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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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Aug312012

After FTC Crisis, Skechers Going Global With Montana, Cuban, LaSorda, Quiggly

By Barry Janoff

August 31, 2012: Skechers USA, fresh off its run-in with the Federal Trade Commission, is planning a major marketing push that will hit in the U.S. and internationally, which will include the return of Mark Cuban and Joe Montana, the addition of baseball icon Tommy LaSorda, as well as Mr. Quiggly, the pooch who starred in the the company's most recent Super Bowl commercial.

The campaign will supper the global launch of its  Relaxed Fit footwear collection for men. Skechers previously said it would return to the Super Bowl with a commercial to run on CBS during Super Bowl XLVII in February.

The effort will be anchored by TV spots starring, respectively, Dallas Mavericks owner Cuban, NFL Hall of Fame quarterback Montana and LaSorda, a member of the baseball Hall of Fame who has been associated with the game since the 1940s. Skechers said that the three spots would run consecutively, starting with Cuban’s commercial, this Fall. The TV spots are designed to reflect each man's unique personalities "to showcase Relaxed Fit’s wide range of features," according to Skechers: "Cuban’s popularity, Montana’s ability to remain calm under pressure and Lasorda’s spirited character."
 
The campaign also will include  print, in-store, online and social media such as YouTube, Twitter and Facebook.

Earlier this year, the Manhattan Beach, Calif.-based company agreed to pay $50 million to settle allegations of false advertising filed by the Federal Trade Commission and the attorneys general of 44 states. Ads featuring Montana, Kim Kardashian and Brooke Burke came under fire by the FTC over claims that Skechers' toning shoes would help people lose weight, tone muscles and fight heart disease.

Skechers denied any wrong doing and said it agreed to the settlement "[to avoid] the exorbitant cost and endless distraction of several years spent defending multiple lawsuits in multiple courts across the country."

“Mark, Joe and Tommy are three sports legends promoting an idea that’s inspired by the ingenuity of relaxed jeans: product that doesn’t just offer more comfort, but looks great as well,” Michael Greenberg, president of Skechers, said in a statement.

“Guys want their shoes to feel roomy without making their feet look wide and Relaxed Fit shoes are designed to offer this kind of comfort with a more stylish design. Plus, with these power players in professional basketball, football and baseball backing this new brand, we’re confident that Relaxed Fit footwear is going to strike a chord with guys everywhere," said Greenberg."

Relaxed Fit will be Cuban and Montana’s second endorsement for the Skechers, with both previously starring in Super Bowl spots for the company.

Skechers recently began an association with LaSorda through Skechers Foundation, designed to support families and communities in need. Skechers and Lasorda co-host a day at Dodger Stadium on Aug. 1 for members of the Friendship Circle, an organization dedicated to nurturing and inspiring the special needs community.

“[Super Bowl XVLI in] 2012 was our third year at the Big Game and thanks to Mr. Quiggly, we ranked third in the viewer polls," Greenberg said of the commercial the featured Cuban and Quiggly. “Next year we’ll be celebrating our second anniversary as a performance brand and we already have Mr. Quiggly booked and back in training for his triumphant return. We’re aiming for the No. 1 Super Bowl commercial this time.”

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