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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

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

NFL Mexico 2019
• Nov. 18 Kansas City  Chiefs v Los Angeles Chargers Mexico City Estadio Azteca (ESPN Monday Night Football).

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Aug052010

New York Yankees, Mets Top The Chart As Baseball Keeps Swinging On The Radio

August 5, 2010: Baseball, like all other sports, continues to expand the ways in which it reaches and connects with fans and consumers, including TV, Internet and mobile devices. Sometimes lost in the commotion is the original connector: Radio.

With advertisers looking ahead to the MLB playoffs and World Series, media and marketing research firm Arbitron Inc. has released the first mid-season report of radio audience listening for baseball. The Mid-Season 2010 Arbitron Sports Report: PPM Radio Listening for Pro Baseball covers in-game, play-by-play estimates for the first half of the 2010 MLB season (April 4, to June 23, 2010). It covers 28 teams in 25 markets where the company's Portable People Meter service has been commercialized.

"As advertisers look to capitalize on this year's pennant race, professional baseball on the radio delivers large numbers of listeners for every game,"  Chris Meinhardt, sports manager for Columbia, Md.-based Arbitron, said in a statement. "Arbitron's Mid-Season PPM Radio Listening for Pro Baseball reports the average game audience for each team." These reports are made available to subscribing agencies, advertisers, stations and teams, according to Arbitron.

According to the report, the top 15 teams individually average more than 176,100 listeners per game in their home market. The New York Yankees top the list with an average of 441,000 listeners (ages 6 and up) per game on WCBS-AM, followed by crosstown rival New York Mets with an average of 368,500 listeners per game on WFAN-AM.

The top five also includes the Chicago Cubs (259,700 average on WGN-AM0, the Detroit Tigers (193.400 on WXYT-AM and FM) and the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (166.600 on KLAA-AM and KSPN-AM).

In the key demographic of male listeners ages 14-54, the Cincinnati Reds top the list with a 25 share on station WLW-AM, followed by the Detroit Tigers (21.3 share). St. Louis Cardinals (19.1 share on KTRS-AM), Minnesota Twins (17 share on KSTP-AM) and the Atlanta Braves (11.7 share on WCNN-AM and WNNX-FM).

Even with TV and Internet, every MLB team has a flagship radio station in 2010. Games are also heard nationally on ESPN Radio and Sirius XM Satellite.

"Those teams with play-by-play broadcasts have believed for years radio was an integral part of a fan's experience," said Meinhardt. "Now, thanks to the level of audience detail provided by the PPM ratings service we can see that passion and loyalty quantified."

The first MLB game broadcast on radio was the Pittsburgh Pirates playing host to the Philadelphia Phillies at Forbes Field on Aug. 5, 1921 (happy 89th anniversary). Such legendary baseball broadcasters as Red Barber, Mel Allen, Harry Caray, Russ Hodges, Ernie Harwell ad Vin Scully established themselves on radio. Bud Abbott and Lou Costello performed their classic baseball routine, "Who's On First" thousands of times on the radio before bringing it to the big screen in the movie, The Naughty Nineties.




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