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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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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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'Money' Says Mayweather Jr.-Pacquiao II Is En Route In ’18: Could It Top $400M?

By Barry Janoff

September 15, 2018: Don’t call it a comeback, call it a possible $400 million sequel.

For those people who have been aching for a rematch of the Floyd “Money” Mayweather Jr.-Manny “Pac-Man” Pacquiao fight of May 2, 2015, Mayweather Jr. himself says it is going to happen — this year.

Mayweather Jr. on Saturday (Sept. 15) posted this to his Instagram account:

“Floydmayweather I’m coming back to fight Manny Pacquiao this year. Another 9 figure pay day on the way @mayweatherpromotions.”

The text was accompanied by a short video showing the two fighters apparently running into each by accident other during the Soca Weekend Music Festival in Tokyo.

In the video, the two men are relatively playful, with Mayweather Jr. egging Pacquiao on about a fight, yelling “Easy money.”

Pacquiao points to his waist and says, “I have the belt,” a reference to his most recent fight, in July, when he defeated Lucas Matthysse to win a WBA welterweight title (and register his first knockout victory since 2009).

To which Mayweather Jr. replies, “The belt?! I’ll take if from you like I did before . . . (and) I don’t want to hear about your shoulder hurting,” referring to a reason Pacquiao gave following their fight in 2015 as to why he lost to Mayweather Jr.

In a separate video posted on Pacquiao’s Facebook page, Mayweather Jr. boasts about staging the rematch — tentatively scheduled for December, most likely in Las Vegas — saying, “Easy work. Easy work, baby. He don’t want it.  I’m coming back in December. We gonna get the payday. . . . December. I think I need to make that comeback.”

Pacquiao responded, “50-1. #No excuses.”

Like their first bout, the rematch, if and/or when it happens, is expected to come with lots of marketing and hype.

Lead sponsor for Mayweather Jr.-Pacquiao I was Tecate. Marketing partners also included the Mexican Tourism Board, Paramount Pictures and Smart Communications. Sponsorship revenue topped $13 million, according to analysts.

Multi-media support included TV, print, radio, Internet, social media and fighter activation.

The 39-year-old Pacquiao’s record is 60-7-2.

The 41-year-old undefeated Mayweather (50-0, 27 KOs) has fought twice since the Pacquiao meeting, defeating Andre Berto in 2015 and Conor McGregor in August 2017.
 
The 2015 Pacquiao-Mayweather Jr. fight, staged in the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, was won by Mayweather Jr. via a unanimous decision.

That fight topped $400 million in gross revenue, according to industry analysts. Mayweather’s bout with MMA-specialist-turned-boxer McGregor topped $600 million.

The Pacquiao-Mayweather Jr. fight was on PPV, jointly produced by HBO and Showtime, the respective rights-holders of Pacquiao and Mayweather Jr., setting a PPV record of 4.6 million buys.

Mayweather Jr. came out of the fight about $200 million richer, Pacquiao about $120 million in the green.

Showtime Sports said its Showtime PPV presentation of Mayweather Jr.-McGregor in 2017 generated 4.3 million PPV buys in North America, the second largest PPV event of all time behind Mayweather Jr.-Pacquiao.

Mayweather Jr. took home at least an estimated $300 million, McGregor an estimated $100 million, according to industry analysts.

Mayweather Jr. has been busy recently promoting his chain of Mayweather Boxing + Fitness locations, which he plans to open nationwide and internationally.

Pacquiao is a leading political figure is his native Philippines and is said to be considering running for president in 2022.

Boxing itself has been on the upswing this year, with the Canelo Alvarez-Gennady Golovkin middleweight bout in Las Vegas this weekend (Sept. 15) drawing major attention. (Editor's note: Won by Alavarez via majority decision.)

Recent major deals have included Perform Group signing an eight-year $1 billion alliance with Matchroom Boxing to show fights in the U.S. on Perform's DAZN live- and on-demand streaming platform; and ESPN extending its deal with Top Rank.

If Mayweather Jr. Makes You An Offer, Can You Refuse?

Mayweather Jr.-Pacquiao Fight Building In Money, Hype, Histrionics

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