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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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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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May222019

WNBA GMs Pick Las Vegas Aces For 2019 Championship, Delle Donna As League MVP

By Barry Janoff

May 22, 2019: What a difference a year makes.

With the 2019 WNBA season ready for takeoff on May 24, the Las Vegas Aces, a team that did not make the playoffs last season, were picked to win the championship.

And Elena Delle Donne of the Washington Mystics was selected as the favorite for league MVP, according to the 17th Annual WNBA.com GM Survey, conducted among the WNBA’s 12 general managers.

The WNBA will feature a new commissioner, Cathy Engelbert, now CEO for Deloitte, who begins July 15.

Also new: AT&T as the league’s marquee sponsor (including logo placement on all team jerseys), a national broadcast deal with CBS Sports, ownership for the New York Liberty (Joe Tsai) and a refreshed logo.

The league also broke a multi-media marketing campaign under the manta, "Make Way" ("Make way. Our game. Our way. The new vibe of the WNBA.")

The WNBA will be missing two key players: Breanna Stewart, 2018 league MVP for the defending champion Seattle Storm, out for the season due to surgery on her ruptured right Achilles tendon suffered in April while playing for Dynamo Kursk in Russia; and teammate Sue Bird out “indefinitely” due to arthroscopic surgery on her left knee.

Las Vegas, which relocated from San Antonio prior to the 2018 campaign, recently acquired via trade Liz Cambage, the 2018 WNBA scoring leader and MVP-runner-up; and selected Jackie Young with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2019 WNBA Draft.

They join A’ja Wilson, the 2018 No. 1 overall pick and WNBA Rookie of the Year, on the Aces roster under head coach Bill Laimbeer.

The Aces were named by a third of GMs to win the title, followed by the Phoenix Mercury, Los Angeles Sparks, Mystics and Atlanta Dream.

The Storm, with Stewart and Bird out, did not make the list.

The Mystics were named as the team most likely to win the Eastern Conference title, followed by the Connecticut Sun and Atlanta Dream.

Delle Donne, entering her seventh WNBA season and third with the Mystics, was named league MVP in 2015.

She was named by more than 40% of the GMs, followed by Brittney Griner (Mercury), Wilson, Cabbage and Jonquil Jones (Sun).

Grinner was predicted to win the Defensive Player of the Year.

The Liberty’s Asia Durr and the Dallas Wings’ Arike Ogunbowale shared the top spot for WNBA Rookie of the Year, followed by Phoenix’s Alanna Smith and Las Vegas’ Young.

Reigning WNBA Coach of the Year Nicki Collen of Atlanta led all vote-getters as the best manager/motivator of people, followed by Minnesota Lynx Cheryl Reeve and Washington’s Mike Thibault, who was voted the best overall coach ahead of Collen, Seattle’s Dan Hughes and Connecticut’s Curt Miller.

Among other predictions in the WNBA GM 2019 poll:

• Phoenix’s Diana Taurasi, the league’s all-time points leader, topped the list for best shooting guard, the player to take a shot with the game on the line and the player hungriest to win a championship this season.

• Washington’s Emma Meesseman was named the international player most likely to have a breakout season. Teammate Ariel Atkins shared top honors for breakout player overall with Chicago’s Diamond DeShields, New York’s Kia Nurse and Las Vegas’ Kelsey Plum.
 
• Voting for the league’s most underrated player was a three-way tie among Los Angeles’ Chelsea Gray, the Atlanta Dream’s Tiffany Hayes and Chicago’s Allie Quigley.

• The Dream was the choice for the best defensive unit and the Lynx named for as having the best home-court advantage.

The 2019 WNBA regular season opening weekend is May 24-26 and runs through Sept. 8.

The AT&T WNBA All-Star Game 2019 is scheduled for July 27 in Mandalay Bay Events Center, home for the Aces.

WNBA Named Cathy Engelbert New Commissioner

WNBA Signs Marquee Alliance With AT&T

CBS Sports Brings In WNBA In Multi-Year Deal

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