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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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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

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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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Jan122015

College Football Playoff, Title Game Produce Real Emotions, Counterfeit Products

By Barry Janoff

January 12, 2015: Monday night marks the first Championship Game under the new College Football Playoff format, with Oregon meeting Ohio State in AT&T Stadium.

But during the week-long buildup to the game, and throughout game day itself, executives from the NCAA, College Football Playoff, the two universities and others have been dealing with a problem nearly as traditional as college football: counterfeit merchandise.

The business of college sports is lucrative, with the retail market for collegiate licensed products estimated at $4.6 billion annually,, according to IMG College, the division of IMG Worldwide that focuses on college sports marketing, sponsorship and activation.

Counterfeit merchandise has become its own substantial cottage industry. During the two College Football Playoff semifinals played earlier this month, the Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual and the Allstate Sugar Bowl, more than 1,100 counterfeit items with a retail value of nearly $30,000 were seized, according to IMG College.

This past October, College Licensing Company, the licensing division of IMG College, signed a six-year deal to become the exclusive CFP licensing representative.

Since then, CLC has signed deals with some 49 companies that are officially licensed to produce approved merchandise bearing the marks of the College Football Playoff. About a third of the licensees had already worked with IMG College, CLC and the NCAA under the previous BCS system.

But with the arrival of the CFP system, the stakes became higher and the rewards more substantial both for official and unofficial participants.

“Protecting the brand and integrity of the College Football Playoff and its consumers is of the upmost importance,” Cory Moss, CLC svp and managing director, said in a statement. “By teaming with law enforcement officials, we have the ability to cover a large jurisdiction and deter potential counterfeiters, while ensuring consumers are not lured into purchasing inferior, unlicensed product.”

Among the brands that have official CFP status are adidas, 47 Brand, Cutter & Buck, Nike USA, Nike by Haddad Apparel Group, Under Armour by Gear for Sports, Fathead, Franklin Mint and Wilson Sporting Goods. (See full list below.)

Royalties generated from the sale of CFP merchandise help fund the organization’s philanthropic initiative, Extra Yard for Teachers. Extra Yard for Teachers is dedicated to honoring and supporting teachers nationally and in the communities that host the CFP National Championship through the direct provision of resources, professional development and training, teacher recognition and the support of a college-going culture.

According to Bill Hancock, executive director for the College Football Playoff, “We are pleased with the enforcement efforts to date and know that CLC and the network of law enforcement officials they have coordinated will use their full arsenal of resources to ensure that the fans and consumers of the College Football Playoff enjoy a positive experience during their time at the game and our weekend events.

Among the guidelines that CLC offered for consumers seeking to purchase CFP items:

Consumer tips for purchasing officially licensed College Football Playoff merchandise:
 
• All officially licensed College Football Playoff merchandise should display the, “Officially Licensed Collegiate Product” or the CFP’s “Extra Yard for Teachers” hologram somewhere on the product or hangtag.
 
• The merchandise should depict the College Football Playoff logos and trademarks in a tasteful manner.
 
• The tag on the garment should be intact. A torn or missing tag is evidence of a garment of inferior quality, one that probably would not meet the stringent quality standards put in place by the College Football Playoff.
 
• All merchandise should bear the name of the manufacturer somewhere on the product, either in the form of a hangtag, a neck label, or screen-printed directly on the garment.
 
• All merchandise should have the appropriate trademark designations (i.e. TM, â) next to a specific name or design.

CLC represents nearly 200 colleges, universities, conferences, bowls, the NCAA and the Heisman Trophy. CLC says that college sports have some 190 million fans, "the largest fan base of all sports."

“Protecting the brand and integrity of the College Football Playoff and its consumers is of the upmost importance."

“The College Football Playoff has the potential to be the biggest event in the history of college sports,” said Moss. “CLC is partnering with a true leader in the sport’s growth and evolution at a time when there’s vast potential for this new brand.  We will draw on our full range of resources and expertise to capitalize on the attention and buzz of the College Football Playoff. CFP’s faith in CLC reinforces our position as the licensing company with the resources and experience to grow and protect the biggest and most iconic brands in college sports.”

The first College Football Playoff Championship Game: Jan. 12, AT&T Stadium, 8:30 PM ESPN.

The "best-in-class" licensees selected to produce College Football Playoff branded merchandise for retail sale include:
 adidas; Antigua; Box Seat Clothing Company; Captivating Headgear; Columbia by OCS; 47 Brand; Cutter & Buck; Game Change Apparel; G-III; Blue 84; Knights Apparel; New World Graphics; Nike USA; Nike by Haddad Apparel Group; Wildcat Retro Brands; Outerstuff; Sportsscarf; Top of the World; Under Armour by Gear for Sports; Zephyr Graf-X; Blakeway Worldwide Panoramas; Boelter Brands; B.S.I. Products; Highland Mint; Emblem Source; Fanatics Authentics; Fathead; Franklin Mint; Fremont Die Consumer Products; Hunter Manufacturing; Kolder Incorporated;  Matthew Powell Creations; OYO Sportstoys Inc; ProGraphs; R.F.S.J. Inc; Rico Industries/Tag Express; Sewing Concepts; Team Beans; Wilson Sporting Goods; WinCraft.

Source: CLC

IMG College's CLC Takes On Lucrative College Football Playoff Licensing

Sales Of College Merchandise Hit $4.6 Billion

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