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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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Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.
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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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Nov012018

Blake Griffin Predicts Fans Will Be In The Game With WinView App, Campaign

By Barry Janoff

November 1, 2018: WinView, a leading skill-based sports prediction mobile games platform, has unveiled a multi-media, multimillion-dollar campaign starring All-Star forward Blake Griffin of the NBA’s Detroit Pistons.

The effort supports the company’s strategy — "Watch real games on TV. Compete against real sports fans. Win real money. Only on WinView" —  that the “future of televised sports will be driven by more fan engagement while watching the game on TV or a mobile device.”

The campaign,“Predict. Win. Watch Your Back,” “flips the script on the classic relationship between fans watching at home and the superstars playing on the court by taking a humorous look at the ‘commodification’ of professional athletes by fans and the ‘gamification’ of everyday life,” according to the Redwood, Calif.-based company.

The first episode, “Blake vs. Todd,” broke today via TV, radio, YouTube, at WinView's Web site and Griffin’s social channels, including Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

Subsequent episodes will be released over the next week, including a fourth “bonus” episode featuring Blake and his brother Taylor (pictured below).

The series was written and produced by OBB Pictures.

WinView said its platform is a “game of skill that's legal in 39 states for its paid entry contests and legal nationwide for its free entry contests.”

“Blake has tremendous credibility as a comedic performer with our target audience. His trademark dry humor in this content illustrates how every sports fan watching the game on TV is already playing WinView — even if they don’t realize it,” Tom Rogers, executive chairman for Redwood, Calif.-based WinView, said via the company.

“Whether you’re trying to predict if a superstar like Blake will make a free throw or an office drone will sink a ball of paper into the wastebasket, predicting what happens next is a part of life."

According to Rogers, "Thanks to WinView’s unique platform, sports fans can benefit from testing their Sports IQ and significantly elevate their fan engagement during the live game.”

“I’m excited to partner with WinView because they’re pioneering new way to watch and enjoy sports," Griffin said via the company.

“I really liked being part of the creative process on the campaign and content series because it allowed me to invade a fan’s life and turn the tables, predicting what would happen in their day-to-day lives.”

Blake vs. Todd” finds fictional office worker “Todd” playing WinView while watching an NBA game on his computer screen and predicting that Blake will miss a free throw.

“Yes, suck it Griffin!” Todd shouts when his prediction comes true.

Much to Todd’s dismay, Griffin stares back at Todd through the computer screen. But Todd’s day goes from bad to worse when the next morning when Blake is introduced to Todd’s office staff as his new regional manager.

“When I started in this business 47 years ago I got one piece of advice: Always have each other’s backs. So just know that I’ll always be watching yours,” not a good plan for Todd, who sees Griffin giving him an evil stare.

Rather than doing any real work, Griffin and Todd use the WinView app to predict what each will do next in the office: Will Todd will hit the waste basket with a piece of trash? (He misses, and Griffin snidely remarks, “Not so easy, is it?!”) Can Griffin successfully use the copy machine?

The series continues when Griffin has additional office interactions in “Conference (Room) Champion” and “Performance Review” and  a fourth “bonus” episode featuring Blake and his brother Taylor, “Blake vs. Taylor.”

WinView said it is focused on free mobile two-screen synchronized televised sports games for prizes in the U.S., leveraging its extensive experience in pioneering real-time interactive television games played on the mobile second screen.”

WinView said it has “52 foundational patents covers the synchronization of the second-screen with TV broadcasts and commercials and the optimum methods of monetizing sports-based games of skill, among other types of programming content.”

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