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• 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.

• CBS Sports returns to the court for the 2019-2020 college basketball season, its 39th consecutive season broadcasting college basketball, with what the network called its "strongest and most extensive schedule to date," featuring more than 275 games across broadcast and cable. The CBS season begins Dec. 14 and runs through March Madness 2020 along with TBS, TNT and truTV.

The 2020 tournament will start with Selection Sunday — when the full field of 68, seeding and bracket are released — on March 15, 2020. the Final Four and NCAA championship game will take place April 4-6 in Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta.

• The XFL has named David Michael as its Chief Technology Officer (CTO). Michael was most recently chief information officer for The Madison Square Garden Company and previously was with GroupM North America, UBM Tech and PR Newswire

• The Professional Fighters League has formed a partnership with Mike Tyson, with the first initiative "Mike Tyson's New Fight Game: The PFL." Tyson will provide “fighter perspective, inside analysis, and irreverent discussion never before experienced in combat sports. The series airs on PFL and Tyson digital and social platforms, including YouTube, Instagram and Facebook

• 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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Best Chance To Win 2019-20 Stanley Cup Based On Player Voting Via NHL.com

  • Tampa Bay Lightning 45%
  • St. Louis Blues 11%
  • Dallas Stars 10%
  • San Jose Sharks 7%
  • Boston Bruins 4%
  • Colorado Avalanche 4%
  • Washington Capitals 4%
  • Nashville Predators  4%
  • New Jersey Devils  2%
  • Philadelphia Flyers 2%
  • Toronto Maple Leafs 2%
  • Vegas Golden Knights 2%
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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
SOURCE: STUBHUB.COM

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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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Becky Lynch Breaks Ground In 'WWE 2K20' Cover, Marketing With Roman Reigns 

By Barry Janoff

August 5, 2019: WWE champion Becky Lynch can now add another accolade to her career: According to 2K, she is the first woman to appear on the cover of WWE 2K, sharing the spotlight on WWE 2K20 with Superstar Roman Reigns.

Lynch and Reigns will also anchor a global multi-media campaign, “Step Inside,” to support the release of the game, scheduled for Oct. 22.

“My career has been about breaking barriers and doing what nobody else has done before,” said Lynch via 2K.

“Being the first female Superstar on the cover of a WWE 2K video game is no exception.”

The “Step Inside” worldwide campaign launched today with an anchor spot, “Cocktail Party,” and is expected to include digital, social media and WWE activation.

In “Cocktail Party,” Lynch — aka “The Man" — literally crashes an all-boys party in Hulk Hogan’s mansion attended by WWE stars past and present to share the news that she is the first female to appear on a WWE 2K cover.

“Nice work, man,” Reigns says to Lynch.

2K said that in direct response to fan feedback, WWE 2K20 would include several franchise firsts “alongside streamlined gameplay and a variety of popular modes.”

The “story-driven, objective-based '2K Showcase: The Women’s Evolution'" follows the careers of the Four Horsewomen: Raw Women’s Champion Lynch, SmackDown Women’s Champion Bayley, Charlotte Flair and Sasha Banks.

2K said controls would be “streamlined to allow new players to jump into the game more easily, while experienced players will still enjoy a challenge.”

“Becky Lynch and Roman Reigns embody passion, determination and perseverance, and they’re both major game changers within the larger WWE landscape,” Chris Snyder, vp-marketing for 2K, said via the video gaming company.

“They are the spirit of WWE 2K20, which is going to introduce changes requested by our fans. They asked for female-driven MyCAREER and 2K Showcase offerings, and we’re giving them just that, as well as streamlined controls and our brand new WWE 2K20 Originals. We can’t wait to reveal more details soon.”

WWE 2K20 players will be able to compete as both male and female Superstars in MyCAREER and Mixed Tag matches, according to 2K.

WWE Towers returns from last year with new challenges, including a story-driven Tower centered around the career of Reigns.

The game also introduces a service model — WWE 2K20 Originals — “set to deliver a wealth of 2K Showcase add-on content for player exploration beyond the game’s initial launch.”

Each of the WWE 2K20 Originals will present a new playable world and its own unique theme, with more details to be unveiled in the coming months. (WWE 2K20 Originals is downloadable content that may require additional purchase, per 2K).

The cover is a landmark for Reigns, as well. He had been battling leukemia over much of the past decade and was out of the ring for most of 2018, but revealed this past February that the disease was in remission.

According to Reigns, “As a gamer myself, being on the cover of WWE 2K20 alongside ‘The Man’ Becky Lynch and joining the likes of Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson and John Cena is a huge career and personal milestone for me.”

WWE 2K20 is currently scheduled for worldwide release on Oct. 22, 2019 for the PlayStation4 computer entertainment system and the Xbox One family of devices, including the Xbox One X and Windows PC.

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