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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. 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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Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.
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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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Oct252016

Turner Sports, NBA, Nike All In For Craig Sager's Strong Fight Against Cancer

Special to NYSportsJournalism.com

October 25, 2016: In his on-going fight against leukemia, Craig Sager has displayed grit, determination and humor, while inspiring others around the world.

Now, the veteran reporter for Turner Sports’ NBA on TNT is adding another layer to his dauntless campaign.

With the support of Turner, Sager has partnered with NikeiD to create customized limited-edition SagerStrong Nike Air Force 1 sneakers, 100 pairs of which are being offered via an online auction, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the SagerStrong Foundation.

Designed by Sager, the Nike Air Force 1 comes complete with paisley print panels, a seersucker tongue tab with the words SagerStrong and multi-colored laces, a reflection of the outrageous sports jackets that Sager has become famous for wearing while on-air.

The auction begins tonight to coincide with the opening night of the NBA 2016-17 season and the NBA on TNT. The online auction is scheduled to start Oct. 25 (7 PM ET) and conclude Nov. 4. (Details here.)

The shoes will be custom made in the respective size of each winning bidder at the close of the auction.

"Craig is an inspiration to so many people including all of us at Turner as he continues to courageously battle cancer," David Levy, president for Turner, said in a statement. "This tribute is an opportunity for us to demonstrate our affection and support for Craig, his wife Stacy and their family, along with all of those facing similar obstacles.

"We look forward to working closely with them and our partners throughout Opening Week to raise awareness and funding on behalf of cancer research and education," said Levy.

According to Turner, people can access behind-the-scenes footage of the sneakers and the T-shirts, commentary from players, coaches and others via by following @NBAonTNT and @BleacherReport.

In addition, a Twitter emoji will appear when fans tweet using #SagerStrong throughout opening week.

Other members of the NBA family also are activating to support Sager and his foundation.

The Golden State Warriors, in a move intended to raise awareness and funds for such groups as the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society plan to honor Sager and have created a "Sager Strong" T-shirt, presented by City National Bank, to be given to all fans attending the team’s opening game tonight (Oct. 25) against the San Antonio Spurs.

Although this T-shirt (pictured below) is not available for retail, the Warriors have for sale another T-shirt, which they said was inspired by the suit Sager wore while receiving the Jimmy Valvano Award at the 2016 ESPYS, at the Warriors Team Store at Oracle Arena. Portions of the proceeds will support the SagerStrong Foundation. and City National Bank, the official bank for the Warriors, said it would be making a donation to SagerStrong Foundation.

Another T-shirt, designed by Dave Zarzynski, will be shown during TNT’s Inside the NBA studio show and will be available for retail, with portions of the proceeds supporting the SagerStrong Foundation.

According to  Lenny Daniels, president for Turner Sports, "It’s been amazing to see the impact Craig has made across the entire sports community and the outpouring of support everyone has shown him as he undergoes his fight against cancer.

"He’s a beloved member of the Turner Sports family and we will continue to do everything we can to help drive awareness for this very important cause," said Daniels.
 
All contributions made to the SagerStrong Foundation go directly to cancer research and education, per SagerStrong. 

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