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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.” 

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

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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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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Mar182015

AT&T Goes Old School With Shaq, Dr. J, Laettner In New March Madness Marketing

By Barry Janoff

March 17, 2015: If you are going into battle, even on the marketing landscape, it doesn't hurt to have proven warriors on your side.

AT&T, an official Corporate Champion partner of the NCAA, is revisiting its strategy of using basketball legends in marketing by featuring four of them to support the company's presence as a major player during March Madness and to tout its message of having the "strongest 4G LTE signal."

The four men all played in the NBA following stellar roles in past NCAA Tournaments:  Shaquille O'Neal (LSU 1989-92), Julius Erving (Massachusetts 1968-71), Clyde Drexler (Houston 1980-83) and Christian Laettner (Duke 1988-92).

Two years ago, an AT&T spot featured hoops legends Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Bill Russell, Larry Bird and Earvin "Magic" Johnson, each of whom starred in college before going on to NBA Hall of Fame careers.

AT&T's multi-media campaign is anchored by a series of humorous spots in which the four icons bring their experiences and historical perspectives to the current games they are watching on TV, covering such issues as brackets, nicknames, upsets and Cinderella teams.

The campaign will also include and support such AT&T platforms as the U-Verse app, which enables people to watch live NCAA March Madness games on their TV, computer, tablet  or smartphone.

A stand-alone integrated campaign, "Where Will You Be?" includes a TV spot, "Beyond Madness," which shows that you don't have to miss history — here, a No. 16 seed finally beating a No. 1 seed (vaguely hinted to be Kentucky) — thanks to the U-verse app.

AT&T's presence during Final Four weekend in Indianapolis (April 3-6), where the Final Four and Championship Game will be played in Lucas Oil Stadium, includes on-site ads, activations and as presenting sponsor of the March Madness Music Fest, (along with co-Corporate Champions Coca-Cola and Capital One), which includes the AT&T Block Party.

This year's campaign follows spots from the 2014 Tournament that featured techies Charlie and Frank, who worked 24/7 to improve AT&T networks, links and other applications to help connect fans with the games.

AT&T has been an official partner of the NCAA since 2007. Between 2005-2014, 279 different marketers totaled some $7.5 billion worth of national TV ad expenditures, according to marketing and research firm Kantar Media, New York.
 
The Top Ten spenders since 2004: General Motors ($83.2 million), AT&T ($61.9 million), Coca-Cola ($41.7 million), Anheuser-Busch ($41.6 million), Capital One ($41.2 million), Samsung ($31.8 million), Southwest Airlines ($31.5 million), Volkswagen ($29.3 million), Allstate ($28.5 million) and Unilever ($27.7 million).

Since 2004, the top two categories in terms of marketing spend are automotive ($216.9 million, 19.1% of total spend) and telecommunications ($128.5 million, 11.3%), led by AT&T, Dish and Sprint.

Media exposure to NCAA corporate partners reached a record $112.8 million in 2014 from such elements as in-arena signage, on-air graphics and verbal mentions and fan and experiential activations. Capital One led here with $29 million in media exposure, followed by AT&T ($23 million), aided by having the 2014 Final Four and Championship Game played in AT&T Stadium in North Texas.

Spend for a 30-second spot is expected to set a new record during Final Four games on Turner Broadcasting's TBS and the Championship Game on CBS. The average price of a 30-second spot during the 2014 Championship Game was a record $1.5 million, a 5% increase over 2013 ($1.42 million), according to Kantar.

TV spots are from BBDO Worldwide siblings BBDO NY and BBDO Atlanta.

In "Strong Nickname," the discussion of how players got their nicknames leads to Shaq, not so light on his feet but still jiggy with the moves, demonstrating the origin of his nickname "The Big Dance."

In "Strong Team," the legends agree that the strongest teams geret to cut down the nets. But Laettner, who is lounging on a hammock, adds that you can't just rest on your laurels, even though, as he says somewhat smugly, "I literally made this hammock out of laurels so that I could rest on them." He then explains as he points to spots on the mesh-laced hammock, "This is the '91 championship net, this is the '92 championship net, these red, white and blue ones are from my backyard when I was a kid." The others silently agree that, as the recent biopic on ESPN related, I Hate Christian Laettner.

"Bracket Curls" finds Drexler curling a weight made in the shape of March Madness brackets.

"Upset" sees the guys talking about underdogs coming through in clutch times, which leads Shaq to state that during the Tournament you should follow the Cinderella team, which he illustrates with a glass slipper and by making a noise like a clopping horse, much to the dismay of the others.

The spot for U-verse, "Beyond Madness," encourages people to get the app so that even if they are away from their TV they won't miss history, as in this commercial when a No. 16 seed defeats a No. 1 seed for the first time in NCAA Tournament history — with the losing team looking a lot like Kentucky.

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