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• Nascar has signed a deal to acquire International Speedway Corp. in a transaction valued at $2 billon. ISC owns and operates venues including Talladega Superspeedway, Michigan International Speedway, Richmond Raceway, Auto Club Speedway of Southern California, Kansas Speedway, ISM Raceway, Chicagoland Speedway and Route 66 Raceway, Homestead-Miami Speedway, Martinsville Speedway, Darlington Raceway, and Watkins Glen International.

ISC also owns Motor Racing Network, the nation's largest independent sports radio network; and Americrown, a subsidiary that provides catering services, and food and beverage concessions.

• FIFA has postponed plans to expand the World Cup from 32 to 48 teams for the 2022 event in Qatar. The plan is still being considered for the 2026 World Cup, which will be staged in the U.S., Canada and Mexico. According to FIFA, “(There was not enough) time for a detailed assessment of the potential logistical impact.” The World Cup is scheduled for Nov. 21-Dec. 18, 2022.

• The NFL and NFL Players Association have unveiled two joint agreements that are intended to “support further resources directed to address pain management and behavioral health.” Full story here.

• Stating that “we are continually seeking opportunities to evolve our product offerings,’ Kohl’s has signed an exclusive long-term alliance with Fanatics, a global leader in licensed sports merchandise with the addition of “hundreds of thousands of items.” Full story here.

• Pete Frates and Pat Quinn, co-founders of ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, have launched with The ALS Assn. the 5th anniversary of “Challenge Me” with a “new call to action to reignite the passion and generosity of the millions of people who dumped ice water on their heads in the summer of 2014.” 

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U.S. Women’s National Team head coach Jill Ellis has named the 23 players who will represent the U.S. in France and seek to defend their FIFA Women’s World Cup crown (July 7-Aug.7).

GOALKEEPERS

Adrianna Franch* (Portland Thorns FC), Ashlyn Harris** (Orlando Pride), Alyssa Naeher** (Chicago Red Stars)
DEFENDERS
Abby Dahlkemper* (NC Courage), Tierna Davidson* (Chicago Red Stars), Crystal Dunn* (NC Courage), Ali Krieger*** (Orlando Pride), Kelley O’Hara*** (Utah Royals FC), Becky Sauerbrunn*** (Utah Royals FC), Emily Sonnett* (Portland Thorns FC)
MIDFIELDERS
Morgan Brian** (Chicago Red Stars), Julie Ertz** (Chicago Red Stars), Lindsey Horan* (Portland Thorns FC), Rose Lavelle* (Washington Spirit), Allie Long* (Reign FC), Samantha Mewis* (NC Courage)
FORWARDS
Tobin Heath*** (Portland Thorns FC), Carli Lloyd**** (Sky Blue FC), Jessica McDonald* (NC Courage), Alex Morgan*** (Orlando Pride), Christen Press** (Utah Royals FC), Mallory Pugh* (Washington Spirit), Megan Rapinoe*** (Reign FC)
* First Women’s World Cup
** Second Women’s World Cup
*** Third Women’s World Cup
**** Fourth Women’s World Cup

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Luka Dončić, Trae Young Head NBA All-Rookie Team
Dallas Mavericks guard-forward Luka Dončić and Atlanta Hawks guard Trae Young have been unanimously selected to the 2018-19 NBA All-Rookie First Team.

Dončić and Young both received NBA All-Rookie First Team votes on all 100 ballots to finish with 200 points each.  They are joined on the NBA All-Rookie First Team by Phoenix Suns center Deandre Ayton (195 points; 95 First Team votes), Memphis Grizzlies forward-center Jaren Jackson Jr. (159 points; 60 First Team votes) and Sacramento Kings forward Marvin Bagley III (156 points; 56 First Team votes).

The 2018-19 NBA All-Rookie Second Team includes LA Clippers guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (138 points), Cleveland Cavaliers guard Collin Sexton (132), Clippers guard Landry Shamet (85), New York Knicks center Mitchell Robinson (77) and Hawks guard Kevin Huerter (45).

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Weekend Box Office May 17-19
1. John Wick 3 $57M
2. Avengers: Endgame $29.4M
3. Pokemon Detective Pikachu $24.8M
4. A Dog’s Journey $8M
5. The Hustle $6M
6. The Intruder $4M
7. Long Shot $3.4M
8,. The Sun Is Also A Star $2.6M
9. Poms $2M
10. Uglydolls $1.6M
Source: Box Office Mojo

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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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May032016

Now Batting: Despite PED History, Alex Rodriguez Gets Deal With JBL Audio

By Barry Janoff

May 3, 2016: Despite his trials and tribulations over the past few years, Alex Rodriguez is still a star with high visibility, and Harman International plans to take advantage of that by signing the MLB vet as a spokesman for its JBL Audio brand.

Citing his "legendary work ethic, relentless dedication and love for the game," Harman said Rodriguez would "participate in a series of marketing initiatives, including integrated social media and content programs that will drive consumer engagement with the brand’s audio products."

Financial terms were not disclosed. Rodriguez earns less than half a million dollars a year from endorsements, mainly due to his PED history, according to industry analysts.

The 40-year-old Rodriguez, now in his 22nd season and 12th with the New York Yankees, missed the entire 2014 season due to his suspension by MLB for his association with Biogenesis of America and PEDs. That followed his admitting in 2009 that he had used steroids earlier in his career.

Rodriguez returned in 2015 to hit 33 homers and record 84 RBI. He currently is less than ten homers away from a career total of 700, and is also less than 20 hits away from 3,100.

Looking past the PED situation, Harman said it signed Rodriguez for his overall body of work and dedication.

"From the time he took the field at the age of 18, to reaching his 3,000th hit as a league veteran, Alex Rodriguez has always been made for the world’s biggest stage," Ralph Santana, CMO for Harman, said in a statement. "His legendary work ethic, relentless dedication and love for the game mirrors JBL’s passion for music and the blood, sweat and tears that musicians around the world put into making great sound."

Rodriguez joins a roster of JBL brand ambassadors that includes former teammate and Yankee legend Mariano Rivera, Stephen Curry (Golden State Warriors), Damian Lillard (Portland Trail Blazers), rock band Linkin Park, musician/producer Quincy Jones, Indian film composer/producer/musicianAR Rahman and world-renowned pianist Lang Lang.

The pact with Rodriguez also enhances Harman's alliance with the Yankees, which includes "1,784 JBL speakers throughout Yankee Stadium."

"His legendary work ethic, relentless dedication and love for the game mirrors JBL’s passion for music."

“As Rodriguez continues to inspire fans from around the world, JBL will be there to amplify the soundtrack, from pre-game workouts to the thunderous home run cheers to post-game celebrations," said Santana. "We’re excited to strengthen our partnership with the Yankees and look forward to collaborating in new and innovative ways with A-Rod.”

According to Rodriguez, "Whether I’m looking to amp up my workout, focus for a game, or hang out with my kids, music is my outlet. As a lifelong music fan, I have always appreciated high quality sound that does justice to the tunes I love.

"I’m excited to partner with JBL to inspire others to choose the best in sound as well wherever they are whether it’s in the car, at home or on the way to the ballpark," said Rodriguez.

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