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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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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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Apr272012

Speed Thrills: Nike Hits The NFL Ground Running With 'Fast Is Faster' Campaign

By Barry Janoff

April 27, 2012: Nike came out of the gate with full guns blazing in the first official national appearance under its NFL alliance, not only supplying every first-round draft pick with a new team jersey featuring their name on the back, but unleashing a TV spot that makes it clear the company is the new marshal in town.

Moments after NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell called Andrew Luck's name at the No. 1 overall pick by the Indianapolis Colts, a Nike crew had his name emblazoned on the back of his No. 12 jersey. Minutes later, they did the same with Robert Griffin III, who hit the stage at Radio City Music Hall in New York to greet the commissioner while holding his personalized No. 1 Washington Redskins jersey.

To make its imprint even more profound, Nike also unveiled its high-intensity commercial, "Fast is Faster." The one-minute ad stars the new Nike NFL jerseys and gear (such as pants and gloves), which have been on display at the temporary pop-up NFL Store in New York since being unveiled earlier this month at an event in Brooklyn, NY.

It's all part of Nike's grand entrance as the new official and exclusive supplier of NFL gear via a five-year deal signed in 2010 that sees the company replace adidas' Reebok division, which held the license for ten years.

The spot features (in alphabetical order) Larry Fitzgerald (Arizona Cardinals), Marshawn Lynch (Seattle Seahawks), LeSean McCoy (Philadelphia Eagles), Troy Polamalu (Pittsburgh Steelers), Darrelle Revis (New York Jets) and Alex Smith (San Francisco 49ers). NFL official Mike Carey also gets a turn.

"This game is not fast . . .  this game is faster," warns a voiceover as lights go on in an NFL stadium, the engine of a sports car races and a jet blazes. "Strong is no longer strong. Fast is the new strong. Lungs are jet engines. End zones are scorched. The pocket is collapsing faster. The field just got shorter. The slow lose their lunch. The tortoise never wins. And if you are not faster, someone will let you know."

The spot launched on ESPN between the selections of Luck and RG3, and now will go into regular rotation as the anchor for the "Fast is Faster" campaign. Support will include print and Internet, with such social media destinations as Twitter, Facebook and YouTube.

Lead agency is Wieden + Kennedy. Nike said the spot was directed by Mark Romanek and edited by Kirk Baxter, who won the Academy Award for film editing in 2010 (The Social Network) and 2011 (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo).

"Nike's football heritage is built on the concept of speed," the company offered in a statement. "More than 40 years ago, Nike founder Bill Bowerman set out on a relentless quest to help athletes get faster. From the first football cleat to the new NFL Nike Elite 51 uniforms, Nike continues to blend cutting edge technology with over four decades of knowledge, craft and insight to help athletes gain speed."

See the full spot here.

Nike Now Officially Official NFL Partner

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