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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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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

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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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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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Jun022015

BodyArmor Goes Back To The Future With Gronk, Luck, Diggins, Posey, Harden

By Barry Janoff

June 2, 2015: In its on-going efforts to cut into the marketing share of Gatorade, Powerade and other sports energy drinks, BodyArmor has united its solid array of endorsers for a multi-level campaign to support its position as being the choice of today's athlete.

The effort is anchored by a TV spot, "This Is Now," that includes the participation of Andrew Luck, James Harden, Rob Gronkowski, Mike Trout, Richard Sherman, Buster Posey and Skylar Diggins.

BodyArmor's roster also includes Kevin Love and Sydney Leroux.

The theme of the campaign: "Sports have evolved over the years — upgraded equipment, upgraded training and upgraded nutrition — so isn’t it time for an upgraded sports drink?"

Gatorade from PepsiCo is the dominant leader in the category with some 75% of the sports drink market, according to research firm Mintel. Coca-Cola's Powerade is second at 20%. The category could top $9.3 billion in sales in 2017.

BodyArmor launched in 2011 under the auspices of Lance Collins, who also created Fuze; and Mike Repole, who co-founded Vitaminwater. Although all of its athlete endorsers also are listed as "investors," the most notable might be Kobe Bryant, who also sits on the brand's board of directors but does not appear in current marketing.

The TV spot takes on the look and feel of the iconic Movietone News reels that ran in move theaters for more than 30 years.

"Sports have evolved over the years," says a voiceover against a backdrop of black-and-white clips of current athletes in historical footage. "Back then, our (football) helmets were leather (as we see a shot of Andrew Luck). Not everyone was encouraged to play (as referee takes a basketball away from Skylar). We only drank what they gave us."

The narrative continues. "Our socks were high and our shorts were short (as we see James Harden dressed in an outdated hoops uniform). Our (hockey) masks were terrifying (exemplified by Rob Gronkowski). We wore fur. We searched for an edge. Sometimes that meant Stickum (as we see Richard Sherman with a football stuck to his hand). Other times that meant voodoo.

"We went big. Really big. It was business up front and party in the back. We didn't have a nutrition plan. That was then."

At this point, the spot gets a dose of 2015 imagery and a more vibrant voiceover. "This is now. Athletes have evolved. We are today's athletes. We are focused. We push ourselves further. We are all players now. We have no off-season. We demand better. And we're obsessed on what we put in our bodies. Sports have evolved. And so have sports drinks. Upgrade your game. Upgrade to BodyArmor." (See the full spot here.)

Support includes Internet and social media such as Facebook, YouTube and Twitter via a number of hashtags (#ThisIsNOW. #UpgradeYourSportsDrink #UpgradeYourGame).

BodyArmor gained some notoriety in 2012 when it was sued by Under Armour over alleged trademark infringement. The case was settled in 2013, with terms not disclosed.

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