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• 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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• Pat Benatar
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• Whitney Houston
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• MC5
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• Todd Rundgren
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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
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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

NFL Mexico 2019
• Nov. 18 Kansas City  Chiefs v Los Angeles Chargers Mexico City Estadio Azteca (ESPN Monday Night Football).

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Apr052013

ESPN's Dick Vitale On College Sports Changing Landscape: 'Chaos . . . Greed'

By Barry Janoff

April 5, 2013: The massive new alignments in college football and basketball conferences are all about change, but Dick Vitale is mad that these changes are are being driven by dollars, and in some way make no sense.

Vitale has been with ESPN since 1979, has worked more than 2,000 college basketball broadcasts from hundreds of venues and is a member of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

He has witnessed the changing of the college sports landscape firsthand. He knows what it's all about and what it means. But that doesn't mean he's all that happy about it.

"It's all about the cash, cash, cash," said Vitale during a media conference call this week in anticipation of the NCAA Div.I men's basketball Final Four. "My feelings are very simple: It's total chaos. It's all about greed. It's all about football."

Vitale is as enthusiastic about college basketball as he has ever been. Especially since he still gets to explore new territory. This year, from Atlanta, he will for the first time in his career serve as the analyst on Final Four telecasts, calling a semifinal and the championship for ESPN International. The national telecasts are on CBS, with Wichita State taking on Louisville and Syracuse versus Michigan on April 6, and the championship game on April 8.

But talking about Louisville, Syracuse and other top-flight basketball programs only enhanced the issue for Vitale.

"For me, a real traditionalist, it bothers me geographically where teams are going," he said. "Seeing Syracuse (moving from the Big East to the Atlantic Coast Conference) playing Clemson versus playing Georgetown, it just makes no sense. With the Big 12, we won't see Kansas play Missouri (which left last year for the Southeastern Conference). It's sad. Really sad."

"It's all about the cash, cash, cash. My feelings are very simple: It's total chaos. It's all about greed. It's all about football."

For many, the Big East epitomizes the massive changes and challenges that have taken place in college sports.

The basketball programs from seven Catholic universities — DePaul, Georgetown, Marquette, Providence, Seton Hall, St. John's and Villanova — broke off but worked a financial deal to keep the Big East name. The new ten-team Big East officially begins July 1 with those seven schools plus Butler, Creighton and Xavier.

Miami and Boston College left in 2004 and 2005, respectively to join the Atlantic Coast Conference. West Virginia departed in 2012 to join the Big 12. Syracuse is heading to the ACC.

The remaining teams formed what has officially been named the American Athletic Conference. For the upcoming season, the members will be Louisville, Rutgers, Central Florida, Temple, Houston, Memphis, SMU, Cincinnati, Connecticut and South Florida. East Carolina, Tulane and Tulsa will join on July 1, 2014. Football-only member Navy will come on board July 1, 2015, creating what would be a conference with two six-team divisions (with alignment still to be determined.

The America Athletic Conference has signed new TV deals with ESPN and CBS. Among other TV exposure, a conference football championship game will be televised on either ABC or ESPN.

"It's everybody running," said Vitale. "You can't tell the Big East, the old Big East, one team here, one team there, football teams in different conferences from their [university's] basketball team. It's mind-boggling."

Despite his feelings on realignment, Vitale stresses that his love of college basketball has not waned and, in fact, may be as strong as it's ever been. He got to share some of that enthusiasm last night (April 4) when he appeared on TBS's Conan, which this week has been broadcasting from Atlanta, where the Final Four games will be played in the Georgia Dome. The guest list also included Charles Barkley, who has been an analyst for CBS and Turner during March Madness; and baseball great Hank Aaron, whom Vitale called "one of my boyhood heroes."

“I am thrilled for this awesome opportunity to sit courtside for the NCAA championship game,” Vitale said when it was revealed in February that he would be part of the ESPN International Final Four crew as a game analyst. “I will deliver the same enthusiasm, energy, excitement and respect as I do with every game I work. I can’t believe it. All my buddies in Italy are going to be able to hear me. I just hope they can understand what I’m saying. It’s going to be awesome, baby, with a Capital A!”

However, Vitale is well aware that the landscape in college sports will continue to change.

"I would have never dreamt that this would occur," he said. "It's all about dollars. And it's all greed. Sometimes we don't think about this, but some of the sports that are not producing could get hurt along the way."

But for Vitale, the enthusiasm still reigns. "There's nothing like the Final Four," said Vitale. "Kids play for the name of the front of their jersey, not the name on the back. It doesn't get any better than this."

PHOTOS: COURTESY ESPN

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