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• 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.”

• Defy, based in Denver, which calls itself the world’s first mainstream hemp extract performance beverage built specifically for athletes,  has official launched what it said is the first CBD-infused performance drink in the U.S. Founding partners include Pro Football Hall of Famer Terrell Davis. According to Davis, “My hope is that with CBD’s growing awareness, the right studies will help influence accepted use for professional athletes. We’re at the forefront of one of the biggest movements in health.”

• 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.

• 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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Jun282017

NBA, Curry, LeBron Earn Partners More Than $440M Value In Social Media Impact 

By Barry Janoff

June 27, 2017: The NBA is one of the most successful sports organizations in the world on social media, with some 59 million followers on Twitter (25.5 million) and Facebook (33.4 million) combined, plus another 23.9 million on Instagram.

During the first NBA Awards Monday night (June 26) on TNT, the telecast registered more than 43 million social impressions and almost four million video views via NBA on TNT, NBA TV and NBA.com Twitter and Facebook accounts, according to Turner Sports.

Now, new stats show how the league’s powerful social media presence is impacting its marketing partners.

During the 2016-2017 season, NBA social accounts collectively generated nearly $444 million of value for brands, up from $333 million last season, a 33% increase, according to numbers crunched by social media index and valuation platform MVPindex.

The NFL ranks No. 2 in the use of social media, generating $224 million on behalf of its marketing partners, according to Dallas-based MVPindex.

The NFL reaches more than 40 million followers on Twitter (23.8 million) and Facebook (16.4 million), and another 9.6 million on Instagram.

According to MVPindex, of the 35,000-plus NBA-branded posts this past season, 50% were on Twitter, but those accounted for just 19% of the total value.

By contrast, the NBA’s Instagram platform accounted for 18% of total branded posts yet generated 49% of the total value. By MVPindex measurement, 98 of the top 100 most valuable NBA-branded posts last season were on Instagram.

Kia Motors, the league’s official automotive partner, was the NBA’s most-activated partner, earning $50 million during the season.

The company's value was earned in part to season-long activation (including such jewel events as the All-Star Game), multi-media marketing and naming rights deals to major NBA Awards (including MVP, Rookie of the Year, Sixth Man).

Even though adidas was the official uniform provider for the NBA, Nike was the top NBA-related athletic apparel brand in social media earning $20 million in value. Adidas earned just over $9.3 million, followed by Under Armour with $2.3 million.

Nike, which replaces adidas this coming season as the NBA’s official on-court apparel partner, earned $11.6 million of its total value in the NBA through player activations and ambassador relationships, per MVPindex.

Anheuser Busch’s Bud Light was the top brand performer at the team-activation level for the NBA (as well as the NFL), using its official team alliances to earn more than $21 million in social media value. That included social media buzz generated by individual commemorative team cans unveiled this past February in conjunction with the NBA All-Star Game.

LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers is the NBA leader on social media, with 37 million Twitter followers, 22.7 million on Facebook and 31.5 million on Instagram (91.2 million). That also makes him the No. 2 most-followed athlete on social media in world behind soccer’s Cristiano Ronaldo (173.9 million on those three platforms combined).

James was the top influencer for Nike, generating $15.8 million — more than half of the value Nike earned for the season via social media.

James also has deals that include Coca-Cola (Sprite), Kia and Beats by Dre.

However, Stephen Curry of the NBA champion Golden State Warriors became the top NBA player on social this season, surpassing James even though he has less than a third of the followers.

According to MVPindex, Curry claimed the top spot “by posting about his family and team while incorporating branded posts organically.”

Curry generated $4.1 million in social media value for Coach Up, a venture-funded startup company that connects athletes with private coaches. He also generated $2.3 million in social value last season via his partnership with the non-profit Nothing but Nets.

Among other NBA players whose significant relationships with specific brands were boosted by social media, per MVPindex:

• Dwyane Wade earned $9.2 million in value for Way of Wade

• Russell Westbrook earned $4.5 million for Jordan Brand

• Chris Paul earned $1.5 million for State Farm

• Carmelo Anthony earned $697,000 for Nintendo

• Jeremy Lin earned $117K for adidas

• Damian Lillard earned $5.4 million for adidas

• Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant generated $3.1 million and $1.3 million for Nike, respectively.

"This latest report proves what we've always known – social media is the future of fan engagement in sports and an essential part of any brand strategy or sponsorship — and I only see this growth trajectory continuing," Kyle Nelson, co-founder and CMO for MVPindex, said in a statement.

"This should be a wake-up call to teams, players and brands across all of sports. If you don't understand the power of social to drive tangible value and a dedicated strategy to make it happen, you are leaving money on the table," said Nelson.


Top U.S. Sports Organizations On Twitter + Facebook
1. NBA 25.6 million Twitter 33.8 million Facebook (59.4 million)
2.. NFL 23.8 million Twitter 16.4 million Facebook (40.2 million)
3. UFC: 5.8 million Twitter 21.6 million Facebook (27.4 million)
4. MLB: 7.5 million Twitter 6.6 million Facebook  (14 million)
5. NHL 5.8 million Twitter 4.2 million Facebook (10 million)
6. Nascar 3.2 million Twitter 4.6 million Facebook (7.9 million)

WWE said it currently has 750 million followers across its various platforms — Facebook (46.9 million) and on Twitter including WWE, WWE Network, WWE Universe, WWE Smackdown Live and WWE Raw Tour — and could top 1 billion total social media followers in 2018.

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