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• 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.

• The U.S. Women’s National Team Players Association, LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner, and social impact education innovator EVERFI, Inc. have oined the students of Santee Elementary School in San Jose to launch The Compassion Project for the 2019-2020 school year, described as a “national nonprofit dedicated to providing compassion education to elementary school students across the U.S.”

• The U.S. Golf Association has aligned with Marvel Entertainment to create exclusive golf education products to “engage junior golfers on the essential elements to learning the game." Scheduled to launch in June at the 2019 U.S. Open Championship at Pebble Beach, the collaboration features printed and digital comic books with many of Marvel’s super heroes The story follows Tony Stark (Iron Man) and other Avengers as they teach the next generation of Marvel Super Heroes about golf. Limited-edition Marvel-themed golf posters will be distributed (while supplies last) at the Junior Experience at the 2019 U.S. Open.

• Major League Lacrosse has signed a deal with Anheuser-Busch to have its Bud Light brand become the official beer partner for the 2019 MLL All-Star Game, being played in Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, Annapolis, MD on July 27. The deal includes “prominent signage on the playing field, fan zone activation and various on-site promotions at several sports bars and retail locations in the Greater Annapolis area leading up to the All-Star Game.”

• 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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• 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

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• Nov. 18 Kansas City  Chiefs v Los Angeles Chargers Mexico City Estadio Azteca (ESPN Monday Night Football).

Wednesday
Oct172018

With DAZN Deal, 'Canelo' Alvarez Joins Floyd Mayweather Jr. As $300M Boxer

By Barry Janoff

October 17, 2018: Boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr.’s nickname is “Money.”

People can now start calling boxer Saul "Canelo" Alvarez “Big Money.”

With boxing executives calling it “the beginning of a new era in boxing,” Alvarez has signed a five-year, 11-fight deal valued at a “minimum of $365 million” with DAZN.

DAZN (pronounced Da-Zone) is a streaming network based out of the U.K. and under the auspices of executive chairman John Skipper, the former president for ESPN.

The deal — called the “largest for an athlete in sports history” by industry analysts — was unveiled in conjunction with a media event today in New York’s Madison Square Garden to promote Alvarez’s next fight, scheduled for Dec. 15 in The Garden against Rocky Fielding.

The fight will be the first for Alvarez under his new DAZN deal, as well as his first bout in Madison Square Garden.

DAZN already has a deal beginning in 2019 with Golden Boy Promotions, headed by former boxing champion and chairman and CEO Oscar de la Hoya.

“Oscar de la Hoya has been the most important person in the history of boxing pay-per-view. Right now, Canelo Alvarez is the most important fighter in pay-per-view,” Skipper (pictured below with Alvarez and Fielding) said during the media conference.

“He has sold 3.6 million buys in his last three PPV fights for a total revenue of close to a quarter of a billion dollars. His next 11 fights will be available exclusively internationally on DAZN.”

According to Skipper, “This is the beginning of a new era in boxing.”

The deal with DAZN comes on the heels of HBO deciding to phase out its live boxing telecasts.

“When one door closes another opens and we are very happy with this deal with DAZN,” Alvarez said at the media event through a translator. “(But) forget about the money — it is important for me that the fans enjoy the fight at a low price.”

DAZN said it offers more than 80 live and on-demand fights a year at $9.99 per month.

DAZN also recently signed an alliance with Matchroom Boxing, an eght-year pact put at $1 billion and called “the biggest-ever deal in boxing.”

On its roster of boxers, DAZN has an exclusive deal with Anthony Joshua, who holds the IBF, WBA and WBO heavyweight belts.

The Canelo-Fielding 12-round fight for the WBA Super Middleweight World Title is being presented by Golden Boy Promotions in association with Matchroom Boxing.

It is being lead-sponsored by Tecate and Hennessy.

Alvarez (50-1-2, 34 KOs) is moving up in weight for the bout.

Alvarez, who has the WBA and WBC middleweight crowns, defeated Gennady Glolovkin on Sept. 15. The fight was shown on HBO PPV and had about 1.1 million buys, generating upward of $94 million, according to industry analysts.

The fight, which was also shown in 450 theaters nationwide, generated more than $23.4 million from ticket sales at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, according to the Nevada State Athletic Commission.

Alvarez’ previous fight with Golovikin in September 2017 also topped one million PPV buys; as did his bout in May 2017 against Julio Cesar Chavez

Alvarez’ only loss came against Mayweather Jr. in September 2013.

The world’s highest paid athletes list this past year was topped by Mayweather Jr. at nearly $300 million from his fight against Conor McGregor and some $10 million in endorsements.

Soccer star Leo Messi was a distant second at about $110 million from salary and endorsements, according to Forbes.

“Adding this exclusive arrangement with Golden Boy and its quality roster of fighters to our Matchroom U.K. and Matchroom U.S. fights gives us a year-long schedule of premium events for boxing fans,” Skipper said during the media conference.

“We add our Bellator, Combate MMA fights, and our World Boxing Super Series dates to provide a superior and affordable annual offering for fight fans.”

PHOTOS COURTESY GOLDEN BOY PROMOTIONS, DAZN

DAZN Invests $1B To Ignite Boxing In U.S.

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