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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.
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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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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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Jan072013

IMG Worldwide' Eyes New Sports, Lifestyle, Digital Visions With Acquisition Of Catalyst

By Barry Janoff

January 7, 2013: It is not often when even the best of alliances are called "incredibly clean" and "a perfect fit." But that is how IMG Worldwide and Catalyst described the pact under which Catalyst Public Relations has become part of IMG Consulting.

Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

"This is a perfect complement for both sides," said Bret Werner, managing partner for New York-based Catalyst. "We live in a world of 360-degree marketing and this will enable us to speak to our current clients with even more depth."

With the acquisition, Catalyst’s current management team of Werner, Bill Holtz and Ted Fragulis will all join IMG, as will their staff of full time employees in their New York, Charlotte and Los Angeles offices. Werner will continue in his role as managing partner and will report to David Abrutyn, svp and global managing director for IMG Consulting.

"The union has been incredibly clean regarding conflicts of interest in our existing client roster or that of Catalyst's," said Abrutyn. "We always have our eye on acquisitions where and when they make sense for us. We have been working with Catalyst for several years, and they have been on the top of our wish list. This past May, conversations in that direction started to pick up when we decided we wanted to make an acquisition in that area."

IMG Worldwide, initially known as International Management Group, was founded in 1960 by Mark McCormack, whose first client was his friend and business partner, Arnold Palmer. IMG, which was acquired in 2004 by Forstmann Litte & Co., is now established in more than 30 counties in sports, fashion, lifestyle and media. Clients include Cam Newton, Eli Manning, Rafael Nadal, Maria Sharapova and, most recently, Novak Djokovic, who signed with IMG in December.

In addition to IMG Consulting, IMG includes IMG College, IMG Golf, IMG Tennis, IMG Fashion, IMG Models, IMG Art+Commerce, IMG Clients, IMG Academy and IMG Licensing.

Founded in 2005, Catalyst clients include Subway, Under Armour, Dick's Sports Goods, Timex, Purina, Powerade and Vitaminwater.

"The skill sets that Catalyst brings in, especially in the areas of social and digital media, will enable us to enhance the work we do for our clients even farther."

According to Abrutyn, the two firms "are working on something major together that we plan to bring to the marketplace before too long."

"The sports marketing area, and the connection between consumers and and the various sports and lifestyle interests that they follow, is stronger than ever," said Abrutyn. "And the various skill sets that Catalyst brings in, especially in the area of social and digital media, will enable us to enhance the work we do for our clients even farther."
 
Added Werner, "We’ve enjoyed a strong and productive working relationship with IMG for many years. The ability to join IMG Consulting and continue with our current client service model as well as expand our traditional PR and digital expertise globally provides us with the opportunity to evolve and grow well into the future.”

Q&A: How IMG College Got Game

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