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• San Manuel Casino, under the auspices of the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians, has signed a deal to become a Founding Partner for Allegiant Stadium, scheduled to open at the home of the Raiders for the 2020 NFL season when the franchise relocates from Oakland to Las Vegas.

• CBS Sports returns to the court for the 2019-2020 college basketball season, its 39th consecutive season broadcasting college basketball, with what the network called its "strongest and most extensive schedule to date," featuring more than 275 games across broadcast and cable. The CBS season begins Dec. 14 and runs through March Madness 2020 along with TBS, TNT and truTV.

The 2020 tournament will start with Selection Sunday — when the full field of 68, seeding and bracket are released — on March 15, 2020. the Final Four and NCAA championship game will take place April 4-6 in Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta.

• The XFL has named David Michael as its Chief Technology Officer (CTO). Michael was most recently chief information officer for The Madison Square Garden Company and previously was with GroupM North America, UBM Tech and PR Newswire

• 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 airs on PFL and Tyson digital and social platforms, including YouTube, Instagram and Facebook

• 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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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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MLB Players’ Weekend: “Not Justin,” "El K," “Polar Bear,” “Mr. Smile,” “Three Kids"

By Barry Janoff

August 6, 2019: If it’s the Dog Days of Summer, that means it’s time for El De La Sabana, Brown Eyes, Polar Bear and Mr. Smile to play in a MLB stadium near you.

MLB and the MLB Players Assn. have unveiled details for the third annual Players’ Weekend, scheduled for Aug. 23-25.

As in the two previous renditions, players have the option to stylize their jerseys with a nickname or personal message. (See a team-by-team list here.)

Thirty players, one representing each club, have been named Players’ Weekend Ambassadors and will take the lead in activation and teammates’ efforts.

They include Ronald “El De La Sabana” Acuña Jr. (Atlanta Braves), Pete “Polar Bear” Alonso (New York Mets), Cody “Belli” Bellinger (Los Angeles Dodgers), Alex “A-Breg” Bregman (Houston Astros), Lorenzo “Three Kids” Cain (Milwaukee Brewers), Vladimir “El K” Guerrero Jr. (Toronto Blue Jays) , Adam “Roots” Jones (Arizona Diamondbacks), Francisco “Mr. Smile” Lindor (Cleveland Indians), Manny “El Ministro” Machado (San Diego Padres) and CC “Dub” Sabathia (New York Yankees).

During games, players will wear specially designed monochromatic all-black and all-white uniforms created specifically for the weekend-long event with jerseys by Majestic, caps by New Era Cap and socks from Stance.

In addition to the standard uniform items, Players’ Weekend 2019 will be the first MLB event with a league-wide batting helmet.

According to MLB, the same Rawlings helmets used in all regular season contests will be decorated in matte black and matte white to “further accentuate the white-on-white and black-on-black uniforms.”

Pitchers on teams wearing white uniforms will wear black caps to ensure all umpires and batters have clear visibility of each pitch, per MLB.

Players are also given the chance to design, wear and use “creatively colored and decorated equipment” including bats, spikes, batting gloves, wristbands, compression sleeves and catcher’s equipment.

A patch honoring Tyler Skaggs, the pitcher from the Los Angeles Angels who passed away on July 1, will also be available for players to wear on their uniforms, if they choose. The patches will help to raise awareness for the Tyler Skaggs Baseball Foundation, whose mission is to "inspire leadership, confidence, and teamwork through youth projects and family services."

Prior to and after the game, each player will again have the option to wear a T-shirt highlighting a cause or charity of his choice.

New to Players’ Weekend this year will be an expansion of mobile device usage.

Prior to the National Anthem, MLB said that players would be permitted to use their personal handheld mobile devices, such as smartphones and tablets, on the field or in the dugout to promote the event via social media.

During Players’ Weekend, photo shoots will be conducted with players at ballparks to highlight the standout designs, which MLB said would be amplified over social media among MLB, the MLBPA, clubs and individual player accounts using #PlayersWeekend.

Game-worn, authenticated Players’ Weekend jerseys and batting helmets will be auctioned at MLB.com/auctions.

All proceeds will be donated to the MLB-MLBPA Youth Development Foundation, a joint effort established in July 2015 by MLB and the MLBPA.

An initial commitment of $30 million is “focused on improving the caliber, effectiveness and availability of amateur baseball and softball programs across the U.S. and Canada.”

Authentic and replica Players’ Weekend caps, jerseys and socks are available at MLBShop.com.

As for the creativity, some players are going low-key, others quirky.

Boston Red Sox ambassador Markus Betts is going with his well-known nickname, “Mookie.” Matt Carpenter (St. Louis Cardinals) will be “Carp.”

Meanwhile, Texas Rangers ambassador Hunter Pence is going with “¯\_(ツ)_/¯.” Last year he went as “Underpants” (one of his many nicknames is Captain Underpants from the book with the same character).

Jeremy Jeffress (Milwaukee Brewers) will feature a bread emoji alongside a butter emoji.

Eric Sogard (Tampa Bay Rays) has selected “Nerd Power,” with the ‘O’ being replaced with a nerd emoji.

And Shane Bieber of the Cleveland Indians will be “Not Justin,” a nod to the recent Topps error card that confused him with the singer.

See a team-by-team list here.

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