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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%
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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

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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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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Donovan ‘Spida’ Mitchell Saving The World One Pair Of adidas Kicks At A Time

NYSJ Sports-Entertainment Business News Service

June 26, 2019:
When the world needs saving, Donovan “Spida” Mitchell is the man who can do it.

Donovan, starting guard for the NBA’s Utah Jazz, goes by the nickname “Spida,” a reference to a player with “super-human senses, shot-sliming abilities and unrivaled balance.”

Mitchell — who said when he was younger his parents gave him the nickname because he used to dunk so much and then hang on the basketball rim (like a spider) — has turned that into a marketing journey.

Mitchell appears in a new campaign for the release of “Spider-Man: Far From Home,” complete with a starring role in a TV spot; and last night was among the celebrities on the Red Carpet of the movie’s premiere at TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood.

It opens nationwide on July 2.

He has also teamed with adidas Basketball and Marvel for the release of his first signature shoes, under the umbrella name Determination Over Negativity, a reference to Mitchell’s personal mantra.

According to adidas, “The new silhouette focuses on Mitchell’s skill while paying tribute to his 'Spider-Man' nickname."

adidas in April joined with Marvel and the NBA for a "Heroes Among Us" campaign to support a line of limited-edition hoops shoes to coincide with the release of "Avengers:Endgame."

It took NBA and WNBA stars (all adidas endorsers) and turned them into Marvel icons, including James Harden (Iron Man), Damian Lilliard (Black Panther), Candace Parker (Captain Marvel) John Wall- (Captain America) and former all-star Tracy McGrady (Nick Fury).

The D.O.N. Issue No. 1 ($100) will drop on adidas.com on July 1, and at adidas retail stores globally beginning July 5.

Each new colorway of D.O.N. Issue No. 1 will celebrate Mitchell and other Marvel Super Heroes:
 
• Marvel’s Amazing Spider-Man: A red, blue, and white colorway with webbing detailed across the side pays homage to the one and only Spider-Man, and the latest film installment in Marvel’s Spider-Man franchise.

• Symbiote Spider-Man: Shock pink, core black, white and silver, with teeth as fierce as the character. Available July 18.

• Stealth Spicer-Man: Black and green with glow in the dark details. Available Aug. 1.

• Marvel’s Iron Spider: Red and metallic gold to honor the legendary Iron Spider. Available Aug. 31.

In the 30-second spot from adidas and Marvel, Tom Holland (Peter Parker/Spider-Man) accidentally winds up with a pair of Mitchell’s adidas D.O.N. Issue #1s, Mitchell gets a chance to sport the superhero’s suit.

Actor Jake Gyllenhaal then reveals himself to be a big fan — not of Spider-Man, but of Spida Mitchell.

Spider-Man: From From Home” partners also include Audi, Papa John’s, Kellogg’s (Froot Loops, Frosted Flakes), Frito-Lay’s Doritos, Hasbro, Lego and Funko.

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