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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

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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
• 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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L.A. Lakers (Wish), Miami Heat (Ultimate Software) Join NBA Jersey-Patch Barrage

By Barry Janoff

September 21, 2017: The Los Angeles Lakers and Miami Heat have become the 15th and 16th teams in the NBA to sign jersey-patch ad deals beginning with the 2017-18 season.

The Lakers signed with e-commerce firm Wish, a three-year deal that industry analysts put at $12-$14 million annually.

The Heat aligned with Ultimate Software, based in Weston, Fla.

The pact also names Ultimate Software as the team’s official human resource partner and official payroll provider.

The jersey-patch moves coincide with the start of an eight-year, $1 billion deal with Nike as the league’s official on-court uniform provider (replacing adidas).

The Lakers deal is at the high end of the alliances named to date, trailing only the Golden State Warriors pact with Rakuten, valued at $60 million over three years.

The Cleveland Cavaliers signed with Goodyear for $30 million over three years. The Boston Celtics have a three-year deal with GE valued at $24 million.

The average of the other NBA jersey-patch deals to date fall in the $3-$5 million range annually.

San Francisco-based Wish, a company that focuses on mobile shopping apps for smart phones, sees immense value in its alliance.

Despite going 91-237 over the past four seasons, the Lakers are among the most-high-profile teams in sports, adding this season highly touted rookie Lonzo Ball.

The team will have numerous games on national TV, including TNT and ESPN.

According to a Lakers promo spot, "A Lakers jersey is history, fashion, Hollywood."

"We are incredibly pleased to partner with the NBA’s most iconic brand," Peter Szulczewski, CEO for Wish, said in a statement. "The Lakers epitomize a legacy of excellence and worldwide success. This partnership symbolizes our shared focus to reach all fans, not only within the LA community, but across every continent."

Szulczewski is a former software engineer for Google who founded Wish in 2010. The firm ships goods to consumers in the U.S. directly from manufacturers in China.

Wish has more than 300 million users and is worth in excess of $8 billion, according to Forbes.

In addition to the patch, the new alliance would include a "large-scale integrated marketing program" with in- arena fan engagement, social and digital activation.

The Wish patch will also appear on the Lakers' NBA G League minor league team jersey for the South Bay Lakers, as well as on select jerseys for the Junior Lakers.

The Lakers and Wish said they would collaborate on various community initiatives within Los Angeles and in the surrounding counties.

According to Tim Harris, president of business operations and COO for the Lakers, "We are thrilled to welcome Wish as a new partner of the Los Angeles Lakers. When it came to the jersey patch, knowing its prominent placement, our goal was to partner with an innovative and ambitious global company.

"Wish more than checks that box. They are a leader in e-commerce and are constantly striving to grow and improve their brand and how they connect with their consumers. In addition, and most importantly, we are excited to partner with a company that shares our commitment to giving back to the community,” said Harris.

When the NBA Board of Governors approved and unveiled its three-year jersey logo plan in April 2016, commissioner Adam Silver said the move could generate approximately $100 million in revenue for the league. But he also indicated it could be much higher.

"We still don't know how much money this will generate," Silver said at the time.

Teams with jersey patch deals now include:

• Atlanta Hawks (Shareware)
• Boston Celtics (GE)
• Brooklyn Nets (Infor)
• Cleveland Cavaliers (Goodyear)
• Denver Nuggets (Western Union)
• Detroit Pistons (Flagstaff Bank)
• Golden State Warriors (Rakuten)
• Los Angeles Lakers (Wish)
• Miami Heat (Ultimate Software)
• Milwaukee Bucks (Harley Davidson)
• Minnesota Timberwolves (Fitbit)
• Orlando Magic (Disney World)
• Philadelphia 76ers (StubHub)
• Sacramento Kings (Blue Diamond)
• Toronto Raptors (Sun Life)
•Utah Jazz (Qualtrics)

All patches will be 2.5 x 2.5 on the left side, with a Nike Swoosh logo on the right side.

The Charlotte Hornets will wear a Nike division Jordan Brand as the team is majority owned by Michael Jordan.

Jerseys with sponsor patches will not appear on versions sold at retail outlets but teams have the option to sell the jerseys with sponsor patches in their own retail locations.

The Lakers said they would wear the jersey for the first time during their first pres-season game, versus the Minnesota Timberwolves Sept. 30 in the Honda Center, Anaheim.

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