Top
NEWS REAL

• 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).

POLL POSITION

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

VOTE HERE

KEEPING SCORE

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
SOURCE: STUBHUB.COM

BUY SELL

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
BoxOfficeMojo.com

SEARCH

NYSportsJournalism.com + Topic Of Requested Search

YouTube: P.K. Subban NHL See More Ads Below

COLLEGE

BodyArmor Into NCAA
No. 1 Colleges Since '92
Notre Dame Builds Brand
Cancer Drives Home
Men's Hoops Are 'Toxic'

Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.
Read more at http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/j/johnfkenn121400.html#46Ul8rBF4XpB4lo0.99
Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.
Read more at http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/j/johnfkenn121400.html#JZxA5jXY4rCwemgZ.99
Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.
Read more at http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/j/johnfkenn121400.html#JZxA5jXY4rCwemgZ.99
Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.
Read more at http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/j/johnfkenn121400.html#46Ul8rBF4XpB4lo0.99
Channel Chasers

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).

Tuesday
Dec162014

Top Sports Marketers Of The Year 2014: Epix — Game Time In Prime Time

By the Staff of NYSportsJournalism.com

December 17, 2014: You have to set some pretty lofty goals, and plan not to have an epic failure, if you create, produced and air material under the banner Epix.

Epix this year has exceeded the former and come nowhere near the latter.

Founded in 2009 under the auspices of Studio 3 — a joint venture among Viacom Inc., its Paramount Pictures unit, Lionsgate and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios — Epix describes itself as a multi-platform premium entertainment channel, VOD and online service. It has access to more than 30 million homes and includes a library of more than 15,000 films from the partner studios and subsidiaries.

Over the past year, Epix, led by president and CEO Mark Greenberg, has ramped up its original presentations and documentaries and now boasts an all-star line-up of sports-related productions.

Among them: Dwight Howard In The Moment, David Ortiz In The Moment, To Russia With Love (which explores human rights through the eyes of LGBT athletes, with commentary from Olympic medalist and U.S. and world champion figure skater Johnny Weir), The Current (which follows people with disabilities, including athletes Bethany Hamilton, Alex Zanardi and Anthony Robles, who found "new ways to experience freedom of movement through water sports"), Forgotten Four: The Integration of Pro Football (which tells the story of African American athletes Kenny Washington, Woody Strode, Marion Motley and Bill Willis, who broke the color barrier in pro football in 1946) and Personal with Bill Rhoden, in which the renowned journalist conducts in-depth interviews with the likes of Oscar De La Hoya and Grant & Calvin Hill.

Epix has had major support via an alliance with Ross Greenburg Productions, which Greenburg launched following a storied and 52-time Emmy Award-winning career of more than three decades at HBO; and Starship SA under the auspices of Seth Abraham, whose sports production and management resume dates back to the 1970s and includes game-changing tenures at HBO Sports, Time Warner Sports and Madison Square Garden Company.

The newest joint venture between Epix and Greenburg is the Road to the NHL Winter Classic and the Road to the NHL Stadium Series, each a four-part all-access documentary leading to two of the league's outdoor jewel events.

The first follows the Bridgestone Winter Classic, with four weekly episodes beginning Dec. 16 and leading to the game on Jan. 1, 2015 in Nationals Park in Washington, DC, between the host Capitals and the visiting Chicago Blackhawks. The second goes inside the Coors Light Stadium Series, with four weekly episodes beginning Feb. 3 in advance of the game on Feb. 21 in Levi's Stadium, home of the NFL's San Francisco 49ers, between the host San Jose Sharks and the visiting defending NHL champion Los Angeles Kings.

In addition to running on Epix, both series are being made available free to viewers — including what the NHL called a fan base of "almost 60 million U.S. hockey fans" — via platforms including the Epix and NHL Web sites and Facebook pages and the official apps of Epix and the NHL, respectively. People in the U.S. who are not Epix subscribers will be able to register for a limited free trial at Epix.com.

Both Road to the NHL Winter Classic and the Road to the NHL Stadium Series are being supported by multi-media campaigns that include TV, print, radio, outdoor, digital and social media. The effort also features Kevin Smith, actor/producer/director/writer and uber hockey fan, who will appear in a series of spots and host weekly recaps of all episodes under the banner, Kevin Smith's Penalty Box.

According to John Collins, COO for the NHL, "Hockey fans have a strong appetite for original and engaging content built on storytelling. Epix has developed an impressive reputation for its high-quality original sports programming and access to its content across a multitude of platforms."

NHL Heats Up Epix Marketing For Outdoor Winter Classic, Stadium Series

Back to Top Sports Marketers of the Year 2014

Back to Home Page

VOTE HERE