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• Nascar has signed a deal to acquire International Speedway Corp. in a transaction valued at $2 billon. ISC owns and operates venues including Talladega Superspeedway, Michigan International Speedway, Richmond Raceway, Auto Club Speedway of Southern California, Kansas Speedway, ISM Raceway, Chicagoland Speedway and Route 66 Raceway, Homestead-Miami Speedway, Martinsville Speedway, Darlington Raceway, and Watkins Glen International.

ISC also owns Motor Racing Network, the nation's largest independent sports radio network; and Americrown, a subsidiary that provides catering services, and food and beverage concessions.

• 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.

• 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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Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.
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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

NFL Mexico 2019
• Nov. 18 Kansas City  Chiefs v Los Angeles Chargers Mexico City Estadio Azteca (ESPN Monday Night Football).

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Oct242014

Fans Of Cal-Oregon Football Rivalry Get New Weapon With Intel's Pocket Avatars

By Barry Janoff

October 24, 2014: Game 3 of the World Series will be played tonight (Oct. 24) in AT&T Park between the host San Francisco Giants and the visiting Kansas City Royals.

Some 30 miles down the road, the University of California-Berkeley will be hosting Pac-12 rival Oregon in the first college football game to be played in Levi's Stadium, the new $1.2 billion home of the NFL's San Francisco 49ers.

To keep things even more interesting than they will be, both Cal and Oregon have partnered with IMG College and Intel Corp., which is an official partner with Levi's Stadium, to produce exclusive Pocket Avatars, a messaging application that offers consumers a "unique and fun way to communicate via animated avatars."

The branded avatars, available in Intel’s Pocket Avatar app, will enable fans of the Golden Bears to send personalized messages in their own voice to one another or to fans of the rival Ducks, and vise versa. A free app is available for both iOS and Android.

Cal fans can select “Golden” from the Pocket Avatars app; Duck Fans will be able to select “Speedy." (Listen to a sample Speedy message here.)

There is an Intel Plaza at Levi’s Stadium, and the company said they would be showcasing the Pocket Avatars and instant message application on site.

According to Intel and IMG College, which is the college sports marketing division of global sports marketing and representation firm IMG, fans can use the characters to record a personalized, 3-D video message — in their own voice! — mirroring the users’ facial gestures. Fans can then send the message to friends, family and hated rivals via text, email, social networks such as Facebook and Twitter, or the Pocket Avatars app itself.

For those fans who might want to trash-talk the opposing side with expletive-deleted or messages with racial or other offensive slurs, IMG College and Intel said the app will not be user-friendly.

"Pocket Avatars does not employ any real-time filters for language or content, but Intel does have 'Terms of User' guidelines which restrict inappropriate use of their product," said Andrew Giangola, vp-strategic communications for IMG College. "Intel can remove a user who violates their terms of use once they become aware of any inappropriate usage. Intel could also delete a message so it’s not distributed further."

According to Giangola, Intel grants users "quite a lot of control with regard to whom they message.  Should a user wish to stop seeing content or messages from another user, they provide controls to either block or delete contacts from their Pocket Avatars friend list." (Details here.)

Cal and Oregon currently are the only two universities licensed with Pocket Avatars. But that could expand, especially considering that IMG College represents more than 200 universities. Intel said there are more than 60 avatars in the Pocket Avatars app and that new characters are introduced on a regular basis.

Sales of college-related merchandise is a $4.6 billion category, according to IMG College.

"The plan is to see how this pilot performs and then evaluate," said Giangola. "There is no doubt that this is a cutting-edge digital product, Intel is a great company, and this has a chance to drive royalties to schools while providing something really cool to fans. These college-branded avatars are a great example of using digital technology to enhance and build fan engagement . . . particularly in getting millennials connected to a team."

Sales Of College-Related Merchandise Now A $4.6 Billion Category

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