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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)
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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
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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

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• Nov. 18 Kansas City  Chiefs v Los Angeles Chargers Mexico City Estadio Azteca (ESPN Monday Night Football).

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Apr062017

MLB Hits The Road With Old Dominion Freight In New Partnership Category

By Barry Janoff

(Originally Published in MediaPost)

April 6, 2017: For an organization whose executives and players are on the move as much as MLB, you would think having an official freight carrier would be a natural.

Not so, until now, as MLB signed a deal today naming Old Dominion Freight Line the "official freight carrier for Major League Baseball."

The category is a league-wide first for the league, according to an MLB spokesperson.

However, the Thomasville, NC- headquartered firm does have official partnerships with seven MLB teams.

Financial details of the alliance were not released.

Old Dominion Freight Line said the new MLB partnership with MLB would "generate greater awareness and comprehension of the Old Dominion brand, drive revenue and provide engagement opportunities for all Old Dominion employees."

Among its activation, Old Dominion Freight Line plans to introduce a fleet of some 30,000 trailers with "MLB branding and baseball imagery."

The company said it would also support the MLB pact with multi-platform marketing, including ads and promos across MLB Network, MLB Advanced Media’s digital properties including MLB.com and via MLB’s official accounts on a variety of social media platforms.

In addition, Old Dominion said it would have presence at MLB jewel events such as the All-Star Game in July and during the playoffs and World Series.

The alliance’s official coming-out party is expected to take place in Chicago on April 10 when the World Series champion Cubs host the Los Angeles Dodgers in a nationally televised night game on ESPN.

Old Dominion Freight Line said there would be "a special video celebrating the World Series Trophy and the new MLB partnership," likely with the Commissioner’s Trophy being delivered to the ballpark in an Old Dominion MLB-branded freight van.

OD is considered a premium less-than-truckload (LTL) carrier, meaning it transports items of 150 lbs. or less.

"Old Dominion is excited to partner with Major League Baseball, an organization that consistently shares similar values," David Carter, vp-marketing communications for Old Dominiond, said in a statement. "Baseball is America’s pastime with a rich history of growth, entertainment, and providing a deep connection with its fans.

"Greater awareness and comprehension of the Old Dominion brand, drive revenue and provide engagement opportunities for Old Dominion employees."

"Old Dominion has grown exponentially in its 83-year history from a family run business to the leading LTL carrier in the country. Both organizations value hard work, exceptionalism and performance," said Carter.

Old Dominion MLB club partnerships include the Boston Red Sox, Chicago Cubs, Chicago White Sox, Kansas City Royals, Los Angeles Angels, New York Mets and Texas Rangers.

According to Noah Garden, eva-business for MLB, "Old Dominion is an American success story with a strong reputation built on reliability and keeping promises. We are excited that Old Dominion is expanding its commitment to baseball and showcasing the partnership across a massive fleet of trailers around the country."

This marks MLB’s third new deal over the past week, including the league’s first official hot dog, Nathan’s Famous; and unveiling Coca-Cola as MLB’s official soft drink, replacing Pepsi.

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