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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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Mar032019

For Sale: Bryce Harper, Philadelphia Phillies, Jerseys, Cards, Tickets, Videogames

By Barry Janoff

March 3, 2019: Bryce Harper has bought into the Philadelphia Phillies, and now the Phillies and MLB are seeking to get Philadelphia and the rest of the baseball world to buy into him.

It appears to be an easy sell.

Harper signed a 13-year, $330 million contract with the team this past Friday (March 1), and it only took the weekend for the team and its marketing department  — as well as MLB and partners — to respond.

His No. 3 jersey is up-and-running on the team’s Web site, MLBShop.com and Fanatics.com ($119.99).

According to Fanatics, Philadelphia Phillies merchandise sales are up 5,000% over last year at this time, and Harper’s Phillies jersey “is the No. 1-selling jersey of all -time in any sport for any player during the first 24 hours of a launch.”

He opted not to request the No. 34 he wore for seven seasons with the Washington Nationals (Hall of Famer Mickey Mantle was an idol, Mantle wore No. 7 with the New York Yankees, 3+4=7) because, as Harper said, “I thought (the late) Roy Halladay should be the last one to wear it (with the Phillies).”

Although No. 34 has been worn since Halladay (who died in 2017 in a plane crash and was posthumously elected to the Hall of Fame this year) left the Phillies in 2013, according to the team, Harper’s sense of baseball history has unofficially retired Halliday’s No. 34 with the Phils.

“It’s a special day at the ballpark — it’s officially Bryce Harper Day,” Francis Winkey, senior merchandise manager for the Phillies New Era Team Store said in a clip posted on the team’s Web site. “We’ve had product, just waiting for it to be official.

“Once we knew his number, we were able to the No. 3 on a jersey, and put it up for sale. And every day we are getting new (Harper) products In.”

The Phillies said they sold more than 180,000 tickets in the days after signing Harper.

Opening  Day is March 28 against the Atlanta Braves (NBC 10 in Philadelphia), with the four-game set scheduled to get some national air time, including Saturday March 30 on FS1 and Sunday Night Baseball (March 31) on ESPN.

MLB the Show 19 from Sony Entertainment for PlayStation4 initially released a mock cover with Harper in a nondescript grey hoodie, but has now updated it to show him in his Phillies uniform and cap.

"I’m official!” Harper posted to his Twitter page (more than 1 million followers) with shot of the new cover. “The new @phillies cover will be on shelves for @mlbtheshow launch day on 3/26."

An intro trailer, released in November in which Harper is seen on the field in his Nationals uniform, asks, “Which jersey will Bryce wear on the final cover?”

“Certainly the story of the day, and on everybody’s mind is what does the future hold for Bryce Harper?” says a voiceover in the MLB the Show 19 spot. “For an individual player this is the biggest story of the off-season.

“Where will he end up? We don’t know. He doesn’t know. But time will tell.”

His resume follows: “Six-time All-Star. 2015 NL MVP. 2018 Home Run Derby champion. The hair.”

Topps has unveiled Bryce Harper Phillies posters and a limited Harper Topps NOW card.

The card front shows Harper in his new Phillies jersey.

The back of the Topps Now card reads: “3/2/19 Bryce Harper signed the largest deal in MLB history, agreeing to a 13-year, $330-million contract with the Philadelphia Phillies. The 26-year-old outfielder has been among the most talented hitters in the League since he debuted in 2012, totaling 184 home runs and an elite .388 on-base percentage.”

FOCO has unveiled what it called the “first two officially licensed bobbleheads to feature Harper in Phillies gear.”

The Bryce Harper Game of Thrones Iron Throne Bobblehead is part of the recently launched MLB Game of Thrones collection, and features Harper sitting on the famous Iron Throne.

A Bryce Harper “Welcome to Philadelphia” billboard bobblehead features Harper in his new Phillies uniform posing in front of a sign that welcomes the All-Star slugger to his new home.

“Bryce Harper is one of baseball’s most dynamic players, so it’s no surprise that Phillies fans are excited to have him as part of their team” Matthew Katz, licensing manager for FOCO, said via the company.

“It was a long off-season waiting for this decision and nothing makes this announcement more official than having a Bryce Harper bobblehead in Philadelphia Phillies pinstripes.”

Anticipate new creative and/or gear from such marketing partners as Gatorade, Under Armour and New Era.

Harper Named Cover Athlete For MLB The Show 19

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