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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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• Whitney Houston
• Judas Priest
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• MC5
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• Rufus feat. Chaka Khan
• Todd Rundgren
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• T. Rex
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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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Michael Jordan's Hall of Fame Induction Draws Marketers, Fans, Lawsuit

Brand Jordan Six Rings shoe from the new retro package honoring Michael Jordan's Hall of Fame induction.September 4, 2009: Springfield, Mass. will be the center of the basketball universe next week when the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame holds its 2009 induction ceremonies. The annual event usually attracts lots of attention and some marketing support, but none quite as equal to this year as the Class of 2009, which is led by Michael Jordan and also includes hoops luminaries John Stockton, David Robinson, Jerry Sloan and C. Vivan Stringer.

Nike has already funded a special section at the Hall of Fame to honor Jordan, the player who put the athletic shoe and apparel company on the map, to coincide with his induction on Sept. 11. Nike's Jordan Brand is getting into the game on Sept. 5 with a “Hall of Fame Pack,” which will include new variations of the Air Jordan ), Air Jordan 2K9 and Air Jordan 6 (Six Rings). Key stats from Jordan’s NBA career are printed on the upper section of each shoe, and the AJ6 specifically highlights the half-dozen NBA titles he won as a member of the Chicago Bulls. (MSRP ranges from $125-200.)

NBA.com will unveil a special mini-site on Sept. 4 featuring timelines detailing the careers of all the inductees and commentary from TNT NBA announcers Ernie Johnson, Marv Albert, Doug Collins, Kenny Smith, Reggie Miller and Charles Barkley, as well as retrospectives from NBA.com writers.

NBA TV will dedicate programming to each inductee next week, including exclusive 30-minute premiere specials produced by NBA Entertainment. Sept. 7 will highlight the Utah Jazz player/coach duo of Stockton and Sloan; Sept. 8 will feature San Antonio Spurs Robinson; and Sept. 9-10 will be dedicated to Jordan.

In June, Nike launched a Web-based marketing campaign starring the fictitious LeRoy Smith (played by comedian Charlie Murphy), the "man who motivated Michael Jordan." According to Smith, "In tenth grade, I beat out MJ for the last spot on our varsity basketball team, igniting a fire that inspired him to greatness." Fictional products include posters and wallpaper with such LeRoy Smith words to live by as "There are two 'I's' in motivation" and "Dribble with one eye always looking into the future."

Also among his still-active marketing deals, Gatorade released limited-edition packages honoring Jordan's career, complete with marketing support.

The ceremony, usually held at the Hall of Fame, which can accommodate about 1,200 people, has been moved to Symphony Hall, which underwent a $1 million improvement and now seats more than 2,600.

Jordan in recent Gatorate campaign honoring his career.Earlier on Sept. 11, the inductees will be making at stop at the MassMutual Center for the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Class of 2009 Enshrinement Pep Rally, which is being presented by Mohegan Sun, MassMutual Financial Group and the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority. Fans will also be able to test out the EA Sports' NBA Live 10 videogame at the EA Live Lounge. The game will not be released until Oct. 6.

But not everyone is happy with the marketing, in particular Brand Jordan's "Hall of Fame Pack." SportsFuzion, a Massachusetts-based sportswear company that said it has owned the exclusive worldwide rights to the Hall of Fame's trade names, logos, trademarks, designs, and photos for use in sportswear since 2006, in June filed a lawsuit against Nike and the Basketball Hall of Fame. SportsFuzion said that Nike and the Hall of Fame "allegedly conspired to eliminate SportsFuzion from the manufacturing, marketing, and selling of sportswear related to Jordan's induction on Sept. 11."

According to the company, the lawsuit "will move forward after a September 9, 2009 hearing after which United States District Judge William G. Young will set a discovery schedule in the case." SportsFuzion said that the Hall of Fame's attorneys recently provided SportsFuzion with a letter which claimed that the "Leroy Smith marketing/advertising campaign does not involve the promotion of the sale of shoes and/or other apparel in any respect [and] would not create any potential conflict with any rights that might be held by SportsFuzion."

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