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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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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
SOURCE: STUBHUB.COM

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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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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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Sep272018

Bartolo Colon: Man, Myth, MLB Pitcher, Exercise Guru, Kingsford Charcoal Griller

By Barry Janoff

September 27, 2018: In 2017, 6'2” 325 lb. veteran NFL defensive lineman Vince Wilfork revealed in a Kingsford Charcoal spot that he was retiring from pro football, which was an organic (if not unconventional) tactic because Wilfork is a self-professed lover of barbecue.

“No more cleats,” bellows Wilfork, dancing around shirtless and wearing denim overalls, “I’m moving on to smoked meats.”

Now, Kingsford has taken its quirky sports sense of humor to MLB.

Kingsford, a division of The Clorox Co. in its first season as an official partner with MLB, has unveiled “No Off-Season” starring Bartolo Colon, who this season pitched for the Texas Rangers — his 21st season in MLB.

Colon, like Wilfork, is an admitted lover of barbecue. He also is somewhat of a baseball icon, given the fact that he is a 5’11”, 285 lb. 45-year old athlete competing with much younger players, some of whom where still in diapers when he began his MLB career in 1997.

Which is exactly the point of the ad.

“Bartolo, man, it’s been a pleasure,” says teammate Delino DeShields as they stand in a locker room. “How do you do it? You’re 45!”

“Twenty-one years,” says Colon. “No days off.”

The scene then shifts to an outdoor barbecue, where we see Colon, wearing a hat that reads “Ribs”,  going through his workout routine.

That includes doing squats with a 100-lb. hog on his shoulders, weight-lifting with bags of Kingsford charcoal, doing arm curls by bringing cooked ribs up to his mouth and building his shoulder muscles by opening and closing the lid to his grill while cooking a chuck shoulder roast.

His final exercise: Jiggling his prominent belly.

The scene then cuts back to the locker room.

Amigo,” Colon says to DeShields, “Off-season no existe.”

“How do you do it?” DeShields asks again. “You’re (effin) old, bro,” as they both laugh.

Text offers, “Stay stoked all year,” with the hash tags, #NoOffSeason.”

The spot had more than 560,000 views its first day, including one from New York Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard: “Teach me the way of the GOAT.”

MLB itself replied, “Stay stoked. Keep grilling. No. Days. Off.”

According to Colon the spot was filmed in earlier this month in the Rangers’ Globe Life Park as well as a home in Dallas.

“I liked every part of doing it," Colon told the Dallas Morning News. “It was fun. That pig was definitely cold, but I had fun doing it.

“I ate a lot of [barbecue] this year. We cooked a lot of it for this commercial. Everything we did was real."

Colon made his debut in the majors in April 1997 has played for 11 different teams. He said he plans to play ball in his native Dominican Republic during the off-season and return to MLB in 2019.

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