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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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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.
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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#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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Aug092018

KFC Battle of the Buckets Campaign Had Free Range On ESPN The Ocho

By Barry Janoff

August 8, 2018: It might be unusual to see featured during prime hours on ESPN such competitions as Ping-Pong, darts, eating, Dodge Juggle, Rock-Paper-Scissors and Chess Boxing.

What might be even more quirky is seeing real athletes perform real sports while wearing buckets from Kentucky Fried Chicken on their head.

On Aug. 8, ESPN converted ESPN2 to ESPN8 — The Ocho — named in honor of the network that appeared in Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story (2004).

The 24-hour makeover was done with lead sponsor Kentucky Fried Chicken, which sponsored “Battle of the Buckets” vignettes throughout the programming, supported by a spot, "What's For Dinner?" featuring Jason Alexander as the newest incarnation of Col. Harland Sanders.

Athletes featured in the vignettes included Brad Angelo (two-time PBA champion bowler ), Donn Cabral (eight-time NCAA All-American and ten-time Ivy League champion cross country and track runner), Keith Dorman (30-year veteran bocce player ), pro skateboarder Isiah Hilt, Nicole Rinaldi (competitive power lifter and CrossFit competitor) and super-lightweight professional boxer Josue “The Prodigy” Vargas.

ESPN CreativeWorks worked with KFC’s creative agency, Wieden+Kennedy Portland, on the creative, in addition to Anchor Worldwide.

ESPN8 The Ocho Presented by KFC Battle of the Buckets spots included scripted commentary and analysis from SportsCenter anchors John Buccigross and Kenny Mayne.

The spots got a surreal start when Buccigross said of Mayne, “Kenny’s not bored, kids. He’s heavily sedated.”

That led into vignettes showing the real athletes attempting their real sports, but with the hindrance of having a KFC bucket adorned with the face of Col. Sanders covering their head and eyes.

In "Skateboarding," we see Isiah Hilt in action. "He usually skateboards in the nude," offer the commentators. "Today, he's wearing shorts and a KFC bucket."

"Boxing" finds Vargas fighting "another human being.” As they can’t see each other, we get “a lot of air being punched . . . Punch count at zero after 57 punches thrown.” Ultimately, Vargas connects and wins by “knocking the other guy’s bucket off.”

In "Bocce," Dorman appears to lose until its discovered that his opponent, also wearing a KFC bucket, had cheated by drilling eyeholes in the container,

"Powerlifting" sees Nicole Rinaldi lift the weights over her head, but because the bucket impairs her vision she can’t put the weights down, leading Buccigross and Mayne to find ways to fill the dead air.

Other vignettes included "Hurdles" and "Bowling."

The 24 hours of ESPN8 concluded with a showing of Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story.

ESPN The Ocho Plans To Wing It With KFC, New Colonel Sanders Jason Alexander

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