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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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Nov172015

Qatar Airways Takes Center Court With International Premier Tennis League

By Barry Janoff

November 17, 2015: Qatar Airways, the national carrier for the State of Qatar, is now the presenting partner for a tennis circuit that stars the likes of Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, Serena Williams, Maria Sharapova, Rafael Nadal, Ana Ivanovic and Marin Cilic.

Qatar has signed a three-year deal to become the presenting partner for the Coca-Cola International Premier Tennis League.

The event will be known as the Coca-Cola International Premier Tennis League presented by Qatar Airways. Financial terms were not released.

IPTL, entering its second season, brings together current stars, legends and upcoming talent in a five-city team- and individual-play format. Competition is scheduled to begin Dec. 2 and run through Dec. 20.

It also serves as a warm-up for the first Grand Slam of 2016, the Australian Open (Jan.-18-31).

The 2015 team roster includes defending champion Micromax Indian Aces, Philippine Mavericks, OUE Singapore Slammers, UAE Royals and first-year squad Japan Warriors.

The schedule sees three-day round-robin competitions moving to each of the respective home cities for the five-team league. Competition includes men's and women's singles, men's doubles, mixed doubles and men's legends singles.

The Coca-Cola International Premier Tennis League presented by Qatar Airways champions title comes with a $1.5 million prize.

“Qatar Airways has an enviable portfolio of global sports events," IPTL founder Mahesh Bhupathi said in a statement. "They are an award-winning international airline with a clear vision and commitment to sports. We look forward to making this association beneficial to their customers and partners.”

Marketing was not detailed, but Qatar Airways is expected to support with a multi-platform effort including Internet, social media, local and in-arena signage and activations for fans and its airline passengers.

Among other alliances Qatar Airways has been the jersey-front sponsor for iconic soccer club Barcelona.

IPTL play will air in more than 150 territories. Broadcast partners include ESPN, Fox Asia, Sky Sports, TV5, WOWOW, Eurosport, Tennis Channel, Star Sports and the Abu Dhabi Media Group.

Among the players on the Micromax Indian Aces are Nadal, Gael Monfils and Agnieszka Radwanska.

The Japan Warriors will be led by Sharapova, Kei Nishikori, Leander Paes, Daniela Hantuchova and Marat Safin.

Philippine Mavericks list on their roster Serena Williams, Sabine Lisicki and Richard Gasquet.

OUE Singapore Slammers are led by Djokovic and Nick Kyrgios.

UAE Royals feature Federer, Ana Ivanovic, Marin Cilic and Tomas Berdych.

According to Qatar Airways Group CEO Akbar Al Baker, "The overwhelming response the league received last season showcases the interest of Asian tennis fans in the region and the success of this format and the partnership with IPTL reinforces our commitment to be associated with large-scale sports events and sports legends."

The 2015 schedule includes Kobe World Hall, Kobe (Dec 2-4); Mall Of Asia Arena, Manila (Dec. 6-8); Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium, New Delhi (Dec. 10-12); Dubai Duty Free Tennis Stadium, Dubai (Dec 14-16); and Singapore Indoor Stadium, Singapore (Dec 18-20).

"The success of Season 1 is a result of the format being accepted by the players translating into high intensity competition," said Bhupathi, who during his career won 12 Grand Slam titles in doubles and mixed-doubles. "We will continue to offer an unmatched viewing experience to our global audiences who are now beginning to enjoy tennis in a manner never seen before."

PHOTO COURTESY QATAR AIRWAYS

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