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• Showtime Sports will launch on Oct. 21 a weekly podcast, All The Smoke with Matt Barnes and Stephen Jackson, in which the two NBA veterans (now retired) and NBA champs (Golden State Warriors and San Antonio Spurs, respectively), will “deliver an authentic, unfiltered perspective on the most polarizing topics in and around the game of basketball.”  It will air Thursdays on the Showtime Basketball YouTube Channel.  

• Under Armour is making the spacesuits that Virgin Galactic astronauts — people who will pay upward of $250,000 for one of six seats — will wear on flights to the "edge of space."

• 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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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

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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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• Oct. 6 Chicago Bears v Oakland Raiders Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
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Jul122017

What A Steal: ’98 Honda Civic, ’97 Honda Accord Most Nabbed Vehicles In U.S.

By Barry Janoff

July 12, 2017: If you own a 2016 Dodge Charger, stay out of Michigan.

If you own a 2006 Ford Pickup don’t leave it unattended in Florida.

And if you own a 1997 Honda Accord or a 1998 Honda Civic, pretty much keep it under strict lock-and-key surveillance 24/7.

The National Insurance Crime Bureau has released its annual "Hot Wheels" report, which identifies the most stolen vehicles in the U.S..

That list is led by the 1998 Honda Civic with 7,578 thefts, the 1997 Honda Accord (7,527), 2006 Ford Full Size Pickup (2,986), 2004 Chevrolet Full Size Pickup (2,107) and 2016 Toyota Camry (1,113).

The most stolen vehicles among 2016 models was led by the Toyota Camry (1,113), Nissan Altima (1,063), Toyota Corolla (982), Dodge Charger (945, with 536 stolen in Michigan alone) and Ford Fusion (914).

According to NICB, "While Honda Accords and Civics dominate this annual list, they are older, pre-'smart key' production models. Since the introduction of smart keys and other anti-theft technology, Honda thefts have fallen precipitously."

Unfortunately for car and truck owners, despite more enhanced in-vehicle security and law enforcement measures, the number of vehicles stolen has been trending up over the past two years after several years of decline,to 707,758 in 2015 and 757,850 in 2016.

"The focus on anti-them technology has been sharpened as reports of hacking increase," according to NICB. "NICB’s reporting of devices used to unlock and start vehicles with keyless remote entries and push-button starts has prepared law enforcement to be aware of this new kind of theft, which leaves no evidence that it’s been take unless it’s caught on security video."

The number of stolen vehicles peaked at 1.7 million in 1991, according to NICB, but went down to 699,594 in 2013 and 686,803 in 2014.

According to NICB, "Technology is working, but complacency can defeat it. While thefts are down dramatically since their all-time high, thousands of vehicles continue to be stolen each year because owners leave their keys or fobs in the vehicles and that invites theft."

"The increase in vehicle thefts over the past two years should be a reminder that drivers must do their part to protect their vehicles," Joe Wehrle, NICB president and CEO, said in a statement. "Anti-theft systems in newer model cars and trucks are excellent, but they don't work if you don't use them.

“Far too many thefts occur because the vehicle is left unlocked and the key or fob is inside. Taking the time to lock it up every time you leave it can save a whole lot of headache and expense in the long run."

The NICB "Hot Wheels" report shows that California led the nation in vehicle thefts in 2016 with more than 81,000. Texas was second with almost 20,000 thefts. Florida and the state of Washington were next with more than 10,000 thefts each.

In Michigan, the second most-stolen vehicle was the 2016 Dodge Charger.

In Florida, seven of the Top Ten most stolen vehicles were from model years 2015 or 2016; and in New York, four of the Top Ten most stolen vehicles were from model years 2015 or 2016.

In Alaska, the four most stolen vehicles were pickup trucks and in Texas the three most stolen vehicles were pickup trucks.

NICB, Des Plaines, Ill., is a leading not-for-profit organization "exclusively dedicated to preventing, detecting and defeating insurance fraud and vehicle theft through data analytics, investigations, training, legislative advocacy and public awareness."

NICB said it is supported by more than 1,100 property and casualty insurance companies and self-insured organizations. NICB said member companies wrote more than $436 billion in insurance premiums in 2016, or more than 79% of the nation's property/casualty insurance. That includes more than 94% ($202 billion) of the nation's personal auto insurance.

Most Stolen Vehicles In U.S. 2016
1. 1998 Honda Civic 7,578 (49,547 total thefts of all Honda Civics)
2. 1997 Honda Accord 7,527 (50,417 total thefts of all Honda Accords)
3. 2006 Ford Pickup (full size) 2,986 (32,721 total thefts)
4. 2004 Chevrolet Pickup (full size) 2,107 (31,238 total thefts)
5. 2016 Toyota Camry 1,113 (16,732 total thefts)
6. 2015 Nissan Altima 1,673 (12,221 total thefts)
7. 2001 Dodge Pickup (full size) 1,288 (12,128 total thefts)
8. 2015 Toyota Corolla 1,070 (11,989 total thefts)
9. 2008 Chevrolet Impala 1,013 (9,749 total thefts)
10. 2000 Jeep Cherokee/Grand Cherokee 898 (9.245 total thefts)

Most Stolen Model Year 2016 Vehicles
1. Toyota Camry 1,113
2. Nissan Altima 1,063
3. Toyota Corolla 982
4. Dodge Charger 945 (536 in Michigan alone)
5. Ford Fusion 914
6. Hyundai Sonata 887
7. GMC Sierra 884
8. Hyundai Elantra 832
9. Ford Pickup 738
10. Ford Transit 669
11. Chevrolet Malibu 666
12. Nissan Versa 664
13. Chevrolet Impala 604
14. Ram 1500 558
15. Ford Explorer 494
16.  Honda Accord 493
17. Hyundai Accent 467
18. Ford Mustang 460
19. Ford Focus 456
20. Nissan Sentra 442
21. Dodge Challenger 419
22. Chrysler 300.300M 415
23. Chrysler 200 409
24. Chevrolet Cruze 398
25. Nissan Rogue 377

Most Stolen Vehicles By State
• Alaska: Chevrolet Pickup (1999), Ford Pickup (1997), GMC Pickup (2000)
• California: Honda Civic (1998), Honda Accord (1996), Chevy Pickup (2004)
• Florida: Ford Pickup (2006), Nissa Altima (2015), Toyota Camry (2016)
• Hawaii: Honda Civic (2000), Honda Accord (1994), Ford Pickup (2006)
• Michigan: Chevrolet Impala (2008), Dodge Charger (2016), Chevrolet Pickup (2002)
• New York: Honda Accord (1997), Honda Civic (1998), Toyota Camry (2015)
• New Jersey: Honda Accord (1996), Honda Civic (2000), Ford Pickup (2006)
• North Carolina: Honda Accord (1997), Ford Pickup (2004), Toyota Camry (2007)
• South Carolina: Ford Pickup (2006), Chevrolet Pickup (2006), Honda Accord (1996)
• Texas: Ford Pickup (2005), Chevrolet Pickup (2005), Dodge Pickup (2004)

See the full state-by-state list here.

SOURCE: NICB

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