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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

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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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NBA Plays China Games With Vivo, Nike, Full Roster Of Marketing Partners

By Barry Janoff

October 1, 2018:
When the Dallas Mavericks and Philadelphia 76ers face off in a pair of pre-season games in China over the next week, they will have plenty of marketing support.

Vivo, the official smartphone of NBA China, has signed a multi-year extension of their partnership, naming it the presenting partner of the NBA China Games through 2020.

In addition, more than a dozen other brands have attached themselves to the two-game series and related events, including Beats by Dr. Dre, Chivas, Clear, Ctrip, Dongfeng Nissan, ExxonMobil, Gatorade, Harbin Beer, Linglong Tire, Master Kong, Mengniu, Mission Hills, Nike, SAP, Tissot and X Financial.

Support will including multi-media marketing as well as fan activation during the week and through the games themselves, with participation from such current and former NBA stars as Joel Embiid of the Sixers, Ray Allen and Dikembe Mutombo.

Vivo has been a partner of NBA China since 2016.

“This year’s NBA China Games will bring together exciting new and longstanding partners who will be activating in unique ways to create memorable NBA experiences for our passionate fans in Shanghai and Shenzhen,” Derek Chang, NBA China CEO, said via the league.

The Mavericks and 76ers will both play in China for the first time when they meet on Oct. 5 in Shanghai’s Mercedes-Benz Arena, followed by a rematch on Oct. 8 in the Shenzhen Universiade Center.

NBA Fan Day presented by Dongfeng Nissan will be held on Oct. 4 in the Oriental Sports Center in Shanghai.

The games will be available in more than 200 countries and territories on TV, digital and social media.

Among the activation:

• Vivo will conduct a three-point shooting contest and host a concourse booth featuring its new X23 mobile phone.

• Chivas Regal will be presenting partner of the NBA China Games Welcome Reception and Party Chivas, hosting NBA legend appearances and meet-and-greets with fans in both cities.
 
• Ctrip will provide fans in China with extensive NBA-themed travel products and services.

• Dongfeng Nissan will present NBA Fan Day and is a partner of the NBA Cares basketball clinic in Shanghai and NBA Cares legacy project in Shenzhen.

• ExxonMobil will host an interactive augmented reality booth and photo area inside the arenas in Shanghai and Shenzhen.

• The “Gatorade Dream Court” shooting contest will invite past “Shoot for a Million” winners to square off in a half-court shooting challenge.  Each contestant will represent a basketball court that needs to be refurbished, with the winning court receiving a donation from Gatorade for the refurbishment.

• Harbin Beer will launch an online NBA China Games-themed video challenge, providing fans the opportunity to win an NBA China Games trip.

• Linglong Tire will host an interactive booth at the Shanghai game to display its products and engage fans with interactive experiences.

• Master Kong has launched 700,000 special bottles featuring team mascots, will host interactive games and will have endorser Joel Embiid speak to fans at a Master Kong charity event in Shanghai.

• Mengniu will launch its “Born for Greatness Shooting Star” campaign during NBA China Games to connect with consumers through online and offline activations.

An NBA Exhibit and Retail Store will be located in the middle of “Mission Hills Centerville” and will feature interactive exhibits, NBA memorabilia and merchandise, and other unique fan experiences.

• Nike will present the “Dare to Become” skills challenge during the NBA China Games, inviting participants to compete against each other to test their ball-handling, passing and scoring ability. Nike athletes have been invited to Nike’s NBA China Games activations.

• SAP and NBA Hall of Fame member Ray Allen will host an “Intelligent AI Coach” interactive booth for fans at the game in Shanghai.

• Tissot will host a basketball clinic in Shanghai.

• X Financial will host an event with NBA global ambassador Dikembe Mutombo in Shenzhen ahead of the game on Oct. 8.

According to NBA commissioner Adam Silver, “These games will not only bring the excitement of NBA action directly to our passionate Chinese fans, but also provide our teams and players an opportunity to experience the rich culture and history of the country.

“The Mavericks and 76ers, both playing in China for the first time, will be able to encounter firsthand the incredible support of our Chinese fans and bond with one another through projects and events in the local community.”

Following the NBA China Games 2018, the NBA’s 25th and 26th games in China, 17 NBA teams will have participated since 2004, in Beijing, Guangzhou, Macao, Shanghai, Shenzhen and Taipei.

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