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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

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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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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
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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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Jul162018

Are You Ready For March Madness NCAA Men’s Final Four 2023? 2024? 2025? 2026?

By Barry Janoff

July 16, 2018: People who want to plan their calendars around the NCAA Men’s Division I tournament can now do so through 2026.

The NCAA today named sites for the Final Four and championship games from 2023-2026, which looks like this:

• Houston NRG Stadium April 1/3, 2023

• Phoenix University of Phoenix Stadium  April 6/8, 2024

• San Antonio Alamodome April 5/7, 2025

• Indianapolis Lucas Oil Stadium. April 4/6, 2026

Houston last hosted the event in 2016.

Phoenix last hosted the Final Four in 2017.

San Antonio host the men’s Final Four this past March.

Indianapolis host the men’s Final Four in 2015 and hosts it in 2021.

The NCAA already had booked the next four Final Fours:

• April 6/8, 2019 Minneapolis, MN U.S. Bank Stadium
• April 4/6, 2020 Atlanta, GA Mercedes-Benz Stadium
• April 3/5, 2021 Indianapolis, IN Lucas Oil Stadium
• April 2/4, 2022 New Orleans, LA Mercedes-Benz Superdome

Detroit, Los Angeles and North Texas were also among was among six finalists for the four bids.

Los Angeles has some consolation: The City will host some FIFA World Cup games in 2026 and the Summer Olympics in 2028.

“This extremely competitive process mirrored the championship’s selections meeting, with the committee having lengthy conversations about the pros and cons of seven attractive and qualified locations,” Dan Gavitt, the NCAA’ssvp-basketball, said in a statement.

“We are thrilled for the cities of Houston, Phoenix, San Antonio and Indianapolis. All those cities have hosted the event with overwhelming success in recent years, and yet all of them approached the bid process with an unassuming energy. We look forward to bringing the NCAA’s marquee championship back to those locations.”

The Final Four venues were named a week after Kevin White, vice president and director of athletics at Duke, was named the chairman for the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Committee for the 2019-20 season. White will serve as vice chair of the committee for the upcoming season, working with 2018-19 committee chair Bernard Muir, who is the director of athletics at Stanford.

In 2017, 23 million viewed all or part of the National Championship game on CBS while 19 million watched the two semi-final games, according to the network.

In 2018, with the Final Four and Championship Game on TBS, the games averaged 14 million viewers

In 2017, national TV ad spend during March Madness was a record $1.28 billion, up slightly from 2016’s $1.24 billion, according to media intelligence firm Kantar Media, NY.

The figure topped $1.3 billion this past season.

In terms of national TV ad spend, "The NCAA men’s basketball tournament is consistently the second largest post-season sports franchise, trailing only the NFL playoffs," according to Kantar Media.

In 2019,  the NCAA Men’s Final Four is predicted to generate $142 million in spending and attract and estimated 94,000 nonresident visitors to to the Twin Cities, with the games to be played in U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis,

According to a report conducted for the Minneapolis Local Organizing Committee, ”Tourism would normally generate $35 million for the region at the time the Final Four is in town. With the game, about $168 million will be spent.”

The host committed said that the $142 million final impact estimate was reached by “subtracting the displaced normal tourism as well as an estimated $30 million in good and services bought elsewhere, and then adding $39 million for a projected economic ripple effect, such as spending fueled by wages paid by Final Four-supporting jobs.”

“In terms of impact, visitor spending is only one way to think about success,”  Kate Mortenson, Minneapolis Local Organizing Committee president and CEO, said in a statement. “In hosting the Final Four, we have a platform to not only amplify the tremendous benefits college sports provides for student-athletes, but also share what is special about ‘The North.’ ”

In 2017, the men’s Final Four in Phoenix generated $324 million in economic impact for the area, according to a study from W.P. Cary School of Business at Arizona State University.

The 2018 event generated $185 million in direct spending for San Antonio and a total economic impact generated by jobs of $350 million, according to Richard Oliver, director of partner and community relations of Visit San Antonio.

NCAA Corporate Champions are AT&T, Capital One and Coca-Cola.

NCAA Corporate Partners include Buffalo Wild Wings, Buick, Enterprise, Google Cloud, Indeed,  Infinity, Intel, Lowe’s, Marriott, Nabisco, Northwestern Mutual, Pizza Hut, Reese’s, Unilever and Wendy’s.

Minneapolis Getting Ready For 2019 Final Four

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