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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

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

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May142015

Shaq, Shakespeare, Sharon Stone Star At Turner Broadcasting Marketing Upfront

By Barry Janoff

May 14, 2015: If you are among the plethora of people who enjoy the banter, antics and inside analysis of TNT on NBA's Inside the NBA quartet, the good news from Turner Broadcasting is that the contracts of Ernie Johnson, Charles Barkley, Kenny Smith and Shaquille O'Neal have all been renewed.

Johnson himself shared the news during Turner's UpFront on Wednesday (May 13), held in The Theatre in Madison Square Garden in New York, where he told the audience, "We will be back. We have been signed to long-term contracts."

Although other inside tidbits were revealed, financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

The show has garnered 13 Sports Emmy Awards, the most recent given to Johnson for "best studio host" — who upon receiving it at the awards ceremony presented it to the daughters of Stuart Scott, the long-time ESPN anchor and analyst who passed away from cancer in January at the age of 49.

Barkley had been hesitant to re-sign, which analysts saw as a negotiation ploy. But when the four men were on-stage at the Upfront, joking about their future together, Barkley laughed as he said, "David Levy (Turner Broadcasting president) came to my house with two bottles of wine and two bottles of tequila, and we knocked them back. Then he asked me to sign a new contract and I did. My agent wasn't even there."

According to Lenny Daniels, president of Turner Sports, "We truly believe Inside the NBA is among the best studio shows of all time and a large part of its success is due to the unrivaled chemistry between Ernie, Charles, Kenny and Shaquille. We’re looking forward to continuing the creativity and pioneering spirit behind the show for a very long time.”

"I feel as if I have the best job on television," said Barkley. "I've been with Turner for 16 years. I look forward to coming to work every week."

On-stage, Smith half-jokingly responded to the thought that Barkley might have retired by saying, "Why would he retire. Only works one day a week."

During the Upfront, Johnson not only touted Turner's coverage of the NBA and the Inside the NBA show, but coverage of MLB, in conjunction with CBS the NCAA Men's Div. I Basketball tournament — which in 2016 for the first time will see the two semi-final games and the championship game air on TBS — and two new shows: the NBA Player Awards and The Dunk King, a reality series which will see competitors vie to see who is the best dunker while chasing a prize of $100,000.

Ultimately, when asked to give some final thoughts, O'Neal looked at actress/director/producer Sharon Stone, who was sitting in the front row to promote her new TNT show, Agent X, and said, "Sharon, will you marry me!?"

She left without answering the question, so their future together remains unclear.

In it's all-hands-on-deck UpFront, Turner unveiled new directions and new products for its portfolio, including Adult Swim, Boomerang, Cartoon Network, CNN, HLN, TBS, TNT, truTV and Turner Sports.

“We’re doing a proactive makeover of these two networks,” Kevin Reilly, president for TNT/TBS and CCO for Turner Entertainment, said to the crowd, “We’re going to double the number of original series on TNT and TBS over the next three years. We’ll sharpen the point of view to be even more adventurous in our programming.

“We’ll also change the way that we market our networks — blurring the lines between entertainment and advertising, which will present some very interesting opportunities for you,” he said.

Among those in The Theater: Jennifer Beals (Proof), Edward Burns (Public Morals), Conan O'Brien (Conan), Jason Jones and Samantha Bee (The Detour), Sean Bean (Legends), Taye Diggs and Kathleen Robertson (Murder in the First), Eric Dane and Rhona Mitra (The Last Ship), Noah Wyle and Rebecca Romijn (The Librarians), Seth Green (Robot Chicken), Anderson Cooper (Anderson Cooper 360) and Michael Carbonaro (The Carbonaro Effect).

Among the new shows on-tap: Will, a series about a young William Shakespeare "told in raucous style."

“As we expand our portfolio, you should expect some very daring shows, some of which will not appeal to all of our current viewers, but will be a lightning rod to attract new viewers," said Reilly. “By this time next year, our presentation and portfolio will look dramatically different.”

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