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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. 13 Carolina Panthers v Tampa Bay Buccaneers Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
• Oct. 27  Cincinnati Bengals v Los Angeles Rams Wembley Stadium
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Mar062018

Clippers Milestone Marketing Deal With Bumble Unites Gender-Equality Companies

By Barry Janoff

March 6, 2018: The Los Angeles Clippers have signed a landmark deal naming social-media relationship company Bumble a team marketing partner, including a logo patch on player jerseys.

The alliance is considered a milestone not because the Clippers are the 20th NBA team to sign a jersey-patch pact but because of the companies involved.

Bumble is led by founder and CEO Whitney Wolfe Herd and other women, with a primary dating app that requires women to make the first steps in any potential female-male chat and/or personal or professional networking relationship.

Since its launch in 2014, Bumble has grown to include than 26 million users.

Bumble said its partnership with the Clippers was “inspired by the NBA’s global footprint and the recognition that the Clippers are one of the most progressive organizations in sports and entertainment, led by the NBA’s largest female leadership team.”

Clippers executives include team president Gillian Zucker, the only woman with that title in the NBA; CFO Chris Leotis, director of business development Danita Johnson and director of strategic partnerships Erin Prober.

Financial terms of the Clippers-Bumble deal were not shared. The alliance was valued at $20 million over three years by industry analysts.

The parntership begins tonight (March 6) when the Clippers host the New Orleans Pelicans in the Staples Center.

The Bumble “Empowerment Badge” will be featured on team uniforms and “serve as a powerful reminder from these two world-class companies of how innovation and excellence come from including different perspectives and backgrounds.”

“Never before has a major professional sports team partnered in this way with a female-driven brand like Bumble,” Wolfe Herd, who was co-founder of relationship app Tinder, then founded Bumble shortly after leaving Tinder in 2014., said in a statement. “It’s an honor to partner with an organization as progressive and compassionate as the Clippers.

“Like us, they know generating awareness for diversity and gender equality is critical to business success.”

Austin, Texas-base Bumble said its alliance with the Clippers would be a “fully integrated marketing partnership (enabling) Bumble and the Clippers to leverage their passionate fan followings to further encourage these shared values.”

That includes working with Clippers’ community initiatives to “strengthen the skills, confidence and knowledge necessary for young women to achieve their full potential.”

According to Clippers’ Zucker, “Through (majority owner) Steve Ballmer’s leadership, the Clippers have a clear commitment to diversity and equal opportunity. From our players on the court to our leadership team, we are proud to stand with Bumble and do our part to emphasize that diversity and gender equality in the workplace is essential to organizational excellence.”

Zucker said that Bumble’s “message and technology provide a platform for women in new and non-traditional spaces and it’s important to the Clippers that we innovate and reach our fans wherever our fans are.”

Bumble said it would continue to “commit marketing dollars to working with brands that have strong female representation in executive management, as well as an emphasis on mentoring the next gen of female rising stars.”

The jersey patch deal coincides with the first season of Nike's eight-year, $1 billion deal as the NBA's official on-court uniform provider. Jersey sponsorships were approved by the NBA Board of Governors in April 2016 under a three-year pilot program.

The average value of the 19 previous NBA jersey-patch deals is about $9 million, per industry analysts.

Among the leaders, the Golden State Warriors jersey-logo pact with Rakuten was valued at $60 million over three years.

The Los Angeles Lakers, which share Staples Center with the Clippers, signed with e-commerce firm Wish, a three-year deal that analysts put at $12-$14 million annually, similar in value to an alliance between the New York Knicks and SquareSpace.

The Cleveland Cavaliers signed with Goodyear for $30 million over three years. The Boston Celtics have a three-year deal with GE valued at $24 million.

All patches are 2.5 x 2.5 on the left side, with a Nike Swoosh logo on the right side. Jerseys with sponsor patches do not appear on versions sold at retail outlets but teams have the option to sell the jerseys with sponsor patches in their own retail locations.

The ten teams that have to date not signed logo patch deals include the Chicago Bulls, Dallas Mavericks, Houston Rockets, Indiana Pacers, Memphis Grizzlies, Oklahoma City Thunder, Phoenix Suns, Portland Trail Blazers, San Antonio Spurs and Washington Wizards.
 
NBA Teams With Jersey-Logo Deals (to date):

• Atlanta Hawks (Shareware)

• Boston Celtics (GE)

• Brooklyn Nets (Infor)

• Charlotte Hornets (LendingTree)

• Cleveland Cavaliers (Goodyear)

• Denver Nuggets (Western Union)

• Detroit Pistons (Flagstaff Bank)

• Golden State Warriors (Rakuten)

• Los Angeles Clippers (Bumble)

• Los Angeles Lakers (Wish)

• Miami Heat (Ultimate Software)

• Milwaukee Bucks (Harley Davidson)

• Minnesota Timberwolves (Fitbit)

• New Orleans Pelicans (Zatarain’s)

• New York Knicks (Squarespace)

• Orlando Magic (Disney World)

• Philadelphia 76ers (StubHub)

• Sacramento Kings (Blue Diamond)

• Toronto Raptors (Sun Life)

• Utah Jazz (Qualtrics)

Charlotte Hornets Sign Jersey Alliance With LendingTree

Golden State Warriors Set NBA Mark With $60MM Logo Pact

Lakers, Heat Join NBA Jersey-Patch Deal Barrage

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