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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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Rock & Roll Hall of Fame 2020 Nominees

• Pat Benatar
• Dave Matthews Band
• Depeche Mode
• Doobie Brothers
• Whitney Houston
• Judas Priest
• Kraftwerk
• MC5
• Motorhead
• Nine Inch Nails
• Notorious B.I.G.
• Rufus feat. Chaka Khan
• Todd Rundgren
• Soundgarden
• T. Rex
• Thin Lizzy

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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#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

Fox Sports 1 Says 'Thank-You' To Rival ESPN For Inspiring Its Nationwide Launch

By Barry Janoff

August 16, 2013: Fox Sports' national networks, Fox Sports 1 and Fox Sports 2, will debut on Aug. 17 in what Fox is calling "the biggest sports cable network launch in history, and one of the largest network launches ever."

But it might not have happened at all if Fox Sports had not been outbid by ESPN in 2008 for the rights to college football's Bowl Championship Series. ESPN in 2012 signed a 12-year deal for rights to the college football playoff series that would replace the BCS beginning in 2015.

"Losing the rights to the BCS to ESPN was a wake-up call for us," said Michael Mulvihill, svp-programming & research for Fox Sports, which held the BCS rights from 2007-2010. "When that happened, we knew we were living on borrowed time."

According to Mulvihill, Fox executives took the loss of the prestigious BCS hard. They sat down and viewed the entire sports landscape from a rights perspective and saw that many other deals would soon be available.

"It was now or never," said Mulvihill, who was part of a Fox Sports 1 panel at the Cynopsis Sports Business Summit in New York on Wednesday. "There were a lot of broadcast rights coming up that we knew would be [signed] for 10, 12, 15 years. We didn't want to be left out in the cold."

With the distribution deals unveiled on Wednesday with Time Warner Cable, DirecTV and Dish, Fox Sports 1 is expected to reach 90 million homes and will have 5,000 hours of programming. There will be about 900 live events in the first year and news shows filling half the day, according to Mulvihill. The rest of the air time will feature original and studio programs, including Crowd Goes Wild hosted by Regis Philbin.

Fox Sports 1 replaces Speed TV and Fox Sports 2 replaces Fuel TV.

"There are 8,760 hours in a year, and you appreciate that number when you have to fill programming 24/7," said Mulvihill. It may be a cliche, but this is a marathon, not a sprint. Launching the NFL on Fox in 1994 has cast a long shadow on everything we do. We are very aware of the process we went through, what worked, what didn't."

Mulvihill stressed that Fox executives plan to be patient, and asked that advertisers and viewers also be patient.

"Who we are on Aug. 17 is not who we will be on Super Bowl Sunday and not who we will be a year after the launch," said Mulvihill. "It is not about the first day or the first week. It is the thousands of days that will determine how we are doing . . . This will be an evolution."

Fox is seeking not to make the same BCS mistake twice. Fox Sports late last year renewed its deal with Nascar for eight years, then this month extended the alliance for two more years, through 2024, and added three more Sprint Cup races and 14 more Nationwide Series events to its overall package.

Also this month, Fox Sports signed a 12-year deal with the U.S. Golf Assn. that begins in 2015, a five-year deal with the International Motor Sports Assn., a multi-year deal with FIA Formula E Championship racing beginning in 2014 and a multi-year alliance with The Jockey Club for a thoroughbred racing series, also beginning next year.

Key Fox Sports 1 programming will include MLB, NFL news and pre- and post-game shows, global soccer, boxing, UFC, horse racing, college hoops and college football, although not any BCS games.

"It is not about the first day or the first week. It is the thousands of days that will determine how we are doing . . . This will be an evolution."

"We are programming two types of shows for every type of fan," said Mulvihill. "Male, female; urban, rural; devoted and casual."

As for the BCS loss to ESPN in 2008 and the upcoming battle for viewers. "We like to think that we have established ourselves as a strong competitor," said Mulvihill. "ESPN doesn't have to lose for us to win."

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