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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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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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Mar122015

Wisconsin Coach Bo Ryan Knows NCAA Basketball, Badgers, Water Skiing, Go Karts

By Barry Janoff

March 11, 2015: Over the past year, Travel Wisconsin has run a series of humorous ads featuring NBA Hall of Famer Kareem Adbul-Jabbar, acting as a pilot alongside Robert Hays, both of whom appeared in the classic comedic movie, Airplane!

That the TV spots and the movie both were written and directed by David and Jerry Zucker and Jim Abrahams has added authenticity and distinct nuances to the on-going campaign.

Travel Wisconsin has now taken a different flight pattern, breaking a spot this week that not only spotlights the state but features Bo Ryan, head coach for the University of Wisconsin men's basketball team, which taps into the upcoming NCAA Men's Div. I Basketball Tournament.

This leg of the campaign is anchored by a spot, "Bo Ryan Experiences Fun In Wisconsin," in which Ryan, known for both his basketball I.Q. and grand sense of showmanship, finds relief from the pressures of the hoops sidelines by visiting Wisconsin hot spots with a unique travel guide, the Travel Wisconsin Superhero, who comes off as a low-budget Superman.

The effort also includes radio, print, outdoor, Internet, social media and a “Travel Wisconsin Off-Court Matchup,” is a friendly head-to-head competition featuring in-state tourist attractions that will enable visitors to follow the Badgers through the post-season.

Led by center Frank Kaminsky, the team currently is in in first place entering the Big Ten Tournament, being played this week in Chicago's United Center, and likely to secure a high seed in the NCAA Tournament on Selection Sunday (March 15).

Kaminsky is on the short list of NCAA National Player of the Year candidates and for the Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Award as college basketball's top center under the auspices of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. and is predicted to go as a top draft pick in the 2015 NBA Draft.

Ryan himself is up for a number of honors, including national Coach of the Year.

"Bo Ryan was an incredibly good sport during the filming of this ad," Stephanie Klett, secretary and spokesperson for the Wisconsin Department of Tourism, said in a statement. "We're so lucky to claim him as our own Wisconsin icon, and thankful to the Hollywood directors who lent their talents to, once again, capture the fun of Wisconsin in such an entertaining and memorable way."

The spot premieres during the Big Ten and NCAA Basketball Tournaments and will run in Chicago, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Milwaukee and Madison, as well as online.

The “Travel Wisconsin Off-Court Matchup” mimics a March Madness bracket, here pitting iconic Wisconsin tourism attractions against popular attractions from the state of the team that will face the Badgers in the NCAA Tournament. Visitors are being asked to chose their favorite at a dedicated Web site.

"[We are] thankful to the Hollywood directors who lent their talents to, once again, capture the fun of Wisconsin in such an entertaining and memorable way."

The commercial opens with a clearly stressed Ryan on the sidelines during a hoops game, pulling out his hair, stressing out and making over-exaggerated gestures and faces, as he does during actual basketball games,

Seeing Ryan's plight, the Travel Wisconsin Superhero arrives on-court and then takes Ryan to such in-state travel destinations as Wisconsin Dells and the Northwoods, where the coach gets to water ski, drive a go kart and ride a zipline. The final scene sees Ryan sitting around a campfire with a group of people, singing and roasting marshmallows. (See the full spot here.)

"Wisconsin — amazing what a little fun will do," says Travel Wisconsin Superhero.

According to Ryan, "It's always fun to go outside your comfort zone, and working with the Department of Tourism to shoot this commercial was just that. I’m proud to live in this state, I love its people and I’m so happy to promote Wisconsin tourism.”

Kareem Flies Airplane! To Wisconsin

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