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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

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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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• 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).

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Feb022013

Counting Cards: WNBA Finds That Casinos Deal Winning Hands For League, Teams

By Barry Janoff

February 2, 2013: The WNBA continues to mine jersey-sponsorship endorsement deals and alliances with gaming-related businesses as a way to generate income. The latest is a "multi-year marquee partnership" between the Tulsa Shock and Osage Casino that includes the Osage Casino logo on Shock home and away jerseys beginning this season.

The Shock are the seventh team of 12 in the league with a jersey sponsorship deal. It also is the second such deal that begins with the 2013 season, following the Indiana Fever and Finish Line.

This is also the third alliance between the WNBA and casino-related firms.

The Connecticut Sun have been owned and operated since 2003 by the Mohegan Sun, which is under the auspices of the Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority. The 2013 WNBA All-Star Game will be played in the Mohegan Sun Arena, as was the 2009 All-Star Game. Mohegan Sun said it has 6,000 slot machines, 325 table games and 40 poker tables.

The NBA has been dipping its toe into gaming-related alliances for several years. The 2007 NBA All-Star Game was played in Las Vegas. Mohegan Sun also has a marketing alliance with the Boston Celtics, which in January was renewed and expanded. The Mohegan Sun Sports Bar is located within TD Bank Garden, which is home to the Celtics and NHL's Boston Bruins.

The New York Liberty and Foxwoods Resort Casino have a marketing deal that includes jersey-front sponsorship.

Financial terms of the Shock-Osage pact were not disclosed.

Osage Casino will support the alliance via multi-media advertising, signage and fan activation at the Shock's home BOK Center arena, social media and community events.
 
“The Osage Casino is a contributing part of the Tulsa and Oklahoma business community, and we are proud to help support the growth of our local professional basketball team,” Neil Cornelius, CEO for Osage Casino, said in a statement.

Osage Casino in Tulsa, operated by the  Osage Nation, has more than 1,000 electronic games, 11 table games and an six-table poker room, according to executives.

Among the other WNBA teams with jersey deals are the Los Angeles Sparks (Farmers Insurance), Seattle Mystics (Microsoft's Bing), Phoenix Mercury (LifeLock), and the Washington Mystics (Inova Health System).

The WNBA also has a deal with Sprint's Boost Mobile for jersey-front branding with ten of the league's 12 teams. As the official outfitter of the league, adidas is also allowed to have its logo on all WNBA jerseys.

“The Osage Casino is a contributing part of the Tulsa and Oklahoma business community, and we're proud to help support the growth of our basketball team.”

The NBA is currently working toward allowing its teams to wear brand logo patches on game uniforms, possibly as soon as the 2013-14 season.

“This agreement and the ability of our organization to secure a marquee partnership is one of the most significant milestones in franchise history,” Steve Swetoha, president of the Tulsa Shock, said in a statement. “Osage Casino is a widely respected local and regional brand in the gaming and entertainment industry.  Partnering with such a strong local brand will only enhance our own branding and visibility opportunities in Northeast Oklahoma.”

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