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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%
KEEPING SCORE

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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Sep272010

House Call: Can Dr. J Help Converse Connect With Consumers?

Julius 'Dr. J' Erving brings his Hall of Fame hoops presence to the new Converse campaign.September 26, 2010: Converse is going back to the future, and mixing in some current references, in its new Fall 2010 marketing campaign.

The effort stars Hall of Famer Julius "Dr. J" Erving, who has been aligned with the grand for about 30 years, plays godfather to an array of Converse endorsers, including Carlos Arroyo of the Miami Heat; musicians Jim Jones and Doug E Fresh; streetballers God Shammgod and Adrian "A-Butta" Walton; and streetskaters Kenny Anderson, Sammy Baca, Rune Glifberg and Eli Reed.

The campaign is anchored by a TV spot, "The Procession,"  that highlights Converse's new Star Player Evo shoe.  The spot breaks Sep. 26 on Fox during The Family Guy, and also will air on networks including Comedy Central, Black Entertainment Television and TNT. Support includes print and Internet, where vignettes of the ad will be featured. Lead agency is TeamWorks Media, Chicago.

Converse, founded in 1908, has been hard-pressed to gain attention among consumers who favor basketball shoes, especially since its main endorser, Dwayne Wade, switched in 2009  to Nike sibling Jordan Brand, which also has on its roster the likes of Carmelo Anthony, Chris Paul and Hall of Famer Michael Jordan. Nike boasts such stars as Wade's high-profile teammates, LeBron James and Chris Bosh, as well as Kobe Bryant and Kevin Durant. Adidas recently lost Kevin Garnett (who signed with Chinese brand Anta), but still leads with Dwight Howard, Derrick Rose, Tim Duncan and WNBA star Candice Parker. Adidas division Reebok, also seeking to make waves among the hoops hoi polloi, this year signed NBA No. 1 draft pick John Wall.

With just a handful of NBA role players donning the brand, Converse has been seeking to make inroads among enthusiasts of action sports enthusiasts and alternative and rap music. It's main claim to basketball fame continues to be the iconic Chuck Taylor All-Star shoe.

Played out to "Hello Operator" by The White Stripes, "The Procession" opens with the Star Player Evo shoe hanging from a wire and then cuts to a series of scenes in which streets and shops are devoid of people. A mysterious figure wearing a hooded-white sweat shirt and sweat pants appears and sets off a procession of dancers and players dribbling basketballs, some of whom are carrying a basketball trophy mounted on boom-box speaker.

The procession ends at a neighborhood schoolyard, where the trophy is presented to the hooded stranger, Dr. J, who acknowledges the homage and accolades of the players who have followed in his footsteps. That sets off a party in which an array of Converse shoes are featured.

"The new Converse campaign is the perfect summary of who we are as a brand," Geoff Cottrill, CMO of Converse, said in a statement. "It’s a celebration of people from different cultures who are passionate about what they do, coming together to create a movement. Converse is a brand that can authentically blend culture in a way that makes perfect sense for how people view and connect to sport, music and culture today – without lines or barriers."

According to Antoine Fuqua, who directed the spot. "Converse is taking it to the streets. Not just basketball, but skateboarding, BMX cats . . . The streets are the heart beat."

STARS OF SHOE BUSINESS
Nike: Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Kevin Durant
Jordan Brand: Michael Jrodan, Carmelo Anthony, Chris Paul, Dwyane Wade, Ray Allen
adidas: Dwight Howard, Derrick Rose, Tim Duncan, Chauncey Billups, Candice Parker (WNBA)
Reebok: John Wall, Yao Ming, Jameer Nelson, Allen Iverson´╗┐

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