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Connecticut Now Allowing Voters In McMahon's Senate Race To Wear WWE Shirts To The Polls's Nellie Andreeva reported NBC is "developing 'THE CREW,' a testosterone-heavy underdog family drama set in the world of NASCAR." The show "revolves around the family of distinctly different 'brothers' on a NASCAR racing team" and is "expected to be done in cooperation with NASCAR." NBC is "in negotiations with the racing league for the rights to use its name, logos, tracks, race footage, etc." NBC Universal Producer SCOTT STUBER, who is working on the show, "already has a similar arrangement with NASCAR on the feature side at Universal Pictures where he is producing a NASCAR drama" (, 10/26).

WHATCHA GONNA DO... In Hartford, Daniela Altimari reports Connecticut Secretary of the State SUSAN BYSIEWICZ, "within hours of the filing of a federal lawsuit by" WWE CEO VINCE MCMAHON, yesterday "clarified her office's position on whether WWE-themed apparel would be considered political and thus forbidden at polling places." Former WWE CEO LINDA MCMAHON is running as the Republican candidate for the state's vacant U.S. Senate seat against Democratic candidate DICK BLUMENTHAL, and Bysiewicz said that her office is "not banning WWE apparel." Bysiewicz: "If somebody walks in wearing a HULK HOGAN shirt, that's not a problem. If someone is wearing a T-shirt that says vote for Dick Blumenthal or Linda McMahon, clearly those kind of items are prohibited." Altimari notes the controversy began Friday when Bysiewicz' spokesperson said that "concerns had arisen that WWE-themed garb could be construed as a political statement in support of Linda McMahon" (HARTFORD COURANT, 10/27).

COMING ATTRACTIONS: DOUG SMITH and ADAM FRATTASIO's book, "GOON: THE TRUE STORY OF AN UNLIKELY JOURNEY INTO MINOR LEAGUE HOCKEY," is being made into a movie titled "GOON." The film stars EUGENE LEVY, SEANN WILLIAM SCOTT, JAY BARUCHEL, LIEV SCHREIBER and ALISON PILL (HOLLYWOOD REPORTER, 10/27)....Director PETER SEGAL has been tabbed to direct the film "GRUDGE MATCH," the "tale of two boxers and lifelong rivals coaxed out of retirement for a final grudge match" (DAILY VARIETY, 10/27).

NAMES: The Giants last night hosted more than 3,000 guests for their World Series gala at the California Academy of Sciences. Giants President & COO LARRY BAER is a former trustee of the institution, which combines an aquarium, planetarium and natural history museum (Eric Fisher, SportsBusiness Journal)....Orange County (Calif.) Deputy District Attorney GEORGE MCFETRIDGE yesterday said that evidence will show Clippers analyst MIKE SMITH "committed grand theft when he convinced a friend to use his home for collateral on a $735,000 loan to finance an Orange County development deal." Smith "could get five years in prison if convicted" (AP, 10/26)....The Rays' official charity yesterday awarded $30,000 to the Tampa YMCA through the club's All-Star Grant (Rays)....Nike Chair PHIL KNIGHT recently donated $50,000 to Oregon House Minority Leader BRUCE HANNA and $15,000 apiece to three Republican candidates for the Oregon State House (, 10/26)....London Mayor BORIS JOHNSON yesterday met the 49ers cheerleaders at City Hall ahead of Sunday's Broncos-49ers game at Wembley Stadium (London DAILY MAIL, 10/27).

IN MEMORY: Phillies Minority Owner ALEXANDER “WHIP” BUCK passed away Sunday. Buck was one of the three brothers “who formed the Tri-Play Associates portion of the team’s limited partners” (PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER, 10/27)….Academy Sports + Outdoors Founder ARTHUR GOCHMAN died of a heart attack Monday at the age of 79 (HOUSTON CHRONICLE, 10/27)….BILL SHANNON died yesterday at the age of 69 after a house fire at his New Jersey home. Shannon had been the senior official scorer at Yankees and Mets home games. He began working as an official scorer in ’79 and also wrote for the AP (N.Y. POST, 10/27).

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