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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
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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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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Jul152013

National Sports Poll Finds That MLB Has Fewer Fans, Fan Base Getting Older

By Barry Janoff

July 15, 2013: Bad news for Major League Baseball: Only 34% of people say they follow the sport, down from 41% in 2009 and the lowest such figure since 2004.

Baseball also is skewing older: The largest group of fans who follow baseball (39%) are Baby Boomers ages 48-66. Another 29% are considered Matures (ages 67-plus).

The numbers come from a just-release survey from The Harris Poll conduced by Harris Interactive.

The survey coincides with the 2013 MLB All-Star Game, which is being held in Citi Field, home of the New York Mets.

However, it is the crosstown rival New York Yankees that take the honor of being the favorite team in baseball.

The Yankees top the list for the tenth consecutive time, followed this year by (in order) the Boston Red Sox, Atlanta Braves, Los Angeles Dodgers and Texas Rangers, according to The Harris Poll.

The Mets come in at No. 8, down from No. 5 last year and the team's lowest spot since coming in at No. 11 in 2009, according to Harris.

Good news for MLB at All-Star time: 70% of those surveyed know that the league that wins the All-Star Game gets home field advantage in the World Series. That rule was enacted in 2003.

Since then the American League has won seven of ten All-Star Games, although the National League has won the last three. In that time, the National League has won six of 10 World Series, including the last three and three of the seven years that the American League had the home field advantage.

The Yankees were picked second among teams most likely to win the World Series, behind the St. Louis Cardinals. Concurrently, the Yankees are also the team that people least want to see in the World Series, being named by 42% of those surveyed.

Other teams picked as most likely to win the 2013 World Series behind the Cardinals and Yankees were (in order): Red Sox, Detroit Tigers, Braves, Rangers, San Francisco Giants, Chicago White Sox, Oakland A's and Washington Nationals.

The MLB's top ten favorite teams also include the Detroit Tigers (No. 6), Chicago Cubs (No. 7), Philadelphia Phillies (No. 9) and St. Louis Cardinals (No. 10).

And the least favorite teams: The Arizona Diamondbacks, Washington Nationals, Oakland A's, Houston Astros and Miami Marlins. The Toronto Blue Jays actually came in last, but the poll did not include any fans from Canada.

Asf ar as demographics: The split among baseball fans is 44%-36% male-female; 35% are white, 35% Hispanic, 24% African America. Of interest to MLB marketing parnters: 46% earn $100,000 or more annually.

This Harris Poll was conducted online within the U.S. from June 12-17, 2013 among 2,210 adults (aged 18 and over), of whom 760 said they follow MLB.

See the full Harris Poll results here.

Fan Poll: NFL Still Tops MLB

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