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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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  • 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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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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Jul202017

Misty Copeland Leads Strong Women In Under Armour 'Unlike Any' Campaign

By Barry Janoff

July 19, 2017: In its on-going quest to be the sports footwear and apparel company of popular choice but with an attitude that separates itself from its category rivals, Under Armour lhas aunched a global marketing campaign, "Unlike Any."

The multi-platform effort, under the brand’s umbrella I Will tag, features women who are leaders and/or face challenges and handle them with strength, determination and beauty.

The roster includes Under Armour veteran spokeswoman Misty Copeland,  principal ballerina  for the American Ballet Theatre; Harlem Run Crew founder Alison Désir; world champion sprinter Natasha Hastings; and two new brand spokeswomen: professional stuntwoman Jessie Graff, and Chinese taekwondo champion and actress Zoe Zhang (Lanxin Zhang).

A spot featuring champion alpine skier Lindsey Vonn will premiere in Fall 2017.

Paraplympic athlete Fleur Jong stars in a spot under the title, "Unwavering Will."

According to Under Armour, "To portray these women as Unlike Any, (we) captured 360-degree rotations of their athleticism from every angle, paying homage to the movements that have driven their incredible achievements."

Each of their stories "takes form in a set of tributes — poetry crafted specifically for each athlete at the peak of their performance — from spoken word artists who were inspired to craft a lyrical work in honor of each athlete’s story and transcendent ability," per Under Armour.

The campaign, to support the company’s Fall / Winter 2017 women’s collection, will see significant activation in U.S., Europe and China, as well as other Under Armour markets.

The effort will include more than 200 pieces of content for TV, digital and social platforms and POP. Under Armour said it is working with such media partners as Facebook, YouTube, Pinterest, Snapchat, Refinery29, Well + Good, Soundcloud, iTunes and Google Play to reach consumers.

Lead agency is Droga5.

"We’ve built the women’s category at Under Armour on a foundation of innovative products and storytelling that champions her athletic performance,” Pam Catlett, sip and GM for Women’s at Under Armour, said in a statement.

“We will continue to break new ground with our women’s business by consistently recognizing the ways in which women are re-defining the athletic experience and by creating great product that meets her evolving needs."

In Misty’s creative, we see her dancing and moving with words by Saul Williams. "The systemic structure built to keep me in place is the stage I dance on. Black. And woman. Mothership. My mother’s hips beheld deep space. Astronaut of corporal grace."

Stuntwoman Jessie Graff seems to defy gravity in her spot, with words by Kojey Radical. "I want to know what it feels like to leap from cloud to cloud and not look down once. I want to know how you skip across the stars and use the moon as a landing mode.I looked onwards in awe and said, ‘Teach me. Teach me to fly through the air like the first flight of Pegasus."

Each spot ends with the line, "Remind me what it’s like to to be unlike any."

According to Adrienne Lofton, svp-global brand management, for Under Armour, "Each of our athletes in this campaign have shattered expectations and challenged the status quo on their respective playing fields. For ‘Unlike Any’, we set out to celebrate and elevate our athletes to where they belong – above gender roles, above labels, and above convention.

"Our unique approach was to create these unexpected films that honor our athletes with powerful poems from the hearts and minds of some of the most thought-provoking artists in the world. Our brand aims to inspire women everywhere to continue making history in their own lives and this campaign is a reminder that we stand for and with her," said Lofton.

Under Armour "Unlike Any"

Misty Copeland

Jessie Graff

Natasha Hastings

Allison Désir

Zoe Zhang

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