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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

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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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Mar272018

When NBA Action Gets Intense, New League Pass Plan Will Let You Pay To Stay

By Barry Janoff

March 27, 2018: If you want to just watch the parts of NFL games in which teams are nearing the goal line, you can turn in to NFL RedZone.

Beginning next season, if you want to just watch the fourth quarter of an intense basketball game in which the action is either on a crescendo pace or likely to end with a player or team making league history, the NBA has a plan for you.

Stating that "We are giving the fans what they want,” the NBA and media partner Turner Sports have unveiled a strategy under which people can pay to watch portions of a live out-of-market game on NBA League Pass at a price much lower than current full-game and package plans.

The plan would be conducted via NBA Digital, operated by the NBA and Turner, through which NBA League Pass would offer an “innovative, first-of-its-kind experience” that allows people to purchase and watch parts of live NBA games in-progress at a reduced cost as compared to paying to watch an entire game.

The new NBA League Pass offering would provide fans with real-time access to live NBA action including “pivotal match-ups, record-setting performances and incredible comebacks.”

“With this huge social media platform that we have, you can be on Facebook. Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, and you see that James Harden is going for 60 points, and you may not be watching the Houston Rockets game, but now it’s the fourth quarter and you want to see how many points he scores,” Adam Silver, commissioner for the NBA, said during a media event in New York to unveil the concept.

“Or if Stephon Curry is going for a record, or Russell Westbrook is going for another triple-double, with a micro-transaction, you can get a portion of that game.

“For us, it was really a matter of bringing the fans what they want.”

The new offering will be available for all NBA League Pass games beginning with the 2018-19 regular season via the NBA App and NBA.com.

Turner also introduced “Bleacher Report Live” as its new live sports streaming service, which will offer the new NBA League Pass concept as part of its platform.

“This is one of the most innovative ideas that has come out in some time: Consumers, fans can actually purchase portions of an NBA game at a reduced price,” said David Levy, president for Tuner Sports.

According to Silver, “People can still get full games at $7, although we are still experimenting with pricing, but the idea, to take page from the virtual world of video games, where there are micro-transactions, now people can watch portions of a game most important to them and when it is convenient for them.

“Let’s say a game starts at 7:30 and they know they’re free for 15 minutes and interested in watching a portion of a live NBA game. It might not be a fair consumer proposition that a fan needs to pay $7 when they know they only have time to watch five or 10 minutes of a game,” said Silver.

Additional details on the new product feature and pricing will be shared at a later date.

NBA League Pass currently offers people a full array of options including a traditional, comprehensive full-season package, along with NBA League Pass Premium, Team Pass and Single Game.

“But if a fan only has time to watch five or ten minutes of a game, it may not feel like a fair proposition to pay $7 for the entire game,” said Silver. “Under this notion of micro-transactions, let’s sell the fans what they want.

“This is one of the most innovative ideas that has come out in some time: Consumers can actually purchase portions of an NBA game at a reduced price."

“We are experimenting with pricing, but the notion is that, let’s say for 99¢, you can get five or ten minutes of a game, then pay again if you can come back later in the game,” said Silver.

According to Levy, “We believe in that. We send out alerts on Bleacher Report if there is a close game. Now you can go to B/R Live and get it.

“The distribution of content continues to evolve and Turner has invested in creating and delivering premium, multi-platform experiences including our soon-to-be-launched B/R Live sports streaming service,” said Levy.

Levy said that Turner’s long-standing partnership with the NBA “has been led by a shared vision to provide fans with the most engaging experiences that match a wide variety of viewing preferences. This is a game-changing initiative to provide fans with personalized access to premium NBA content.

“From games on TNT and NBA TV or the volume of out-of-market games through NBA League Pass, to the defining moments of a thrilling matchup with a compelling story arc, we’ll have it covered,” said Levy.

“This offering is a new and exciting way for fans to experience live NBA action," said Silver. "Turner Sports shares our commitment to innovation and to making our games even more accessible.”

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