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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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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
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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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ESPN Set To Hit The Court With Full Coverage Of 2014 Wimbledon Grand Slam

Special to NYSportsJournalism.com

June 16, 2014: ESPN may be supporting its self-proclaimed status as the "Worldwide Leader in Sports" with coverage from opening game to championship match of the 2014 FIFA World Cup, but it also has time to take on Wimbledon "from first ball to the trophies."

ESPN, which has been airing matches and ancillary reports from the tennis Grand Slam event in London since 2003, enhanced its coverage with full tournament U.S. exclusivity for live TV (with all other rights) in 2012 via a 12-year agreement with the All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club.

For 2014, ESPN said it has plans for 140 live hours across ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNEWS and ABC; and a record 1,000 live hours on ESPN3 (where viewers can choose to watch from as many as nine courts).

Wimbledon live coverage begins June 23 and runs through the women's championship on July 5 and  the men's title on July 6.

Tennis Channel, which has been covering Wimbledon since 2008, said it would dedicate some 215 hours in its seventh year of nightly Wimbledon Primetime coverage, including a recap of each day’s action. news, analysis, in-depth interviews and encore matches. Beginning with the opening day of play, the three-and-a-half-hour show will air each evening of the two-week competition, followed by replays that run throughout the overnight and early morning. The network plans 85 first-run Wimbledon Primetime hours in 2014.

The All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club, which oversees the event, has what it refers to as a dozen official suppliers, including IBM, Hertz, Lanson Champagne, Ralph Lauren, HSVC financial services, Evian, Jacob's Creek wine, LavAzza coffee and espresso, Stella Artois, Robinsons Squash juices and Slazenger, which has been the official supplier of tennis balls since 1902.

ESPN brings to the table its own array of marketing partners.

Andy Murray comes in as defending champion, where in 2013 he was the first man from the U.K. in 77 years to win the Wimbledon crown.

Among the other top-ranked men, Novak Djokovic is playing for his second Wimbledon Grand Slam title, Rafael Nadal for his third and Roger Federer for his eighth (which would break the tournament record he shares with Pete Sampras).

The women's champ last year was Marion Bartoli, who retired from competitive tennis about a month later.

Maria Sharapova, who won at Wimbledon in 2004, comes in as the recently crowned French Open Grand Slam winner. Serena Williams has five Wimbledon titles, including three in the last five years.

ESPN.com is supporting broadcast coverage with previews, reviews, the latest news, videos and other programming.

WatchESPN will have ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNEWS programming, accessible online at WatchESPN.com, on smartphones and tablets via the WatchESPN app; and streamed on TV through ESPN on Xbox LIVE to Gold members, Apple TV, Roku and Amazon Fire TV to more than 92 million households nationwide via an affiliated video or Internet provider.

ESPN joined with the All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club in an effort that saw the official ESPN Wimbledon poster created by the public-at-large. The winning poster (above) was created by David Bartholow, from Los Angeles, as selected by a panel of judges that included tennis legends and current ESPN analysts John McEnroe, Chris Evert and AELTC chairman Philip Brook.

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