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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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• 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
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Dec252016

Kristen Bell Drives Enterprise Marketing Message To NHL, March Madness

By Barry Janoff

Originally Published in MediaPost

December 24, 2016: Enterprise Rent-A-Car wants people to know that it does more than rent cars, and is using its alliances in sports and new deals in Hollywood to get the word out.

The company has signed actress Kristen Bell of Frozen fame (Anna) and NBC’s The Good Place to share the message that Enterprise can help you "with all of your transportation needs."

Beyond car rentals, that includes trucks, car-sharing, luxury car rentals and car sales.

Bell will star in a series of humorous spots, part of a broader multi-media campaign, which Enterprise will break during such events as the outdoor NHL Centennial Classic (Jan. 1) and NHL Winter Classic (Jan. 2) — both on NBC — and NCAA basketball March Madness.

Enterprise is an official partner with both the NHL and NCAA.

The company broke a campaign with actor Joel McHale during the Summer Olympics; this past summer aligned with the release of Paramount’s Star Trek Beyond, its first such deal with a movie studio and "most integrated marketing campaign" to date; and last month became an official partner of Live Nation and will have a presence during concerts nationwide.

"We're upping our game when it comes to telling the Enterprise story," Lee Broughton, vp-North American brand marketing for Enterprise, said in a statement. "Whether through advertising, social media, content or other means, we want to make sure customers experience our brand on a variety of different levels, and that they are moved by the engaging stories we're telling."

In her first commercial for the company, "If Only," Bell says, "Everybody knows Enterprise picks you up. But can they solve all my transportation needs?"

She then is shown how Enterprise rents trucks ("Big trucks are kinda my jam!"); rents luxury, upscale vehicles ("That’s good because sometimes momma want to drive like a mother"); offers CarShare ("That’s alarmingly sensible"); and sells cars ("Sold!").

When she tells a representative how special Enterprise makes her feel,, the woman asks, "Like a princess?" To which Bell, in a nod to her Frozen role, smiles and says, "Exactly." (See the full spot here.)

Bell officially began her relationship with Enterprise earlier this month when she joined fellow actresses Christina Applegate and Kathryn Hahn to support PATH, a global organization working bring vaccines, medicine, water and even residences to homeless people, in which they helped move a family into a new residence using an Enterprise truck.

Bell will also star in a series of humorous digital shorts to air on Enterprise's social media properties.

In one, Bell prepares to haggle over the price of an Enterprise Car Sales vehicle as if in a Wild West duel, but it quickly turns light-hearted when she learns that each vehicle comes with no-haggle pricing, according to Enterprise.

Lead agency is Cannonball, St. Louis.

CarShare is available in more than 30 states and more than 100 colleges, including Boston, New York, Philadelphia and San Francisco, according to the company.

Bell is also appearing in an American Express’ Small Business campaign, one commercial with Frozen co-actress Idina Menzel and another with actor Ted Danson.

Enterprise has been an official corporate partner with the NCAA since 2005 and with the NHL since 2009.

According to Broughton, "As driving habits keep evolving, we want to keep reminding our customers that we always have their backs. Our new campaign featuring Kristen Bell really brings our brand positioning to life."

As part of its entertainment activation, Enterprise said it would soon begin to roll out exclusive video content, curated by Live Nation, featuring popular artists and bands. As part of each video, musicians will share personal stories, such as road trip tips or their favorite scenic tour stops. The videos will be published on both Enterprise’s and Live Nation’s owned digital properties.

In addition, Enterprise will have a presence in 36 of Live Nation’s owned and/or operated amphitheater venues, 39 of the company’s owned and/or operated club/theater venues and will also advertise across Live Nation’s digital network. Fans will be offered transportation options for live event-related road trips, as well as rental discount promotions "to make it even easier for individuals to travel to live concerts and events."

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