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• Universal Casting in Miami has been looking for people to fill three roles for what was called a “major commercial” with Serena Williams: Serena at 7-13 years old, 15-19 and 22-27. “Those auditioning must be proficient tennis players and must look like Serena.”   

• NFL Network’s Good Morning Football is in London for six days starting today (Monday, Oct. 22) leading up to the Philadelphia Eagles vs. Jacksonville Jaguars game in Wembley Stadium on Sunday (Oct. 28). Good Morning Football will air Monday-Friday (7 AM ET) from Westminster Live Studios. 

• Charles Wang, 74, businessman and former owner of the New York Islanders (2000-16), passed away on Sunday morning. RIP.

• ESPN said it generated its best NBA opening week rating since 2014 on Saturday for LeBron James’ home-opener with the Los Angeles Lakers. The Lakers vs. Rockets game telecast, won by Houston, 124-115, drew a 2.5 metered market rating, also making it the highest-rated NBA regular season game on ESPN since the Warriors 73rd win game in April of 2016.

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• Sacramento Kings (Blue Diamond)
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• Utah Jazz (Qualtrics)

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Weekend Box Office Oct. 12-14
1. Venom $35.7 M
2. A Star Is Born $28M
3. First Man $16.6M
4. Goosebumps 2 $16.2M
5. Smallfoot $9.3M
6. Night School $8M
7. Bad Times at the El Royale $7.2M
8. The House With A Clock In Its Walls $4M
9. The Hate U Give $1.8M

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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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Special Olympics USA 2018 Games Seattle Adds Partners For Activation, Marketing

NYSJ Sports-Entertainment Business News Service

June 6, 2018: With the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games in Seattle less than a month way, a bevy of companies have joined the roster to support, activate and enhance the experience for more than 4,000 athletes and coaches, family members, volunteers and fans.

Among the new or recently joined sponsors, and those that have expanded their roles: Accenture, Amazon, Baden Sports, F5, Holland America Line, Lyft, Nordstrom, REI, Tommy Hilfiger, Walmart and the Walt Disney Co.

Among the companies already aligned with the event are premier partner Microsoft; platinum partners  Bank of America, Coca-Cola, ESPN and Kaiser Permanente; gold medal partners KPMG, Paccar and United Airlines; such silver medal partners as Boeing, Brooks, Finish Line, Starbucks and T-Mobile; and bronze medal partners including Alaska Airlines and Hasbro.

The USA Games (July 1-6) are being supported by a plethora of local companies and organizations; and sports teams including MLB’s Seattle Mariners, the NFL Seahawks, MLS Sounders, WNBA Storm, Major League Rugby team Seawolves and the Reign of the National Women’s Soccer League.

Special Olympics partner WWE has expanded its supporting role with the USA Games.

WWE will promote the event through its global media assets including the WWE Network, TV, digital and social media, as well as during upcoming WWE live events nationwide. WWE Superstars will be supporting all Special Olympics athletes at the USA Games by conducting daily autograph signings, medal presentations and attending the Opening Ceremonies.

“The 2018 USA Games will be one of the largest and most significant events in the history of Seattle and its success will be due in part to the support of our corporate partners and our shared commitment to furthering the ideals of inclusion,” Beth Knox, president and CEO for the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games, said in a statement.

“With less than a month to go until the Opening Ceremony, these new corporate partners are helping us reach our fundraising goal while engaging their employees in a meaningful way.”

Amazon, the presenting sponsor of the Special Olympics USA Games Closing Ceremony, said that people who shop at smile.amazon.com can designate “Special Olympics USA Games” and have the Amazon Smile Foundation donate 0.5% of the purchase price from eligible products to the 2018 USA Games.

Amazon also said it would donate an additional $10,000 to support the 2018 USA Games.

Amazon, in partnership with the South Lake Union Chamber of Commerce, the South Lake Union Community Council, and the Denny Triangle Neighborhood Association, has activated local restaurants to participate in a campaign called “Choose to Include.”

Participating restaurants will feature an existing dish from their menu or create a new dish that “celebrates the spirit of Special Olympics.” At the end of the campaign (June 22-July 6), each restaurant will donate a portion of proceeds from these dishes directly to the Special Olympics USA Games.

Also new, Amazon Echo and Alexa device users can say, “Alexa, make a donation to the Special Olympics USA Games,” and “Alexa will automatically charge the card on file to make the donation.”

Among the new activations:

Accenture is the official sponsor of gymnastics and a presenting sponsor of the Future of Inclusion Forum (July 2).

Holland America Line is the presenting sponsor of the 2018 USA Games Art Murals.

Nordstrom is the Presenting Sponsor of the Special Olympics Young Athletes Festival at the 2018 USA Games. Geared to all children ages 2 to 7,

T-Mobile is a sponsor of soccer and has established a text-to-give program in support of the 2018 USA Games.

Walmart is the presenting sponsor of the 2018 USA Games Family Program.

The Walt Disney Company is the presenting sponsor of the 2018 USA Games Volunteer Program.

See a full list of USA Games partners here.

Special Olympics, ESPN Plans USA Games Challenge

PHOTOS COURTESY Special Olympics

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