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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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3. Kevin Durant Brooklyn Nets
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6. Paul George Los Angeles Clippers
7. James Harden Houston Rockets
8. Dwyane Wade Miami Heat (retired)
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2. Addams Family $30.3M
3. Gemini Man $20.5M
4. Abominable $6.2M
5. Downton Abbey $4.9M
6. Hustlers $3.9M
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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

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• Nov. 18 Kansas City  Chiefs v Los Angeles Chargers Mexico City Estadio Azteca (ESPN Monday Night Football).

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No Pregnant Pause For Serena Williams in Signing Deals To Support Motherhood

By Barry Janoff

May 9, 2017: Serena Williams may be taking a year off to have her first baby, but she is not taking any time off from signing marketing deals.

In her first pact since sharing the news that she soon would be a first-time mom, Serena Williams has signed with Tempur Sealy to appear in its Tempur-Pedic "Sleep Is Power" campaign.

Although Williams said she would not compete on the tennis circuit this season, this deal is likely the start of several alliances tied to her becoming a new mother.

Williams said the alliance was organic as she has been a customer for ten years.

"For ten years, my Tempur-Pedic has adapted to my weight and my shape, relieving pressure points from head to toe,” Williams says in the anchor TV spot, "Pressure." "So I sleep deeply and wake up ready to perform. Even with the weight of history on my shoulders.”

According to Williams, currently ranked No. 2 in the world by the WTA, "Over the years, my routine off the court — eating well, staying positive and getting quality sleep — has paid dividends. Now as I start a new journey into motherhood, sleep will continue be a top priority for my family. I look forward to what lies ahead, including in my tennis career — all while being powered by Tempur-Pedic."

The multi-media campaign includes TV, Internet and social media and is part of a larger "Power" effort by Tempur-Pedic that will ramp up worldwide.

"Power" features nine Tempur-Pedic owners who spend their days doing things such as instructing military free-fall skydiving, snowboarding and training for duathlons.

Like Williams, they then spend their nights on a Tempur-Pedic mattress.

“The campaign illustrates that sleep on a Tempur-Pedic changes the way people feel and how they perform, and showcases the significant positive effects that Tempur-Pedic sleep has on their lives," according to the brand.

Tempur Sealy this month also signed Michelle Salt, Canadian Paralympic snowboarding champ, author, and fitness model, who lost her right leg after a motorcycle accident in 2011.

The brand last week shared Q1 finances, sharing that total net sales increased to $722.1 million from $721 million in Q1 2016.

"With the launch of this campaign, which is supported by a significant increase in national media, we are primed to see unprecedented demand for Tempur-Pedic," Rick Anderson, evp and president-North America for Tempur Sealy, said in a statement. "Consumers, inspired by Williams and the remarkable stories from these owners will be able to walk in to one of our retailers feeling confident and prepared to buy Tempur-Pedic products."

Williams is the world’s highest paid women’s athlete, taking in some $20 million from endorsements and more than $9 million in winnings last year, according to industry analysts.

She also has deals that include Nike, IBM, Gatorade, Beats by Dre, Burlei and Audemars Piuget; equity in Mission and Home Shopping Network and a minority investment in the NFL’s Miami Dolphins.

Financial terms of her alliance with Tempur-Pedic were not revealed.

"Through our 'Power' campaign, which debuted in late February, consumers are able to see firsthand how current owners, including Serena Williams, perform at their best and optimize their personal growth by getting great sleep on a Tempur-Pedic," said Anderson. "As a longtime Tempur-Pedic owner and someone who lives our brand promise daily, we are proud that Serena is helping us tell our story."

In the 30-second "Pressure" ad, Williams is seen training, on the court and then relaxing on her Tempur-Pedic mattress.

"Pressure? I feel it every day," she offers in the spot. "But at night, it’s the last thing on my mind. For ten years, my Tempur-Pedic has adapted to my weight and my shape, relieving pressure points from head to toe. So I sleep deeply and wake up ready to perform. Even with the weight of history on my shoulders."

In a 15-second spot, "Pyramid Test," Williams is seen jumping on a Tempur-Pedic mattress that is stacked with tennis balls in the shape of a a pyramid. (Previous ads from the company show this demonstration with a stack filled wine glasses.) Despite her bounces, Williams is unable to topple the tennis balls until she knocks them over with the swing of her racquet.

Williams is expected to return in 2018 to continue to build on her current 23 Grand Slam titles.

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