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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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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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Jun292013

Thanks To Nike, Kevin Durant (Not Anton Barrels) Drafted As The No. 1 Overall Pick

By Barry Janoff

June 29, 2013: Kevin Durant has accomplished a lot in his basketball career: NBA rookie of the year in 2007-08, three time NBA scoring champ, four-time all-star, part of the gold medal winning USA Men's Basketball Team at the 2012 London Olympics and numerous endorsements.

But he has yet to win an NBA championship, and he was drafted No. 2 overall by the Oklahoma City Thunder in 2007 out of Texas (behind Greg Oden, who went No. 1 overall to the Portland Trail Blazers).

Durant is still searching for that NBA championship. But he has been drafted No. 1 — in a new TV commercial for Nike that supports the release of Durant's signature KD VI hoops shoes.

The scene is the Seat Pleasant, MD, 2:35 PM Draft. A group of players sit in a makeshift gym-slash-lunchroom in the local recreation hall. A board on the wall reads, Shirts-Skins. Out front is a group of TV announcers — led by ESPN's Jay Bilas and a guy who looks like former ESPN sports anchorman and current Los Angeles Dodgers radio play-by-play man Charley Steiner. They are calling the draft selection for the pick-up league as if it were the NBA Draft.

Hence, the theme of the campaign: Summer is Serious.

The action revolves around which player will be selected No. 1 overall: Durant or "local legend Anton Barrels," who is seated at a table with his crew glaring at and taunting Durant.

"He can't ball, he's just tall," says of Durant. To which Durant replies, "How you seen my highlights."

As the tension builds, Bilas describes both men and their hoops attributes.

"Durant's got guard-like skills in a big man's body," Bilas relates as we see actual highlights of Durant in action with the Thunder. "A wing-span that goes on for days."

But Barrels is not to be overlooked. "Barrels has scouts intrigued. He's built like a bowling ball," Bilas says of the 5'9", 200 lb. street-baller."He's got a low center of gravity. You can't get up underneath him, and he never backs down."

Barrel himself has confirmed that description on his Twitter account. "They call me Anton Barrels. Cause I barrels through the lane."

Finally, the moment has come. A drum roll begins, courtesy of a kid sitting at a set of skins, and the first pick is about to be made. Turns out the draft is being MC'ed not by NBA commissioner David Stern but NBA Hall of Famer George "The Iceman" Gervin.

"With the first pick in the 2:35 PM Seat Pleasant Draft, the Shirts pick . . .  Kevin Durant."

A jubilant Durant puts on a hat that reads "Shirts" and moves to get his congratulations from Gervin as a despondent Barrels looks on.

Text then offers, "Summer is Serious" and directs viewers to a supporting Twitter destination and to the NikeBasketball.com Web site.

In addition to possibly taking a dig at the Trail Blazers, the spot is filled with other hints regarding Durant. He is from the nearby Washington, DC area, and now resides in Seat Pleasant. He played college ball at U. Texas in Austin, about six hours southeast from Anton, TX. He and Gervin often are compared regarding their skills and basketball moves, and Gervin has been a vocal supporter of Durant's.

“He can flat out play the game and he loves the game, so over the summer time he’s working to get better, so that’s why I say his potential is scary," Gervin said during the NBA Finals on an ESPN broadcast of First Take.

Durant has been the marketing poster player for the NBA during the post-season. In addition to this Nike ad, which was filmed in April, he also has appeared in TV spots for Gatorade with Dwyane Wade, Sprint, BBVA Compass and Skullcandy headphones.

Durant earns about $12-$14 million in endorsements, according to industry analysts.

On Madison Avenue, Kevin Durant Is The NBA's Peyton Manning

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