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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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Apr272018

Nascar Acquires ARCA To Develop Sport, Support Next Generation Of Drivers

NYSJ Sports-Entertainment Business News Service

April 27, 2018:
Nascar and the Automobile Racing Club of America have a multi-level relationship that dates back more than 60 years.

Now, ARCA is officially part of the Nascar universe with Nascar’s acquisition of the Toledo, Ohio-based racing circuit.

Financial terms were not released.

ARCA was founded in 1953 and began racing at Daytona International Speedway in 1964

Among other assets, ARCA “has provided a valuable platform for talented drivers looking to make it to Nascar’s national series,” according to Nascar.

“Our Nascar family has long had a special connection with our friends at ARCA, and this is a logical step in demonstrating our commitment to the next generation of racers,” Jim France, chairman and evp for Nascar, said during a media conference today in Talladega (Ala.) SuperSpeedway, site of this weekend’s Nascar and ARCA events. “Our business is racing and that’s what we’ve invested in.

“This continues the legacy our sport was built upon and will deliver the great racing our fans expect.”

Nascar and ARCA have shared teams and drivers “and that will continue in a major way,” said France.

The ARCA Racing Series will continue to operate under its current structure through the 2019 season and remain “as a free-standing organization,” according to France.

According to Ron Drager, ARCA president (and grandson of circuit founder John Marcum), “2020 and beyond is still a work in progress. For ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards, we are always working on it, polishing it, trying to make it better, stronger. And that’s a big part of us joining Nascar.”

“The industry is stronger together than as individuals,” Drager said during the media conference.

Addressing the changing finances, challenges and logistics in the world of auto racing, Drager said that sometimes he and ARCA “feel like a little rowboat in the middle of an ocean and an ocean liner goes by and they rock the boat. And a big storm comes along and rocks the boat. So far we haven’t turned over.

“I want to be on a bigger boat,” he said, which drew laugher and applause from those at the media event.

This year’s schedule of 20 ARCA races includes nine events at Nascar national series venues, and three others at Nascar Whelen All-American Series tracks.

ARCA owns both the Toledo Speedway and Flat Rock Speedway.

“Taking the two leading groups in this area of motorsports and combining them, you will see a big boost in a lot of areas,” said France.

“We are proud of the history and tradition of the ARCA Racing Series and the relationship we’ve built over six decades with Nascar,” said Drager. “We look forward to the opportunity to be more fully integrated with Nascar and help shape the future of our sport.”

PHOTOS COURTESY ARCA

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