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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. 4-6
1. Joker $93.5M
2. Abominable $12M
3. Downton Abbey $8M
4. Hustlers $6.3M
5. It 2 $5.4M
6. Ad Astra $4.6M
7. Judy $4.4M
8. Rambo Last Blood $3.4M
9. War $1.6M
10. Good Boys $900K
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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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Jay-Z Making Music As Sports Agent, Yankees' Cano First To Hear The Call

By Barry Janoff

April 2, 2013: Musician and entrepreneur Shawn "Jay-Z" Carter has been in the sports pages a lot due to his association as a minority investor and business partner with the NBA's Brooklyn Nets.

Now, one of Carter's enterprises is moving into new, albeit related, territory.

Roc Nation, a multi-dimensional entertainment company founded in 2009 by Jay-Z, has launched Roc Nation Sports, described as "a full-service sports management company,"  which has partnered with the sports division of management and marketing giant Creative Artists Agency, based in Los Angeles.

“Because of my love of sports, it was a natural progression to form a company where we can help top athletes in various sports the same way we have been helping artists in the music industry for years,” Jay-Z said in a statement.

In turn, Roc Nation Sports, which will be led by Jay-Z and president Juan Perez, unveiled its first client: Robinson Cano, second baseman with the New York Yankees. Cano's photo in Yankees' pinstripes and shot inside Yankee Stadium was posted on the Roc Nation Web site earlier today. with the text, "Welcome Robinson Cano to the Roc Nation Family!"

Roc Nation Sports said it would assist Cano and other athletes it intends to sign in both their on- and off-field endeavors, the latter including marketing deals and entertainment contracts. Cano will personally be represented "on the field by a team of agents led by CAA Sports’ Brodie Van Wagenen," according to Roc Nation Sports and CAA.

Financial terms of the Roc Nation Sports-CAA Sports alliance and the Roc Nation Sports deal with Cano were not disclosed.

"I am confident that the pairing of Roc Nation Sports and CAA Sports will be essential in helping me accomplish my short- and long-term goals."

Cano had been represented by super agent Scott Boras. Media reports confirmed that Cano, who is in the last year of a six-year, $57 million contact with the Yankees, has officially cut ties with Boras.

Cano has been named to the All-Star Team four times since making his MLB debut with the Yankees in 2005. Last month, the native of the Dominican Republic was part of the national team that won the 2013 World Baseball Classic.

According to the 30-year-old athlete, the move will have major ramifications in both his playing and business future.

“At this point in my career, I am ready to take a more active role in my endeavors both on and off the field,” Cano said in a statement. “I am confident that the pairing of Roc Nation Sports and CAA Sports will be essential in helping me accomplish my short- and long-term goals. I am making this important decision now so I can keep my focus on helping the Yankees succeed in 2013, while minimizing any distractions for me and my teammates."

Roc Nation said that the talent it represents "partake in full-rights deals, which are all encompassing and include ticket sales, record sales and all forms of endorsements." Roc Nation said that its management division "oversees several aspects of client handling including live bookings, endorsement deals, tours, and licensing deals."

Among the artists on the Roc Nation roster are Rihanna, Shakira, J Cole, Rita Ora, Calvin Harris, NO ID, Timbaland, Solange, M.I.A., Santigold and deadmau5.

"Jay Z and his team at Roc Nation have successfully orchestrated powerful brand and business-building opportunities for their clients,” Michael Levine, co-head of CAA Sports, said in a statement. “We look forward to combining our wide-reaching resources on behalf of top athlete clients like Robinson Cano to help them accomplish their goals on and off the field."

CAA Sports said it represents more than 800 athletes in such sports as baseball, football, hockey, basketball, soccer, tennis and golf, as well as coaches, on-air broadcasters and sports personalities. Beyond traditional athlete representation, CAA Sports said it provides "unique opportunities for clients off the field, in areas including licensing, endorsements, speaking, philanthropy, and video games [and] also works in the areas of broadcast rights, corporate marketing initiatives, and sports properties for sales/sponsorships.

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