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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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Oct092009

UPDATE: Swingers Unite - Golf (And Rugby) Reinstated By IOC For 2016 Games

As part of his efforts for golf, Tiger Woods will make a videotape message of appeal to the IOC.October 9, 2009: Tiger Woods earns more than $90 million a year in endorsements, has won 14 major golf tournaments and more than 70 tournaments overall as a professional, but the International Olympic Committee has the power to give Woods an opportunity he has yet to achieve — win an Olympic gold medal.

Both golf and rugby sevens now have golden futures as they have been voted by the International Olympic Committee for inclusion beginning with the 2016 Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro. The two sports had been recommended by the IOC Executive Board in August following an extensive evaluation by the Olympic Programme Commission of the seven sports seeking to enter the program. Golf was last seen in the Olympics during the 1900 Games in Paris and the 1904 Games in St. Louis.
“Both golf and rugby are very popular sports with global appeal and a strong ethic,” IOC President Jacques Rogge, who also was elected to another term,  said in a statement. “They will be great additions to the Games.”

Both sports needed to receive a majority of votes from the 106 IOC members taking part in the process. Golf was approved 63-27 with two abstentions. Rugby was voted in 81-8 with one abstention. Golf will have a 72-hole stroke-play tournament to include the world's top ranked men and women golfers at the thime, with 60 players in each field. They are the first new sports added since triathlon and taekwondo joined the program for the 2000 Sydney Olympics. Padraig Harrington and Michelle Wie addressed the IOC in person before the vote. Tiger Woods made a video presentation.

"There is absolutely no question that adding golf to the Olympics would be great for the sport and a great addition to the Games," said Karen Durkin, CEO of the Women's Sports Foundation and a former evp and CMO for the LPGA. "It not only would help golf grow around the world for generations to come, it would be a strong partner to the sports already represented at the Olympics."

Golf and rugby already had cleared numerous hurdles just to get to this point, having been recommended this past August by the IOC's executive board for reinstatement voting while baseball, softball karate, squash and roller sports failed to make the cut.

Woods himself has been a strong proponent for golf's Olympic status, and members of the IOC who are convening in Copenhagen will see the him on videotape extolling the game's virtues and importance to the global sports community. A key selling point: Woods has promised to be part of the U.S. golf team and play in the Olympics in 2016, adding with a smile in a recent comment, "if I'm not retired by then." Woods would be 40 and still a strong contender to make the squad.

Two more key selling points to reinstatement: The sport's representative associations have said that the top golfers at the time would play in the Olympics, and also that tournament schedules would be adjusted so as not to conflict with the Summer Games. Under a current proposal, the world's top 15 ranked players in both the men's and women's fields at the time would be eligible for the Olympics, with 15 other top-ranked men and 15 other top-ranked women also eligible, with selections dependent on which country they would represent.

Golf icons Jack Nicklaus and Annika Sorenstam have been working as official global ambassadors, helping to present a unified front under the auspices of the International Golf Federation, which is recognized by the IOC as the sport's representative group. Among golf's other high-profile Olympic supporters are two-time US Open champion Padraig Harrington and LPGA star Michelle Wie, who flew to Copenhagen as part of a golf contingent to speak with IOC voters. "I'm really excited and I feel really honored that I got chosen to go over there," Wie told reporters. "Hopefully, golf will be part of the Olympics. If that happens, I think it would be the greatest thing that could ever happen to golf . . . it would be the highest achievement for any golfer, or for any athlete, to be part of the Olympics."

Although not beholding to his opinion, IOC president Jacques Rogge said in a statement in August after golf and rugby were approved for reinstatement voting, "Golf and rugby [wold] be a great additions to the Olympics."

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