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The newly unveiled logo for the Paris 2024 Summer Olympic and Paralympics Games combines two iconic symbols associated with the Games – a gold medal and the Olympic torch – which combine to form an image of Marianne, a female figure representing the French Republic  This is the first time the Olympic logo will be shared with the Paralympic Games.

• The late golf icon Arnold Palmer will be commemorated with a Forever Stamp from the U.S. Postal Service in 2020. The stamp features James Drake's action photo of Palmer at the 1964 U.S. Open at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Md. Art director Antonio Alcalá designed the stamp.

• Dr Teal's Epsom Salts has signed All Pro TE Jason Witten (Dallas Cowboys) and two-time defending Defensive Player of the Year Aaron Donald (Los Angeles Rams) to explain in marketing the “benefits of balancing rigorous workouts with regimented muscle recovery in order to achieve and maintain peak performance.”

• Sacramento, California's capital city, has been awarded an MLS expansion team with Sacramento Republic FC becoming the league's 29th team and beginning play in MLS in 2022. The club will build a new, $300 million, 20,100-seat soccer stadium in the downtown Railyards District. 

• The Professional Baseball Agreement between MLB and minor league teams expires at the end of the 2020 season. But if a new MLB proposal were to become reality, more than three dozen cities with affiliated minor league teams will lose those teams a year from now and thousands of minor league players will be out of work as well. Full story here.

• 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. 

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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. 18-20
1. Maleficent: Mistress Of Evil $36M
2. Joker $29.2M
3. Zombieland 2 $26.7M
4. Addams Family $16M
5. Gemini Man $8.5M
6. Abominable $3.5M
7. Downton Abbey $3M
8. Judy $2M
9. Hustlers $2M
10. It 2 $1.5M
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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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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. 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)

NBA 2019 Opening Nights
• Oct. 22 New Orleans Pelicans vs. Toronto Raptors TNT 8 PM (ET)
• Oct. 22 Los Angeles Lakers vs. Los Angeles Clippers TNT 10:30 PM (ET)

• Oct. 23 Boston Celtics vs. Philadelphia 76ers ESPN 8 PM (ET)
• Oct. 23 Denver Nuggets vs. Portland Trail Blazers ESPN 10 PM (ET)

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Aug202013

Game On For RBs Arian Foster, Marshawn Lynch (And Dads) In 'Madden NFL 25'

By Barry Janoff

August 19, 2013: The first version of the now iconic video game, Madden NFL, was release in 1988 for Commodore, Apple II and Ms-DOS operating systems.

It was at that time, according to Electronic Arts folklore, that two guys became so immersed in the game that the soon envisioned a time when their sons would play football so that the dads could go at one another ad infinitum.

The two future NFL stars turned out to be running backs Arian Foster of the Houston Texans and Marshawn Lynch of the Seattle Seahawks. And their dads, at least in the folklore version, were Darien Foster and Marshawn Lynch Sr.

It is the real Foster and Lynch who play their fictitious dads (Arian's real father's name is Carl, Lynch was raised by a single mom) and watch their son's grow into NFL stars in EA Sports' "Running Back Sons," a 70-second spot that supports the release of Madden NFL 25 on Aug. 27.

"Running Back Sons" broke on ESPN during Monday Night Football and will go into regular rotation on network and cable sports programming, with versions including 15-, 30- and the entire minute and ten seconds..

The commercial opens in the late 1980s and continues through to 2013, following the dads as they play new versions of Madden NFL on ever-updated versions of TVs and tech support systems. We also watch as the sons go through rigorous training — running over a bear, jumping through flaming tires, pulling a car, lifting not just weights but entire weight racks — to reach the NFL.

The spot does not end with the closing scene. When viewed on the Web, it is an interactive link that leads to an EA Sports micro-site loaded with such options as a "Making of Running Back Sons" snapshots and information, a bevy of Madden NFL 25 features and another link to a Fathead day one promotion.

We first see Darien Foster and Marshawn Lynch Sr. as young men playing Madden Football. A voiceover offers, "The '80s. While playing NFL Madden for the first time, Darien Foster and Marshawn Lynch Sr. start an epic rivalry that will shape football in the modern era. They realize that if they raise sons to be elite NFL running backs, they can use them to school each other in Madden. A unique and highly unorthodox conditioning program becomes the crux of their training."

As their sons train and grow to NFL running backs, the two dads continue their war of words and one-on-on battle via Madden NFL, ultimately seeing their sons become part of the game. "He learned that move from my son," one dad says to the other watching their kids in Madden NFL 25. "He didn't learn anything from your son," says the other.'

Watching Lynch perform a particularly strenuous move on the Madden NFL field, his dad exclaims, "That's that beast mode right there," a reference to Lynch's self-proclaimed nickname. The voiceover continues, "Today, the sons have become offensive threats of their fathers' dreams. Spinning and deking their way to Madden offensive domination. A season 25 years in the making. Madden NFL 25. In stores Aug. 27.

The final shot shows Foster and Lynch in action on a TV screen with text, "See more of a season 25 years in the making."  (See the full spot here.)

Total sales of Madden NFL games has topped 90 million and $3 billion in sales since 1988, according to EA Sports.

Foster has rushed for more than 4,500 yards and 44 touchdowns in four seasons (and has another 1,531 yards and six touchdowns receiving). Lynch has nearly 2,800 yards rushing and 23 rushing touchdowns in two years with Seattle.

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