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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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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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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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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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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.
Read more at http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/j/johnfkenn121400.html#46Ul8rBF4XpB4lo0.99
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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Screen Time: ESPN Scripts NBA Preview Inspired By TV Shows Past And Present

By Barry Janoff

October 11, 2018: There are many ways to approach doing a preview of the upcoming NBA season.

According to ESPN, “If the NBA has taught us anything, it’s to expect drama — everywhere!"

With that as a foundation, ESPN said it paired each team with a TV drama, "then the NBA Forecast panel ranked how central each subplot will be to this season. Are you not entertained?”

With photo illustrations by Eric Heintz, the pithy previews are inspired by such shows as Baller, Billions, Chicago Fire, Empire, The Leftovers, CSI, Sons Of Anarchy and Twin Peaks.

Spoiler alert: the Los Angeles Lakers, Golden State Warriors, Houston Rockets and Indiana Pacers got good reviews; the New York Knicks, Memphis Grizzlies and Sacramento Kings did not.

TV-inspired team previews (in alphabetical order):

Atlanta Hawks Got Shorty
Photo illustration of rookie Trae Young
“Did they forfeit their future - or hit the jackpot?”

Boston Celtics Baller
Photo illustration of Jason Tatum
“Kid. Father. Phenom.”

Brooklyn Nets Billions
“When a Russian plutocrat owns your team, losing is acceptable — until it’s nyet.”

Charlotte Hornets Mad Man
Photo illustration of Kemba Walker
“He’s an all-star. He’s underpaid. And he’s about to get his."

Chicago Bulls Chicago Fire
“The coach is on the hot seat. and everyone is feeling the heat.”

Cleveland Cavaliers The Leftovers
Photo illustration of Kevin Love, JR Smith, Tristan Thomson
“Believe it or not, most of us are still here.”

Dallas Mavericks Succession
Photo illustration of rookie Luca Doncic
“Can a wunderkind save them . . . again?”

Denver Nuggets Blindspot
“Stardom is in the eye of the beholder.”

Detroit Pistons Twin Peaks: The Return
Photo illustration Blake Griffin and Andre Drummond
“Thirty years later, they’ve gone big again - but will it work this time?”

Golden State Warriors Empire
Photo illustration of Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, Draymond Green, Klay Thompson, DeMarcus Cousins
“You never see the end of a dynasty coming.”

Houston Rockets Curb Your Enthusiasm
Multiple photo illustrations of a stoic Carmelo Anthony interspersed with photo illustrations of coach Mike D’Antoni, James Harden and Chris Paul
“What’s wrong with this picture?”

Indiana Pacers The Good Fight
“Months ago they nearly unseated the King. Now a throne is theirs for the taking.”

Los Angeles Clippers The Ex-Files
“Their players are out there.”

Los Angeles Lakers Strangest Things
Photo illustration of LeBron James surrounded by bevy of other new players
“One new guy is supernatural. Four are mystifying. What could possibly go wrong.”

Memphis Grizzlies Arrested Development
“They’re old. They’re slow. They’re gong nowhere fast.”

Miami Heat Burn Notice
Photo illustration of Hassan Whitehead and Dion Waiters
“They’re playing with fire.”

Milwaukee Bucks 34
Photo illustration of Giannis Antetokounmpo
“Only one man an save them. is time running out?”

Minnesota Timberwolves Damages
Photo illustration of head coach Tom Thibodeau with Karl-Anthony Townes, Andrew Wiggins and Jimmy Butler
“Everyone is angry. Everyone is exhausted. Everyone is to blame.”

New Orleans Pelicans Designated Survivor
Photo illustration of Anthony Davis
“For now, he’s all they’ve got.”

New York Knicks Lost
Photo illustration shadow of unseen players
“They’re stuck on an island. Crazy things happen. None of it makes any sense.”

Oklahoma City Thunder Better Call Paul
Photo illustration of Paul George
“Need help? Star lonely? No wingman?”

Orlando Magic Sons Of Anarchy
“Who’s running this show?”

Philadelphia 76ers CSI: Philly
Photo illustration Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons and head coach Brett Brown
“Looks like someone picked a bad day to tweet.”

Phoenix Suns Younger
“You can get away with a lot when you’re young.”

Portland Trail Blazers Insecure
Photo illustration of Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum
“What happens when your best isn’t good enough?”

Sacramento Kings Catastrophe
Photo illustration of GM Vlade Divac and owner Vivek Ranadivé
“What’s their problem? Everything.”

San Antonio Spurs This Was Us
Photo illustrations of head Coach Gregg Popovic, Tony parker, Manu Gianobili and Kawhi Leonard
“This was real. this was love. this was family. Until it wasn’t.”

Toronto Raptors Cold Case
Photo illustration of Kawhi Leonard
“Born in L.A. Raised in Texas. Can the Canadian spirit melt this superstar’s heart?”

Utah Jazz Justified
Photo illustration of Donovan Mitchell
“There’s a new sheriff in town.”

Washington Wizards House of Cards
Photo illustration of John Wall and Bradley Beal
“Team chemistry is so overrated.”

ESPN’s coverage of the 2018-19 NBA regular season includes five opening week games, beginning with the Pelicans visiting the Rockets and the Mavericks at the Suns on Oct. 17.

ESPN will have LeBron James’ home-opener with the Lakers when they host the Rockets on Oct. 20.

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