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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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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)
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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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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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Oct052014

In Deep Water: Michael Phelps, Facing Sink Or Swim Crisis, Enters Rehab Program 

By Barry Janoff

October 5, 2014: The public is used to seeing Michael Phelps in deep water, but the Olympic swimming star this time is not looking to win another gold meda. Instead, he is seeking to regain control of his life.

Days after he was arrested for DUI in his hometown of Baltimore, Phelps wrote on his Twitter and Facebook accounts that he was going to "take some time away to attend a program that will provide the help I need to better understand myself."

A statement from marketing and athlete-celebrity management firm Octagon, which represents Phelps, confirmed that Phelps would enter a six-week "comprehensive program that will help him focus on all of his life experiences and identify areas of need for long-term personal growth and development."

On Sept. 30, Phelps, 29, was stopped for driving 84 MPH in a 45 zone near the Fort McHenry Tunnel on Interstate 95 in Baltimore. He was charged with excessive speeding, DUI and crossing double lane lines. Police said that he failed field sobriety tests.

(Editor's Note: USA Swimming on Oct. 6 suspended Phelps for six months and said he would not be allowed to represent the U.S. at the 2015 FINA World Swimming Championships in Russia next August. He will be allowed to continue to train.)

The incident harkened back to 2004 when the then 19-year-old Phelps was arrested in Maryland and later pled guilty to driving while impaired. In 2009, a photo published in a British paper show Phelps using a bong at a party at the University of South Carolina.

"The past few days have been extremely difficult," Phelps wrote on his social media pages Sunday (Oct. 5). "I recognize that this is not my first lapse in judgment, and I am extremely disappointed with myself. I’m going to take some time away to attend a program that will provide the help I need to better understand myself."

Phelps' agent is Peter Carlisle, managing director Olympics and Action Sports at Octagon.

According to the statement from Octagon, "While this has been an extremely difficult time for him, he is encouraged that this comprehensive program will help him focus on all of his life experiences and identify areas of need for long-term personal growth and development. Michael takes this matter seriously and intends to share his learning experiences with others in the future."

Phelps, who won 22 Olympic medals, including 18 golds, in the 2000, 2004, 2008 and 2012 Summer Games, retired following the London Games two years ago but came out of retirement earlier this year to compete for a spot in the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

In August, in his first international competition since the 2012 Games, Phelps won five medals at the 2014 Pan Pacific Championships, held in Australia.

"Swimming is a major part of my life, but right now I need to focus my attention on me as an individual, and do the necessary work to learn from this experience and make better decisions in the future," Phelps wrote on Sunday.

The 2004 situation saw him sentenced to 18 months probation; the latter incident cost him an endorsement deal with Kellogg's, which elected not to renew its contract with Phelps, and he also was suspended for three months by USA Swimming, the sport's governing body.

Phelps' current roster of endorsement deals, which bring in about $10 million annually, according to industry analysts, include Under Armour, Subway, Visa, Omega and Aqua Sphere, with whom Phelps recently signed a "long-term strategic partnership" to work with his coach, Bob Bowman, to develop a line of products for both competitive swimmers and the public at large.

Also helps oversee The Michael Phelps Foundation, which works to "promote healthy, active lives, especially for children, primarily by expanding the opportunities for participation."

"It's too early to tell [how this could impact his deals]," Don Rockwell, CEO for Aqua Sphere, told AP. "For the most part, we're supportive. We just need to wait and see what happens. This is not a deal-breaker for us, unless we find out something else that happened."

Last week, also on his social media pages, Phelps wrote of his arrest, "Earlier this morning, I was arrested and charged with DUI, excessive speeding and crossing double lane lines. I understand the severity of my actions and take full responsibility. I know these words may not mean much right now but I’m deeply sorry to everyone I have let down."

Phelps is scheduled to appear in Baltimore City District Court for trial on Nov. 19.

With Two Years Until Summer '16 Games, Phelps Swims Into New Deal

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