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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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NFL UK 2019
• 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

NFL Mexico 2019
• Nov. 18 Kansas City  Chiefs v Los Angeles Chargers Mexico City Estadio Azteca (ESPN Monday Night Football).

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Apr242019

Super Bowl Champ Tom Brady Is The G.O.A.T. Of NFL’s $1.6B Official Merch Sales

By Barry Janoff

April 24, 2019: Winning the Super Bowl is not getting old for Tom Brady, and neither is being the player with the best-selling NFL merchandise.

For a second straight year, consumer spending made the New England Patriots quarterback No. 1 on the year-end Top 50 Player Sales List, according to the NFL Players Assn.

Numbers are based on total sales of all officially licensed NFL player merchandise from March 1, 2018 through Feb. 28, 2019, which includes Super Bowl LIII.

The NFLPA did not release specific sales numbers but did say that official licensees generated record retail sales, exceeding $1.6 billion during the year.

According to NFLPA, Brady is the only player to claim the retail crown three times. Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson has finished on top of the year-end sales list twice.
 
This also marks a record 15th appearance for Brady among the Top Three best-selling player merchandise since the list’s inception in 2014. Overall, he has never ranked outside of the Top Nine.

Dak Prescott, quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys, was No. 2 in sales for a third straight year.

Running back teammate Ezekiel Elliott was No. 4, meaning the duo has held two of the top four spots on the last eight Top 50 player lists, according to the NFLPA.

Carson Wentz, quarterback for the Philadelphia Eagles, was No. 3
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Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes II came in No. 5 following his All-Pro season.

Several players in the Top 25 should fare as least as well in upcoming sales lists as they all have changed teams and should fare well in sales of jerseys and other merchandise with new team logos.

Wide receiver Antonio Brown (No. 11) moved from the Pittsburgh Steelers to the Oakland Raiders, wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (No. 13) went from the New York Giants to the Cleveland Browns and quarterback Nick Foles (No. 24), left the Eagles to join the Jacksonville Jaguars.

The five most popular Nike jerseys were Brady (jersey No. 12), Khalil Mack (No. 52), Mahomes (No. 15), Todd Gurley (No. 30) and Super Bowl LIII MVP Julian Edelma (No. 11).

The top selling collegiate alumni football jerseys from Nike were LeSean McCoy (Pittsburgh), Brady (Michigan), Bryant (Oklahoma State), Joe Thomas (Wisconsin) and Marcus Mariota (Oregon).

Giants running back Saquon Barkley at No. 6 overall was the highest ranking rookie on the NFLPA list since Ezekiel Elliott topped the year-end list in 2016.

Baker Mayfield (No. 12), Sam Darnold No. 26), Leighton Vander Esch No. 31) and Josh Allen (No. 48) were the other rookies among the Top 50.

"This marks a record 15th appearance for Brady among the Top Three best-selling player merchandise since the list’s inception in 2014."

Fathead wall decals and cutouts of Brady, Barkley, Beckham Jr., Mayfield and Mahomes II were the best-sellers.

Brady also sold the most cake toppers from DecoPac, jigsaw puzzles from MasterPieces, youth apparel from Outerstuff and pet jerseys from Pets First.

The NFLPA Top 50 Player Sales List is the only verified ranking of all officially licensed, NFL player-branded merchandise sold from online and traditional retail outlets as reported by more than 70 NFLPA licensees.

They include Fanatics, Outerstuff, Nike, Fathead, FOCO, Wincraft and Funko. Licensed product categories include video games, trading cards, men’s, women’s and youth game jerseys, T-shirts and hoodies, backpacks, wall decals, pennants, collectible figurines, matted and framed photos, bobbleheads, plush, drinkware and pet products.

Top 25 NFL Players (based on officially licensed products sold March 1, 2018-Feb. 28, 2019).
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. Patrick Mahomes II, QB, Kansas City Chiefs
6. Saquon Barkley, RB, New York Giants
7. Aaron Rodgers, QB, Green Bay Packers
8. Deshaun Watson, QB, Houston Texans
9. Khalil Mack, LB, Chicago Bears
10. Drew Brees, QB, New Orleans Saints
11. Antonio Brown, WR Pittsburgh Steelers*
12. Baker Mayfield, QB, Cleveland Browns
13. Odell Beckham Jr., WR, New York Giants*
14. Todd Gurle, RB, Los Angeles Rams
15. Rob Gronkowski, TE, New England Patriots
16. Adam Thielen, WR, Minnesota Vikings
17. Mitch Trubisky, QB, Chicago Bears
18. Alvin Kamara, RB New Orleans Saints
19. Russell Wilson, QB, Seattle Seahawks
20. Zach Ertz, TE, Philadelphia Eagles
21. Travis Kelce, TE, Kansas City Chiefs
22. JuJu Smith-Schuster, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers
23. Jimmy Garoppolo, QB, San Francisco 49ers
24. Nick Foles, QB, Philadelphia Eagles*
25. Julian Edelman, WR, New England Patriots

*Now with new team
Source: NFLPA

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