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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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All That Jazz: With Ronda Rousey In Play, WrestleMania 34 Sets SuperDome Record

By Barry Janoff

April 9, 2018: WWE came into New Orleans and played a hot number at WrestleMania 34.

WWE said that WrestleMania 34, held Sunday night, 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 in 2014.

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.

Over the past 11 years, WrestleMania has generated more than $1 billion in cumulative economic impact for the cities that have hosted the event, according to WWE.

WWE also said that its digital streaming service, WWE Network, reached a record 2.12 million total subscribers following WrestleMania 34, a 9% increase from April 3, 2017, the day after WrestleMania last year.

“We expect to deliver record subscriber levels, revenue and adjusted OIBDA in 2018,” George Barrios, WWE co-president, said in a statement. “WWE Network’s continued growth along with our massive reach across traditional television as well as digital and social platforms, reaffirms the effectiveness of our global, multi-platform content strategy.”

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.

According to John Saboor, WWE evp-special events, “WrestleMania’s return to New Orleans once again delivered record results. This would not have been possible without the tireless support of New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu and our socal Organizing Committee partners throughout New Orleans.”

Among other results, Brock Lesnar defeated Roman Reigns in the Universal Championship Match, AJ Styles defeated Shinsuke Nakamura in the WWE Championship Match and Nia Jax defeated Alexa Nliss to become WWE’s new women's champion.

As part of its week-long WrestleMania celebration, WWE will host five consecutive nights of events in New Orleans.

The events are scheduled to include 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.

“New Orleans was extremely proud to make WrestleMania Week part of our Tricentennial celebration,” New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu said in a statement. “It was so exciting to host WWE fans from around the world who traveled to experience the grandeur of WrestleMania, and all that our beautiful city has to offer.

“Thank you to everyone who makes it possible to stage such an epic event,” said Landrieu.

“We now look forward to a historic WrestleMania 35 celebration next year in New York and New Jersey,” said Saboor.

WrestleMania 35 is scheduled for April 7, 2019 in MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ. WWE said that ticket information would be shared later this year.

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, Michigan, March 29, 1987

3. 80,676: WrestleMania 29, MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey, April 7, 2013

4. 80,103: WrestleMania 23, Ford Field, Detroit, Michigan, April 1, 2007

5. 78,363: WrestleMania 28, Sun Life Stadium, Miami, Florida, 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, California, March 29, 2015

8. 75,245: WrestleMania 33, Orlando Citrus Bowl, Orlando, Florida, 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, Florida, March 30, 2008

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