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• 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. Kohl’s said that the addition of “hundreds of thousands of items across team apparel, jerseys and additional merchandise categories will give Kohl’s customers access to a deeper selection of products.” Full story here.

• Maria Sharapova has withdrawn from the Grand Slam at French Open, citing her shoulder injury and recovery.

• Earvin “Magic” Johnson and Larry Bird will be the co-recipients of the NBA Lifetime Achievement Award, to be honored during the NBA Awards on June 24 (TNT).

• The American Gaming Assn. has released a new set of self-regulations on advertising and marketing legal sports betting, the “Responsible Marketing Code for Sports Wagering. “The new code includes self-imposed restrictions on target audiences, outlets and materials branding, while mandating responsible gaming inclusion.” 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.” 

POLL POSITION

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

Results from NBA Draft Lottery 2019 presented by State Farm — aka the Zion Williamson Lottery:
1. New Orleans  
2. Memphis        
3. New York        
4.Los Angeles Lakers     
5. Cleveland
6. Phoenix          
7. Chicago
8. Atlanta
 9. Washington
10. Atlanta (from Dallas)
11. Minnesota
12. Charlotte        
13.  Miami
14.  Boston (from Sacramento via Philadelphia)

BUY SELL

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

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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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Apr122018

NBA Sets New Season Total Attendance Record: Tops 22M For First Time

By Barry Janoff

April 12, 2018: The Houston Rockets finished the 2017-18 regular season with the most wins (65), LeBron James with the most points (2,251), Andre Drummond with the most rebounds (1,247) and Russell Westbrook as the assist leader (820), but the NBA itself had the really big number: 22,124,559.

The NBA this past season set all-time records for total attendance (for the fourth consecutive season), average attendance and sellouts.

The league surpassed the 22 million mark for the first time, reaching a total of 22,124,559 in attendance. That topped last year’s record of 21,997,412. 
 
The new regular-season record for average attendance reached 17,987, passing the previous high of 17,884 in 2016-17.

In addition, the 2017-18 regular season set a sellout record of 741, exceeding the previous mark of 723 (in 2015-16 and 2016-17).

The league is driving big numbers on TV, as well. TNT said its NBA on TNT game telecasts averaged 1.7 million, its most-watched NBA regular season coverage since 2013-14.

ESPN said its NBA viewership for the 2017-18 NBA regular season was up across platforms..

ESPN averaged 1,628,000 viewers across its 87-game schedule this season (the most games ESPN has ever aired during the regular season), up 4% from 1,566,000 last season.

ESPN said its NBA game audience was up in all of the following key demos

• M25-54 +16%
• P25-54+ 10%
• M18-49+  9%
• M18-34 +5% 
• P18-34+ 4%

According to Burke Magnus, ESPN evp-programming & scheduling, “It was a compelling NBA season from start to finish with the emergence of new NBA championship contenders, more star power and some terrific, top n

Entering the post-season, the NBA said that team rosters (active and inactive) for the 2018 NBA playoffs would feature a record 62 international players from a record 33 countries.

All 16 teams competing in the playoffs will feature at least one international player.

The Utah Jazz and Philadelphia 76ers have an NBA-high seven international players each. The Boston Celtics, Toronto Raptors and San Antonio Spurs each have six. The Spurs’ 2014 NBA Championship team featured a record nine international players during the playoffs.
 
The most-represented countries among the 62 international players on playoff rosters are France and Australia (seven players each), followed by Canada (four players), Spain (four players), Turkey, Croatia, Cameroon and Brazil (three players each). 

Among other highlights from the 2017-18 regular season:  

NBAStore.com established a new record this season with overall sales up 25% over the 2016-17 season.
 
NBA League Pass set a record for worldwide digital subscriptions, up 63 percent over last season, after introducing new features this year including in-arena coverage during all breaks, a new season long virtual reality subscription package, monthly pricing options and Spanish-language video for select games.

The league surpassed the 22 million mark for the first time, reaching a total of 22,124,559 in attendance. That topped last year’s record of 21,997,412.
 
• The league established new records across social media this season for actions (+25%, 808 million) and video views (+43%, 11 billion).

• Since the end of the 2016-17 regular season, the NBA said that 8.7 million new followers have joined the NBA’s social media community.

• Overall, the league has more than 1.5 billion likes and followers combined across all league, team, and player social platforms worldwide.

The NBA said that LeBron James is the most-followed American athlete on social media among the four major U.S. sports, with more than 100 million followers combined across Facebook (23 million), Twitter (41 million) and Instagram (36 million).

By comparison, actor/WWE star Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has more than 173 million followers across those three social media channels: Facebook (57.3 million), Twitter (12.8 million) and Instagram (103 million).

Highest NBA Regular-Season Total Attendances All-Time
1. 2017-18: 22,124,559
2. 2016-17: 21,997,412
3. 2015-16: 21,972,129
4. 2014-15: 21,926,548
5. 2006-07: 21,841,480
 
Highest NBA Regular-Season Average Attendances All-Time
1. 2017-18: 17,987
2. 2016-17: 17,884
3. 2015-16: 17,864
4. 2014-15: 17,826
5. 2006-07: 17,757

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