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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

KEEPING SCORE

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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Apr192018

Tom Brady, Eagles Drive Sales In NFL $1.65B Licensed Merchandise Category

By Barry Janoff

April 19, 2018: Tom Brady is not only good at throwing footballs, he’s good at moving merchandise.

For the second time in three years, the quarterback for the New England Patriots started and ended the 2017 season No. 1 on the Top 50 Player Sales List as compiled by the NFL Players Assn., a position he also held for the 2015 season.

In 2016, Ezekiel Elliott of the Dallas Cowboys became the first rookie to finish the year atop the NFLPA full-season sales list.

For the fourth consecutive year, NFLPA licensees generated record retail sales, exceeding $1.65 billion during the year.

The list is based on total sales of officially licensed NFL player-identified merchandise, tracking year-end results from March 1, 2017- Feb. 28, 2018.

This year’s Top Ten had six quarterbacks among the group, led by Brady, No. 2 Dak Prescott (Cowboys), No. 3 Carson Wentz (Philadelphia Eagles), No. 6 Aaron Rodgers (Green Bay Packers), No. 8 Russell Wilson (Seattle Seahawks) and No. 10 Derek Carr (Oakland Raiders), who finished in the Top 10 on the year-end list for the first time in his career.

NFLPA said that Brady and Wilson are the only quarterbacks to top it’s quarterly Top 50 Players Sales List five times — twice as year-end retail kings. Wilson topped the year-end charts in 2014 and 2015.

This is also a record 12th appearance for Brady in the Top 3 since the quarterly and annual Player Sales List’s inception in 2014. He has never ranked outside of the Top Nine.

The Top Ten for the 2017 season also includes No. 4 Elliott, No. 5 Antonio Brown (Pittsburgh Steelers), No. 7 Odell Beckham Jr. (New York Giants) and No. 9 Rob Gronkowski (Patriots).

The Super Bowl champion Eagles have five players in the Top 50, the most of any NFL team, including title game MVP Nick Foles (No. 22), who returns to the list after a two-year absence.

Foles sold the most drinkware product from Wincraft, ten times more than any other player, and led in sales of T-shirts and hoodies from 500 Level, according to NFLPA.

Brady led in sales across a number of product categories, including Forever Collectibles bobbleheads, youth sleepwear and Fathead wall decals.

Beckham Jr and Wentz were No. 2 and No. 3, respectively in Fathead sales.

Four of the Top 6 leaders in women's jersey sales belonged to Cowboys players: Prescott, Elliott, Dez Bryant (no longer with the team) and Jason Witten.

Witten was strong in another category, finishing third behind Brady and Rodgers for most licensed cornhole boards sold from Wild Sports and Victory Tailgate.

Quarterbacks led the offensive positions, with 18, followed by wide receivers (14), running backs (6) and tight ends (4).

The lone offensive lineman was Pittsburgh Steelers OT Alejandro Villanueva (No. 30).

Seven players on defense made the year-end list, topped by Denver Broncos LB Von Miller (No. 13).

Houston Texans DE J.J. Watt was No. 15, while his brother, Steelers LB T.J. Watt was No. 40.

According to NFLPA, the Watt brothers appearing in the Top 50 matches a feat most recently accomplished by Peyton and Eli Manning at the end of the 2016 fiscal year.

Among other sales highlights:

• Von Miller (Denver Broncos) finished first for most adidas Texas A&M collegiate co-branded jerseys sold.

• Five of the Top 10 in Strideline socks sales were Eagles: Foles, Wentz, Chris Long, Jay Ajayi and Alshon Jeffery.

• Marshawn Lynch (Raiders) topped sales of women’s apparel from G-III.

• J.J. Watt was a top seller of calendars from The Lang Companies.

The Top 50 Player Sales List is released quarterly by the NFLPA, via its licensing and marketing arm NFL Players Inc., and is based on overall sales of all NFL player licensed products via online and traditional retail outlets as reported by more than 70 NFLPA licensees.

Licensees include Fanatics, Nike, Outerstuff, Forever Collectibles, Funko, Fathead, Hallmark, McFarlane Toys, Strideline socks and Wincraft.

Licensed product categories include men’s, women’s and youth game jerseys and T-shirts, wall decals, figurines, toys, matted and framed photos, vinyl collectibles, bobbleheads, ugly sweaters, plush dolls, drinkware, socks, virtual goods, holiday ornaments and novelties.

NFLPA Year-End Top 50 Player Sales List (March 1, 2017 – Feb. 28, 2018)

1. Tom Brady, QB, New England Patriots

2. Dak Prescott, QB, Dallas Cowboys

3. Carson Wentz, QB, Philadelphia Eagles

4. Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Dallas Cowboys

5. Antonio Brown, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers

6. Aaron Rodgers, QB, Green Bay Packers

7. Odell Beckham Jr., WR, New York Giants

8. Russell Wilson, QB, Seattle Seahawks

9. Rob Gronkowski, TE, New England Patriots
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10. Derek Carr, QB, Oakland Raiders

11. Marshawn Lynch, RB, Oakland Raiders

12. Dez Bryant, WR, Dallas Cowboys*

13. Von Miller, LB, Denver Broncos

14. Jason Witten, TE, Dallas Cowboys

15. J.J. Watt, DE, Houston Texans

16. Khalil Mack, LB, Oakland Raiders

17. Zach Ertz, TE, Philadelphia Eagles

18. Julio Jones, WR, Atlanta Falcons

19. Ben Roethlisberger, QB, Pittsburgh Steelers

20. Cam Newton, QB, Carolina Panthers

21. Adam Thielen, WR, Minnesota Vikings

22. Nick Foles, QB, Philadelphia Eagles

23. Le'Veon Bell, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers

24. Matthew Stafford, QB, Detroit Lions

25. Deshaun Watson, QB, Houston Texans

26. Drew Brees, QB, New Orleans Saints

27. Julian Edelman, WR, New England Patriots

28. Jimmy Garoppolo, QB, San Francisco 49ers

29. Amari Cooper, WR, Oakland Raiders

30. Alejandro Villanueva, OT, Pittsburgh Steelers

31. Jordy Nelson, WR, Green Bay Packers*

32. Stefon Diggs, WR, Minnesota Vikings

33. Richard Sherman, DB, Seattle Seahawks*

34. Matt Ryan, QB, Atlanta Falcons

35. Philip Rivers, QB, Los Angeles Chargers

36. Christian McCaffrey, RB, Carolina Panthers

37. Mitchell Trubisky, QB, Chicago Bears

38. JuJu Smith-Schuster, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers

39. Larry Fitzgerald, WR, Arizona Cardinals

40. T.J. Watt, LB, Pittsburgh Steelers

41. Todd Gurley, RB, Los Angeles Rams

42. Luke Kuechly, LB, Carolina Panthers

43. Alshon Jeffery, WR, Philadelphia Eagles

44. Clay Matthews, LB, Green Bay Packers

45. Jay Ajayi, RB, Philadelphia Eagles

46. Travis Kelce, TE, Kansas City Chiefs

47. A.J. Green, WR, Cincinnati Bengals

48. Jarvis Landry, WR, Miami Dolphins*

49. Eli Manning, QB, New York Giants

50. Jameis Winston, QB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
 
*Team listed indicates player’s team for sales during the 2017 season

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