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• 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.

• CBS Sports returns to the court for the 2019-2020 college basketball season, its 39th consecutive season broadcasting college basketball, with what the network called its "strongest and most extensive schedule to date," featuring more than 275 games across broadcast and cable. The CBS season begins Dec. 14 and runs through March Madness 2020 along with TBS, TNT and truTV.

The 2020 tournament will start with Selection Sunday — when the full field of 68, seeding and bracket are released — on March 15, 2020. the Final Four and NCAA championship game will take place April 4-6 in Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta.

• The XFL has named David Michael as its Chief Technology Officer (CTO). Michael was most recently chief information officer for The Madison Square Garden Company and previously was with GroupM North America, UBM Tech and PR Newswire

• The Professional Fighters League has formed a partnership with Mike Tyson, with the first initiative "Mike Tyson's New Fight Game: The PFL." Tyson will provide “fighter perspective, inside analysis, and irreverent discussion never before experienced in combat sports. The series airs on PFL and Tyson digital and social platforms, including YouTube, Instagram and Facebook

• 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).

POLL POSITION

Best Chance To Win 2019-20 Stanley Cup Based On Player Voting Via NHL.com

  • Tampa Bay Lightning 45%
  • St. Louis Blues 11%
  • Dallas Stars 10%
  • San Jose Sharks 7%
  • Boston Bruins 4%
  • Colorado Avalanche 4%
  • Washington Capitals 4%
  • Nashville Predators  4%
  • New Jersey Devils  2%
  • Philadelphia Flyers 2%
  • Toronto Maple Leafs 2%
  • Vegas Golden Knights 2%
KEEPING SCORE

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

BUY SELL

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
BoxOfficeMojo.com

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Channel Chasers

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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Oct262017

Meet Dewey Ryder, The 'Handsome' New Dale Earnhardt Jr. In Mountain Dew Ads

By Barry Janoff

October 26, 2017: Dale Earnhardt Jr. has been driving competitively since 1969, has been with Hendrick Motorsports since 2008 and has also been a spokesman for Mountain Dew since 2008, appearing in numerous light-hearted and humorous campaigns.

Earnhardt Jr. this past April said that except for some races in 2018 not associated with the Monster Energy Nascar Cup Series, he would be retiring following the 2017 Nascar season.

Though he did not mention retiring from Mountain Dew marketing efforts, the PepsiCo brand has, apparently, taken his retirement way too literally.

Mountain Dew today unveiled the spokesman who would be “replacing” Earnhardt Jr. in its marketing efforts: Dewey Ryder.

“What's up, racing fans. I'm Dewey Ryder,” said Dewey Ryder in a statement. “Here to announce the biggest racing news since lug nuts. Me. The only person capable of filling Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s green fire suit when he retires at the end of the season . . . the handsome new face of Mountain Dew.”

The news caught Earnhardt Jr. by surprise.

“Junior, what’s up?” Dewey (played by actor Danny McBride) says to Earnhardt Jr. in the intro spot for the campaign — scheduled to break on NBCSN Oct. 29, during the First Data 500 in Martinsville Speedway — when he shows up at the Hendrick Motorsports garage with a camera crew.

“Do I know you?” asks Earnhardt Jr.

“I know this is super bittersweet for you, the passing of the (Mountain Dew) torch,” says Dewey.

A confused Earnhardt Jr. just stares at Dewey.

“Oh, nobody told you?” says Dewey. “This is awkward. I’m the new you. I'll be picking up right where you left off. Driving fast cars in circles. Endorsementing. Basically, the same stuff that you do.”

Dewey then proceeds to show off his knowledge of race cars. “Where’s the trunk? Where do you keep your luggage? How fast can you get this — 60 MPH? Where’s the keys?”

“This is weird,” says Earnhardt Jr. as he watches Dewey drink a Dew. (See the full spot here.)

Earnhardt Jr. is getting “booted” despite his loyalty to the brand.

“I want to honor my commitment to Rick (Hendrick), to my sponsors, to my team and to the fans,” Earnhardt Jr. said during his retirement speech.

"Dewey has no racing experience. No training behind the wheel. And, we have no idea how this is going to work out," Chauncey Hamlett, senior director-marketing for Mountain Dew, said without remorse in an actual statement.

"We'll definitely miss seeing Dale Jr. behind the wheel as he starts his retirement, as he is an incredible partner to the brand. Dewey Ryder brings something we've never seen before, from the way he holds a bottle of Dew to his bold, fun and boundary-pushing style,” said Hamlett.

“There you have it,” Dewey said in his statement “To recap, Dale Jr. is retiring and I'm the new model — the upgrade — if you will. Stay tuned. Down the road there will be more Dewey for many moons to come.”

In addition to TV, support includes digital, POP and social media on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat via @MountainDew, hash tag #DeweyRyder.

Lead agency is BBDO.

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