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• The Professional Fighters League has formed a partnership with Mike Tyson, with the first initiative "Mike Tyson's New Fight Game: The PFL." Tyson will provide “fighter perspective, inside analysis, and irreverent discussion never before experienced in combat sports. The series debuts tonight (Oct. 10 10 PM ET) on PFL and Tyson digital and social platforms, including YouTube, Instagram and Facebook.

• Two-time Grand Slam winner Naomi Osaka, currently ranked No. 3 in the world, said she would represent Japan, where she holds a citizenship, in the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics.

• NBC Sports Regional Networks has signed a partnership with Religion of Sports — the media company founded by Tom Brady, Michael Strahan and Gotham Chopra — to develop and produce "Head Strong: Mental Health and Sports," a “comprehensive multi-platform content initiative on mental health as well as men’s health issues.” The joint project will launch in November.

• Per NFL Media: Consumption figures through Week 5: More than 142 million people have watched NFL games. Viewership is up 6%. The entire list of Top 20 TV shows this season are NFL games.

The Top Three games to date all involve the Dallas Cowboys: Green Bay Packers vs. Dallas Cowboys (Fox, Oct 6) 24.6M; New York Giants vs. Dallas Cowboys (Fox, Sept. 8) 24.3M; Dallas Cowboys vs. New Orleans Saints (NBC, Sept. 29) 24.2M.

• PGA Tour Champions and Ascension signed a four-year partnership to host a new pro golf tournament in St. Louis. The Ascension Charity Classic will debut Sept. 28-Oct. 4, 2020 at Norwood Hills Country Club in North County. It will be the first time the PGA Tour has hosted an annual event in the St. Louis region since 2001.

• Zenni Optical, based in San Francisco, whose alliances include being an official partner with the NFL’s San Francisco 49ers and the NBA’s Chicago Bulls, has expanded its role with the Bulls, which features a five-year deal as the team’s jersey patch logo partner.

Zenni has unveiled its Off-Court Style collection, supported by Bulls members and brand ambassadors including Zach LaVine, Robin Lopez and Wendell Carter Jr. being outfitted with their “favorite Zenni frames and matching them with their off-court style to give fans an exclusive look at what they wear when they aren’t in uniform.

• 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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Best Chance To Win 2019-20 Stanley Cup Based On Player Voting Via NHL.com

  • Tampa Bay Lightning 45%
  • St. Louis Blues 11%
  • Dallas Stars 10%
  • San Jose Sharks 7%
  • Boston Bruins 4%
  • Colorado Avalanche 4%
  • Washington Capitals 4%
  • Nashville Predators  4%
  • New Jersey Devils  2%
  • Philadelphia Flyers 2%
  • Toronto Maple Leafs 2%
  • Vegas Golden Knights 2%
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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
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
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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).

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Sep272018

Bartolo Colon: Man, Myth, MLB Pitcher, Exercise Guru, Kingsford Charcoal Griller

By Barry Janoff

September 27, 2018: In 2017, 6'2” 325 lb. veteran NFL defensive lineman Vince Wilfork revealed in a Kingsford Charcoal spot that he was retiring from pro football, which was an organic (if not unconventional) tactic because Wilfork is a self-professed lover of barbecue.

“No more cleats,” bellows Wilfork, dancing around shirtless and wearing denim overalls, “I’m moving on to smoked meats.”

Now, Kingsford has taken its quirky sports sense of humor to MLB.

Kingsford, a division of The Clorox Co. in its first season as an official partner with MLB, has unveiled “No Off-Season” starring Bartolo Colon, who this season pitched for the Texas Rangers — his 21st season in MLB.

Colon, like Wilfork, is an admitted lover of barbecue. He also is somewhat of a baseball icon, given the fact that he is a 5’11”, 285 lb. 45-year old athlete competing with much younger players, some of whom where still in diapers when he began his MLB career in 1997.

Which is exactly the point of the ad.

“Bartolo, man, it’s been a pleasure,” says teammate Delino DeShields as they stand in a locker room. “How do you do it? You’re 45!”

“Twenty-one years,” says Colon. “No days off.”

The scene then shifts to an outdoor barbecue, where we see Colon, wearing a hat that reads “Ribs”,  going through his workout routine.

That includes doing squats with a 100-lb. hog on his shoulders, weight-lifting with bags of Kingsford charcoal, doing arm curls by bringing cooked ribs up to his mouth and building his shoulder muscles by opening and closing the lid to his grill while cooking a chuck shoulder roast.

His final exercise: Jiggling his prominent belly.

The scene then cuts back to the locker room.

Amigo,” Colon says to DeShields, “Off-season no existe.”

“How do you do it?” DeShields asks again. “You’re (effin) old, bro,” as they both laugh.

Text offers, “Stay stoked all year,” with the hash tags, #NoOffSeason.”

The spot had more than 560,000 views its first day, including one from New York Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard: “Teach me the way of the GOAT.”

MLB itself replied, “Stay stoked. Keep grilling. No. Days. Off.”

According to Colon the spot was filmed in earlier this month in the Rangers’ Globe Life Park as well as a home in Dallas.

“I liked every part of doing it," Colon told the Dallas Morning News. “It was fun. That pig was definitely cold, but I had fun doing it.

“I ate a lot of [barbecue] this year. We cooked a lot of it for this commercial. Everything we did was real."

Colon made his debut in the majors in April 1997 has played for 11 different teams. He said he plans to play ball in his native Dominican Republic during the off-season and return to MLB in 2019.

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