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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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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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Mar292017

Playing With House Money: MLB, Led By Cubs, Braves Sees Ticket Prices Rise

By Barry Janoff

March 28, 2017: While many people are tracking the rosters for the start of the 2017 MLB season, others are tracking something else: the cost of tickets to see the Boys of Spring and Summer play.

One situation that baseball fans won’t want to hear: The price for regular season MLB tickets has increased 14% (or $10 per ticket) to $82, on average, year-over-year, according to Vivid Seats, Chicago, an independent secondary marketplace for tickets to live sports, concert and theater events,

The World Series champion Chicago Cubs have the highest average price at $130 per ticket in Wrigley Field, an increase of 55% versus 2016. Concurrently, the Kansas City Royals saw the largest decrease in average ticket prices, declining 22% to $74.

The New York Yankees are the only other team MLB team with an average ticket price over $100, with tickets through Vivid up 32% to an average of $117 in Yankee Stadium.

The Boston Red Sox are third, with an average ticket price of $99 in Fenway Park.

But the Atlanta Braves have the highest increase by percentage — 58% to $80 per ticket — due to increased demand to attend games in the team's new stadium, SunTrust Park.

The most popular Opening Day match-up  is the San Diego Padres visiting the Los Angeles Dodgers (April 3), followed by the Cubs at the St. Louis Cardinals (April 2) and the American League champion Cleveland Indians visiting the Texas Rangers (April 3), based on the number of tickets sold on Vivid Seats as of March 22.

The Top Five most-popular Opening Day games also include the Pittsburgh Pirates at the Red Sox (April 3) and the Philadelphia Phillies visiting the Cincinnati Reds (April 3).

"With Opening Day just around the corner, states without baseball teams like Utah, Rhode Island, Tennessee, North Carolina and Louisiana are experiencing the biggest increase in ticket sales for the upcoming season," Marita Hudson Thomas, a spokesperson for Vivid Seats, said in a statement. "We are also seeing an increase in the overall average ticket price for the league."

Behind Atlanta and the Cubs as the teams with the biggest average ticket price increases versus 2016 are the Cardinals (+37% to an average of $75), Tampa Bay Rays (+36% to $89), the Yankees, Dodgers (+26% to $64), Milwaukee Brewers (+21% to $66), Reds (+16% to $80), Phillies +13% to $60) and the Houston Astros (+12% to $73).

The average cost for tickets on Vivid to see the San Francisco Giants is $77, the same as 2016.

Besides Kansas City, eight other teams saw the average price of their tickets via Vivid go down versus 2016: the Oakland A’s (-1% to $64), Baltimore Orioles (-4% to $73), Detroit Tigers (-4% to $79), Arizona Diamondbacks (-5% to $66), New York Mets (-6% to $86), Rangers (-7% to $75), Pirates (-11% to $71) and the Los Angeles Angels (-16% to $52).

The pricing guide features the average ticket price of each MLB team based on tickets sold on Vivid Seats as of March 7 vs. tickets sold as of the same date in 2016.

Vivid Seats, LLC is not affiliated with or endorsed by MLB or any MLB team, but last month signed a deal to become the online ticket marketplace for MLB media partner ESPN across all of its platforms.

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