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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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Feb172019

Captain Marvel Soars With WNBA, Marketing Partners, Intl. Women’s Day

By Barry Janoff

February 17, 2019: Captain Marvel is coming to theaters, and so too are a bevy of marketing partners ready to take flight to support the movie and its release.

Among the brands: Hasbro, Lego, Funko, USopoly, New Era, Schwinn, Citizen Watch, Stance, Alaska Airlines, the WNBA and Marvel itself.

The WNBA might have the most organic ties to the film, which is the first time Marvel has released a movie fronted by a female superhero (two years after DC Comics’ Wonder Woman).

A multi-media campaign that launched in conjunction with NBA All-Star Weekend is anchored by a "WNBA x Captain Marvel" 30-second spot, which aligns Brie Larson’s Carol Danvers/Captain Marvel character with WNBA stars.

As we see shots of such WNBA players as Diana Turasi and A’Ja Wilson in action, a voiceover in the spot says, “We all have something to fight for. Something that calls us to lead. The question is: How will you get it done?” Text: Discover what makes her . . . a hero.”

The spot, created in-house, will run on NBA and WNBA media partners such as ESPN, ABC TNT and across NBA-WNBA media platforms including NBA TV and NBA.com, in addition to YouTube and other social media destinations.

According to the WNBA, “In partnership with Marvel, the WNBA highlights superhero moves of players alongside those of Captain Marvel, proving to young girls that grit, power and strength can make a hero.”

Captain Marvel debuts in theaters on International Women’s Day, March 8.

The WNBA season starts May 24, 2019.

In support of the movie and International Women’s Day, We Have Stories is powering a #CaptainMarvelChallenge and site on GoFundMe.com in conjunction with Girls Inc. of Greater Los Angeles, to raise money to send girls who might not be able to afford to travel and attend, to see the movie.

We Have Stories is a non-profit organization that “provides financial grants for resources and support to storytellers and content creators from diverse communities to help increase positive representation of these groups in media.”

Girls Inc. of Greater Los Angeles said it serves girls in Title I schools in South Los Angeles, Watts and Compton, “many of whom are considered ‘at risk’ through no fault of their own.”

Beyond the hoops court, the movie literally has taken to the air via Alaska Airlines, which earlier this month unveiled an aircraft repainted with Captain Marvel imagery.

"Our collaboration with Alaska Airlines is taking our fans 'Higher, Further, Faster' with this amazing opportunity to fly with our fearless Super Hero and pilot, Captain Marvel," Mindy Hamilton, svp-global partnerships for Marvel, said via the company.

"We are so excited that our fans will be accompanied by Carol Danvers on their next adventure."

Among other key tie-ins (in alphabetical order):

• Alex & Ani jewelry.

• Bioworld handbags.

• Citizen Watch watches.

• Diff sunglasses.

• Funko keychains, pencil toppers, toys and other accessories.

• Hasbro action figures and accessories.

• HerUniverse jackets and dresses.

• Invicta watches.

• Lego building sets (pictured). A company promo offers, “Fly with Captain Marvel and Nick Fury to rescue Goose the cat from Talos the Skrull! Fire four missiles at once with each of the jet’s flick-missile shooters and attack with Captain Marvel's power energy. Then grab Goose, place her in the back of the jet and fly away!”

• Marvel has issued a new series of Captain Marvel comics, movie posters. books and other collectibles.

• New Era hats and wool caps.

• Schwinn bicycle (pictured).

• Stance socks.

• USopoly game Captain Marvel: Secret Skrulls (pictured).

Captain Marvel stars Brie Larson (Carol Danvers/Captain Marvel), Samuel L Jackson (Nick Fury), Ben Mendelsohn (Talos), Clark Gregg (Phil Coulson) and Lashana Lynch (Maria Rambeau).

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