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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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Jun182014

Tiger Woods, Foundation Find New Deals On The Green With MusclePharm, Acura 

By Barry Janoff

June 18, 2014: Tiger Woods, who has been inactive on the pro golf circuit since undergoing back surgery on a pinched nerve in late March, is none the less quite active on the marketing and sponsorship circuit.

Two new alliances were unveiled today (June 18), one with Woods and the other with his Tiger Woods Foundation.

In the former, performance-lifestyle sports nutrition company MusclePharm Corp. said it has signed a multi-year endorsement with Woods. Under terms of the pact, the former world's No. 1 ranked golfer would appear in marketing and make personal appearances, and MusclePharm would get sponsorship of Woods' golf bag.

Financial terms of the partnership, which officially begins July 1, were not disclosed.

MusclePharm replaces Fuse Science in the category on Woods' roster and golf bag.

In a separate deal, Acura has signed on to become the official vehicle for the Tiger Woods Foundation. The multi-year pact includes "vehicle and philanthropic support" for the foundation's efforts in advancing education programs for underserved and low-income students.

Financial terms were not revealed.

Acura said it would have a "significant presence" at all three Tiger Woods Foundation supported golf tournaments, starting with the 2014 Quicken Loans National Tournament at Congressional Country Club, Bethesda, Md., June 23-29. Acura will be providing more than 180 vehicles for use at the tournament and will host product displays for guests at the event.

Acura also will have a significant presence at the Deutsche Bank Championship (Aug. 27-Sept.1) and the World Challenge (Dec. 1-7).

Other Woods sponsors include Kowa, NetJets, Rolex, Nike Golf And Upper Deck.

"[Tiger Woods] is an elite athlete possessing legendary work ethic and determination, as well as a focus on remaining in top physical shape."

"Tiger Woods is more than a golfer," Brad Pyatt, chairman and CEO for MusclePharm, Denver, said in a statement. "He is an elite athlete possessing legendary work ethic and determination, as well as a focus on remaining in top physical shape. We are excited to work with Tiger to bring more attention to nutritional science and how it can enhance strength and overall athletic performance — and most importantly — fuel athletes safely."

MusclePharm and Fuse Science have crossed paths in the sports endorsement territory before. The most notable incident may have been in 2011 when Fuse signed a five-year deal with then NFL Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick. Fuse canceled the deal two weeks later when MusclePharm claimed in a news release that Vick had signed an exclusive endorsement deal with them in the sports nutrition category.

In the automotive category, Woods himself had a long-standing alliance with General Motors' Buick brand, which ended after eight years in 2008 when the company was facing intense financial challenges. The next year, Woods began to lose other endorsement deals when a one-car accident over Thanksgiving weekend became the catalyst to revelations in Woods' personal life that led such companies as AT&T, Gatorade, Kellogg's and Accenture to either end or not renew their alliances.

At one time, Woods was pulling in about $120 million annually from endorsement deals. He is currently earning about $55 million from marketing deals, according to Forbes.

"The relationship with the Tiger Woods Foundation further strengthens Acura's already deep ties to the game of golf while benefiting an organization that is advancing educational efforts critical to this nation in the areas of math, science and engineering," Michael Accavitti, svp and division manager for Acura, said in a statement. "We look forward to working with the Tiger Woods Foundation over the next three years."

In addition to Woods, MusclePharm's endorsement roster includes Arnold Schwarzenegger and NFL players Eric Decker and Colin Kaepernick. MusclePharm is also the official supplement provider for UFC and USA Wrestling.

Regarding his physical status, Woods' agent, Mark Steinberg told ESPN this week that Woods "feels better each day and is extending his swing as he progresses."

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