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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

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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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

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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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Marriott Books Room For March Madness Marketing With Top-Tier NCAA Alliance

By Barry Janoff

March 2, 2017: If you go to a Marriott International destination this month you are sure to experience a taste of March Madness, and not just on the TVs or in the lounge areas.

Marriott International has signed a multi-year deal to become an official NCAA corporate partner across all 90 NCAA championships. The alliance designates Marriott International and its 30 brands as the "official hotel partner of the NCAA."

The pact brings Sheraton, a division of Marriott International, back into the NCAA corporate ranks. The brand had been the NCAA’s official hotel partner for several years beginning in 2008.

Sheraton is a division of Starwood, which was acquired by Marriott in 2016.

The union kicks in immediately with multi-media activation for both the NCAA Div. I Men’s and Women’s Basketball tournaments this month leading to the men's Final Four and women's Final Four.

Also upcoming are the Div. I Men’s and Women’s Hockey tournaments leading to the respective Frozen Fours.

"We are incredibly excited and honored to serve as the official hotel partner of the NCAA," Steve Heitzner, Marriott’s chief sales officer and CMO for the Americas, said in a statement. "College sports bring people from all walks of life together in much the same way travel does and so the affiliation is a natural fit within our larger goal to provide our guests with inspiring and meaningful experiences."

In partnership with the NCAA, Turner Sports and CBS Sports, Marriott International said it would have the "opportunity to support college student-athletes and communities across the country."

As an official partner of the NCAA, Marriott is now able to use NCAA logos, trademarks and markings in marketing, media, and activation.

The hotelier is expected to support with TV, print, Internet, social media and activation at games and in its destinations.

Marriott later this month plans to launch a dedicated sub-site with the NCAA (at NCAA.Marriott.com).

The company said that Marriott Rewards members now have the opportunity to use their points to bid on an "Ultimate Men's Final Four Weekend Experience," with just two spots available, through March 17.

The experience includes two tickets to the men's Final Four and national championship game, being played in University of Phoenix Stadium.

It also offers VIP access to a variety of Final Four weekend events and overnight accommodations in the JW Marriott Scottsdale Camelback Inn Resort & Spa with transportation to and from all weekend events in Phoenix. (Details here.)

According to Dan Gavitt, NCAA svp-basketball, "The goals of Marriott International and NCAA championships are the same — to provide a world-class and memorable experience. We look forward to working with its numerous hotel brands that will provide our student-athletes, coaches, athletics administrators and fans with high level hospitality and service during NCAA championships and events."

Including Marriott, Starwood, Courtyard and other brands, Marriott International has more than 5,700 properties in more than 110 countries and territories worldwide and more than 1.2 million rooms (as of Sept. 23, 2016).

"The goals of Marriott International and NCAA championships are the same — to provide a world-class and memorable experience."

"Fans travel to over 800 sites each year to attend NCAA championship events and Marriott is the perfect partner to enhance that on-site experience," Will Funk, evp-property marketing and corporate partnerships for Turner Sports, said in a statement.

"The experience is everything, and Marriott is uniquely positioned to provide the best hotel and hospitality options for the millions of people who love seeing student athletes compete at the highest level."

"As a global hotel company, we have long been passionate about sports and their power to transform and connect," said Marriott’s Heitzner. "Across our 30 distinct hospitality brands, we provide unparalleled variety to suit every traveler's needs, and through our partnership with the NCAA, we look forward to creating memorable experiences for students, alumni, fans and families."

NCAA corporate champion partners include AT&T, Capital One and Coca-Cola.

In additon to Marriott International, NCAA corporate partners include Allstate, Amazon Echo, Microsoft Bing, Buffalo Wild Wings, Buick. Enterprise, Infiniti, Lowe’s, LG, Nabisco, Northwest Mutual, Pizza Hut, Reese’s, Unilever and Wendy’s.

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