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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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  • 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

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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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Q&A: A Few Minutes With Charles Barkley = March Madness, Olympics, Pistorious, Te'o

By Barry Janoff

March 11, 2013: Beginning next week, Charles Barkley will be part of the combined CBS-Turner Sports broadcasting team covering the NCAA Div. I men's basketball tournament. Barkley, an NBA Hall of Famer who recently celebrated his 50th birthday by appearing on The Price Is Right, and who stars alongside Alec Baldwin in a new multi-media campaign for Capital One, held court Monday at a March Madness media session in New York under the auspices of CBS and Turner.

Which teams will be in the Final Four this year?

Charles Barkley: The field is wide open. There are some teams that should be there but I won't make a Final Four prediction right now. What fans want is for you to name their favorite team and to pick their favorite player. Then they all get mad at you for not picking their favorite team. But that's not what's stopping me [from predicting the Final Four]. In past years there have been teams that separated themselves and stand out. Right now, it's wide open.

You are now entering the third season as an analyst for the NCAA men's basketball tournament in addition to your work as an analyst for NBA on TNT. What's the hardest part of that?

CB: The hardest part for any former player is transitioning to the media side. You have to comment on players and coaches you know. That doesn't stop me from expressing my opinions. But I'm not calling out these college kids, who work hard to get into the Tournament. Some of the other [Tournament analysts] watch 100 games or more during the season. I watch a lot of college basketball; I know the teams and players. But I can't say I have that level of knowledge about every team and every kid.

What would you like to cover other than basketball?

CB: The Olympics are cool. I'd love to cover the Olympics. If you haven't been to the Olympics, it's much different than it is on television. It's a really cool event. Three years ago I had never been to a Final Four game. Now I have and it's a great experience. It would be the same with the Olympics. I wouldn't want to act like I was a guy who knew all about it, but it might be fun having me do bobsled or something like that. Wait, that's the Winter Olympics. I'd want to cover the Summer Olympics, go to Rio for 2016. [Laughs.]

Some athletes have been in the news recently for the wrong reasons. As a former athlete, does anything surprise you?

CB: You never really know what's going on inside an athlete's mind. His motivation for why or why not some people do things or why they react the way they do. Watching Oscar Pistorius, it was amazing to see what he did [in the Olympics]. But you couldn't predict he would be in the situation he's now facing [murder charges regarding the death of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp]. Lance Armstrong is a friend of mine, a casual friend. Did I know he was cheating? No. Was I surprised? In that sport, it is what it is.

What about the situation regarding Manti Te'O?

CB: If I'm his college coach, and he tells me that his girlfriend just died, I'm saying, 'Let's go to the funeral. What are you doing at practice?' They knew something.

You just shot a series of commercials with Alec Baldwin for Capital One. How was that experience?

CB: Working with him was a lot of fun. He's a great guy.

Anybody ask yet what's in YOUR wallet [the tagline for Capital One marketing]?

CB: No one. But the commercials just came out so I figure I will get asked.

Can I see what's in your wallet?

CB: Do I know you?

No.

CB: Then no! [Laughs.]

Editor's note: CBS and Turner Sports coverage of the 2013 NCAA Div. I Men's Basketball Tournament, which will air on CBS, TBS, TNT and truTV, begins March 17 on CBS with Selection Sunday. The First Four will air on truTV March 19-20. The second and third rounds will air across all four networks March 21-24. The Sweet 16 and Final Eight will air March 28-31. The Final Four will air exclusively on CBS April 6 and April 8 from the Georgia Dome in Atlanta.

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