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• 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
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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Channel Chasers

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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Sep132018

Drive Time: U.S. Open Champ Naomi Osaka Signs With Nissan, More Deals To Come

By Barry Janoff

September 12, 2018: Naomi Osaka has shown that she can drive tennis balls on the court.

Now she can drive a Nissan en route to her tennis matches.

The automaker has unveiled the 20-year old as its newest brand ambassador.

Nissan said it would feature Osaka in upcoming global promotions and advertising, and will “support her activities as a tennis player, including providing Nissan vehicles at her tour destinations.”

The deal was unveiled during a press event in Nissan headquarters in Yokohama, Japan.

Financial terms of the three-year deal were not shared.

“Growing up, my Dad drove a Nissan,” she said during the event. “So being able to be a brand ambassador now, it feels as if I have come (back home).”

This is Osaka’s second new endorsement deal in the past few weeks, having signed with Citizen Watch just prior to the start of the U.S. Open.

She also has deals that include Nissin Foods, Yonex sporting goods, Wowow media company and adidas.

Her four-year adidas deal is due to expire this year but is being reported by The Times of London that she will re-sign in a multi-year pact for an estimated $8.5 million annually.

Osaka is an avid video-game player and listens to a lot of music on wireless headphones, especially when traveling, so deals in those categories would be organic, as would health/fitness, beauty (people love her hair), jewelry, tech and travel endorsements, among others.

Prior to the Citizen Watch deal, she was earning just over $1 million annually from endorsements.

Serena Williams takes in about $18 million in endorsements, the most among women athletes, according to Forbes.

The extended deals will cover 2020, when Tokyo hosts the Summer Games, giving the brands global exposure should Osaka seek and then earn a spot on Japan's national tennis team.

“This week has been a dream come to life, and I’m so honored to represent Japan and Nissan on the world stage,” said Osaka, who was born in Japan but relocated to the U.S. when she was three and now lives in Florida.

“I was drawn to partner with Nissan because of its strong Japanese DNA and global competitive spirit. The brand is always challenging expectations, and I look forward to bringing its vision for driving excitement to new audiences around the world.”

When asked which was her favorite Nissan, she said, “For me, it’s the GT-R, It’s fast.”

According to Asako Hoshino, svp-Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., “With a combination of grit and grace, Naomi Osaka is not afraid to take on the best tennis players of our time, and win.

“This is the same spirit of performance that Nissan has embodied throughout our history — exemplified most recently by the Nissan Leaf, which defied the odds to become the best-selling electric vehicle in the world.

"And just like Naomi, Nissan is just getting started," said Hoshino.

“This week has been a dream come to life, and I’m so honored to represent Japan and Nissan on the world stage."

Proving that she is a loyal customer, Osaka said at the time of the Citizen deal signing that when she was 15 her mom had given her a Citizen watch as a present.

She also will appear in multi-media marketing for Citizen.

She is now ranked No. 7 in the world, up 12 slots following her U.S. Open victory against Williams.

She earned $3.8 million for winning the U.S. Open Grand Slam, her second title of 2018 following her BNP Paribas Open win this past March in Indian Wells, Calif.

She is now up to No.4 on the Porsche Race to Singapore Leaderboard and said she is aiming to qualify for the BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore for the first time in her career.

"I went to the adidas distribution and they have this special dress for the people who go to Singapore, so I really wanted to go to Singapore," Osaka said on the WTA Insider Podcast.  "So I'm going to make that my No.1 goal right now, and I think it's been working out."

Naomi Osaka, Citizen Watch Working On First Multi-Media Campaign For Tennis Star

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