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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%
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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Jan212015

Poll: NFL Takes A Hit, But Remains America's Favorite Sport Over Baseball

By Barry Janoff

January 21, 2015: With Super Bowl XLIX and its anticipated 100 million-plus viewers on NBC upcoming and the success of the College Football Playoff and championship games still resonating, a new poll confirms that football is America's favorite sport.

Pro football was named No. 1 by 32% of people who follow sports while college football came in third with 10%, sandwiching No. 2 baseball, according to a new Harris Poll survey conducted by Harris Interactive.

The popularity has translated into positive economic situations for marketing and broadcast partners. NBC has charged upward of $4.5 million for a 30-second spot during Super Bowl XLIX on Feb. 1 and could top $330 million in total ad sales, both Super Bowl broadcast records.

Concurrently, the college football championship on Jan. 12 between Oregon and Ohio State had more than 33 million viewers and the two College Football Playoff semi-final games on Jan. 1 attracted an average of 28.2 million viewers, the three most-watched programs in cable history, according to ESPN, which aired all three games.

However, although pro football has been atop the list of the Harris Poll in every such survey dating back to 1985, a year in which the NFL has been faced with issues including domestic violence and child abuse has impacted the game's status.

Pro football's popularity is at its lowest point since 2010, when 31% of those surveyed named it as their favorite sport; and its 16% lead over baseball, which was named by 16% as America's second favorite sport in the new Harris Poll, is a 2% improvement over the previous poll and a 3% rise since the 2011 Harris Poll.

Despite some fluctuation in the numbers, pro football, baseball and college football have held the top three spots, respectively, over the past 20 years, according to the data shared by Harris Interactive.

The other sports in the Top Ten, according to the Harris Poll, are auto racing (7%); pro basketball, soccer and hockey (tied with 6%); men's college basketball (3%); and boxing, men's golf, women's tennis and track & field (tied with 2%).

Regarding demographics, Generation Xers are pro football's biggest fans (43%) while Baby Boomers name baseball as their No. 1 sport (20%).

Meanwhile, at 50%, Millennials are more likely than their generational counterparts "to appreciate the social aspect of watching with friends," according to the Harris Poll, followed by Gen Xers (39%), Baby Boomers (32%) and Matures (20%).

Women sports fans follow the trend of Millennials, with 42% of those surveyed claiming the enjoy watching with friends (vs. 35% of men) and family (37% vs. 26% for men).

Among other findings:

• Men are more aware of the rivalry between teams than women (63%-51%).

• Men are more aware of competition between individual players than women (49%-34%).

• People who live in the eastern part of the U.S. comprise the largest following among all regions for pro football (37%) and baseball (23%), while those who live in the south make up the largest following for college football (16%).

Horse racing, bowling and swimming were the leaders among so-called non-traditional sports.

The Harris Poll was conducted among 2,255 U.S. adults who were surveyed online between Dec. 10-15, 2014.

See the full Harris Poll results here.

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