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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

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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College Football Fans Will ‘Live’ On ESPN Billboard For National Championship Run

By Barry Janoff

December 21, 2018: About a hundred years ago, a select group of hardy — some would call them foolish — people would climb up a flagpole and spend an extended length of time on a small platform, sometimes to promote products, sometimes just to draw attention to themselves.

ESPN is bringing that fad back in a new form: Billboard sitting.

To support its coverage of the two college football semi-final games (Dec. 29) and the National Championship (Jan. 7), ESPN has selected four people who will ascend a billboard located in San Jose, near the site of Levi’s Stadium in which the National Championship game will be played, and remain there for an extended period.

The four people — representing the playoff teams of Alabama, Clemson, Notre Dame and Oklahoma, respectively — will move into their new digs on Dec. 27.

Those chosen to temporarily relocate 45 feet in the air to a 40-foot wide by 8-foot deep billboard are Llyas Ross Sr. (representing the Alabama Crimson Tide), Nancy Volland (Clemson Tigers), Jeanette Kim (Notre Dame Fighting Irish) and Ruben Hunter (Oklahoma Sooners).

ESPN is providing a 75-inch TV built into the billboard for them to watch the semi-final games.

ESPN is also providing each with a private tent, sleeping bag, camping chair and meals.

Bathrooms and showers will be available off-premise, so the four people will actually get to ascend and descend on an intermittent basis.

After the semi-finals, the two people representing the two losing teams will return to earth, while the other two remain in their lofty positions until Jan. 7, when they get to watch the game in person in Levi’s Stadium, located in Santa Clara.

The full event will be live-streamed on ESPN3 and integrated into regular ESPN programming for the 12 days of the project, which will conclude on Jan. 7, to coincide with the National Championship Game.

Throughout their time on the billboard, the fanatic four will participate in activities and challenges to earn cash and prizes, many of which will be based upon fan engagement on social media.

People can show their support by watching the live-stream on ESPN3 and via the hash tag #ESPNBillboard on social media.

People can also watch the event in person.

The National Championship team and its respective winning billboard resident will be honored after the game.

“ESPN wouldn’t be where we are without our fans,” Emeka Ofodile, vp-marketing for ESPN, said via the network.

“This billboard celebrates the unique fandom and passion in college football by putting it on display for the nation to see and engage directly with the fans.”

The activation, under ESPN’s “Who’s In” umbrella college playoff campaign, was developed by creative agency RED with IMG Live for experiential production and Catalyst for public relations.

All three are divisions of Endeavor Global Marketing.

To be considered, some 700 people submitted video testimonials explaining why they should represent their team.

The Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic features No. 2 Notre Dame vs. No. 3 Clemson (4 PM ET), the Capital One Orange Bowl No. 4 Oklahoma vs. No. 1 Alabama (8 PM ET), both on Dec.29 on ESPN.

The National Championship game in Levi’s Stadium is scheduled for 8 PM (ET).

According to Ofodile, “The College Football Playoff is more than just the game on the field — it’s a unique cultural event, and these fans represent that.”

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