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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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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#JZxA5jXY4rCwemgZ.99
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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Nov152010

How Jay-Z Enlisted Bing, Gucci, The NBA And Social Media To 'Decode' Jay-Z

By Barry Janoff, Executive Editor

Jay-Z's 'Decoded' pages here proved to be the wheel deal for one fortunate fan.November 15, 2010: The NBA's Nets may be 16-76 over the past two seasons, but they are winning over the loyalties of marketers and fans with innovative tactics. The latest example: The team enlisted fans to help support the official release of part-owner Jay-Z's book, Decoded, which sent people over the past few weeks on a multi-media scavenger hunt to locate individual pages that had been hidden in locations relevant to Jay-Z's life.

The page hunt was done in cooperation with Microsoft's search engine, Bing, including a Bing search engine map that aided visitors in scouring locations worldwide referenced in the book. In Decoded ($35, Random House), Jay-Z details the hidden meanings behind 36 of his songs as well as the life that led him from the streets of Brooklyn, NY, to the top of a music-driven business empire.

A copy of every page of the book was reproduced and placed on unique, off-beat but accessible locations or on objects relating to Jay-Z's life. Each page came with a distinct code, which were then used by the  first person who found each respective page to claim them as their own. The event this past weekend at the Nets' home game against the Orlando Magic instructed fans to find a reproduction of a page hidden somewhere in the Prudential Center.

A one-of-a-kind Gucci jacket was the location for one of Jay-Z's 'Decoded' pages.According to Lisa Gurry, spokeswoman and communications director for Bing, “Pages [were] placed in locations related to the content, so that’s everything from high-profile advertising, like billboards to very, very unique placements such as swimming pools and pool tables, and even high-fashion designer clothing racks.” Lead agency was Droga5, New York.

Clues were distributed via Jay-Z’s Facebook and Twitter pages, at www.Jay-z.com and Bing. The hunt ended when Nov. 14 when all 296 pages that had been hidden were found and decoded. Fans who submitted via text the code they located were entered into a drawing to win the page they’ve located, signed by Jay-Z, and also became eligible for the grand prize: Two tickets to see Jay-Z and Coldplay at an invitation-only concert at  the Cosmoplitan of Las Vegas resort on New Year’s Eve.

Specific locations included the projects in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Bedford-Stuyvesant where he grew up as Shawn Carter; global destinations where he "found inspiration" such as London, Miami, Los Angeles and New Orleans; and various sites in the other boroughs of New York, including his headquarters in Manhattan and The Bronx, for which Jay-Z, who often wear a New York Yankees cap, offered this clue on his Twitter page: "Find spreads in the borough that Jay's hat reps, where gum chewers ride the bench and champs swing for the fence."

Searchers were plugged in during their efforts to 'Decode' Jay-Z.Among the unique places where page reproductions were ultimately discovered included the lining of a one-of-a-kind leather bomber jacket at the Gucci flagship store on Fifth Avenue in New York, a hoops backboard at a Brooklyn playground, on the side of a stretch limo, on the side of a bus stop kiosk, on the side of a grocery bag, included among the playlist inside a juke box, inside the cover of a pizza delivery box and written on a guitar in a music store.

The page hidden at the Prudential Center that is the current home to the Nets was reproduced on a large basketball jersey hanging from the rafters with the name Carter on it, a reference both to Jay-Z and Vince Carter, who formerly stared with the Nets but was in town as a member of the visiting Magic.

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