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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.” 

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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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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Mar192013

From Zero To Final Four: Coca-Cola Ready For March Madness Marketing Takeover

By Barry Janoff

March 19, 2013: The NCAA Div. 1 Men's Basketball Tournament begins tonight with the First Four and culminates with the Final Four on April 6 and April 8.

NCAA corporate partner Coca-Cola says it has the tournament covered.

Coke this week breaks a series of TV spots under the umbrella theme, "It's Not Your Fault"; will activate with NCAA media partners CBS and Turner Broadcasting (including such programming as Conan O'Brien's late-night TBS show); has incorporated its mark on several March Madness-related Web and mobile destinations; and has taken over part of Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in Atlanta, which not only is where Coke is headquartered but also the site of the Final Four, to be played in the Georgia Dome.

According to Coke, the “It’s Not Your Fault" campaign, which supports Coke Zero, "takes a lighthearted and comedic approach to say that with Coke Zero you can enjoy everything in life."

“We’re talking to men more overtly with 'It’s Not Your Fault," Pio Schunker, svp and head of Integrated Marketing Communications, North America Group for Coca-Cola, said in a statement. “We’re positioning Coke Zero as a defender and celebrator of guy enjoyment.”

"It's Not Your Fault" has endless iterations, each coming with a designated number for future reference, which Coca-Cola said it would carry through to Nascar and football programming later in the year.

In "Gumbel," we get Reason No. 12: "It's not your fault you can't stop watching March Madness. Did you make (NCAA announcer) Greg Gumbel's voice so incredibly soothing?" (See the spot here.)

In "Schedules," we hear Reason No. 45: "It's not your fault you watched eight straight hours of basketball. Did you schedule 16 games in one day? No! So saddle up for hour nine and enjoy everything!" (See the spot here.)

In "Brackets," guys are told, "It's not your fault you are working on brackets instead of working on work. Someone needs to put an end to Sharon's reign of terror (the co-worker who has won the tournament bracket pool seven years running). Plus, picking sides has always been a national tradition (as a shot of the nation's founders picking America over Britain proves). You're not slacking. You're just being patriotic. So pick those picks and enjoy everything." (See the spot here.)

Other spots will include "Video Game," which comes with digital content including a seven-part video series

In Atlanta, where Coke is part of the host city committee, the brand has redesigned part of the arrivals terminal at Hartsfield-Jackson International with Coke-March Madness themed images.

"Since this is our hometown and the world headquarters of Coca-Cola, what better way to do that then to give travelers and fans a proper, southern welcome at the airport as they begin their Final Four experience?” Kasia Horner, who leads the NCAA Final Four host city marketing efforts on behalf of Coca-Cola, said in a statement. “It’s just one component, but certainly the most impactful, of our host city marketing plan."

Coke Zero said that is alliance with Turner and Conan would launch during NCAA Final Four week when the show originates from Atlanta, including bands performing at the Conan Coke Zero Music Series and a Conan “It’s Not Your Fault” promotional spot. Conan will be filmed in Atlanta April 1-4.

Support for the campaign — created in partnership with Droga5 New York, Starcom MediaVest Group, Turner and the NCAA — also includes the March Madness Live mobile app, radio, print and national out-of-home "with a strong focus on Atlanta," according to Coke. The brand will also be on the ground in Atlanta with the Coke Zero Final Four Bracket Town FanFest, offering more than 300,000 square feet of family friendly activities.

“Coke Zero has experienced quarter after quarter growth and success, and we hope to see this campaign continue the momentum. ‘It’s Not Your Fault’ is launching in a big way through universal guy assets like NCAA March Madness and a co-branded promotional spot with Conan,” Andy McMillin, vp-Coke Trademark, North America Group, said in a statement. “Coke Zero brand attributes are well established, now it’s time for the brand to make the next big leap to connect with its drinkers. The brand definitely is evolving.”

Official NCAA corporate champions include AT&T, Capital One and Coca-Cola. Official corporate partners include Allstate, Buffalo Wild Wings, Buick, Enterprise, Infiniti, LG, Lowe’s, Nabisco, Northwestern Mutual, Reese’s (Hershey’s), Unilever and UPS.

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