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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

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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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• Oct. 6 Chicago Bears v Oakland Raiders Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
• Oct. 13 Carolina Panthers v Tampa Bay Buccaneers Tottenham Hotspur 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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Nov152018

New Deals Ensure Fox Sports, Manfred, DAZN Will Continue To Be Hits With MLB

By Barry Janoff

November 15, 2018: The World Series is over, and the 2019 season is months off, but, just like crying, there is no off-season in baseball.

MLB unveiled three deals today during its GM meetings that will have major impacts on the league with Fox Sports, DAZN and commissioner Rob Manfred.

Fox Sports and MLB have signed a multi-year, multi-platform rights agreement, beginning in 2022, expanding the network’s TV, digital and Spanish-language rights thru 2028.

Fox Sports and Fox Deportes maintain the TV rights to MLB’s jewel events, including serving as the exclusive TV broadcast partner.

Financial terms were not shared, but the extension was put at $5.1 billion by industry analysts.

MLB also said that owners have unanimously agreed to extend the contract of commissioner Rob Manfred through the 2024 regular season. Manfred was elected commissioner in August 2014, taking over from Bud Selig in January 2015.

In addition, MLB signed a pact with DAZN (pronounced Da-Zone), the sports-streaming and PPV service under the auspices of former ESPN president John Skipper, to create live “look-in” shows during the season.

The weeknight shows will be similar to the NFL’s RedZone and segments on NBA TV that move from game to game to present live key plays and highlights.

Financial terms of the DAZN deal were also not released, but were put at $300 million over three years by industry insiders.

“We have great partners, and at the top of that list is Fox,” Manfred said during a press event at the GM meetings in Carlsbad, Calif.

“Fox has been innovative in the way our game is presented to fans, which is important to us. It is really important to have a partner like Fox to represent our games and jewel events.”

Fox Sports has been a national MLB rights-holder since 1996 and the league’s exclusive national broadcast partner since 2001. To date, Fox Sports said it has aired 21 World Series and 23 All-Star Games since its inaugural national rights deal with MLB.

Beginning in 2022, the amount of regular season and post-season games televised by the Fox broadcast network will increase.

The new MLB and Fox agreement includes expanded streaming, social media and highlight rights. Fox will also televise special event games to be determined over the term of the agreement.

The network’s League Championship Series and Division Series coverage will remain the same as it’s been since 2014, alternating leagues each season (currently with Turner’s TBS).

As in previous deals, MLB Network would continue to have the rights to two games from the League’s Division Series that Fox is airing. Under terms of the new deal, Fox Sports will also expand its digital rights.

In addition, under the new deal, Fox Sports continues its Saturday regular-season broadcast windows — two per Saturday (52 total) — with highlights packages as well as MLB-centric programs and Spanish-language rights through Fox Deportes.

According to Eric Shanks, Fox Sports CEO and executive producer, “Major League Baseball has been a cornerstone of Fox Sports since 1996.

“It’s an honor to have shared countless historic moments with our viewers over the last 22 seasons. We are extremely proud to continue to be the home of Major League Baseball’s jewel events for the next decade.”

The deal with DAZN is its first for a U.S.-based MLB telecast but not the first between the two sides.

Prior to the 2018 season, DAZN signed a three-year agreement to carry programming in Canada from MLB Network, including 200 live regular season games.

In 2017, DAZN signed a four-year deal to show more than 600 live MLB games in Austria, Germany and Switzerland, covering the regular season, the All-Star Game, playoffs and World Series.

The MLB-DAZN alliance will be anchored by a live show each weeknight, co-produced by MLB and DAZN and available to subscribers via DAZN's digital sports streaming platform.

It will feature live look-ins at MLB action across the AL and NL. There also will be on-demand MLB content and live weekend wrap shows available to DAZN subscribers.

"DAZN's multi-sport streaming platform provides Major League Baseball and our clubs an important opportunity to extend the game's digital reach," said Manfred via MLB.

"Our collaborative production will benefit DAZN's subscribers with new ways to follow the captivating storylines, talented young stars and impactful plays happening around the game every day."

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