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• Nascar has signed a deal to acquire International Speedway Corp. in a transaction valued at $2 billon. ISC owns and operates venues including Talladega Superspeedway, Michigan International Speedway, Richmond Raceway, Auto Club Speedway of Southern California, Kansas Speedway, ISM Raceway, Chicagoland Speedway and Route 66 Raceway, Homestead-Miami Speedway, Martinsville Speedway, Darlington Raceway, and Watkins Glen International.

ISC also owns Motor Racing Network, the nation's largest independent sports radio network; and Americrown, a subsidiary that provides catering services, and food and beverage concessions.

• 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.

• 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

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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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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Aug092018

NCAA Changes Seek To Open Doors For Student-Athletes, Close Them For Violators

By Barry Janoff

August 8, 2018: In May, The Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics, formed in October 1989 to promote reforms that support and strengthen the educational mission of college sports, issued a report urging university presidents to “seize a rare moment of opportunity to reform not only men's basketball but the NCAA organization itself to restore public faith in the governing body's ability to oversee major revenue-producing college sports.”

The report came on the heels of an extensive investigation into NCAA men’s hoops by the Independent Commission on College Basketball, led by Condoleezza Rice, which called the sport “toxic” and “deeply troubled,” offering major suggestions and potential changes regarding coaches, players and universities.

“The levels of corruption and deception are now at a point that they threaten the very survival of the college game as we know it,” wrote the Commission on College Basketball in its report.

Both reports arrived as the FBI was in the midst of an investigation financial situations involving coaches, players and shoe companies, among other potentially damaging situations.

Now, the NCAA said that “in response to the recommendations issues,” it has “delivered on a promise made just months ago to make profound and meaningful changes to college basketball.

“Ultimately, these decisions will support the success of student-athletes both on and off the court,” said the NCAA.

According to the NCAA, the changes approved will:

• Provide college basketball players more freedom and flexibility to decide their future.

• Minimize the leverage of outside influences on high school recruits and college athletes.

• Add fresh perspective and independent judgment to NCAA decision-making at the highest level of policymaking and in investigations and case resolution.

• Strengthen accountability and deter future rule-breaking with harsher penalties for those who break the rules. Specifically, “Those who break rules face stronger penalties, including longer post-season bans, longer head coach suspensions, increased recruiting restrictions and additional fines.”

“The NCAA Board of Governors and Division I Board of Directors adopted a series of significant policy and legislative changes, setting in motion actions to change the structure of the NCAA fundamentally,” the NCAA wrote in a statement.

“These changes will promote integrity in the game, strengthen accountability and prioritize the interests of student-athletes over every other factor."

The problem is deep-rooted, according to the Independent Commission on College Basketball, which in its report called the environment surrounding college basketball is “a toxic mix of perverse incentives to cheat.”

“Millions of dollars are now generated by television contracts and apparel sponsorship for the NCAA, universities and coaches,” according to the report. “The financial stake in success has grown exponentially; and thus, there is an arms race to recruit the best talent — and if you are a coach — to keep your job.

“Future stars and their families know their value — and can be tempted to monetize their worth as soon as possible since they will not be compensated in college. Some agents, summer coaches and other third parties act as intermediaries and facilitators.”

This week, 13 members of the University of North Carolina football team were suspended for selling their limited-edition, team-issued Air Jordan shoes.

New policies, per the NCAA, allow student-athletes to be able to participate in the NBA draft and return to school if undrafted, pending future action from the NBA and the National Basketball Players Association.

Currently, college athletes who are interested in going pro can declare for the draft and attend the NBA combine, but must withdraw no more than ten days after the combine to stay eligible.”

In addition, Division I schools will be required to pay for tuition, fees and books for men’s and women’s basketball players who left school and returned later to the same school to earn their degree. The NCAA is establishing a fund for schools who are otherwise unable to provide this aid.

Elite high school basketball recruits and college players can be represented by an agent who can help them make informed decisions about going pro. Agents must be certified by an NCAA program with standards for behavior and consequences for violations.

Coaches and athletics staff must report athletics-related income from any source outside their school, such as an apparel company.

The NCAA said it is pursuing an agreement with apparel companies on expectations for accountability and transparency regarding their involvement in youth basketball.

“The NCAA and its member schools are part of the broader higher education community, and today’s actions renew our commitment to our core purpose — preparing students for a lifetime of opportunity,” according to the NCAA.

“Change doesn’t end here. We will continue to work in all of these areas and continue to pursue collaboration with outside organizations, including the NBA, the National Basketball Players Association, apparel companies and USA Basketball.

“If they are unwilling or unable to act, we will consider additional changes that will support the success of student-athletes. It’s on us to restore the integrity of college basketball and continue to improve the interests of all student-athletes. They deserve nothing less.”

Rice-Led Commission: College Hoops ‘Toxic Mix Of Perverse Incentives To Cheat

Second Report Urges NCAA To Enact ‘Sweeping And Deep-Seated Reform'

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