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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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Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.
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Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.
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Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.
Read more at http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/j/johnfkenn121400.html#JZxA5jXY4rCwemgZ.99
Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.
Read more at http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/j/johnfkenn121400.html#46Ul8rBF4XpB4lo0.99
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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Aug042009

The Long, Strange, Sometimes Sad, Mostly Honorable, Still Ongoing Saga Of The Well-Respected But Orphaned Heisman Trophy

August 4, 2009: Considering its status as one of the most revered trophies in sports, the original Heisman Trophy has been without a home more often than Little Orphan Annie. The 2009 Heisman Trophy announcement will be televised live on ESPN from the Nokia Theatre on Dec. 12, and the 75th annual Heisman Presentation dinner will be held on Monday, Dec. 14 from the New York Marriott Marquis.

But the trophy itself, which was first presented in 1935 to Jay Berwanger, a running back out of Chicago, has no official home. Most recently, the Heisman Trophy was housed in a section of the Sports Museum of America in New York that was dedicated to Heisman winners and lore. When the short-lived SMA closed its doors this past February due to financial reasons, members of the Heisman Trophy Trust in New York, the group that presents the annual award and maintains the Heisman Trophy legacy, scrambled to get the original trophy and its other artifacts back before they went into storage awaiting deposition. It has been kept in a secure, but non-public location, since then, but will make its public reappearance in September as part of a four-month tour sponsored by Sports Illustrated and Nissan that will lead to the award presentation. And then, the original trophy goes back behind closed doors until a pubic home is found.

For the first 66 years of its life, the original trophy was in the possession of and proudly displayed by the Downtown Athletic Club in New York. It was designed by sculptor Frank Eliscu, modeled after Ed Smith, a leading player in 1934 for the now defunct New York University football team and named after the DAC's first athletic director, John Heisman. But the Heisman Trophy has had an unfortunate history over the past eight years. The Downtown Athletic Club was located less than half a mile from the World Trade Center and suffered major damage on 9/11. The DAC never recovered and declared bankruptcy in 2002. The original Heisman Trophy, which was not damaged, was moved uptown to the Yale Club, where  it was kept under qwraps until just before presentations were made in 2002 and 2003.

The ceremony moved to the Hilton New York in 2004, to the Nokia Theatre Times Square in 2005, then back to the Hilton in 2006, 2007 and 2008. This year, Nokia will be the site of the announcement and the Marriott Marquis the site of the dinner.

At the Sports Museum of America, which opened in May 2008, there was an entire gallery within the museum dedicated to the trophy, including the making of the trophy, the history of the DAC and information on John Heisman and all of the trophy's winners. There was also a dedicated area celebrating 2007 winner Tim Tebow, but there was not enough time or money to add 2008 winner Sam Bradford.

The ten-stop Sports Illustrated Heisman Tour Presented by Nissan, now in its third year, begins Sept. 5 at Oklahoma State and concludes Dec. 5 at the site of the SEC championship before heading to New York. SI also will print a custom publication dedicated to the 75th anniversary of the Heisman Trophy and SI.com will feature a video of "Greatest Heisman Moments." According to Christian Meunier, vp-Nissan marketing, "Partnering with Sports Illustrated is the perfect way to bring 75 years of college football history to life while offering fans a closer look at Nissan's exciting vehicles."


The Sports Illustrated Heisman Tour Presented by Nissan will make the following game stops during the 2009 college football season:

• September 5, 2009: Georgia at Oklahoma State
• September 12, 2009: USC at Ohio State
• September 19, 2009: Texas Tech at Texas
• October 17, 2009: Cal at UCLA
• October 31, 2009: Florida vs. Georgia in Jacksonville
• November 7, 2009: Ohio State at Penn State
• November 14, 2009: Michigan at Wisconsin
• November 21, 2009: Cal at Stanford
• November 26, 2009: Texas at Texas A&M
• December 5, 2009: SEC Championship
Source: Sports Illustrated

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