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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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• MC5
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• Todd Rundgren
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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.
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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Apr172011

Pepsi Max Ad Rebuilds Field Of Dreams, And MLB Legends Come To Play

By Barry Janoff, Executive Editor

April 17, 2011: Is this heaven? No. It's a Pepsi Max commercial.

Field of Dreams, the 1989 film starring Kevin Costner as an Iowa farmer who hears voices, turns a chunk of his corn field into a baseball diamond and gets a visit from baseball legends, will get a Pepsi Max redux for a new commercial breaking this week.

In a takeoff of one of the film's classic lines, Pepsi Max built a commercial and a bevy of baseball Hall of Famers and former greats came. The list of all-time greats in "Clubhouse in the Corn" includes Ozzie Smith, Mike Schmidt, Rollie Fingers, Dennis Eckersley, Carlton Fisk, Rickey Henderson, Lou Pinella, Randy Johnson, and a fleeting glimpse of a faux Babe Ruth, who is signing autographs.

In the spot, they are joined by current stars Evan Longoria, Jim Thome and CC Sabathia, who wanders out of the cornfield and onto a field of dreams.

Sabathia and Longora were among the players featured in a Pepsi TV commercial in 2010 to support Project Refresh. Piniella starred in a commercial for Pepsi's Aquafina water in 2008.

Smith, Schmidt and Fingers appeared at the MLB Fan Cave in New York on April 18 to provide a first look at the commercial. The spot will run on network and cable as well as in-stadium and in-theater. Lead agency is TBWA\Chiat\Day.

As in Field of Dreams, the ball players convene on a baseball field, providing insights into the game, here using Pepsi Max, with humorous banter. Henderson is playing a game of Rock, Paper, Scissors. Johnson and Eckersley are pitching Pepsi Max bottles into a recycling bin. And when Sabathia asks the Pepsi Max guy where he is, the reply is, "Iowa."

In the movie, Costner also replies, "No, it's Iowa," when he is asked by "Shoeless" Joe Jackson (played by Ray Liotta), "Is this heaven?"

The tone reflects the film's scenes in which the likes of Jackson and other members of the infamous Chicago "Black Sox" come out of Kevin Costner's corn field to play the game from which they were banned. In the movie, they are joined by the likes of Mel Ott, Gil Hodges and "Smokey" Joe Wood.

"Ty Cobb wanted to play, but none of us could stand the son-of-a-bitch when we were alive, so we told him to stick it," Shoeless Joe Jackson explains in the film. Cobb is also absent from the Pepsi Max spot.

According to Pepsi Max, the spot features a roster of players who represent 20 World Series championships, 74 All-Star Game selections, 865 career pitching victories and 2,735 career home runs, including Ruth (714), Thome (590 and counting) and Schmidt (548).

The classic film 'Field of Dreams' is revisited by Pepsi Max.Pepsi Max has been a corporate sponsor of MLB since 1997. It also has official status with 15 MLB clubs, including the Chicago Cubs and White Sox, Oakland A's, New York Mets and Yankees, Cleveland Indians, Minnesota Twins, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Detroit Tigers, Tampa Bay Rays, Arizona Diamondbacks, Milwaukee Brewers, Pittsburgh Pirates, Seattle Mariners and the Kansas City Royals.

The brand is currently running a sweepstakes offering tickets to attend the 2011 MLB All-Star Game in July at Chase Field, home of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Pepsi Max is also the official soft drink of the NFL. The brand will activate around the NFL Draft April 28-30.



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