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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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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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UA: Majestic Athletic To Continue As MLB Apparel Supplier Under Fanatics Acquisition

By Barry Janoff

April 4, 2017: In a move initiated last summer, VF Corp. today confirmed that it would sell its Licensed Sports Group to online sports apparel retailer Fanatics.

LSG is headed by the Majestic Athletic brand, which has had a relationship with MLB since 1982 and has been the league’s official on-field apparel supplier since 2005.

Financial terms of the deal were not released.

In December, MLB signed a ten-year deal naming Under Armour the exclusive MLB provider of all on-field uniform components, replacing Majestic beginning with the 2020 season.

Under terms of the same deal, Fanatics was granted "broad consumer product licensing rights to manage the manufacturing and distribution of Under Armour and Fanatics fan gear."

The deal left unresolved Majestic Athletic's status with MLB beyond 2019 and the future of the Majestic Athletic facility in Eason, PA, which employs about 600 people.

But Fanatics said it has also acquired the facility, located about 80 miles north of Philadelphia.

Concurrently, Under Armour in a statement said it would "continue the long-standing tradition of Major League Baseball's on-field uniforms being built by the dedicated workers of Easton, Pennsylvania, home of Majestic’s facility."

According to Under Armour, "The men and women of Easton will continue to play a major role in building Under Armour’s MLB team apparel business."

The decisions were confirmed during a media event to unveil the alliance held this afternoon at the Majestic Athletic factory, attended by MLB commissioner Rob Manfred, reps from Fanatics and Majestic Athletic and local and state politicians.

Under Armour and Fanatics said they expect to offer an assortment of new fan gear apparel and accessories at retail, prior to the 2020 season.

In a recent financial statement, VF said that "revenues for its Imagewear coalition hit $1.1 billion in 2015, with LSG representing about half of that amount."

Jacksonville, Fla.-based Fanatics’ partners include the NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL, Nascar, MLS, NBC Sports, CBS Sports, Fox Sports and more than 200 collegiate and professional team properties across all leagues

Beginning in the 2020 MLB season, Under Armour becomes the exclusive MLB provider of all on-field uniform components including jerseys featuring prominent Under Armour branding, baselayer, game-day outerwear and year-round training apparel for all 30 MLB clubs.

In addition to MLB, Majestic also supplies apparel and fanware through licensing agreements with various other U.S. and international professional sports leagues and teams.
 
VF Corp. plans to focus on its other high-profile brands, including The North Face, Timberland, Vans, Lee, Wrangler and Nautica.

"As active portfolio managers, we constantly assess the composition of our company to ensure VF’s portfolio is aligned with our strategic objectives and positioned to maximize growth and return to our shareholders," Eric Wiseman, VF’s chairman and CEO, said in a statement earlier this year explaining VF’s strategy.

"In this respect, we are exploring options for our LSG business to position the organization to continue its success and achieve its future potential," said Wiseman.

To coincide with the start of the 2017 MLB season, Majestic Athletic launched a new multi-media effort under its umbrella campaign, "My Team My Colors."

Among those in the effort are Majestic spokesmen including Nolan Arenado (Colorado Rockies), Miguel Cabrera (Detroit Tigers), Francisco Lindor (Cleveland Indians),  Joc Pederson (Los Angeles Dodgers), Kevin Pillar (Toronto Blue Jays), Gary Sanchez (New York Yankees), Kyle Schwarber (Chicago Cubs), Giancarlo Stanton (Miami Marlins) and Noah Syndergaard (New York Mets).

The premise of this year’s "My Team My Colors" finds the players creating artwork of the cities in which they play using brushes, canvas and paint-covered baseballs and bats.

The campaign is debuting during MLB's Opening Week across multimedia platforms including MLB.com, MLB Network, MLB venues and with Majestic retailer partners.

The VF Corp.-Fanatics transaction, which is expected to close in the second quarter of this year, is subject to standard customary closing conditions for a closing to occur.

Majestic Paints The Town 'My Team My Colors' With MLB Stars

Under Armour, Fanatics Play The Field With MLB

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