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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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• Whitney Houston
• Judas Priest
• Kraftwerk
• MC5
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• Todd Rundgren
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• T. Rex
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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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Dec192013

Top Sports Marketers Of The Year 2013: Reebok — A Brand Fit To Be Tried

By the Staff of NYSportsJournalism.com

December 18, 2013: Reebok has a desire to perspire, which goes back to its origins more than 115 years ago; was re-energized in 2012 with creation of "The Sport of Fitness," then was pumped up even farther in 2013.

This past year has seen the division of adidas form alliances with Spartan Race and Les Mills International fitness and team training programs and launch "Live with Fire," a multi-media campaign that includes TV, print, digital and social media that encompasses training running, dance, yoga collections and walking.

This was all in addition to building its CrossFit Games, which holds strength, fitness and endurance competitions worldwide. More than 138,000 people registered to compete in regional events worldwide, with the top 48 men, 48 women and 37 teams meeting in the 2013 CrossFit Games July 26-28 in StubHub Center, Carson, Calif.

Turns out, lot's of people were thinking about CrossFit: It was the second most searched workout-related term on Google in 2013 (behind "Insanity").

The company has also enhanced its position as the official outfitter of the NHL via a deal that currently runs through 2016. It is being highlighted this season with jerseys for the league's outdoor games: the Bridgestone Winter Classic, Tim Hortons Heritage Classic and four games in the Coors Light Stadium Series. The company also has a lead role in the NHL Powered by Reebok Store in New York.

In January, Reebok signed a multi-year pact to become lead sponsor of Spartan Race, co-founded in 2010 by Joe De Sena and Andy Weinberg. The Reebok Spartan Race Series tests competitors in a number of progressively difficult obstacles, ranging from the three-mile-15 obstacle Spartan Spirit to the Spartan Beast and Death Race challenges.

In addition to multi-media support, the alliance includes a signature line of apparel, footwear and accessories.

Reebok has also tapped into its hoops roots, including re-releasing with Shaquille O'Neal a limited-edition of the Shaqnosis (originally available in 1995). It came with support from Foot Locker that included a spot with O'Neal and rapper Tyga, Internet and social media.

"Live with Fire" also reached consumers via such elements as an "Ignite the Fitness Fire" mobile application and support of singer Alicia Keys' global "Set The World On Fire" tour (as well as the Reebok Classic X Alicia Keys collection).

Another key element: Reebok's push behind physical fitness is being driven through BOKS, a free, before-school physical activity program that is currently in about 600 elementary schools nationwide. Reebok said it has invested more than $5 million over the past three years into BOKS and has committed over the next three years an additional $30 million to organizations and activities that promote physical activity and fitness.

“At Reebok, we recognize that the fitness landscape is changing. More and more, people are beginning to see fitness as part of their lifestyle rather than simply an activity,” Matt O’Toole, CMO for Reebok, said in a statement.

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