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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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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
• 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).

Thursday
May062010

Retailers Seek To Reverse Swing In Declining Golf Numbers

May 6, 2010: Mark Twain once commented that "Golf is a good walk, ruined." Apparently, more people are taking his words to heart.

In 2009, there were 486 million rounds of golf played on courses nationwide, down from 518 million rounds played in 2000, according to the National Golf Foundation. NGF, based in Jupiter, Fla., said that leading factors contributing to the decline are weather and the economy.

Golf has attracted the interest of more casual and non-golf fans this year due to the headlines being made by Tiger Woods off the course and Phil Mickelson's achievements on the course, including winning The Masters in April. However, that interest has not translated well for golf courses themselves. According to NGF, the decline has continued in 2010, with the number of rounds of golf played down 12.4% in the first three months of this year versus the same period in 2009.

The NGF also said the number of golfers in the U.S. has fallen for each of the past several years. Beginning with a peak in 2005 when more than 30 million golfers hit courses across the nation, the numbers were down to 29.5 million golfers in 2007 and 28.6 million golfers in 2008. (Numbers for 2009 have not yet been released to the public.)

However, two golf retailers have taken measures to help reverse this decline.

Golfsmith, which operates 75 retail stores across the country, has teamed with more than 70 golf courses to launch "Free Golf Month," during which it plans to give vouchers for upward of 50,000 rounds of golf to customers who have a minimum in-store purchase of $99. Golfsmith said the average free round is valued at $45-$50.

Separately, an online boutique for women's golf apparel, accessories, gear and fitness products has launched at Golf4Her.com. According to "webtique" founder and golfer Christina Thompson, golf retailers stock less than 15% of their inventory for women. "Golf4Her.com is 100% for women [and]  caters to the growing number of female golfers who want to look chic, sexy and fashionable on the golf course."

Golfsmith said that its promotion is a win-win for for golf because offering free rounds makes golf a bit more affordable for customers and will also benefit golf courses by potentially attracting new golfers to their courses. And Golfsmith also benefits. "With our ‘Free Golf Month’ promotion we’re now providing our customers a free pass and access to our network of great courses throughout the country while setting ourselves apart from the competition,” Marty Hanaka, CEO at Austin, Texas-based Golfsmith, said in a statement.

The vouchers, one per customer while supplies last, are good at participating golf courses that have partnered with Golfsmith locations in their respective areas. (Full details here).

“We’re making golf very affordable,”  said Hanaka. “Despite the challenging economic climate we are giving our customers exactly what they want - the opportunity to play more golf."

Golf4Her.com said its strategy is to tap into what the National Golf Foundation defines as one of the fastest growing demographics in the game, with an estimated 6.5 million women who are avid golfers.

"At Golf4Her, our goal is to inspire women to look and feel their best on and off the course", Thompson said in a statement. To that end, Golf4Her said it has partnered with the golf industry's top designers to offer the "latest styles, newest fabrics and hottest trends" in women's golf fashion.

"At Golf4Her, our goal is to inspire women to look and feel their best on and off the course", said Thompson. "We hope to be the first stop when shopping for golf apparel and accessories."

Thompson said the new site also offers a live chat feature that provides visitors with real-time support.

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