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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
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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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Nascar, eBay Offer Unique Racing Items, Experiences To Benefit Kids Foundation

NYSJ Sports-Entertainment Business News Service

October 22, 2018:
eBay and Nascar have joined forces to launch a site where people have the opportunity to bid on autographed memorabilia and unique racing experiences.

Now through Nov. 1, visitors to eBay.com/Nascar and bid on 20 items, including a Martin Truex Jr. autographed side panel, Joey Logano autographed hood, Dale Earnhardt, Jr. autographed replica full-size helmet, Nascar on NBC Sports behind-the-scenes experience, a meet-and-greet with  Chase Elliott and a 2018 Nascar Champion's Week package in Las Vegas.

One hundred percent of the proceeds from each item will benefit The Nascar Foundation programs for children.

"Nascar is synonymous with a truly passionate fan base, and eBay fuels this passion while helping people come together to make an impact," Suzy Deering, CMO-eBay Americas, said via the company.

"We understand the apparel, memorabilia and merchandise are ways for fans to show allegiance for their favorite drivers — and show support for causes they believe in. In collaboration with the Nascar community, eBay is now offering a wide-range of exclusive inventory that helps children finish first through programs of the Nascar Foundation and our eBay for Charity platform."

The Nascar Foundation “believes every child should have a chance at a healthy life and deserves to get across the finish line.”

Through the Speediatrics Children's Fund and Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award, the Foundation is “making children's health and medical needs its top priority.”

According to Nichole Krieger, Nascar Foundation executive director, ”We are thrilled to partner with eBay to provide these very unique items to their customers.”

“At the end of the day, it's all about the kids. Funds raised through this auction will help us provide much needed health care services to children in our racing communities across the country."

Added eBay’s Deering, “True to our mission of opportunity for all, eBay brings new ways for the racing community to give back to the next generation of fans."

Items and experiences for auction:

• 2019 Daytona 500 VIP Experience

• 2018 Homestead-Miami Speedway VIP Experience with Nascar Suite Passes

• Richard Petty Meet and Greet Experience

• iRacing Experience with William Byron

• Meet-and-Greet with Chase Elliott

• Nascar on NBC Sports Behind-the-Scenes Experience

• Meet-and-Greet with Joey Logano

• 2018 Nascar Champion's Week Package in Las Vegas

• American Ethanol Green Flag autographed by Monster Energy Nascar Cup Series Drivers

• Martin Truex Jr. Autographed Side Panel Sheet Metal

• Joey Logano Autographed Hood

• Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Autographed Replica Full-Size Helmet

• Ty Dillon Autographed Race-Used Firesuit

• Helmet Visor signed by Richard Petty and Bubba Wallace

• Paralyzed Veterans of America Hat Autographed by Brad Keselowski

• Alex Bowman Autographed Diecast

• Jeff Gordon Autographed 24EVER Framed Photo

• Nascar Replica Hood autographed by Monster Energy Nascar Cup Series Drivers

• The Glass Case of Emotion autographed Poster

• Full Size Replica Helmet autographed by Monster Energy Nascar Cup Series Drivers

Bid here.

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