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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

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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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Oct122017

Las Vegas Finds Respite From Tragedy In Pro Sports With NBA, NHL, NFL, MiLB

By Barry Janoff

October 11, 2017: In the midst of great tragedy, Las Vegas is finding some peace and promise with pro sports.

Long known for its glitz, glamour and gambling, Las Vegas is becoming a Mecca of pro sports with the NHL expansion franchise Vegas Golden Knights — which on their opening night Tuesday honored the 59 victims and 500 casualties of the mass shooting on Oct. 1 — and the anticipated arrival of the NFL’s Raiders from Oakland in 2019 or 2020.

Among current MLB stars who come from Las Vegas are Bryce Harper (Washington Nationals) and Kris Bryant (Chicago Cubs).

Las Vegas is also the training site for USA Basketball and the NBA Summer League.

The UFC was founded and is headquartered in Las Vegas.

Since 1983, Las Vegas has also been home to a MilB Class AAA team in the Pacific Coast League, when the franchise moved from Spokane, Wash., to become the Las Vegas Stars.

The Stars rebooted in 2001 to the Las Vegas 51s, named after the infamous Area 51about 80 miles north of Las Vegas, which also explains when the team uses an alien as part of its logo.

The team has called 9,300-seat Cashman Stadium home, but will be moving to a new stadium following the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority approving a marketing partnership that gives LVCVA naming rights to the stadium via a 20-year, $80 million naming-rights agreement.

Las Vegas Ballpark (artist's rendition above) is expected to open for the 2019 season.

The 51s, owned by the Howard Hughes Corp., said the $150 million venue is being built by global architecture firm global HOK.

“Together, we have worked tirelessly to bring this much needed initiative to fruition for the benefit and enjoyment of the entire Southern Nevada community,”  David Weinreb, CEO for The Howard Hughes Corp., said in a statement.

“The ballpark will further distinguish Downtown Summerlin as a vibrant destination and give valley residents a first-class amenity and the opportunity to enjoy professional baseball in an inviting and family-friendly environment,” said Weinreb.

It will be located next to City National Arena, the training facility for the Golden Knights in downtown Summerlin, as part of a 1.8-million-square-foot retail and office complex.

The 10,000-fan-capacity stadium will “blend the distinct architectural style of the Summerlin community with the aviation legacy of Howard Hughes.”

In addition to serving as the home of the Las Vegas 51s, Las Vegas Ballpark will host civic, community, non-profit and sporting events, according to the LVCVA.

"With a new home in downtown Summerlin, the future of professional baseball in Southern Nevada looks exceptionally bright.”

Since moving to Las Vegas, the team has been a MiLB affiliate of the San Diego Padres (1982-2000), Los Angeles Dodgers (2001-08), Toronto Blue Jays (2009-12) and New York Mets (2013-18).

The Mets will no longer be the parent club for the Las Vegas 51s after next season.

According to Don Logan, Las Vegas 51s president and COO, the team “will seek a new MLB affiliate”  and expect to have one in place by the 2019-2020 season.

“The 51s baseball team has been a staple in the Las Vegas community for over three decades,” Logan said in a statement. "With a new home in downtown Summerlin, the future of professional baseball in Southern Nevada looks exceptionally bright.”

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