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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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With $127M Income, Soccer Star Leo Messi Nets Crown As World’s Highest Paid Athlete

By Barry Janoff

June 11, 2019: On the soccer pitch, only goalies can use their hands.

But in the world of financial pitches, soccer players are definitely hands-on.

On the 2019 list of the "World’s Highest Paid Athletes," soccer players take the top three spots, with Leo Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar Jr. having earned a collective $311 million in combined salaries and endorsements, according to a new report from Forbes.

Overall, the world’s 100 highest-paid athletes collectively earned $4 billion over the last 12 months, up 5% from last year’s earnings of $3.8 billion.

Messi was named the world’s highest-paid athlete for the first time, moving up from second place last year, with $127 million in total earnings ($92 million salary, $35 million endorsements).

Boxer Floyd Mayweather was No. 1 last year, a spot he earned four times in the past seven years.

Ronaldo (pictured below) at No. 2 earned $109 million between his salary ($65 million) and endorsements ($44 million).

At No. 3, Neymar earned $75 million in salary and $30 million in endorsements for a $105 million total).

Of the Top 100, 99 are men, a major disparity in the world of pro sports.

Tennis star Serena Williams returned to the list at No. 63 after no women appeared in 2018 (when she took time off after giving birth to her daughter), with $4.2 million in winnings and $25 million in endorsements for $29.2 million total.

According to Forbes, “The cost of admission to the 2019 list is the highest ever at $25 million, up $2.1 million from the previous year. Endorsement income experienced an increase of 12.5% to $987 million this year.”

The list of athletes includes players from ten different sports. The NBA leads with 35 (down from 40 in 2018), followed by the NFL (19), MLB (15) and soccer (12).

No players from the NHL are on the list.

Tiger Woods at No. 11 is the top golfer on the list ($9.9 million salary/winnings, $54 million endorsements, $63.9 million total), Mike Trout of the Los Angeles Angeles the top MLB player at No. 17 ($47.6 million salary, $3 million endorsements, $50.6 million total).

Conor McGregor at No. 22 leads MMA and boxing athletes ($32 million salary/winnings, $15 million endorsements, $47 million total).

The Top Ten also includes:

4. Boxer Canelo Alvarez, who signed a multi-year deal with DAZN ($92 million salary/winnings, $2 million endorsements, $94 million total)

5. Tennis star Roger Federer ($7.4 million salary.winnings, $86 million endorsements, $93,4 million total)

6. NFL  Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson ($80.5 million salary, $9 million endorsements, $89.5 million total)

7. NFL Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers ($80.3 million salary, $9 million endorsements, $89.3 million total);

8. NBA Los Angles Lakers star LeBron James ($36 million salary, $53 million endorsements, $89 million total)

9. NBA Golden State Warriors Stephen Curry ($37.8 million salary, $42 million endorsements, $79.8 million total)

10. NBA Golden State Warriors teammate Kevin Durant ($30.4 million salary, $35 million endorsements, $65.4 million total).

Forbes said that earnings include prize money, salaries and bonuses earned between June 1, 2018 and June 1, 2019. Endorsement incomes are an estimate of sponsorships, appearance fees and licensing incomes

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