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• 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

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

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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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Top Sports Marketers Of The Year 2015: Floyd And Manny & HBO And Showtime

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By the Staff of NYSportsJournalism.com

January 12, 2016: Both Floyd "Money" Mayweather and Manny "Pac-Man" Pacquiao went out of their way for more than half a year to convince the public that their welterweight bout would determine once and for all which man could unarguably declare himself as the "greatest pound-for-pound fighter on the planet."

Even though the fight, won in a decision by Mayweather, itself was anticlimactic and drew its pound of flesh from numerous critics, HBO, Showtime, both men and their respective campus saw to it that pre-fight marketing, hype and economics reached new heights.

Numbers from sports, boxing and media analysts certainly put this bout, pound-for-pound, on a new plateau.

The fight was shown on PPV jointly produced by HBO and Showtime, May 2 from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

Among the figures: An estimated $180 million in winnings for Mayweather, $120 million for Pacquiao; between 4.6 million PPV buys at $99 a pop via co-promoters HBO and Showtime; upward of $75 million in live gate receipts, $35 million in foreign rights; and millions more from brands that lined to be associated with the event.

Burger King's The King was among the entourage who entered the ring with Mayweather, who wore a  waistband sponsored by FanDuel.

Tecate paid $5.6 million, according to industry analysts, to be the "official" beer.

Mayweather jump-started talks about the fight when he appeared in a humorous commercial in November 2014 for Foot Locker, "It's Happening," in which he misunderstands that the event, as yet months away from becoming official, was going to happen.

In late January, the two men both attended, albeit separately, a Miami Heat game, where they met and had what was called a "brief chat."

In April, the deal was finally signed, soon followed by a Foot Locker spot with Pacauiao, "It's Really Happening."

Nike launched a line of Pacquiao-oriented merchandise carrying his logo and the slogans "Do What They Say You Can't" and "#MannyDoes."

Mayweather immediate began to sell his own merchandise via his owqn enterprise, The Money Team.

A pop-up store on Las Vegas Blvd. was commissioned to sell merchandise for both fighters.

Both Mayweather and Pacquiao held workouts in their respective training camps that were open to the media and streamed live via YouTube.  

A commercial filmed with both fighters in Los Angeles in March, "It's Time," sees them standing toe-to-toe, each attempting to out-stare the other. A second TV spot, "At Last," has Pacquiao declaring about Mayweather, "It's been a long-time coming. Now he has no where to go."

Pacquiao rallies his fellow countrymen and women from the Philippines behind him in a new video the he directed, "Lalaban Ako Para Sa Filipino" ("I Will Fight for the Filipino"), in which he sings and is seen helping the survivors of last year's typhoon, interspersed with shots of him training for the fight.

Showtime Sports, which has a deal with Mayweather, gave viewers backstage access to the fight from the perspective of "Money" with Inside Mayweather vs. Pacquiao, a four-part documentary series.

HBO, which has a deal with Pacquiao, dedicated a Web site to chronicling the life, times and bouts of "Pac-Man."

Pacquiao's camp during the post-fight press conference claimed that their man had suffered during training an injury to his right shoulder, which later required surgery and added to the dismay boxing pundits had about the fight.

Mayweather has since retired, but there are those who hope the money and spotlight would draw him back for a rematch.

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