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• 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. Kohl’s said that the addition of “hundreds of thousands of items across team apparel, jerseys and additional merchandise categories will give Kohl’s customers access to a deeper selection of products.” Full story here.

• Maria Sharapova has withdrawn from the Grand Slam at French Open, citing her shoulder injury and recovery.

• Earvin “Magic” Johnson and Larry Bird will be the co-recipients of the NBA Lifetime Achievement Award, to be honored during the NBA Awards on June 24 (TNT).

• The American Gaming Assn. has released a new set of self-regulations on advertising and marketing legal sports betting, the “Responsible Marketing Code for Sports Wagering. “The new code includes self-imposed restrictions on target audiences, outlets and materials branding, while mandating responsible gaming inclusion.” 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

Results from NBA Draft Lottery 2019 presented by State Farm — aka the Zion Williamson Lottery:
1. New Orleans  
2. Memphis        
3. New York        
4.Los Angeles Lakers     
5. Cleveland
6. Phoenix          
7. Chicago
8. Atlanta
 9. Washington
10. Atlanta (from Dallas)
11. Minnesota
12. Charlotte        
13.  Miami
14.  Boston (from Sacramento via Philadelphia)

BUY SELL

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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Jan162013

Infiniti Connects With ESPN, College Coaches For March Madness Marketing

Special to NYSportsJournalism.com

January 16, 2013: Infiniti likes the Big Dance so much that it is retuning for third year.

The automaker has signed with the NCAA, ESPN and the National Association of Basketball Coaches as the sponsor of the "Infiniti Coaches' Charity Challenge" for the third year.

The program, which expanded last year, pits 48 NABC coaches from the nation's top NCAA Division I men's basketball programs in a fan-vote challenge, with the total Infiniti contribution reaching $335,000.

Infiniti, an official corporate partner of the NCAA, said it would make a $100,000 donation to a charity designated by the winning coach.

The Infiniti Coaches' Charity Challenge will be promoted each week through a wide range of media, including the ESPN Game of the Week, Facebook and other social media.

ESPN's activation launches with four integrated content pieces narrated by Duke head basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski at ESPN.com/Infiniti. ESPN CreativeWorks worked with TBA\Chiat\Day New York for the pieces.

The first piece premiered during the Tennessee vs. Kentucky game on ESPN. They will run during about 14 college hoops games on ESPN this season from through early March. (See coach segments here.)

Infiniti will use this campaign and other March Madness activation to support the 2014 Q50, due to hit showrooms this summer, and other 2014 releases.

"Last season, Infiniti was pleased to present Ohio State University men's basketball coach Thad Matta a $100,000 check for his charity, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Ohio, for winning the annual "Infiniti Coaches' Charity Challenge," Ben Poore, vp for Infiniti Americas, said in a statement. "We know Coach Matta will plan on defending his title, but the 47 other coaches and their fans are going to put up a great fight."

Among the participating coaches and their charities are: Krzyzewski (Emily Krzyzewski Center); John Beilein, Michigan (The St. Louis Center); Sean Miller, Arizona (Ronald McDonald House Charities, Southern Arizona); and Bill Self, Kansas (Assists Foundation).

All 48 coaches' charities are guaranteed at least $5,000 from Infiniti.
 
Fan participation at a dedicate Web site, which began this week, will determine the ultimate winner over an eight-week period.Coaches will vie against each other and be narrowed down by brackets similar to March Madness.  Fans can vote for one coach per region per day. The winning coach will be announced March 11.  (Full details here.)

"College basketball coaches across America contribute in so many ways throughout the year for numerous national and local charitable organizations as well as community projects and initiatives," said Jim Haney, executive director for the NABC,  said in a statement. "The Infiniti Coaches' Charity Challenge enables college basketball fans to team with these outstanding coaches in providing significant financial support and awareness for so many worthy programs."

"We're also looking forward to joining fans across the nation for a great season of outstanding competition on the courts."

According to Infiniti's Poore, "Infiniti is proud to once again support NCAA Division I men's basketball and the NABC and their outstanding efforts in raising funds and support for their designated charities. We're also looking forward to joining fans across the nation for a great season of outstanding competition on the courts."

NCAA corporate champions are AT&T, Capital One and Coca-Cola.

NCAA corporate partners are Allstate, Buick, Enterprise, Infiniti, LG, Lowe's, Nabisco, Northwest Mutual, Reese's Unilever and UPS.

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