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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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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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Game, Set, Match: Women Tennis Players Are World’s Highest Paid Female Athletes

By Barry Janoff

August 7, 2019: The world’s top tennis associations — including the International Tennis Federation, the Women’s Tennis Assn. and the U.S. Tennis Assn. — and tournaments have been making significant moves to ensure that women players earn the same winnings as their male counterparts.

The result of that includes all four Grand Slams having the same payout for men and women winners.

The upcoming U.S. Open (Aug. 26-Sept. 8) is offering a total prize allotment of $57 million, up from $53 million last year, with the men’s and women’s singles champions each receiving a record $3.85 million.

Concurrently, the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team sued the U.S. Soccer Federation this past March, alleging that there is a vast discrepancy between what they earn versus the U.S. Men’s National Soccer Team.

The USSF has since produced numbers that it says show such a gap does not exist.

The focus on earnings in tennis is also seen in the just-released "Top 15 World’s Highest Paid Women Athletes," which is dominated by tennis — 12 on the list, including the Top 11, according to the new study from Forbes.

They are led by Serena Williams at $29.2 million (not including her personal companies and venture portfolio, which Forbes put at $10 million), with the Top Five also including Naomi Osaka, Angelique Kerber, Simona Halep and Sloane Stephens.

The highest-paid non-tennis player on the list is USWNT star Alex Morgan at No. 12.

Williams was the only woman athlete who made Forbes' recent "Top 100 Highest Paid Athletes in the World" (No. 63 overall).

According to Forbes, the Top 15 highest-paid women athletes earned a cumulative $146 million, compared with $130 million last year, each earning at least $5 million each.

By comparison, Forbes said about 1,300 male athletes will reach or surpass that figure in 2019.

Among the highest-paid male athletes, soccer players take the top three spots, with Leo Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar Jr. having earned a collective $311 million in combined salaries and endorsements, according to Forbes.

Serena Williams' endorsement roster includes Nike, Gatorade, Beats by Dr. Dre, JP Morgan Chase, General Mills (she appears on a current limited-edition box of Wheaties), Pampers and Axa Financial.

Pre-U.S. Open, Williams is on the cover of the September issue of Essence, with a lengthy article inside.

Her social media following is strong, as well: more than 5.3 million on Facebook, 10.9 million on Twitter, 11.4 million on Instagram.

Naomi Osaka reached No. 2 due in large part to her back-to-back Grand Slam wins at the 2018 U.S. Open and the 2019 Australian Open.

She had been ranked No. 1 in the world but heading into the 2019 U.S. Open is No. 2.

Osaka won $3.8 million for beating Serena Williams in the U.S. Open finals (the same payout as men’s winner Novak Djokovic) and then $2.9 million for winning the Australian Open (the same as men’s winner Djokovic).

Her deals are anchored by the recently signed multi-million alliance with Nike (her contract with adidas expired at the end of 2018) worth upward of $8-$10 million over several years, according to industry analysts..

Osaka’s marketing roster also includes MasterCard, All Nippon Airways, Nissan, Procter & Gamble, Shiseido (bareMinerals — pictured — and Arissa), Yonex, Nissin Foods and Wowow.

Total prize money on the WTA Tour is $179 million in 2019, according to Forbes.

Alex Morgan, arguably regarded as the best female soccer player in the world, takes in more than $5 million from deals that include Nike (pictured), Coca-Cola, Beats, AT&T, Continental Tires and Volkswagen.

Morgan, a member of the U.S. Women’s National Team FIFA World Cup champions in 2015 and 2019, also is following the path of other top athletes by forming her own media company

Forbes said its figures are based on prize money, salaries, bonuses, endorsements and appearance fees between June 1, 2018, and June 1, 2019.

World’s Highest Paid Female Athletes (Total Earnings/Endorsements)

1. Serena Williams tennis $29.2 million/$25 million
2. Naomi Osaka tennis $24.3 million/$16million
3. Angelique Kerber tennis $11.8 million/$6.5 million
4. Simona Halep tennis $10.2 million/$4 million
5. Sloane Stephens tennis $9.6 million/$5.5 million
6. Caroline Wozniacki tennis $7.5 million/$4 million
7. Maria Sharapova tennis $7 million/$6 million
8. Karolina Pliskova tennis $6.3 million/$1.7 million
9. Elina Sviolina tennis $6.1 million/$1.5 million
10. Venus Williams tennis $5.9 million/$5 million
10. Garbine Muguruza tennis $5.9 million/$3.5 million
12. Alex Morgan soccer $5.8 million/$5.5 million
13. P.V. Sindhi badminton $5.5 million/$5 million
13. Madison Keys tennis $5.5 million/$3 million
15. Aria Jutanugarn golf $$5.3 million/$2 million

SOURCE: FORBES

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