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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.” 

POLL POSITION

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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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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Mar072015

Dick's Focus On Athletes Is Up-Close, Personal In 'Who WIll You Be?' Campaign

By Barry Janoff

March 6, 2015: Sporting goods retailer Dick's Sporting Goods is roaring into March and its ensuing madness with a new brand campaign, "Who Will You Be?"

The effort is intended not just to drive traffic to its stores but also to support Dick's position as presenting sponsor for ESPN's College Basketball Championship Week, its new alliance with the U.S. Olympic Committee and to put a spotlight on how young athletes are motivated.

The effort is anchored by a 60-second umbrella commercial, "Who Will You Be?" and supported by 24 unique 15-second spots. The long spot and its shorter siblings — all housed on a dedicated Web site — will run on TV and digitally during the NCAA Men's and Women's Div. I Basketball Tournaments and then through the fall.

"'Who Will You Be?' highlights the everyday decisions that athletes face and how the choices they make both reveal and shape their character," Lauren Hobart, svp/CMO for Dick's Sporting Goods, said in a statement. "At Dick's, we believe that sports make people better. This next chapter in our brand story is rooted in this belief."

Last month, Dick's Sporting Goods unveiled a multi-year alliance to become the "official sporting goods retail sponsor to the USOC and Team USA. The pact will see Dick's offer U.S. Olympic and Paralympic team hopefuls the opportunity to work at Dick's in a flex scheduled to accommodate their training schedules.

The long-form umbrella ads shows athletes training or participating in various sports. The shorter versions focus on individual stories.

Among the 15-second spots: "Soft Toss" (high school and college baseball), "7th Inning" (women's baseball) Stickwork (lacrosse), "The One" (a Little Leaguer goes to buy a bat, imagining which one can help him to be like his big league heroes), "King of the Court "(guys playing hoops in a schoolyard), "First Drop" (a young girl on a skateboard) and "Practice Swing" (a guy works over and over to perfect his golf swing).

In "Trophy Case," which works to bookend the other shorter ads, a kid is seen looking at a wall-length showcase filled with trophies from all sports.

According to Hobart, "These 15-second spots enable us to tell multiple stories. Each 15-second story is a glimpse into the subconscious of different athletes in moments both big and small. Some of these moments will speak to very specific audiences; however, we hope this campaign as a whole will touch everyone who has ever pushed themselves to be better."

Dick's will carry the "Who Will You Be?" campaign to print, outdoor, Internet and social media, with new integrations to be released throughout the year.

Regarding the retailer's alliance with the USOC, Hobart said, “At Dick's, we believe in the spirit of athletes and the power of their dreams. We plan to be there to support the athletes who need it most, in a way that no other sporting goods retailer possibly can.”

The Pittsburgh-based company in February reported net sales for the 52 weeks ended Jan. 31, 2015 increased 9.7% from last year's period to $6.8 billion due to the consolidated same store sales increase of 2.4% coupled with the opening of new stores. It has more than 600 locations nationwide.

Dick's Joins With USOC, Team USA

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