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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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Sep202010

Eli Manning QBs Oreo Double Stuf Racing Ads, But Where Are Peyton, Serena?

Eli Manning and Shaquille O'Neal discuss the merits of new Oreo Double Stuf Heads or Tails in TV spot.September 20, 2010: New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning has often appeared in national ads alongside older brother Peyton, but he steps into the spotlight to lead an organization that has stocked itself with all-stars: the Oreo Double Stuf Racing League. Manning, who had been teamed on the DSLR with brother Peyton for several years, now leads a line-up that includes Shaquille O'Neal of the NBA's Boston Celtics, Olympic gold medal-winning speed skater Apolo Anton Ohno and tennis star Venus Williams, another DSRL veteran whose previous partner was her sister, Serena.

Parent company Kraft Foods confirmed that Peyton Manning and Serena Williams no longer have marketing deals with the company and that Kraft, Nabisco and Oreo executives decided to move the DSRL campaign forward without them.

The sales of Double Stuf are in a much stronger position today than when Peyton and Eli helped to launch the fictitious DSRL three years ago, showing double-digit improvements every year, according to Stephen Chirss, senior director of scale and marketing partnerships for Kraft Foods North America. Sisters Venus and Serena Williams came on board after that to keep the family theme going as they challenged the Manning Brothers for DSRL supremacy.

"We had a great relationship with both Peyton and Serena, but they are no longer part of the campaign," said Chriss. "They are focusing on other things and we have decided to go in a different direction, with Eli heading up a new team that still include Venus but also adds Shaquille O'Neal and Apolo Ohno. Having Peyton with us from the beginning worked well for us and gave the product great awareness with consumers, but we feel that with Eli and the others we have a very strong marketing program."

The quad group of stars are featured in a campaign breaking Sept. 20 in which they "challenge a mysterious hooded menace who threatens to overtake the league. The campaign's first 30-second spot follows Manning as he assembles his team to face "the lick racing nemesis. According to Nabisco, will be left to speculate about the "shadowy adversary"  — described as a "notable celebrity — whose identity will not be revealed until January 2011.

Businessman Donald Trump previously faced off against athletes in the DSRL but, like Peyton Manning and Serena Williams, he is currently no where to be seen, as his deal with Kraft Foods also ended.

Does Apolo Ohno favor Heads or Tails?Support for the new campaign includes print, POP and Internet, led by a social media campaign on a dedicated Facebook/Oreo page in which consumers can enter a "Twist It" contest for an opportunity to met the DSRL athletes in person. (Full details here.) Lead agency is DraftFCB Chicago.
 
The campaign is supporting the launch of Double Stuf Oreo Heads or Tails cookies, which feature a chocolate wafer on one side and a vanilla wafer on the other, with the double creme in between.

"In Team DSRL we've assembled the most unique collaboration of world-class athletic talent I've ever seen," Eli Manning, who helped launch the campaign in 2008, said in a statement.  "We may excel in different sports but when united behind an Oreo Double Stuf cookie and a glass of milk, we are a lick racing force to be reckoned with."

According to Shaquille O'Neal, "People don't realize how much precision, speed and concentration it takes to win a lick race. You may have seen me take down a backboard or two in my time, but I guarantee no shattered glass when I dunk my Double Stuf Oreo Heads or Tails."

Donald Trump Double Stufs Manning Brothers, Williams Sisters In Oreo DSRL Campaign

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