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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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• Judas Priest
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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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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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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.
Read more at http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/j/johnfkenn121400.html#JZxA5jXY4rCwemgZ.99
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.
Read more at http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/j/johnfkenn121400.html#JZxA5jXY4rCwemgZ.99
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.
Read more at http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/j/johnfkenn121400.html#46Ul8rBF4XpB4lo0.99
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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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Aug162013

At 44, ESPN's New 'Monday Night Football' Intro Includes Cosell, Nixon, C3PO, Obama

By Barry Janoff

August 15, 2013: The iconic introduction to ESPN's Monday Night Football, which begins its 44th season on Sept. 9, is getting a massive makeover that brings back Howard Cosell and evokes images from every decade since the 1970s.

The intro reboot comes with its own sponsor, the 2014 GMC Sierra Denali. The full title: "ESPN Monday Night Football Launch Engineered by GMC." ESPN and GMC will support with a national tour that is expected to hit as many as 12 NFL cities.

Director/screenwriter/actor Peter Berg of Pony Show Entertainment, Los Angeles, was hired by ESPN to create a "dramatic new show open" for the Monday Night Football opening segment.

The full clip, which runs a minute and a half, recalls the full history of the show "by combining indelible football moments from past Monday Night Football games with images of touchstone cultural events" of the past four and a half decades, according to ESPN.

ESPN said that unique versions of the opener will be featured during each week of Monday Night Football's 17-game schedule. NFL highlights will be incorporated showing "relevant milestones tied to specific games and teams" for each week's match-up. The intro will play out to a remixed orchestral version of Monday Night Football's “Heavy Action” theme music (originally composed by Johnny Pearson).

Cosell was a major part of the broadcast crew from 1970-83. Images and audio highlight each decade since the first Monday Night Football game was telecast by ABC in 1970.

The 1970s, for example, are represented by Sesame Street, President Richard Nixon, John Lennon (who says to Cosell about Monday Night Football, “It makes rock concerts look like tea parties.”) C3PO and R2D2. The 1980s get the likes of Madonna, Jon Bon Jovi, Pac Man, President Ronal Reagan and RUN DMC. From the 1990s, there are images from Wayne’s World, Toy Story, Jerry Maguire, Titanic and Seinfeld.
 
The 2000s are recalled by President Barack Obama, Lady Gaga, Shaun White, the Mars Rover, the logos from Facebook and Twitter and perhaps the most impactful image of all: the firefighters raising the flag amidst the destruction of the Twin Towers on 9/11.

“I tried to position Monday Night Football in a unique way so it distinguished itself from a more slick, graphic opener that is more common,” Berg, whose directing credits include Hancock and whose scripts include Friday Night Lights, said in a statement. “With such an iconic brand, I wanted to revisit Monday Night Football from 1970 to now and present it as something that was classic and informative. Not just about the sport, but about the American portrait behind it.”

“The collaboration between ESPN, Peter Berg, his team at Pony Show Entertainment and the gifted people at [Hollywood trailers house] Ignition Creative has been a terrific experience,” Bob Toms, vp-product enhancements for ESPN, who has helped create the Monday Night Football opens since the mid-1980s, said in a statement.

“With such an iconic brand, I wanted to revisit Monday Night Football from 1970 to now and present it as something that was classic and informative."

“Looking back at 44 years of American history through the lens of Monday Night Football requires a unique perspective, and that’s just what we got with Peter and his team. His talent, along with his passion for the game, blended perfectly with what we are looking to achieve with this year’s open," said Toms.

The first Monday Night Football game was on Sept. 21, 1970, between the New York Jets and Cleveland Browns. The Sept. 9 season opener features the Philadelphia Eagles at the Washington Redskins.

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