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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

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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• 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
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Feb242016

Survey: College ADs Face Fiscal Challenges In Supporting Fans, Facilities, Future

By Barry Janoff

February 24, 2016: College sports are big not just on campus but in business, marketing, media and the hearts and minds of athletes, alumnus and fans, with short- and long-term impacts on academia, finances, politics and society.

There are more than 190 million fans of college sports, the largest fan base in all sports, including 89 million female fans, with 31 million earning $100,000+ annually and 27 million in the 18-24 age demographic, according to sports marketing and licensing firm IMG College, based in Winston-Salem, NC.

In 2015, there were 20 universities that made $100 million or more from sports, up from 13 in 2014, from TV deals, licensing and rights fees, ticket sales, donations and other venues.

They are led by the University of Oregon ($196 million, including more than $300 million from alumnus Phil Knight, CEO and founder for Nike), Texas ($161 million), Michigan ($157.9 million), Alabama ($153.2 million) and Ohio State ($145.2 million), according to a study overseen by USA Today.

With that as an high-stakes, high-profile backdrop, university athletic directors are facing new challenges, including focusing more than ever on ways to grow and strengthen college sports while enhancing and optimizing the experience for athletes, students, fans and business and marketing partners.

Some 30% of college athletic directors said they had an annual budget of at least $50 million and 65% with football programs had budgets in excess of $60 million, according to a new survey, "Trends in College Athletics," from the Ohio University Center for Sports Administration in Athens and Los Angeles-based AECOM, an $18 billion firm that is a global leader in sports and business venue design and construction.

Among university athletic directors nationwide, 38% said that their schools plan to invest more than $10 million in upgrading current or new facilities over the next year, 29% plan to invest $50 million over the next five years and 50% plan to invest at least $25 million during that five-year period.

Also key among the priorities are enhancing game day experiences for fans and continuing to heighten the importance of academics among student-athletes.

The big hurdle, however, is keeping budgets focused in a changing  student-athlete environment.
 
“The data shows some of the unique challenges collegiate athletic programs face,” Drew Berst, director of business development, sports for AECOM, said in a statement. “Athletic directors are in the precarious position of needing facilities that serve multiple constituencies.

"Our data shows that athletic departments are increasingly investing in student-athlete education, and are seeking to maximize the revenue potential of their venues so they can rely less on university and public funding to support their programs," said Berst.

Concurrently, such fan amenities as food, beverage and premium seating are "increasing in importance."

Among fan amenities, the items of most importance included food and beverage (77%), high-tech connectivity (70%), premium seating (69%), improving the public space in stadiums and arenas (66%) and transportation (53%). The study stressed that "all fan amenities (were) perceived as important and are trending higher" among ADs.

As far as attracting new student-athletes, ADs put among the most important (in order) practice and training facilities, locker rooms, academic space, housing, sports medicine and lounges and cafeterias.

When it comes to the design and/or improvements of facilities, ADs said that the groups that had the biggest impact or influence were the NCAA, their respective conferences, college administrators and university policy makers, student-athletes, alumni and donors, competitor schools and recruits, per the study.

“This investment in growth is associated with a shift toward support for student-athletes,” said Dr. Heather Lawrence, associate professor of sports administration and the AECOM professor of sport business, Ohio University. “We’re seeing increased focus on the value of investment in the student-athlete experience both on the field and academically.”

The survey was conducted in November 2015 among 87 NCAA athletic directors from 25 Division I conferences. It is a follow-up to a "Trends in College Athletics" survey conducted in 2014.

Study: NCAA Athletes See Rise In Food, Facility Budget

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