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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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Mar052018

Will Snickers Enlist Ronda To Help Sweeten WWE WrestleMania 34 Campaign? 

By Barry Janoff

March 5, 2018: WWE stars Roman Reigns, Brock Lesnar, Triple H, Alexa Bliss, John Cena and even Ronda Rousey are scheduled to be there.

And so will Snickers.

For the third consecutive year, Snickers will serve as the exclusive presenting partner for WrestleMania, arguably the biggest show and ancillary week of the year for WWE, with WrestleMania 34 scheduled for April 8 in the Mercedes-Benz SuperDome in New Orleans.

Snickers plans to ramp up its activation from the past two years, anchored by custom content produced by WWE for Snickers to include WWE superstars as part of Snicker’s humorous “You're Not You When You're Hungry” campaign (via lead agency BBDO, NY).

This year’s creative line-up for Snickers has not yet been revealed but could potentially include Rousey.

She officially signed with WWE earlier this year. When she made an unannounced appearance at Royal Rumble in January. she pointed to a WrestleMania 34 sign and later said, “That’s a pretty big fat hint that I’ll be at WrestleMania 34.”

It was revealed during WWE’s Monday Night Raw on USA Network (March 5) that Rousey would team with Kurt Angle to take on Stephanie McMahon and Triple H in a Mixed Tag Match at WrestleMania 34.

Last year’s roster of WWE stars who appeared in WrestleMania-related Snickers creative included Ric Flair, The Miz, Sheamus, Baley and Charlotte Flair.

Snickers is also planning on-site activity at WrestleMania Axxess, WWE's four-day, interactive fan festival.

Among other activation, Snickers will be presenting sponsor for the free to the public WrestleMania block party in Champions Square outside the Mercedes-Benz Superdome; will have presence at such WWE live pre-WrestleMania events as Monday Night Raw and SmackDown Live on USA Network; and POP.

Custom digital and social content will see Snickers present a branded WWE.com and YouTube series hosted by WWE digital correspondent Cathy Kelley. Snickers also plans to leverage WWE's Instagram page, with more than 14 million followers, via a sponsored story on the day of WrestleMania.

In addition, Snickers is running a retail sweepstakes on U.S. military bases that will give 25 winners free access to stream WrestleMania on WWE Network.

Snickers said that its presenting partnership with WrestleMania 33 (pictured) last year “resulted in nearly 3 billion impressions across WWE's global platforms.”

"We're thrilled to partner with WWE for a third consecutive year as the presenting sponsor of WrestleMania 34 in New Orleans," Michael Italia, senior brand manager for Snickers, said in a statement.

”The animated personalities of WWE cannot afford to be hungry in the ring, which makes our partnership that much more of an authentic extension of our 'You're Not You When You're Hungry' campaign. We're eager to connect with WWE's passionate fan base in person and across social media this year, as this event continues to grow in attendance and engagement,” said Italia.

WrestleMania has become a week-long event that this year in New Orleans will encompass WrestleMania Axxess (in the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center); and four live events taking place in the Smoothie King Center: the 2018 WWE Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, NXT TakeOver, Monday Night Raw and SmackDown Live.

WWE said it would also host activities designed to give back to the local community during WrestleMania Week, including "Be a STAR" bullying prevention rallies, hospital visits and Make-A-Wish events.

According to John Brody, WWE evp-global sales & head of international, “As one of the biggest sports and entertainment events in the world, WrestleMania will again provide Snickers a global platform to deliver their award-winning 'You're Not You When You're Hungry' campaign.

“Our continued WrestleMania partnership with Snickers is a result of innovative and entertaining collaborations that engaged our passionate fans worldwide."

WWE anticipates another major response to WrestleMania 34 following last year’s event, which WWE said was the most-social event in its history. In addition, it set a new Orlando Citrus Bowl attendance record of 75,245 fans and was the highest-grossing event in the stadium's history at $14.5 million.

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