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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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Feb132018

New MLB-Snapple Multi-Year Deal Fits Fans, Consumers, Marketing To A Tea

By Barry Janoff

February 13, 2018: With Spring Training about to start but winter chill still in the air, MLB is heating up on the marketing front, signing a two-year deal that names Snapple as the “official tea and juice drink” of the league.

This is MLB’s second new deal for the 2018 season following the signing last month of Supercuts as its “official hair salon” and “official hair stylists.”

Financial terms of the Snapple deal were not released.

The pact with MLB comes on the heels of Keurig Green Mountain’s planned acquisition of Plano, Texas-based Dr Pepper Snapple Group.

The alliance with MLB is part of Keurig Dr Pepper’s strategy to expand its consumer base as well as the “bottled iced coffee offerings that are sold at supermarkets and convenience stores.”

It could also open the door to more potential MLB alliance’s with Keurig Dr Pepper, which in addition to Dr Pepper and Snapple has such brands as Sunkist, 7UP, Mott’s apple juice, A&W root beer, Canada Dry, Hawaiian Punch and Schweppes.

Keurig is the largest single-serve coffee company in the U.S., according to financial analysts.

Consumer goods giant Mondelēz International (Chips Ahoy, Oreo, Ritz, Trident, Dentine) also has “a significant stake” in Keurig Dr Pepper ownership.

Keurig Dr Pepper is projected to have an estimated $11 billion in annual sales. By comparison, PepsiCo sales are $63 billion and MLB official partner Coca-Cola Co. $41 billion, according to industry analysts.

The two-year MLB partnership provides Snapple with marketing and activation rights across MLB jewel events including All-Star Week, playoffs and World Series “as well as other key moments during the season.”

Snapple will be able to use official MLB logos, the collective use of club marks and jewel event marks in all communication and marketing campaigns including e-commerce, TV, offline, B-2-B and POP.

Snapple has had alliances with individual MLB teams, including the Baltimore Orioles, Texas Rangers and San Francisco Giants.

Fans and consumers will see the result of the partnership via a new Snapple-MLB limited-edition baseball-themed product, as well as potential upcoming sweepstakes and consumer promotions.

In addition, Snapple will extend its under-the-cap “Snapple Facts” featuring baseball trivia.

Fanatics, MLB's official digital commerce partner, will create a “special merchandise offer to be found on select Snapple products.”

“Snapple is a brand that, like baseball, evokes feelings of summertime and all the enjoyment that comes with that special time of the year,” Noah Garden, MLB evp-commerce, said in a statement.

“We continually seek out new ways of connecting with our great fans and teaming up with the creative team at Snapple is allowing us to try some unique ideas in the retail space. They are already proving to be good partners and 2018 should be a fun season with them,” said Garden.

“We continually seek out new ways of connecting with our great fans and teaming up with the creative team at Snapple is allowing us to try some unique ideas."

MLB hit a record one-season mark in 2017 with sponsorship deals totaling a $892 million, up 7.9% from $827 million in 2016 and up nearly $230 million from 2013, according to research and consulting firm ESP Properties, Chicago.

MLB sponsorship has risen steadily over the past several years, from $663 million in 2013,  $695 million in 2014, $778 million in 2015 and $827 million in 2016, per ESP.

According to Regan Ebert, svp-marketing for Snapple, “Snapple can’t wait to add even more flavor to this great game through our sponsorship with Major League Baseball, an organization that has been producing some very innovative collaborations.

“Baseball, summer and Snapple go hand-in-hand and we want to remind every American of their right to take a flavorful break while enjoying our national pastime, or anytime at all."

MLB has been named a Top Ten Sports Marketer of the Year for 2017 by NYSportsJournalism.

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