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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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Oct292012

NBA's Blake Griffin Called For Traveling (Back In Time) In New Kia Campaign

By Barry Janoff

October 29, 2012: In Back to the Future, Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd use a DeLorean to travel back in time.

Blake Griffin has a marketing deal with Kia Motors, so he uses a 2013 Optima to travel back to the 1990s and 2000s in new commercials timed to coincided with the start of the 2012-13 NBA season.

Kia Motors, which is the official automotive partner of the NBA, has featured Griffin in a series of humorous spots dating back to the 2011 All-Star Game, when he jumped over the hood of a Kia Optima SX to win the Sprite Slam Dunk Contest.

Five new 30-second spots highlight Kia's UVO voice-activated "infotainment" system, which enables Griffin to travel back to offer suggestions to younger versions of himself. Lead agency is David & Goliath, El Segundo, Calif.

The first two spots, "Football" and "Free Throws," will break on Oct. 30. The others will follow throughout the NBA season. Support includes social and digital platforms such as Facebook, YouTube and Kia.com.

According to Michael Sprague, evp-marketing and communications for Kia Motors America, "Griffin is one of the most exciting and recognizable young athletes in the world, and this latest campaign pairs Griffin's basketball wisdom and athleticism with the youthful style, performance and cutting-edge technology of our wildly popular Optima midsize sedan and the award-winning UVO infotainment system."

In "Football," Griffin is in his 2013 Optima when he requests of UVO, "Take me back to 1997."

As UVO Jukebox plays OMC's "How Bizarre," Griffin lands at a park where a group of kids are playing football.

"Wrong sport," he says to one of the boys as he takes away his football and then drop-kicks it out of sight.

"Who are you?" the kid asks. "I'm you from the future," Griffin responds.

He then continues in a deadpan voice, "And that's my Kia Optima. It's full of futuristic things. Like heated and air-cooled front seats."

The kid and his friend offer no response and look at Griffin as if he just dropped in from the future. Then Griffin offers another bit of advice to his younger self. "Stop wearing jean shorts . . .  Just trust me." (See the full spot here.)

In "Free Throws," Griffin goes back to 1995. As UVO Jukebox plays Montell Jordan's "This Is How We Do It," he is transported to a suburban neighborhood. There he finds an even younger version of himself than in "Football." The kid is hanging from a basketball rim attached to a driveway garage, having apparently just dunked.

"Who are you?" the kid asks. "You, from the future," Griffin replies.

The kid, looking at the 2013 Optima, asks, "Is that your spaceship?"  "No, it's way better," offers Griffin. "It's my Kia Optima with UVO with voice-activated infotainment system."

"What else can you tell me?" the kid asks. "Practice your free throws," Griffin, who is a 59% free throw shooter, says. True to form, Griffin takes a shot, and the ball gets stuck between the rim and the backboard. "Practice a lot." (See the full spot here.)

In addition to the NBA, Kia has official marketing alliances with about a dozen NBA teams, including Griffin's Los Angeles Clippers, the defending champion Miami Heat, the New York Knicks and the Chicago Bulls.

"Blake turned people's heads after his famous dunk over a Kia Optima in the Sprite Slam Dunk contest at NBA All-Star 2011," said Sprague regarding the third-year forward. "His on-court talent combined with his unique comedic style and personality have translated into a powerful partnership that has helped raise awareness and brand perception for Kia."

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