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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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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

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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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Oct052012

BodyArmor Adds (Ray) Rice To Marketing Mix To Whet Sports Drinkers' Thirsts

By Barry Janoff

October 5, 2012: Sports teams stockpile top players in order to have the best opportunity to defeat the competition, so it makes sense that brands in the competitive sports and energy drink category would do the same thing.

BodyArmor SuperDrink, a relative newcomer to the category — having launched in May 2011 — has boosted its roster with the addition of Ray Rice, running back for the NFL's Baltimore Ravens. Like the other athletes aligned with the brand, Rice comes in not only as a marketing spokesperson put as an "investor and partner."

Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

BodyArmor is trying to reach consumers in a crowded field of sports nutrition and energy drinks that includes the likes of Gatorade, PowerAde, Vitaminwater, Red Bull, Amp, Monster, Rockstar and a new and burgeoning category of coconut-water brands such as Vita Coca, Zico and PowerCoco.

The risks and rewards are significant for those in the category. The global sports and energy drinks market surpassed $40 billion in 2010 for the first time and is expected to reach $52 billion by 2016, nearly 40% of sales in North America, according to a recent report from market research and consulting firm MarketsandMarkets, Dallas.

Rice joins the Los Angeles-based BodyArmor just weeks after the signing of MLB rookie star Mike Trout (pictured) of the Los Angeles Angels.

"Proud to join the BodyArmor Superdrink team," Rice wrote to his more than 330,000 followers on Twitter. "Best nutrition and hydration for gameday."

Rice, now in his fifth season with the Ravens, is part of a BodyArmor roster of athlete investors and partners that also includes NFLers Rob Gronkowski (New England Patriots), LeSean McCoy (Philadelphia Eagles) and Jason Pierre-Paul (New York Giants). BodyArmor has also donated camps run by Major League Lacrosse star Jordan Burke.

In addition to its athlete investors, BodyArmor comes with a strong heritage. Its executive ranks include founder/CEO Lance Collins, also the creator of Fuz Beverage and Nos Energy Drink (sold to the Coca-Cola Co. in 2007); and chairman Mike Repole, co-founder and president of Vitaminwater (also sold to Coca-Cola in 2007), who also has been a major investor in Pirate's Booty.

BodyArmor made headlines this past July when it publicly responded to a trademark infringement lawsuit filed in April by sports apparel and footwear company Under Armour. Baltimore-based Under Armour also objected to BodyArmor's use of the tag line, "Protect + Restore," which Under Armour said too closely mirrored its tag line, "Protect This House."

According to a statement from BodyArmor, which says its name and bottle design were trademarked in 2007, “Under Armour's claim against BodyArmor is without merit. It is nearly impossible that consumers or retailers of either brand would confuse the two. Under Armour and BodyArmor operate in disparate industries, produce distinctly unrelated products, and share no branding or logo similarities.”

The lawsuit is still pending.

Perhaps not so coincidentally, Under Armour is based in Baltimore, where BodyArmor's newest investor/endorser is situated during the NFL season and where the Ravens practice at the Under Armour Performance Center.

Like the other athletes associated with the brand, Rice will be involved in marketing, promotions and in-person events as well as product testing. The alliance will also support The Ray Rice Charitable Fund, which primarily aids youths through mentorship in the Baltimore, Md. and New Rochelle, NY areas.

“Ray is considered elite because he never settles for anything less than super and continues to prove he is one of the top running backs in football,” Collins said in a statement. “Ray’s game is multifaceted as he excels in all areas when on the field, just as BodyArmor SuperDrink is multifaceted and delivers all of the nutrition and hydration benefits that today’s athlete needs.”

According to Rice, “I learned early on that in order to perform as a professional athlete I have to consume the right nutrition and hydration. The benefits that BodyArmor SuperDrink provide are key to my performance, whether I need to gain that extra yard or grind through the fourth quarter.  It’s the real deal.”

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