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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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Rock & Roll Hall of Fame 2020 Nominees

• Pat Benatar
• Dave Matthews Band
• Depeche Mode
• Doobie Brothers
• Whitney Houston
• Judas Priest
• Kraftwerk
• MC5
• Motorhead
• Nine Inch Nails
• Notorious B.I.G.
• Rufus feat. Chaka Khan
• Todd Rundgren
• Soundgarden
• T. Rex
• Thin Lizzy

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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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Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.
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Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.
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Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.
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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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Madison Square Garden Dials Up Phizzle To Engage Fans With Mobile Marketing Campaigns

September 22, 2010: Madison Square Garden, Inc. is taking a cue from The Who's Going Mobile, signing a deal naming Phizzle "to power robust and enhanced mobile marketing campaigns" for the New York Knicks, New York Rangers, New York Liberty and regional television networks MSG and MSG Plus, as well as the company's digital marketing database, the MSG Insider.

Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

The deal comes on the heels of Madison Square Garden confirming it has agreed to a sponsorship alliance naming JPMorgan Chase as its first marquee partner. Described by both sides as a multi-platform, multi-venue, multi-media alliance, the marquee partnership gives the financial firm top-level of access and exposure for such venues as Madison Square Garden, Theater at Madison Square Garden, Radio City Music Hall, Beacon Theatre and Chicago Theatre; as well as MGS's sports teams and media outlets. MSG has signature Partnership pacts with Coca-Cola, Anheuser Busch and Delta Air Lines.

MSG's deal with Phizzle will enable the company's Web-based platform, PhizzleMobile, to bring "real-time mobile interactivity to engage audiences, both in-arena and out," with MSG's properties. As The Who sang, "Keep me movin' groovin', movin' yeah. Mobile, mobile, mobile, yeah!"

"We are excited to work with Phizzle to enhance our mobile experience for Knicks, Rangers and Liberty fans, MSG and MSG Plus viewers, and all our event attendees," Scott Richman, svp and GM for MSG Interactive, said in a statement. "Phizzle has a fully integrated, 360-degree platform, and creative ideas to engage our fans, build our databases, and help generate additional opportunities to integrate our marketing partners."

According to MSG, a variety of text messaging campaigns will be incorporated to ensure a "fun, exciting and participatory audience experience," including Text-2-Win promotions, Text-2-Vote polls and surveys, and Text-2-Screen. To enhance the audience experience via mobile devices, Phizzle said it would provide MSG with a "comprehensive set of mobile & SMS marketing tools to create integrated, multi-channel, mobile marketing programs for fans, event sponsors and local advertisers."

The privately owned San Francisco-based Phizzle also has deals that include the NBA's Cleveland Cavaliers and  Philadelphia 76ers, the NHL's San Jose Sharks and Nashville Predators, and such media companies as Fox Sports, Comcast-Spectacor and DirecTV Sports Networks.

"We are extremely fortunate to have this opportunity to be partnering with such legendary brands to meet the demands of MSG's professional sports teams and television networks to create an outstanding combination of deep customer loyalty and increased revenues," Ben Davis, CEO of Phizzle, said in a statement. "MSG is committed to providing a comprehensive mobile strategy to effectively increase participation and initiate one-to-one dialogue with their fan base and Phizzle is excited about working together to allow our technology to deliver the ultimate fan experience."

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