• 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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  • Nashville Predators  4%
  • New Jersey Devils  2%
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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

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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


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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

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• Nov. 18 Kansas City  Chiefs v Los Angeles Chargers Mexico City Estadio Azteca (ESPN Monday Night Football).


Bottom’s Up: Sports Alliances Make Beer Top Of Mind With NFL, MLB, Nascar Fans

By Barry Janoff

October 23, 2016: It is no secret that such companies as Anheuser-Busch, SABMiller, Molson Coors and Heineken have invested heavily in sports alliances and sponsorships.

A new study shows that consumers and fans are giving these companies a big bang for their investment bucks.

When people self-described as "regular drinkers" (those who consume alcohol at least several times a year) were asked what type of adult beverage first comes to mind when thinking of 11 different sports, beer was the No. 1 choice in nine: football (75%), baseball (70%), auto racing (55%), hockey (51%), basketball (48%), boxing (39%), soccer (34%), beach volleyball (25%) and golf (17%).

Meanwhile, regular drinkers associate horse racing first with spirits/liquor (25%) and wine with tennis (19%), according to a new survey from The Harris Poll.

Although specific brands were not included in this survey, Anheuser-Busch InBev — which this month completed its $100 billion-plus takeover of SABMiller — has ingratiated itself with pro sports fans via official deals that include the NFL, MLB, NBA, WNBA, Madison Square Garden in New York, L.A.’s Staples Center and the Daytona 500.

Concurrently, Coors Light is the official beer partner for the NHL (including title sponsor for the outdoor Stadium Series) and Nascar, as well as the Belmont Stakes, the third leg of horse racing’s triple crown; and Heineken has alliances with MLS and the U.S. Tennis Open, among others.

Last November, Anheuser-Busch signed a $1.4 billion multi-year renewal and global expansion of Bud Light's official beer sponsorship of the NFL.

The move extended Anheuser-Busch's alliance with the NFL, which was due to end after Super Bowl LI in 2017 for six years. Bud Light also is officially aligned with 28 of NFL's 32 teams.

Including Super Bowl LI this coming February, Anheuser-Busch will lay claim as the exclusive broadcast partner in the beer category for the 29th consecutive year.

Anheuser-Busch also has deals with 28 of the NFL’s 32 teams.

One month after the NFL deal, Anheuser-Busch signed a four-year extension of its marketing partnership with the NBA.

Under terms of the deal — estimated at $20 million annually by industry analysts — Anheuser-Busch remained the "official beer partner" for the NBA, WNBA and NBA Development League and expanded its marketing partnership to include USA Basketball and the NBA’s Hispanic marketing initiative, Noches éne-bé-a.

Anheuser-Busch also has deals with 22 NBA teams.

"Anheuser-Busch is one of the most innovative brands in sports and entertainment marketing and the No. 1 brewer in the world," Ron Skotarczak, evp-marketing partnerships for The Madison Square Garden Co., said in a statement last week after the brewer extended and expanded its alliance with the venue that is home to the NBA’s New York Knicks and NHL’s Rangers.

“We are thrilled that they, having experienced the value we deliver, have decided to expand their sponsorship with activations that include the distinctive 'One Night Only' concert series, as well as the Bud Light Lounge, which will become a premier hospitality space in The World's Most Famous Arena," said Skotarczak.

Adding to the national visibility of beer among consumers, Busch Stadium, Coors Field and Miller Park have naming rights deals with brewing companies.

However, the findings in The Harris Poll were not limited to beer.

Among those people of drinking age who consume alcohol at least several times a year — including beer, wine and spirits/liquor — the sports most associated with adult beverages are football (84%), baseball (78%), hockey (62%), auto racing (66%), horse racing (62%), basketball (60%), boxing (56%), golf (50%), soccer (48%), beach volleyball (46%) and tennis (42%).

Whether seeing a game in-person or on TV, almost two-thirds of regular drinkers describe themselves as football fans (63%), followed baseball (43%) basketball (37%), hockey (22%), car racing/motor sports (20%), boxing (19%), golf (18%) and soccer (18%).

"There is no denying the concurrence of watching sports and enjoying an adult beverage," Danny Brager, svp-Nielsen's Beverage and Alcohol Practice (Harris is a division of Nielsen), said in a statement. "Given the surrounding business environment connected with professional sports, there is intense competition among those beverages to become that fan's beverage of choice — whether that occasion be at a sporting event or watching that sport at home or elsewhere.

"Suppliers would be wise to know which sport(s) offers the best opportunities for their products, and which sports might require greater emphasis in order to elevate their products into the fan's consideration set when they choose an alcoholic beverage," said Brager.

The Harris Poll was conducted online among 1,986 U.S. adults aged 21+ (1,394 of whom said they drink alcohol at least several times a year) between Aug. 26-30, 2016.

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