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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
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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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Jan262019

Nike Swooshes In With Fanatics To Replace Under Armour In Ten-Year MLB Partnership

NYSJ Sports-Entertainment Business News Service

January 25, 2019:
MLB has signed a ten-year global deal naming Nike the league’s official uniform and footwear supplier and Fanatics manufacturing and distribution licensing rights, beginning with the 2020 season.

The new pact replaces one unveiled in 2016, in which Under Armour was to begin manufacturing MLB on-field apparel beginning in 2020.

Nike said the uniforms, including all along with baselayer, game-day outerwear and training apparel for the 30 MLB clubs. would be developed by its team of designers.

Fanatics, a global leader for licensed sports merchandise and a current MLB partner, “has been granted broad consumer product licensing rights to manage the manufacturing and distribution of the Nike MLB Authentic Collection, as well as Nike and Fanatics fan gear, sold through the retail community, including MLBShop.com, MLB clubs and brick & mortar stores.”

Financial terms were not shared.

Fanatics said it would "utilize its vertical commerce model to create and distribute" a wide range of MLB fan apparel sold at retail, including “jerseys, post-season apparel and hot market gear that captures the latest events happening on the field.”

Under Armour has been dealing with financial issues and is reworking its domestic and international strategies, key reasons for the company to no longer be involved in the MLB alliance, according to industry analysts.

The MLB deal sees Nike replacing Majestic Athletics, which has manufactured MLB batting-practice jerseys since 1982 and has been the exclusive supplier of game uniforms since 2005.

However, Majestic will still be heavily involved.

In 2017, Fanatics acquired Majestic from VF Corp., which had acquired the company in 2007.

Fanatics said as part of the process it would keep production in the Majestic manufacturing plant in Palmer Township, PA (about 75 north of Philadelphia).

Nike and Fanatics also have official on-field and on-court alliances the NFL and NBA.

“Nike’s global brand and reputation as a leader in marketing and driving innovation makes them an ideal partner,” Rob Manfred, MLB commissioner, said via the league.

“In addition, Fanatics is a valuable partner who has proven to serve our fans with speed, agility and quality service. We’re very excited about the possibilities this unique arrangement provides us over the next decade.”

“Nike’s global brand and reputation as a leader in marketing and driving innovation makes them an ideal partner."

Supporting the alliance, Nike will continue as an official MLB sponsor and willutilize its Nike Baseball athletes in official MLB uniforms across its advertising and promotions.

Nike said it currently has endorsement relationships with more than 500 MLB and Minor League players, including Mike Trout, Giancarlo Stanton, George Springer, José Ramirez, Max Scherzer, Jacob deGrom, Javier Báez and Nolan Arenado.

As part of the new agreement, Nike will partner with all 30 MLB clubs and promote its brand and products across MLB media assets including MLB Network, MLB.com, and MLB social media.

According to Tom Peddie, vp/GM for Nike North America, “We’re thrilled to bring more innovation and creativity to Major League Baseball and the incredible athletes who play the game.

“This is an exciting time for baseball, and we look forward to partnering with MLB to grow the sport both across America as well as around the globe.”  

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