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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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Q&A: It's Not Just The Need For Speed That Motivates Dan Jansen

Despite the fact that his sport, speed skating, is relatively small compared to others, Dan Jansen has had one of the most memorable careers in Olympic history, the crux of which is played out in a new Visa commercial.

By Barry Janoff, Executive Editor
(Posted Feb. 14, 2010)



Dan Jansen was inspired by his sister, Jane, to become a speed skater while growing up in Wisconsin. He appeared in his first Olympics at Sarajevo, Yugoslavia, in 1984 at the age of 19, but did not win any medals. At the 1988 Games in Calgary, he came is as world sprint champion and a favorite to win gold. However, hours before the 500 meter event, he was informed that his sister was dying of leukemia. He dedicated the race to her, but unfortunately fell and did not finish. Days later he fell again in the 1,000 meter event and left without any medals. He competed in the 1992 Games in Albertville, France, but again left without medals.

Jansen finally took gold at Lillehammer, France, in 1994, winning the 1,000 meter event and setting what was then a world record pace. He skated a victory lap holding his two-year-old daughter, Jane, who was named in for his sister. The event is recounted in a TV spot that is part of Visa's current 'Go World' campaign. Visa is one of just nine top tier global partners with the International Olympic Committee (along with Coca-Cola, Omega, Altos Origin, Panasonic, Samsung, Acer, GE and McDonald's).

Jansen retired from the Olympics after that, was elected to the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame in 2004 and has stayed close to the Olympics as a commentator for NBC, including the 2010 Games in Vancouver. In addition to being a spokesman for Visa, he is a motivational speaker for such corporate clients as Xerox, McDonald's, Bank of America, Coca-Cola, Glaxxo Smith-Kline and the American Red Cross. In 1994 he established the Dan Jansen Foundation to raise awareness and funds to fight leukemia and also is an honorary board member of the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation. Jansen, who lives in North Carolina, spoke with NYSportsJournalism.com in New York right before heading to Vancouver.

NYSportsJournalism.com: What are the biggest differences for you from being an Olympic athlete and now being in the media covering the Olympics?
Dan Jansen: There's nothing that compares to being there as an athlete. It's what you train your whole life for. It's what you dreamt about. It's the excitement of all that, and you know it's coming down to one moment. But that's reality. I'm thrilled that I'm still able to go and not only work and call the speed skating events but represent Visa and what they have done with their spots. Putting athletes in the spotlight. Featuring my story. That makes what I'm doing special.

NYSJ: Antonio Lucio, CMO at Visa, talked to NYSportsJournalism about being an Olympic sponsor for 24 years, and back then their focus was TV and billboards. Now they are using 3D spots, 3D wall posters, building dedicated Facebook and MySpace pages. How do you view that as someone who has been involved with the Olympics since 1984?
DJ: You can make the comparisons in almost any aspect of marketing. The technology has changed sports and has changed the way marketing is done. During the 2008 Summer Games in Beijing, because of the time difference, people were getting results immediately via the Internet hours before NBC could air the events in the U.S. They did do a great job of showing a lot of the events live or as close to live as possible. NBC will be able to get a lot more live events on this year because the Games are in Vancouver. But they have really put a lot into getting the Games and information out on the Internet, supporting the broadcast with an extraordinary amount of technology.

NYSJ: Being part of the Visa program, having your own commercial, getting to work at the Olympic Games, is it a little bit like being a kid in a candy store?
DJ: (Laughs) No doubt about it. The Visa program is great exposure for the athletes. To me, when you think about Olympic sponsors, maybe two come to mind. And Visa's commitment to the Olympics to this point and looking forward [with their recent partnership extension with the IOC through 2020 and partnering with the U.S. Olympic Committee]. It's a huge honor for an athlete. The way I see it, they are putting the athletes in the spotlight, making them the focus of the effort. And by showing them behind the scenes, in training, telling their personal stories, people get to know them better and, hopefully, remember them and their [respective] sports when the Olympics are over. It's great for the Olympics, for NBC and for the athletes.

"Every time the Visa commercial is on, Jane gets text messages from all over. The interesting thing now is that my younger daughter wants to do a commercial."

NYSJ: Part of the challenge with the Olympics is that many of the sports, and many of the athletes, are only talked about every four years. How does that fit into Visa's strategy?
DJ: When you look at the events vying for attention [in February] - the Super Bowl, the NBA All-Star Game, Danica Patrick and Nascar - it's not that the Olympics are not huge, but you want to make them even more compelling for people to watch.. Especially when it comes to a little sport like mine. Visa has been really smart in the way they've positioned themselves globally. The two biggest programs they have globally are the Olympics and the FIFA World Cup [coming in June]. The Super Bowl is huge, but it's biggest audience is in America. The Olympics and the World Cup have global followings, and they are not just one day but two weeks for the Olympics and a month for the World Cup. And they are not every year, so that makes them extra special. Visa has caught on to that.

NYSJ: You are in a Visa spot with your daughter, Jane. Is she a star at school now because of the exposure?
DJ: She's 16 now. Every time the Visa commercial is on (pictured), Jane gets text messages from all over. The interesting thing now is that my younger daughter, who is 14, wants to do a commercial. Every time an opportunity comes up she says, 'Dad, can I be in this one?'

NYSJ: Do you see the U.S. hosting the Winter Olympics in the near future?
DJ: We had it Salt Lake City in 2002, and it's in Vancouver this year which is North America. The 2014 Winter Games are in Sochi, so the next [to be decided] is 2018. I don't see [the U.S.] getting that one. Maybe 2022, 2026. It also depends on whether or not the U.S. tries again to host the Summer Olympics [after Chicago's failed bid to host the 2016 Games, which went to Rio de Janeiro] for 2020 or 2024. I don't get into that stuff with the IOC, the politics. But they will come around to the U.S. again. And this year Vancouver will be great.

NYSJ: It sounds as if you are enjoying life. And you seem to be in great shape. Ever think about making an Olympic comeback?
DJ: I'm having a great time. And I stay in shape. But as far as the Olympics (laughs), I'll be there but as an analyst and commentator. I'm leaving the competition to Apolo Anton Ohno, J.R. Celski and the other members of the team.

Q&A: Visa CMO Antonio Lucio On Global Activation For The 2010 Olympics

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