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• 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.

• Maria Sharapova has withdrawn from the Grand Slam at French Open, citing her shoulder injury and recovery.

• Earvin “Magic” Johnson and Larry Bird will be the co-recipients of the NBA Lifetime Achievement Award, to be honored during the NBA Awards on June 24 (TNT).

• The American Gaming Assn. has released a new set of self-regulations on advertising and marketing legal sports betting, the “Responsible Marketing Code for Sports Wagering. “The new code includes self-imposed restrictions on target audiences, outlets and materials branding, while mandating responsible gaming inclusion.” 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.” 

POLL POSITION

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

Results from NBA Draft Lottery 2019 presented by State Farm — aka the Zion Williamson Lottery:
1. New Orleans  
2. Memphis        
3. New York        
4.Los Angeles Lakers     
5. Cleveland
6. Phoenix          
7. Chicago
8. Atlanta
 9. Washington
10. Atlanta (from Dallas)
11. Minnesota
12. Charlotte        
13.  Miami
14.  Boston (from Sacramento via Philadelphia)

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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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Mar272017

MiLB Now Planning ‘Ballparks Of The Future’ With New FIS Financial Tech Alliance

Special to NYSportsJournalism.com

March 27, 2017: Minor League Baseball traces its roots back to 1901.

While still embracing its history. MiLB today signed a deal that has it looking at "Ballparks of the Future."

A new wide-reaching alliance has named FIS, a global leader in financial technology, the "official business-driving solutions provider" for MiLB.

According to MiLB, the agreement "enables FIS to provide advanced solutions to MiLB and its clubs in three key areas: ballpark operations, merchant services and loyalty & rewards."

Under the agreement, FIS will have the opportunity to market and sell its advanced payment, loyalty and other solutions to MiLB clubs across the United States and Canada.

Financial terms of the alliance were not revealed.

FIS solutions will help clubs to "simplify payment transactions for fans, improve customer experience, better track employee expenses, streamline handling," per MiLB.

In addition, FIS and MiLB said they would work together with MLB Advanced Media on the "creation of the first overarching MiLB Fan Loyalty program, which should further enhance fans’ experiences and drive attendance."

"In our quest to be a dynamic leader in sport and entertainment, we place heightened emphasis on aligning with companies that buy into our vision for the future and are committed to helping us get there," David Wright, CMO and chief commercial officer for MiLB, said in a statement. "Teaming with FIS makes sense on so many levels and plays to the strengths of both organizations.

"Our robust ownership, tech-savvy fan base and overall scale positions FIS and its industry-leading payment and loyalty services as the ideal partner for Minor League Baseball."

Last week, MiLB signed a pact naming ServiceMaster Global Holdings as a corporate partner, with such divisions as Terminix, American Home Shield and Merry Maids getting official status with the league’s 244 teams.

MiLB corporate partners also include Esurance, Bush’s, Uncle Ray’s, E&J Gallo, Crayola, John Deere and SunRun.

FIS,  headquartered in Jacksonville, Fla., serves more than 20,000 clients in over 130 countries.

MiLB headquarters are in St. Petersburg, Fla.

According to Bruce Lowthers, president for FIS’ Global Retail Payments Division, "Minor League Baseball is the backbone of America’s pastime. We are thrilled to support this forward-looking organization in making the ballpark experience one that draws more people to games and encourages them to return over and over.

"From payroll to payments and data management to loyalty, FIS looks forward to supporting MiLB to create the 'ballpark of the future.'"

MiLB Adds Terminix, Other Service Providers As Partners

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