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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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Apr032014

Humorous PGA America Campaign Seeks To Reverse The Tiger Woods 'Curse'

By Barry Janoff

April 3, 2014: In light of the fact that Tiger Woods will not play in The Masters due to back surgery and that a major golf association recently released statistics that show a decline in the number of people who play golf, the PGA of America wants you to know that not being perfect is alright by them.

A new campaign, "Perfect Day," depicts people on the golf course with imperfect swings, hitting balls off course, practically living in sand traps and missing what should be "gimme" putts. What they also have in common is that they are enjoying themselves.

"Out here, every day is perfect, even if you're not," intones a voiceover, played out to Dean Martin singing, "Open Up The Door, Let The Good Times In."

"Intimidation is one of the key barriers for participation in golf," Kevin Ring, CMO for PGA of America, said in a statement. "That barrier and the myth that all golfers are 'good' are what we plan to break down through this campaign — with targeted messages that engage golfers and non-golfers."

The effort is aimed toward former and non-golfers and comes on the heels of a report from the National Golf Foundation showing that five million fewer people are now playing golf in the U.S. versus a decade ago, that golf participation among 18-34-year olds has declined 30% during that same period and that in 2013, for the eighth consecutive year, more golf courses closed than were opened in the U.S.

Stats also show that TV viewing is soft when Woods does not participate in an event and that interest in golf wanes among non-core golf fans. Woods said he would miss The Masters this month — and could be out three-four or more months — following surgery.

Although it's new campaign is humorous, the PGA of America is taking the situation seriously. Among other activations, the group has compiled a Task Force "to grown the game through non-traditional means." The Task Force includes world champion skier Bode Miller, former NFL defensive back Melvin Bullitt and Arien Kantarian, former CEO for the U.S. Tennis Assn.

The "Perfect Day" effort also is seeking to reach people using some non-traditional methods. The media buy "will include non-golfer channels targeting consumers identified as likely to pick up the game," according to the PGA of America, including Living Social, Food Network, HGTV, CNN.com, Bleacher Report, Men's Health, Women's Health and Fast Company.

The PGA of America said it would also work with its strategic media partners to get out the message, including SiriusXM, PGA.com, Golf Channel, CBS, NBC, TNT and Golfweek.

Two spots are scheduled to run during the events overseen by the PGA of America, including the Senior PGA Championship presented by KitchenAid, PGA Championship and Ryder Cup. (See "Perfect Day 1" and "Perfect Day 2".)

Support includes Internet and social media.

Media value for the campaign was put at $6 million, according to the PGA of America. Lead agency is Ammirati, NY.

The campaign comes with a call to action, encouraging people to "get in the game with five lessons starting at $99 at GetGolfReady.com, a player development program endorsed by the golf industry and operated by the PGA. of America.

"The campaign is based on a simple consumer truth: golf is intimidating to new players," Kristen Rumble, vp-account services and partner at Ammirati, said in a statement. "We are chipping away at that intimidation by showing real players enjoying real golf moments, perfect or otherwise, while still having fun. By showing golf through this honest lens, more people will be compelled to pick up the sport."

"The myth that all golfers are 'good' [is] what we plan to break down through this campaign, with targeted messages that engage golfers and non-golfers."

According to Kevin Ring, "Ultimately, we want all players to get past the fear and to realize that no matter your skill level, golf is an activity that truly anyone can enjoy."

PGA of America marketing partners include PepsiCo (Aquafina, Gatorade, Pepsi), KitchenAid, Belvedere, OfficeMax, Moet & Chandon, Lipton Tea and Westin.

PGA of America, based in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., is comprised of some 27,000 men and women who are involved with golf as pros, coaches, teachers and other aspects.

PGA of America Launches Task Force To Reverse Downward Trend

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