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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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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

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• Nov. 18 Kansas City  Chiefs v Los Angeles Chargers Mexico City Estadio Azteca (ESPN Monday Night Football).

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Apr222016

Under Armour Says Stephen Curry Continues To Step To Head Of The Line

By Barry Janoff

April 21, 2016: This past season, Stephen Curry scored three-pointers in bunches while helping to lead the Golden State Warriors to an NBA record 73-9 mark.

Off the court, that translated into continued sales growth for Under Armour's footwear division, which is driven by Curry's signature line as well as expanded running offerings.

Under Armour released its 2016 Q1 figures Thursday, and they showed overall growth for the footwear and sports apparel and equipment company. The numbers were lead by a 30% increase in net revenues to $1.05 billion, versus $805 million in last year's Q1; and a net income increase of 63% in the first quarter of 2016 to $19 million versus $12 million in the prior year's period

The company also said that based on current visibility, it expects 2016 net revenues of approximately $5 billion, a 26% growth 2015.

"For the past 24 consecutive quarters or six years, we have driven net revenue growth above 20% and we are incredibly proud of our start to 2016 with first quarter net revenue growth of 30%," Kevin Plank, chairman and CEO for Under Armour, said during a conference call with analysts and media.

He was particularly focused on the 30% growth, which he said signified Under Armour's alliance with Curry.

"We posted 30% increase in (net revenue) in the first quarter, and that figure was no accident," said Plank. "Stephen wears No. 30 and he averaged 30 points a game this year."

According to Plank, "In footwear, (our growth) includes the remarkable success of the Stephen Curry signature basketball line, as well as the exciting launches of our first smart running shoe and our new line of Jordan Spieth inspired golf shoes.

"Combined with the introductions of premium apparel technologies like Microthread and CoolSwitch, we will continue to drive elevated innovation and excitement to the athlete throughout the remainder of 2016," said Plank.

Curry joined Under Armour in 2013 after bolting Nike, and the company launched his, and its, first signature hoops shoe in early 2015. Later that year, Under Armour extended its alliance with Curry through 2024.

Dedicated multi-level marketing has accompanied the release of Curry 1 and Curry 2, and will continue this year when Curry 2.5 hits Foot Locker and the Internet in late May, followed by a worldwide release in July.

During the current NBA playoffs, Under Armour is supporting Curry with marketing that includes three-second spots each time he makes a three-point shot, referencing the NBA record 402 three-pointers he had this past season. The company ran five such ads during the Warriors first game in the opening round of the Western Conference series against the Houston Rockets.

Under Armour also plans to send Curry on a tour of China prior to next season, a follow-up to a similar trip Curry had last year, which Plank called "amazing. The impact of Stephen for us in China has been phenomenal."

"We are fortunate that we can combine powerful sales with a game-changing athlete. What Curry is doing now is amazing."

"We are fortunate that we can combine powerful sales with a game-changing athlete. What Curry is doing now is amazing and what he could continue to do is amazing," said Plank.

Under Armour also has aligned itself with other athletes and celebrities having stellar careers, including quarterbacks Tom Brady (New England Patriots) and Cam Newton (Carolina Panthers), outfielder Bryce Harper (Washington Nationals), pitcher Clayton Kershaw (Lps Angeles Dodgers), catcher Buster Posey (San Francisco Giants), skier Lindsey Vonn, tennis stars Andy Murray and Sloane Stephens, surfer Brianna Cope, actor Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, — whose new commercial supports Under Armour's HealthBox fitness tech platform — premier ballerina Misty Copeland and Olympics swimmer Michael Phelps.

"This year marks our 20th year in business, which is a great milestone for our company," said Plank. "Our robust growth this quarter demonstrates the power of our brand with growth coming from every part of our business.

According to Plank, "Our ability to adapt in a rapidly changing environment has been a critical part of our success and fuels our inspiration to create game-changing products that solve problems and enrich consumers' lives.  With this unrelenting consumer focus and ongoing investment, we are setting the foundation for our growth story over the next 20 years."

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