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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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• 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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Nov182015

Return Engagement: Tracy Morgan Is Back For Foot Locker's 'Week Of Greatness'

By Barry Janoff

November 18, 2015: Comedian/actor Tracy Morgan, who suffered life-threatening injuries during a car accident in June 2014, is back, and his timing is perfect.

Morgan appears in two commercials for sports apparel and footwear company Foot Locker, supporting the retailer's annual "Week of Greatness," which in turn are part of a multi-platform campaign that also includes Internet, social media and POP.

One spot, "Greatness in Common," also stars Aaron Rodgers, quarterback for the NFL's Green Bay Packers.

The other, "Imitators," features Morgan along with cameos by his wife Megan and daughter Maven.

"We're excited to unveil our two new commercials featuring Tracy Morgan to kick off our annual 'Week of Greatness,'" Stacy Cunningham, evp-marketing for Foot Locker, said in a statement. "We enjoyed working with Tracy to usher in his own return to greatness as part of our holiday campaign."

Lead agency is BBDO.

According to Morgan, "I had a great time working with Foot Locker and was grateful to work with my wife and daughter in one of the spots. It means a lot to me to be able to team up with Foot Locker on their 'Week of Greatness.'

"I'm happy to do this for my fans and hope to make them laugh during one of the biggest weeks of the year!" said Morgan.

In "Imitators," Morgan and a friend enter his house after shopping at Foot Locker. "The 'Week of Greatness' came back strong this year," says Morgan's friend.

"Got to," replies Morgan. "If you don't come back strong, imitators will try to replace you," a reference to Morgan's time away from the stage due to his accident. "Trust me."

With that, Morgan, somewhat paranoid, says to a man serving lunch to Morgan's daughter, "You putting' food on my family's table! Trying to replace me!"

"I'm the new chef," the man replies.

Then, when the front door opens, an irate Morgan truns says to a flower-delivery guy, "You bringing my wife flowers, Romeo! Trying to replace me, too!"

"They're for you," Megan says to him.

Next, Morgan has another target for his tirade. "You! You got a lot of nerve coming back here, same as always."

Turning to his friend, Morgan offers, "The same guy is always in my bathroom. I wanna be mad at him, but he's so handsome." Turns out that Morgan is looking at a reflection of himself in a mirror." (See the full spot here.)

In "Greatness in Common." Morgan compares his return and the Week of Greatness with other things in which he and the Week of Greatness might have in common. In Morgan's vision, that includes: Owing $300 to a rare fish dealer named Maurice, prank-calling the Kremlin and popping out of a cake at Aaron Rodgers' birthday party, despite not having been invited. (See the full spot here.)

Both spots end with the text, "Greatness is back. The Week of Greatness at Foot Locker."

Foot Locker's Week of Greatness campaign last year featured a spot, "It's Happening," in which Manny Pacquiao envisioned a fight with Floyd Mayweather, which became a reality several months later.

Morgan's comeback has also included hosting Saturday Night Live, where he had been a regular from 1996-2003, on Oct. 17. He currently is filming Fist Fight, a comedy due in theaters next year; and is in discussions to play iconic comedian/actor Redd Foxx in the upcoming bio-pic, Richard Pryor: Is It Something I Said?

"This week is all about bringing new premium sneakers, apparel and gear into the hands of our customers and we're happy to do that in such a fun way," said Cunningham.

Foot Locker said its "Week of Greatness" features premium releases from such brands as Nike, adidas, Jordan, Under Armour, Puma, Timberland, New Balance and Asics.

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