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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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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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New Nike Jordan Campaign Stars WNBA’s Maya Moore, Recreates Famous MJ Ad

By Barry Janoff

May 20, 2018: Maya Moore, a shining star in the WNBA, stars in her own campaign from Nike’s Jordan Brand, which not only puts a spotlight on Moore’s life but pays homage to the Jumpman 23 brand man himself, Michael Jordan.

The Jordan Brand TV spot, “Wings,” which broke Sunday during WNBA season-opening action on ESPN and NBA TV, follows the career of Moore, who was drafted by the Minnesota Lynx in 2011 out of University of Connecticut, as the WNBA’s overall No. 1 pick.

Since then she has lead the Lynx to four WNBA titles (2011, 2013, 2013 2017), was Finals MVP in 2013, the WNBA MVP in 2014 and is a five-time All-Star.

The anchor TV spot shows her as a youngster and playing ball as a four-year starter at Collins Hill HS (Suwanee, GA), follows with her four years at UConn (3.036 points, 150-4 records, four NCAA Final Four appearances, two national championships) and then into the WNBA.

She also has two gold medals as a member of the USA Women’s National Team (2012 London, 2016 Rio) and won three league titles playing in the Women’s Chinese Basketball Assn.

The spot comes with the adage, “No bird soars too high, If she soars with her own wings,” a reference to the iconic “Wings” photo and poster from 1989 with Jordan extending his arms to his sides as if they were wings.

The TV spot ends with Moore re-creating the Jordan ad and subsequent poster, and has been made into its own poster, showing Moore in her Lynx jersey and palming a WNBA basketball.

The effort also includes digital, social media and outdoor.

Moore and the Lynx received their 2017 championship rings during a pre-game ceremony on Sunday before facing the Los Angeles Sparks, which lost in five games to the Lynx last season but won the title versus the Lynx in 2016.

Jordan Brand parent company Nike is in the first year of an eight-year deal as the WNBA’s official on-court apparel provider (which it launched with the NBA this past season).

Entering the 2018 season, she already has nearly 4,400 points, 464 three-point field goals, more than 1,400 rebounds, nearly 400 steals and more than 800 assists. She also has played in 55 post-season games,

The spot plays out to the song, “Feeling Good,” sung by Nina Simone (“River running free, you know how I feel/Blossom on the tree, you know how I fee/It's a new dawn. It's a new day. It's a new life for me”).

The WNBA’s Tip Off Opening Week presented by Verizon also comes with marketing support from State Farm, FanDuel; media partners ESPN, NBA TV and Twitter and other league partners.

Under its new and extended alliance, FanDuel will continue to serve as the “official one-day fantasy partner” of the WNBA, every WNBA game will have a daily fantasy component, will have the right to stream select future WNBA games and will incorporate WNBA game highlights throughout its platforms.

According to FanDuel, by next season, FanDuel users will be able to pick, follow, and watch their WNBA fantasy teams, all in one integrated experience via the FanDuel app or Web site.

The WNBA has unveiled two campaigns to address these issues, an updated version of its umbrella “Watch Me Work” platform; and the new “Take a Seat, Take a Stand,” described as a women and girls empowerment program for the 2018 season.

Beginning with the start of the season, for each ticket purchased, the WNBA will donate $5 to one of six organizations working with the league (of the fans’ choosing). People can also choose to donate tickets directly to one of the organizations. 

In addition, for each ticket purchased, the WNBA will donate a ticket to “send a young woman or girl to a game to inspire her by the strength, talent and leadership of the women of the WNBA.”

 The six organizations are Planned Parenthood, It’s On Us, GLSEN, MENTOR, Bright Pink and The United State of Women.

PHOTOS COURTESY NIKE/JORDAN BRAND

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