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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
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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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Aug012014

Will New Lakers Coach Be The Right Man For Team, Fans, Marketing Partners?

By Barry Janoff

August 1, 2014: NBA legends and former players with the Los Angeles Lakers turned out in force on Tuesday (July 29) to officially welcome former teammate Byron Scott as the 25th head coach in franchise history.

Scott showed that although he has not worn a Lakers uniform since 1997, he still bleeds purple and gold. "This is still Lakers Town," he said.

Considering the team's 2013-14 season — 27-55, the Lakers' worst record and first non-playoff year since 2004-05 (34-48) — it was small wonder that former center and Hall of Famer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar said during his intro, "It's great that L.A. takes care of its own like this . . . Hopefully this is the point where things start to turn around."

Earvin "Magic" Johnson was just as confident that the team's recent downturn would be reversed.

"We are here to support our brother and former teammate and champion, Byron Scott, and also to support the Lakers organization," Johnson (pictured above, far left, with Scott, Abdul-Jabbar and Jamaal Wilkes) said. "This is a great day for all the former Lakers as well as Laker fans all over the world. We're excited to what Byron can bring to the table and to get back to playing Laker basketball."

Left unsaid was the impact that a poor season had, and the hope of return to championship form will have, on the Lakers marketing partners.

Information services group Experian had its logo front and center on the backdrop during the Scott press conference. Other team marketing partners include AmEx, Anheuser-Busch (Budweiser), Chevron, Coca-Cola, Delta, Denny's Gatorade, Kumho Tire, MGM Resorts, Nike, Papa John's, Panini, Staples, Toyota and Verizon.

Despite their support, there was not much joy in Lakerville last season.

Players on the Los Angeles roster last season missed 319 games due to injury, tops in the league, according to the NBA. That included Kobe Bryant, who played in just six games after returning in December from a torn Achillies tendon incurred the previous season and then suffering a lateral tibial plateau fracture in his left knee.

The Lakers decline also coincided with the rise of the Los Angeles Clippers, co-tenants in Staples Center and a team that not only contended for top honors in the Western Conference last season but also helped to step on the Lakers, accentuated by a 48-point win March 6 (142–94), which was both the most one-sided win in Clippers' franchise history but also and the most one-sided loss in Lakers history.

None the less, Scott was confident that the Lakers were still the toast of the town.

"This is still Lakers Town," Scott said. "It has not gone to the Clippers. This is a great rivalry. [But] we have (16 championship) banners and they have none."

The search for a new coach had been on-going since Mike D'Antoni left after the season, but despite several candidates linked to the team in the media, GM (and former teammate) Mitch Kupchak said that Scott was their main man all along.

"I want to thank Byron for his patience during this process the last six or seven weeks," said Kupchak. "It was always clear to us that Byron was our first choice."

"This is still Lakers Town. It has not gone to the Clippers. This is a great rivalry. [But] we have (16 championship) banners and they have none."

Scott, a native of Inglewood, Calif., was a starter on Lakers championship teams in 1985, 1987 and 1988. During his 14-year NBA playing career — which also included stints with the Indiana Pacers, the then Vancouver Grizzlies and a one-season return to the Lakers — Scott scored more than 15,000 points and had more than 2,700 assists.

After two seasons as an assistant coach with the Sacramento Kings, he had 416 wins in 13 seasons as head coach with the New Jersey Nets (2000-04), New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets (2004-09) and Cleveland Cavaliers (2010-13). He led the Nets to the NBA Finals in 2002 and 2003, losing to the Lakers and San Antonio Spurs, respectively. He was named NBA Coach of the Year in 2007-08 NBA and is a two-time NBA All-Star Game head coach (2002 Eastern Conference, 2008 Western Conference).

"I don't see (rebuilding) as a long process," said Scott. "This is Los Angeles. A ton of great players want to be here."

He also gets to coach Bryant for at least the next two seasons, the length of Bryant's current deal. Newcomers to the team include Jeremy Lin and Carlos Boozier.

"Kobe and I have a great relationship," said Bryant. "He has to be patient. But it is going to be fun."

And in reference to the glory days when Magic, Abdul-Jabbar, Scott and others ruled the NBA, Scott said, "This will be go time, if not Showtime . . . If you think about losing, you lose. If you think about winning, you win. When I played here we hated to lose."

Photos courtesy Los Angeles Lakers

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