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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

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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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Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.
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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

NFL Mexico 2019
• Nov. 18 Kansas City  Chiefs v Los Angeles Chargers Mexico City Estadio Azteca (ESPN Monday Night Football).

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Peyton, Eli Manning Return As Rap Brothers For DirecTV's New Football Fantasy Zone

By Barry Janoff

August 11, 2014: Prior to the start of the 2013 NFL season, Peyton Manning of the Denver Broncos and brother Eli Manning of the New York Giants headed up a campaign for DirecTV that was anchored by a faux MTV-style commercial-video, "Football in Your Pants." For real, that spot has received more than eight million YouTube views to date.

This season the sibling NFL quarterbacks star in a multi-media campaign for DirecTV's new Fantasy Zone channel, anchored by a faux MTV-style commercial-video, "Fantasy Football Fantasy."

Peyton and Eli have brought along some guest stars, including Hall of Fame quarterback Joe Namath, New York Jets running back Chris Johnson, members of the Broncos offensive line and Peyton and Eli's dad, former pro quarterback Archie Manning.

DirecTV describes the Fantasy Zone as "a live fantasy football show available exclusively to NFL Sunday Ticket Max subscribers every Sunday afternoon during the coming NFL regular season."

Some 41 million people in the U.S. and Canada are active in the fantasy sports category, generating nearly $2 billion in league and transactions fees in the U.S. alone, according to the Fantasy Sports Trade Assn. About 70% of that comes from fantasy football platforms.

According to DirecTV, "The Fantasy Zone channel will provide timely game-to-game fantasy analysis and statistics powered by NFL.com Fantasy along with multiple, revolving on-screen tickers offering real-time stats, highlights, projections and key player updates."

“NFL Sunday Ticket on DirecTV strives to provide NFL fantasy players with even more content to help manage their teams. We’ve added a variety of unique features to our fantasy offerings over the years and creating DirecTV Fantasy Zine is the next logical step,” Daniel York, chief content officer for DirecTV, said in a statement. “Our Red Zone Channel in NFL Sunday Ticket Max has been part of the sports viewing experience for millions of NFL fans every Sunday. We believe DirecTV Fantasy Zone will have no less of an impact for the legions of fans who love fantasy football.”

Peyton Manning recently signed with Nationwide Insurance, now an official NFL partner. He also has deals that include Gatorade, Papa John's (including ownership of several locations in the Denver area), and Buick. He tops the list of NFL players with about $13-$15 million in endorsements, according to industry analysts.

Eli also has deals including Dunkin' Donuts, Gatorade, Citizen Watches and Toyota. He earns about $8 million in endorsements.

The DirecTV spot begins with Eli walking into a living room to find his brother seated on a sofa in front of a large-screen TV.

"Hey Peyton, you watching football?" Eli asks.

Peyton, who must have be preparing for a Monday or Thursday night game that week, replies, "I'm watching DirecTV Sunday Ticket's new Fantasy Zone channel. It's a whole channel dedicated to nothing but fantasy football. It's like a fantasy football . . . " he says. And they continue in unison, " . . . fantasy!"

Which leads to a rap that likely — and some would say mercifully — will not be duplicated, including cars, cheerleaders, football players, a trip to outer space, a flying horse, the aforementioned guest stars and a rap mix about Fantasy Football Fantasy."

The spot ends by directing viewers to Fantasy Zone channel. (See the full spot here.)

Peyton's Broncos' teammates used the spot to play a prank on their quarterback when the rap song blasted out over the loudspeakers while the team was on the field exercising. (See the video here.)

For those with a need to rap like the Mannings, here is the DirecTV Fantasy Zone video rap:

"Fantasy. Fantasy. Football fantasy. If you like football, then you like fantasy. Yeah. Back at 'em.

"There's a fantasy channel that you gotta see. It's a fantasy football fantasy. Like catching' a football that came from me. When you open it up, there's nacho cheese. Like an end zone that ends in a waterfall. A shower that shower's you in tine footballs. It's a football fantasy like no other. Like having a best friend that's your quarterback brother.

"You get constant updates. And constantly lift weights. You keep track of the players. I keep putting' on layers. You watch your points rack up. I make this car back up. This fantasy channel it's so brand new. It's the greatest thing that'll ever happen to you.

"Like Chris Johnson giving you a Johnson (hair)do. While Broadway Joe and your Mom make stew.

"Sometime's I have this fantasy. I'm going to go so wild and free. On a horse that has wings. And we fly up into space. But then the music drops out. there's no sound in space. But my Dad's in space. Because it's my football fantasy. it's like football sandwiched in fantasy. All this talk is of sandwiches is making me hungry."

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