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• Events DC, the official convention and sports authority for the District of Columbia, and the Professional Fighters League said the PFL playoff semi-final matches would be held in the new Entertainment and Sports Arena on Oct. 20.

• According to Bob Ley, ‘As of October 1 I'll be taking a six-month sabbatical from my Outside the Lines duties on ESPN. The idea of stepping back to re-charge is fully 100% mine, and one I've been considering for a while.’ Per ESPN: 'We completely support Bob’s decision and look forward to his return April 1.’

• Serena Williams will star in marketing for American Express relating to the U.S. Open to support new services such as the AmEx Band (contactless payment wristband) and an interactive tennis experience Super Rally, as well as the AmEx Fan Experience at Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, NY.

• The planned move of MLS’ Columbus Crew club to Austin, Texas, received a major boost on Wednesday when the Austin City Council approved a deal to build a soccer stadium. Backers said the  venue could be ready for the 2020 MLS season.

• Walk This Way: Aerosmith has unveiled plans for headlining residency in Las Vegas, Aerosmith: Deuces Are Wild. The first show is scheduled for April 6, 2019 in Park Theater, located in MGM Resorts International’s new Park MGM on the Vegas Strip. The residency is being promoted by Live Nation. There currently are18 dates scheduled for April-June-July 2019.

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Kia NBA Tip-Off 2018 (Oct. 16-21)

• Oct. 16: Philadelphia 76ers vs. Boston Celtics (8 PM ET) TNT
• Oct. 16: Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Golden State Warriors 10:30 PM. ET). TNT

• Oct. 17: New Orleans Pelicans vs. Houston Rockets 8 PM (ET) ESPN
• Oct. 17: Dallas Mavericks vs. Phoenix Suns 10:30 PM  (ET) ESPN

• Oct. 18: Chicago Bulls vs. Philadelphia 76ers (8 PM. ET) TNT
• Oct. 18: Los Angeles Lakers vs. Portland Trail Blazers (10:30 PM ET) TNT

• Oct. 19: Boston Celtics vs.Toronto Raptors (8 PM ET) ESPN
• Oct. 19: Golden State Warriors vs. Utah Jazz (10:30 PM ET) ESPN

• Oct. 20: Toronto Raptors vs. Washington Wizards (7 PM. ET) NBA TV
• Oct. 20: Houston Rockets vs. Los Angeles Lakers (10:30 PM ET) ESPN

• Oct. 21: Houston Rockets vs. Los Angeles Clippers (9 PM ET) NBA TV

NBA Christmas Day Schedule
• Milwaukee Bucks vs. New York Knicks 12 Noon (ET) ESPN
• Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Houston Rockets 3 PM (ET) ABC
• Philadelphia 76ers vs. Boston Celtics 5:30 PM (ET) ABC
• Los Angeles Lakers vs. Golden State Warriors 8 PM (ET) ESPN
• Portland Trail Blazers vs. Utah Jazz 10:30 PM (ET) ESPN

Martin Luther King Jr. Day    
• New Orleans Pelicans vs. Memphis Grizzlies 5:30 PM (ET) TNT
• Houston Rockets vs. Philadelphia 76ers 8 PM (ET) TNT
• Golden State Warriors vs. Los Angeles Lakers 10:30 PM (ET) TNT

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2. Mission Impossible - Fallout $20M
3. Christopher Robin $12.4M
4. Slenderman $11.3M
5. BlacKkKlansman $10.8M
6. The Spy Who Dumped Me $6.6M
7. Mama Mia! $5.8M
8. Equalizer 2 $5.5M
9. Hotel Transylvania 3 $5.1M
10. Ant-Man and The Wasp $4M

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BodyArmor Strengthens UFC Alliance With Athletes, New Knockout Drink, Marketing

By Barry Janoff

November 2, 2017: Last month, BodyArmor signed a multi-year deal to become the official sports drink for UFC, beginning with the 2018 season.

BodyArmor has already upped the ante, unveiling a flavor, Knockout Punch, co-branded with UFC, as well as signing the first four UFC fighters to its roster of athlete endorsers.

The news came on the eve of UFC 217, being held in New York’s Madison Square Garden on Nov. 4, during a press conference attended by one of BodyArmor’s largest investors, NBA icon and entrepreneur Kobe Bryant.

Also in attendance were UFC president Dana White and Mike Repole, co-founder and chairman for BodyArmor.

The four new UFC BodyArmor athletes are UFC bantamweight champion Cody Garbrandt, UFC heavyweight Francis Ngannou, UFC strawweight Cynthia Calvillo and UFC strawweight Michelle Waterson.

All but Watson were at the event in Madison Square Garden.

"It's a perfect fit all the way around, and we could not be more excited,” said White.

Bryant echoed that thought. offering, “It's just the beginning of a great relationship and a great partnership.”

The new flavor will be available in January. Marketing will support, featuring the new UFC brand ambassadors.

“We’re excited to join Team BodyArmor,” offered Garbrandt. “We’re taking over the Octagon.”

With the help of UFC, BodyArmor’s goal is to take down the giants in the sports-energy drink category, led by Gatorade.

It has numbers to back that up, including 110% increase in sales from last year, per BodyArmor.

“With the explosive growth that BodyArmor has seen in recent years, it’s an exciting time for the brand to team up with UFC,” Repole, who co-founded and built VitaminWater and then sold it to Coca-Cola for more than $4 billion, said when the deal with UFC was unveiled.

"A partnership between the fastest-growing sports drink and the fastest-growing sports organization creates a tremendous opportunity for BodyArmor to play an important role in the hydration needs of some of the best athletes in the world.,” said Repole.

BodyArmor said its roster of pro athletes, “who are also investors in the company,” includes James Harden, Mike Trout, Andrew Luck, Klay Thompson, Dez Bryant, Skylar Diggins-Smith, Anthony Rizzo, Kristaps Porzingas (of the hometown New York Knicks), Richard Sherman and Dustin Johnson.

Bryant is the third-largest investor in the brand, according to BodyArmor.

A key element to the new alliance will see BodyArmor supply its line of high-end sports hydration products: — BodyArmor sports drink and BodyArmor LYTE — to the UFC Performance Institute’s two “BodyArmor Hydration Stations.”

UFC said that BodyArmor would also serve as the presenting sponsor of select UFC weigh-in events and provide corner branding of stools, towels and buckets inside UFC’s world-famous Octagon during all U.S.-based events.

In addition, BodyArmor will have a presence on UFC.com and live-event programming, as well as being integrated across multiple UFC-based social and digital platforms.

UFC Deal Takes BodyArmor To The Octagon And Beyond

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