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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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Mar282018

New MLB Pact With Hankook Tire Driven By Marketing, Activation, Brand Awareness

By Barry Janoff

March 28, 2018: With Opening Day one day away, MLB continues to swing for the fences in new marketing deals.

MLB has signed a multi-year pact that names Hankook Tire the ‘official tire of MLB’ in the U.S. and Korea.

Hankook replaces Falken Tires in the category, which signed a two-year deal in 2016.

Financial terms were not disclosed.

Hankook has previously made inroads into baseball, including local marketing and in-stadium signage with some 26 MLB clubs.

The tire company has had an on-going campaign generically tied to baseball, the “Great Catch Rebate.”

Last year, Hankook partnered with The Sporting News for a World Series-themed sweeps.

The alliance is part of Hankook’s strategy to build brand awareness in the U.S. and well as internationally.

The company recently began production at its first manufacturing plant in North America, located in Clarksville, Tenn.

Hankook Tire said it would support the new alliance across MLB media assets, including MLB Network, digital platforms and in MLB ballparks during such jewel events as the All-Star Game, using MLB marks in marketing, giveaways, consumer promotion and events.

Hankook Tire said it is developing MLB-themed creative to run in its multi-media advertising, “as well as a retail marketing campaign that would extend its MLB footprint beyond the ballparks and media.”

The company did not indicate whether MLB players would be used in campaigns.

The brand is also planning virtual ads behind home plate during national broadcasts of post-season games including the League Championship Series and World Series presented by YouTube TV.

“Hankook Tire brings a real passion for baseball and a comprehensive vision to their marketing around our league, teams, and players in the U.S. and beyond,” Noah Garden, evp-commerce for MLB, said in a statement.

“As MLB continues to grow our international activities and events, Hankook Tire demonstrates a new model for MLB partners to be able to achieve their goals of reaching millions of baseball fans not only in the U.S. but around the world.”

Hankook has worked with ESPN for several years on MLB telecasts.

This season, ESPN and ESPN Deportes will televise MLB regular-season games in Puerto Rico and Mexico, including April 18 when the Minnesota Twins face the Cleveland Indians in Hiram Bithorn Stadium, San Juan, Puerto Rico, during a special edition of ESPN’s Wednesday Night Baseball presented by Hankook Tire.

Hankook Tire joins Barbasol, Kingsford, Mitel, Netspend, Snapple and Supercuts as the seventh MLB sponsor that has launched an official partnership with MLB since January.

"Hankook Tire demonstrates a new model for MLB partners to be able to achieve their goals of reaching millions of baseball fans in the U.S. and around the world.”

MLB has also expanded its alliance with YouTube TV and signed with Facebook to air games exclusively on Facebook Watch.

Among other sports sponsorships, Hankook has a global deal with Real Madrid and is an official partner with the UEFA Europa League and the Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters racing circuit.

"Through the partnership, Hankook Tire will use MLB property in marketing activities, giveaways, consumer promotion and events," according to MLB and Hankook. "The company will also engage U.S. consumers through virtual advertisements behind home plate during national broadcasts of post-season games including the League Championship Series and World Series presented by YouTube TV."

According to  Hankook America president Hosung Suh, “Hankook Tire is proud to serve as the official tire of Major League Baseball. As Hankook Tire rapidly grows its presence in the American market, we are honored to connect with America’s favorite tradition — the dynamic game of baseball.”

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