the players' wishes come true." Text: This is why we play." (See the full spot here.)

Considering that the players get these jerseys anyway, the NBA is obviously channeling what it hopes will be the "one wish" among fans and consumers.

Each uniform features holiday-style script and a scarlet NBA seal — a nod to holiday greeting cards, according to the NBA.

Last year's Xmas uniforms featured each player's first name on the back. The previous year saw the NBA's sleeved jerseys, which drew mixed reviews — and in many case less than rave responses —  from players and fans.

Adidas gets its last shot at NBA Xmas day uniforms in 2016 before being replaced for the 2017-18 by Nike, which this past June signed an eight-year deal, valued at $1 billion by industry analysts, to become the league's official on-court apparel provider.

The jerseys are available at NBAStore.com ($109.99).

Christmas Day TV Schedule
• New Orleans Pelicans vs. Miami Heat ESPN 12:00 PM ET             
• Chicago Bulls vs. Oklahoma City Thunder ABC 2:30 PM ET
• Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Golden State Warriors ABC 5 PM ET
• San Antonio Spurs vs. Houston Rockets ESPN 8 PM ET
Los Angeles Clippers vs. Los Angeles Lakers ESPN 10:30 PM ET

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