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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

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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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WWE: WrestleMania 34 Generated $175M In Economic Impact For New Orleans

NYSJ Sports-Entertainment Business News Service

November 12, 2018:
The NFL’s Saints are having a great in year in New Orleans, and so, too, is the WWE.

WWE said that WrestleMania 34, held on April 8 in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, generated $175 million in economic impact for the greater New Orleans region this past April.

That marks an increase of $33 million from the $142 million generated for WrestleMania 30 in New Orleans (2014) and the seventh consecutive year that WrestleMania generated more than $100 million in economic impact for its host region.

Over the past 12 years, WrestleMania has generated more than $1.2 billion in cumulative economic impact for the cities that have hosted the event, said WWE.

WrestleMania 34 also generated approximately $23.7 million in federal, state and local taxes, according to a study conducted for WWE and New Orleans by the Enigma Research Corp.

A big part of the attraction was the WrestleMania debut of Ronda Rousey, former UFC champion, who teamed with Kurt Angle to defeat Triple H and Stephanie McMahon.

“We were thrilled to have been a cornerstone event as part of the city’s Tricentennial Celebration, and that WrestleMania’s triumphant return to New Orleans once again generated an incredible economic windfall for the city,” John Saboor, WWE evp-special events, said via the company.

“The success of our weeklong celebration would not have been possible without the tireless support of the State of Louisiana, the City of New Orleans and all of the public and private sector partners throughout the region.”

WrestleMania 33 (2017) in the Orlando Citrus Bowl generated $181.5 million in direct, indirect and induced impact derived from spending in the Orlando region, still a WrestleMania record.

WWE earlier said that WrestleMania 34 broke the record for the Mercedes-Benz Superdome’s highest grossing entertainment event, grossing $14.1 million.

That figure surpassed the venue’s previous record of $10.9 million, which was set by WrestleMania 30.

WWE also reported the attendance was a sold-out crowd of 78,133, including people from all 50 states as well as 67 countries.

That figure was the sixth highest in WrestleMania history.

WrestleMania 32 (2016) holds the all-time attendance record for the event, 101,763 in AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas.

Highlights from the Enigma Research Corp. study for WrestleMania 34 include:

• $175 million in direct, indirect and induced impact derived from spending by visitors to New Orleans for WrestleMania 34.

• 77% of fans who attended WrestleMania were from outside the New Orleans region and stayed an average of 3.9 nights.

• $22 million was spent on hotels and accommodations within New Orleans.

• The economic impact derived from WrestleMania Week was equal to the creation of 1,583 full-time jobs for the area.

• $9.9 million was spent by visitors to New Orleans at area restaurants.

According to Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards, “I would like to thank the WWE fans from around the world that descended on New Orleans for WrestleMania Week.

“We hope they enjoyed their visit, and more importantly, we hope to bring WrestleMania back to New Orleans in the future."

WrestleMania 35 is scheduled for April 7, 2019, live from MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ.

Tickets will be available Nov. 16. The event will be streamed live around the world on WWE Network.

Top Ten All-Time WrestleMania Attendance Records

1. 101,763: WrestleMania 32, AT&T Stadium, Arlington, TX, April 3, 2016
2. 93,173: WrestleMania 3, Pontiac Silverdome, Pontiac, MI, March 29, 1987
3. 80,676: WrestleMania 29, MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ, April 7, 2013
4. 80,103: WrestleMania 23, Ford Field, Detroit, MI, April 1, 2007
5. 78,363: WrestleMania 28, Sun Life Stadium, Miami, FL, April 1, 2012
6. 78,133: WrestleMania 34, Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, LA, April 8, 2018
7. 76,976: WrestleMania 31, Levi’s Stadium, Santa Clara, CA, March 29, 2015
8. 75,245: WrestleMania 33, Orlando Citrus Bowl, Orlando, FL, April 2, 2017
9. 75,167: WrestleMania 30, Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, LA, April 6, 2014
10. 74,635: WrestleMania 24, Orlando Citrus Bowl, Orlando, FL, March 30, 2008

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