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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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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
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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.
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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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Apr052012

New Era Lets Windy City White Sox-Cubs MLB Rivalry Go To Its Head

By Barry Janoff

April 5, 2012: New Era is ushering in the 2012 MLB season with some heated trash talk between "serious Chicago White Sox fan" Craig Robinson from NBC's The Office and "passionate Chicago Cubs fan" Nick Offerman of Parks and Recreation.

The multi-media "Rivalry" campaign, which supports New Era's MLB Authentic Collection, follows last season's debate between New York Yankees fan Alec Baldwin and John Krazinski supporting the Boston Red Sox.

The campaign will be anchored by three spots, which will run during the season on such cable channels as ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNews, Comedy Central, G4, FX, Spike, Speed, Nick At Nite, Adult Swim, NBC Sports and MLB Network.

The spots also will air in-stadium during White Sox/Cubs interleague games. Support includes POP and Internet, with New Era encouraging fans to continue the trash talk at Facebook and Twitter.

In addition, New Era said the campaign would have takeovers of sports Web sites including MLB.com, ESPN.com, SI.com, Yahoo! Sports, Yardbarker.com and Deadspin.com.

"Rivalries are the most direct and obvious forms of self-expression in sports and this year's campaign echoes that fanatical sentiment," Christopher Koch, CEO for Buffalo, NY-based New Era, said in a statement. This baseball season we continue to show how fans express their passion for their favorite team and city."

In the first commercial, "Slices," Robinson and Offerman are in a pub called The Dividing Line discussing baseball.

"How old is Wrigley [Field] anyway?" Robinson asks sarcastically. "Do you even have electricity?"

"It's powered by tradition . . . something you wouldn't know about at Modaphone Park," replies Offerman, renaming the White Sox U.S. Celluar Park with a telecom rival.

"Someone should trim those weeds on the outfield walls," retorts Robinson.

"It's called 'ivy,'" says Offerman. "As in Ivy League."

"Or bush, as in Bush League," Robinson replies. "I've heard for the White Sox, DH [designated hitter] stands for 'Don't have talent.'

" 'Have-talent' is one word?" asks Offerman. "Yes, it is," Robinson claims.

Then comes a series of one-liners:

"The last Cubs [pitcher] to throw a no-hitter was your pitching machine."

"The last time your leadoff hitter got to second base was at his high school prom."

Ultimately, they get to the New Era caps. "See this 'C'," Robinson says, pointing to his Cubs cap. "That stands for Chicago. All you have on your head is a stocking," referring to the White Sox logo.

New Era continues its umbrella tag line, "Fly your own flag." The spots were written and produced by Gifted Youth, a new commercial production company formed by Funny Or Die.

See the full spot here.

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