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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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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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Nick Of Time: John Cena’s Schedule Is Kids’ Choice, Slime, Ninja Turtles, Spotless

Special to NYSJ Sports-Entertainment Business News Service

January 11, 2018: John Cena, who continues to made his mark as a WWE Superstar, also continues to expand beyond that universe to become an actor and producer, adding to his global popularity en route.

Nickelodeon recognizes Cena’s impact, and has added more slime to its relationship with him.

The cable network said that Cena would return to host the Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards for the second consecutive year, “while also breaking new ground at the network with two firsts.”

Cena will be the voice of Baron Draxum, a villain in the new animated series, Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, scheduled to premiere later this year.

He also will be executive producer for the new competition series, Keep It Spotless, where teams of kids go head-to-head in a battle to stay clean, also scheduled to premiere later this year.

“The excitement can NOT be contained!” Cena wrote on his Twitter page. “It’s official: It’s slime season and I’m back to host the Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards for a second time on March 24.”

Regarding his other projects for Nickelodeon, “Humbled to work on so many projects with an amazing partner like Nickelodeon. Ready to bring energy to a celebrated franchise like #TMNT and fun show like #KeepItSpotless. #LetsGetToWork.”

Cena also posted video on YouTube revealing his upcoming Nickelodeon projects.

“John Cena is one of the biggest stars in the world. Kids just love him, which makes him the perfect partner for these upcoming projects,” Cyma Zarghami, president for Nickelodeon Group, said in a statement. “His blend of humor and originality brings a fresh voice to Nickelodeon both in front of the camera and behind.”

Cena’s recent roles include the voice of the title character in the animated movie, Ferdinand; and Ewan O’Hara, the special-ops brother to one of the lead characters in Psych: The Movie, a reprisal of the popular TV show that ran on USA Network from 2009-14.

He is among the most popular athletes on social media, part of a list that includes Cristiano Ronaldo, Leo Messi, David Beckham and fellow WWE star-turned-actor Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.

Cena has 45 million-plus likes on his Facebook page, 10.9 million followers on Twitter and 8.2 million followers on Instagram.

“I’m thrilled to partner with Nickelodeon on three big projects that run the range of what kids love: slime-filled live events, awesomely cool animation and competition shows where kids take their shot at being the best,” Cena said in a statement.
 
“It’s an honor to come back a second time to host the biggest, slimiest party of the year, the Kids’ Choice Awards. Not only do I get to be a cartoon character in the new Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles series, but I get to be a villain, too.

“And to top it all off, I’m stepping behind the camera to executive produce Nick’s new competition series, Keep It Spotless, which gives a whole new meaning to staying clean.” 

Sponsors of Nickelodeon’s 2018 Kids’ Choice Awards include Barbie, Cinnamon Toast Crunch, Swiffer and Toyota.
 
The presenting international sponsor for the 2018 Nickelodeon’s Kids' Choice Awards is Heelys.

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