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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

KEEPING SCORE

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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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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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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Mar182017

B-Dubs Puts Real Time, Overtime, Hit The Button Time Into March Madness Push

By Barry Janoff

March 17, 2017: As the official hangout for NCAA March Madness, Buffalo Wild Wings knows a few things about wings, beer and making unusual things happen in sports.

Sprinkler systems turned on. Lights turned off. Men in black and aliens possibly responsible for the interceptions that Brett Favre threw during his NFL career.

And the cryptic connection between the "Hit the Button" device found in Buffalo Wild Wings locations and the inexplicable plays that happen during games when fans and customers "activate" them.

An official NCAA partner since 2013 via a three-year deal that was renewed last year, B-Dubs is bringing a full-out humorous multi-platform, "We Do It For You," into the 2017 NCAA hoops tournament, including TV, Internet, social media, in-restaurant at some 1,200 locations and on-site Final Four activation in Phoenix.

"For years, fans have pointed a finger at Buffalo Wild Wings on social media when an unexplained event happens, a game goes into overtime or they want us to intervene in the outcome," Bob Ruhland, vp-marketing for Buffalo Wild Wings, said in a statement.

"This year, we wanted to continue to extend this popular idea that Buffalo Wild Wings can make games more exciting and if our fans want something to happen — from rallying their team from a deficit to leveling the playing field — we would find a way to make that a reality."

Buffalo Wild Wings will again seek to "own" overtime, during which it gets extra time to promote itself, by encouraging fans and customers to "Hit the button."

The brand, indeed, took "credit" for the first overtime in Super Bowl history this past February when it said it received more than 7,500 requests on Twitter to do so, via the hash tag #HitTheButton.

For March Madness, when a game goes into overtime, B-Dubs will immediately air a spot called "Overtime Time," which "encourages fans to enjoy the five extra minutes of free basketball and not question who or what might have caused it," according to B-Dubs.

Buffalo Wild Wings will get air time during March Madness games on CBS and Turner Sport’s TBS, TNT and truTV via a series of spots reminiscent of The Twilight Zone TV show.

Lead agency is TBWA\Chiat\Day LA.

In "No. 7," a member of the B-Dubs staff grants the wish of a customer watching hoops on TV to "remove No. 7 from the game," with the player transported from the action and appearing dazed and confused at the table.

"FooDoo" finds a vegetable appetizer in the shape of a voodoo doll able to impact action on the court, initially to the joy of the customers who ordered it but then to their dismay when the breaking of the talisman’s carrot leg appears to break the leg of a player in a game.

"Rally Beard" sees a clean-shaven Buffalo Wild Wings employee comply when two customers watching NCAA March Madness on TV need to help their team stage a rally — willing himself to grow a rally beard. One problem: he can't stop the beard from growing even after the rally has been successful.

"For years, fans have pointed a finger at Buffalo Wild Wings on social media when an unexplained event happens."

Among the ways that Buffalo Wild Wings is "putting the power in our fans hands" will be via Facebook (11.9 million followers) and Twitter, where B-Dubs will share videos and GIFs that visitors "can use to try to distract opponents on their own"with "Tools of Distraction" (a rally beard, free throw gong, an inflatable, dancing tube fan).

On Instagram, Buffalo Wild Wings is building "Instagram Stories" that offer people a "playbook tutorial for using B-Dubs' menu items to help affect games just by tapping through each step of the play."

B-Dubs said that people who use the #HitTheButton hash tag could find their tweets scrolled in real-time on the hoops-dedicated Web site, which offers TV scheudules and other March Madness items.
 
At the Final Four Fan Fest in Phoenix, the Buffalo Wild Wings Sports Lounge will include a Rally Beard Photo Op station, flat-screen TVs airing tournament coverage, a Blazin’ Challenge wing eating contest, Pop-a-Shot free-throw games and appearances by March Madness TV analysts and former coaches including Steve Lavin and Seth Greenberg.

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