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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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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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NBA, Partners Planning A Marketing Hoopla During All-Star Game, Weekend

NYSJ Sports-Entertainment Business News Service

February 13, 2019:
While LeBron James and Giannis Antetokounmpo lead their respective teams on the court, first-year NBA partners including AT&T, Beats and Puma will join such veteran league marketing partners as Kia, State Farm, Nike, Foot Locker, American Express, adidas, 2K and Mountain Dew during a weekend of All-Star Game activation.

Among those with on-air presence on TNT and ESPN will be Nike, State Farm, Kia, Tissot, Gatorade, Mountain Dew, AT&T, Beats, Jack Daniel’s and Kumho Tire.

Also expect to see spots from non-NBA partners such as Metro by T-Mobile, which just signed Antetokounmpo as spokesperson; Built With Chocolate Milk with new spokesman Al Horford; Biofreeze with Damian Lillard; Hulu with Lillard and Joel Embiid; and New Balance with recently signed Kawhi Leonard.

Host team Charlotte Hornets is majority owned by hoops Hall of Famer Michael Jordan, and his alliance with Nike’s Jordan Brand will have significant presence throughout the weekend.

State Farm will again be the title partner for State Farm All-Star Saturday Night (Feb. 16, TNT).

That night includes the Taco Bell NBA Skills Challenge, the Mountain Dew 3-Point Challenge and the newly named AT&T Slam Dunk.

AT&T signed with the NBA earlier this month, replacing Verizon in the category, and will also be presenting partner for NBA All-Star Practice and Media Day.

In addition, AT&T will present the “Blue Carpet” for NBA talent and celebrities to walk down prior to NBA All-Star activities in Spectrum Center.

Mountain Dew will be returning as title partner of Mountain Dew Ice Rising Stars (Feb. 15, TNT), in addition to debuting as the title partner for the Mountain Dew 3-Point Contest.

Ruffles will return as the presenting partner of the NBA All-Star Celebrity Game, which will feature the 4-point “RIDGE” line (Feb. 15, ESPN).

Kia will return as the title partner for the NBA All-Star MVP fan vote and award. Kia will also provide a free shuttle service for people to and from the various NBA All-Star footprints.

Among its activation, American Express will host key merchants throughout NBA All-Star and serve as title partner for the TNT Roadshow.

Beats, in its first year as the official audio partner for the NBA, will have an activation space at NBA Crossover and will be gifting product to players and celebrity talent,

Under Armour will return as the presenting partner of Jr. NBA Day and will outfit all Jr. NBA-related events happening throughout NBA All-Star.

Kaiser Permanente is the presenting partner of the 2019 NBA All-Star FIT Celebration where members of the NBA family and Kaiser Permanente will come together to dedicate newly refurbished spaces for “total health” at West Charlotte High School.

New partner Puma will have on -the-ground activation and presence throughout the weekend. Marvin Bagley, Kevin Knox and Deandre Ayton are scheduled to play in the Mountain Dew Ice Rising Stars Game; Danny Green is participating in the Mountain Dew 3-Point Contest.

Tissot will be awarding custom watches to the winners of the State Farm All-Star Saturday Night events, captains, first-timers and the head coaches of the 2019 All-Star teams, along with other NBA All-Stars, NBA Legends, and influencers throughout the NBA family.

Trae Young will be gifting his teammates on the USA Team in the Rising Stars Game with Tissot watches, while Tony Parker will present players on the World Team with Tissot timepieces.

Tissot brand ambassadors  Klay Thompson, Trae Young, Kemba Walker, Bradley Beal and PJ Tucker are scheduled to make appearance in the Tissot Style Lounge in The Epicentre.

Foot Locker will host a Hoops “Courtside” Pop- Up Shop in conjunction with Nike, to include a series of Q&As with NIike endorsers, Nike and Jordan Brand Product Cubes, Footwear Zoneand Nike Adapt Basketball Zone and Court.

Gatorade will produce a custom towel for the NBA All-Star Game, and a custom squeeze bottle for the NBA All-Star Game, State Farm All-Star Saturday Night, and Mountain Dew Ice Rising Stars.

They will also return as the title partner of the Gatorade Jr. NBA Invitational.

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