• 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.” 


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).


Adrianna Franch* (Portland Thorns FC), Ashlyn Harris** (Orlando Pride), Alyssa Naeher** (Chicago Red Stars)
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)
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)
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


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).


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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Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.
Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.
Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.
Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.
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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).


YouTube TV, Hankook, Doosan Back For MLB Postseason, New Deals Expected

By Barry Janoff

August 2, 2018: MLB has released the schedule for the 2018 post-season, and there will be no November rain for the World Series (unless it rains a lot at the end of October).

YouTube TV returns as World Series presenting partner, with the 114th Fall Classic scheduled to begin Oct. 23, with Game 7 scheduled to be played Oct. 31.

The last time the World Series ended in October was in 2014 when the San Francisco Giants defeated the Kansas City Royals in seven games.

The post-season is scheduled to begin Oct. 2 with the National League Wild Card Game presented by Hankook on ESPN.

TBS will air the American League Wild Card Game presented by Hankoook Tire on Oct. 3.

Both NL Division Series presented by Doosan are scheduled to begin on Oct. 4 on FS1 or MLB Network.

Last year, Doosan presented both AL Division Series and T-Mobile presented the NL Division Series.

The AL Division Series, currently without a presenting partner, are scheduled to begin Oct. 5.

Last year, Camping World presented both the NL and AL Championship Series.

They, too, are currently without presenting partners.

MLB did not verify that new presenting partners would come on board but did say, “Like last year, more (deals) can always come up.”

Two travel days are built into the World Series, between Game 2 and Game 3, and if necessary between Game 5 and Game 6.

All World Series games will air on Fox.

The NL Wild Card Game will also be available on ESPN Radio, ESPN Deportes, ESPN Deportes Radio and the ESPN App.
ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball broadcast team — play-by-play commentator Matt Vasgersian, analysts Alex Rodriguez and Jessica Mendoza, and reporter Buster Olney — will culminate their first season together when they call the NL Wild Card Game.

The 2018 regular season is scheduled to end Sept. 30.

If necessary, regular season tie-breaker games would be telecast exclusively by ESPN on Oct. 1.

The NL Championship Series is scheduled to begin Oct. 12 on Fox or FS1.

The American League Championship Series, set to start on Saturday, October 13th, will be telecast by TBS.

Fox Sports will present live telecast coverage of the World Series for the 21st time.
All games telecast on MLB Network, TBS and Fox will be available to MLB.TV subscribers who are authenticated subscribers to the applicable network through a participating pay TV provider.


(Subject to change; listed by date)

Oct. 2: NL Wild Card Game (ESPN)

Oct. 3: AL Wild Card Game (TBS)


(Series A involves club with best record; Series B does not involve club with best record)

Oct. 4: NLDS A, Game 1 (FS1 or MLBN)

Oct. 4: NLDS B, Game 1 (FS1 or MLBN)

Oct. 5: NLDS A, Game 2 (FS1 or MLBN)

Oct. 5: NLDS B, Game 2 (FS1 or MLBN)

Oct. 5: ALDS A, Game 1 (TBS)

Oct. 5: ALDS B, Game 1 (TBS)

Oct. 6: ALDS A, Game 2 (TBS)

Oct. 6: ALDS B, Game 2 (TBS)

Oct. 7: NLDS A, Game 3 (FS1 or MLBN)

Oct. 7: NLDS B, Game 3 (FS1 or MLBN)

Oct. 8: NLDS A, Game 4* (FS1)

Oct. 8: NLDS B, Game 4*(FS1)

Oct. 8: ALDS A, Game 3 (TBS)

Oct. 8: ALDS B, Game 3 (TBS)

Oct. 9: ALDS A, Game 4* (TBS)

Oct. 9: ALDS B, Game 4* (TBS)

Oct. 10: NLDS A, Game 5* (FS1)

Oct. 10: NLDS B, Game 5* (FS1)

Oct. 11: ALDS A, Game 5* (TBS)

Oct. 11: ALDS B, Game 5* (TBS)


Oct. 12: NLCS Game 1 (Fox or FS1)

Oct. 13: NLCS Game 2 (Fox or FS1)

Oct. 13: ALCS Game 1 (TBS)

Oct. 14: ALCS Game 2 (TBS)

Oct. 15: NLCS Game 3 (Fox or FS1)

Oct. 16: ALCS Game 3 (TBS)

Oct. 16: NLCS Game 4 (Fox or FS1)

Oct. 17: NLCS Game 5* (Fox or FS1)

Oct. 17: ALCS Game 4 (TBS)

Oct. 18: ALCS Game 5* (TBS)

Oct. 19: NLCS Game 6* (Fox or FS1)

Oct. 20: ALCS Game 6* (TBS)

Oct. 20: NLCS Game 7* (Fox or FS1)

Oct. 21: ALCS Game 7* (TBS)


All games on Fox

Oct. 23: Game 1

Oct. 24: Game 2


Oct. 26: Game 3

Oct. 27: Game 4

Oct. 28: Game 5*


Oct. 30: Game 6*

Oct. 31: Game 7*

* if necessary

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