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• 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.”

• Defy, based in Denver, which calls itself the world’s first mainstream hemp extract performance beverage built specifically for athletes,  has official launched what it said is the first CBD-infused performance drink in the U.S. Founding partners include Pro Football Hall of Famer Terrell Davis. According to Davis, “My hope is that with CBD’s growing awareness, the right studies will help influence accepted use for professional athletes. We’re at the forefront of one of the biggest movements in health.”

• 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.

• 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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Jul082017

Full-Court Press: Mayweather Jr.-McGregor Promotion Train Picks Up Marketing Speed

By Barry Janoff

July 7, 2017: The Floyd Mayweather Jr.-Conor McGregor promotional freight train that is heading toward Las Vegas on Aug. 26 covered significant mileage Friday with the launch of the first official promo spot from Showtime and the unveiling of an ambitious press tour scheduled to cover four cities, three countries and two continents in four days.

With McGregor coming over from MMA and the UFC, the unconventional bout is set to make very conventional money, at least by Mayweather Jr.’s mathematics.

"Money" is looking at a $100 million payday not counting PPV and income from his own brand of goods via The Money Team. His take could go as high as $400 million.

McGregor could hit $75 million, plus PPV and other income potentially raising that to $125 million, according to industry analysts.

There also will be a bevy of marketing partners for the fight in T-Mobile Arena.

Sponsorship deals for the Mayweather Jr.-Manny Pacquiao fight in May 2015 topped $13 million, and this event is expected to easily surpass that figure, according to industry analysts.

McGregor currently has deals with Anheuser-Busch and Beats by Dre, but is expecting more to come based on the global high-profile nature of the fight.

The initial promo video does not overlook the fact that this will be among the biggest paydays in boxing history.

"This is not a normal fight," says Mayweather Jr. as we see a shot of him counting a wad of money. "It’s never personal for me. It’s always business."

Echoes McGregor as he sits a vault tossing around stacks of bills, "It’s big, big business."

The business will reach the next level via a series of press conferences intended to arouse the public and Madison Avenue even farther.

The schedule for the media events includes: Staples Center, Los Angeles (July 11), Toronto’s Budweiser Stage (July 12),  Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY (July 13) and The SSE Arena, Wembley. London (July 14).

The public is being offered tickets for each event (while supplies last).

Editor's Note: According to the fight's promoters, "Due to the overwhelming response from fight fans in Los Angeles and New York City, who grabbed nearly 30,000 tickets within hours of their availability, the Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor World Tour event in Toronto on Wednesday, July 12, has been moved to the 16,000-seat Budweiser Stage (from Sony Centre for the Performing Arts). 

• Public tickets to the Los Angeles and Brooklyn events are no longer available.

• Toronto tickets available Monday July 10 (while they last). Details here.

• London fan entry event information was not yet released.

What will the banter be like at each event? Likely a more bombastic version of the promo spot.

"I’m going to stay at the top," says Mayweather Jr. in the video. "Do what I want to. Cause when you speak boxing, you speak Mayweather."

Offers McGregor: "I’m going to be ruthless in there. My fist is just gonna break his whole face, and that’s it."

McGregor: "I’m always looking to make history. Every single day. Here we are again — more history."

Mayweather Jr.: "No fighter in history has done what Floyd Mayweather has done."

McGregor: "When I hit a person, they don’t stay."

Mayweather Jr.: "It’s not about who hits the hardest. It’s about who has the will to win more."

McGregor: "It’s over before it even begins."

(See the full spot here.)

"We’re not only drawing fans from the universe of boxing and the universe of MMA, we’ve actually tapped into the audience that really doesn’t follow either sport," Dana White, UFC president, said during a media conference in June to officially unveil the fight.

"This is such an unprecedented event, such a spectacle, that all of a sudden people who have never really been interested in MMA or boxing are interested in this event due to the nature of the competition and the nature of these two personalities. That’s an untapped part of the market that not even Mayweather-Pacquiao touched," said White.

Dana White: Mayweather-McGregor Will KO Mayweather-Pacquiao

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