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• "We said there's no chance that's happening. There’s no chance we’ll even discipline him." — NBA commissioner Adam Silver regarding China’s request that the league fire Houston Rockets GM Daryl Morey

• "The losses have already been substantial. Our games are not back on the air in China as we speak, and we'll see what happens next. I don't know where we go from here. The financial consequences have been and may continue to be fairly dramatic." — NBA commissioner Adam Silver at the Time 100 Summit on Thursday regarding the league’s on-going situation with China.

• 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.  

• 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. 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.” 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

• 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
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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

NFL Mexico 2019
• Nov. 18 Kansas City  Chiefs v Los Angeles Chargers Mexico City Estadio Azteca (ESPN Monday Night Football).

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Jan282010

Beyoncé Will Again Be A Super (Bowl) Girl Thanks To Vizio Partnership

January 28, 2010: Consumer electronics company Vizio will officially unveil its new spokesperson, singer/actress Beyoncé Knowles-Carter, in a 60-second spot during Super Bowl XLIV.

The spot is scheduled to air during the fourth quarter of the game on CBS. Vizio said the commercial is part of its broader Super Bowl activation, which also will include exclusive HD sponsorship of the pre-game show, The Super Bowl Today Presented by Vizio, two additional 30-second spots that will air during the pre-game show and opening and closing billboards. In addition, there will be Vizio branding on the set and broadcast desk and Vizio HDTVs "incorporated into the set design and providing background visuals."

This is the second year Vizio has had a presence during the Super Bowl broadcast. The company aired a brand spot during Super Bowl XLIII that touted a promotion to give away $1 million worth of TVs.

This also will be the second Super Bowl appearance for Beyoncé, who sang the National Anthem at Super Bowl XXXVIII in Houston in 2004.

The company did not release details of the creative except to say that it was directed by Wally Pfister, a three-time Academy Award nominee for cinematography for his work on The Dark Knight, Batman Begins and The Prestige. Lead agency is Venables, Bell & Partners, San Francisco.

The deal with Beyoncé, which was unveiled  at the CES Show in Las Vegas earlier this month, also includes upcoming print, Internet, product packaging, promotions and POP materials. In addition, she will "collaborate on the development of future products," according to the Irvine, Calif.-based company. Beyoncé also is featured in a current campaign from Nintendo.

Vizio's previous spokesperson was LaDanian Tomlinson, running back for the NFL's San Diego Chargers.

"Our new partnership with Beyoncé, along with this substantial presence during CBS's Super Bowl broadcast, demonstrate that Vizio isn't about to take its foot off the throttle," Laynie Newsome, Vizio co-founder and vp-sales and marketing, said in a statement.  "We may be the No. 1 LCD HDTV company in America [according to iSuppli Corp. Q4 2009 "U.S. TV Market Tracker"] but we continue to operate with the same passion and 'challenger mindset' that has always driven us."

This year, Vizio's new products will include an XVT Pro HDTV Series featuring 3D support and built-in HD wireless content access.

According to Beyoncé, whose husband is musican/businessman Shawn Carter, aka Jay-Z,  “What I love about Vizio is how committed they have been to customers and their focus on delivering tremendous performance at a great value. As a performer, I can relate to that, because my fans spend their hard-earned money to see me perform, and I give everything I can to make sure I exceed their expectations. I’m excited to be associated with such a successful company.” 

 

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