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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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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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Apr252018

Commission On College Basketball Report: 'Toxic Mix Of Perverse Incentives To Cheat'

By Barry Janoff

April 25, 2018: The Independent Commission on College Basketball was established on Oct. 11, 2017, to “assess the state of the enterprise and to recommend transformational changes to address multiple issues and challenges.”

Led by former secretary of state Condoleezza Rice, the commission came down hard on the NCAA in some areas, commended it in other areas, took a pass in yet others in a 60-page report released today (April 25).

It comes as the FBI is investigating payments, payoffs and other actions by universities, coaches and/or student-athletes.

It also comes as sponsorship spending on college athletics totaled a record $1.24 billion in the 2017-2018 season, a 4.5% increase over 2017, according to research and consulting firm ESP Properties, Chicago.

In addition, in 2017, national TV ad spend during March Madness was a record $1.28 billion, up slightly from 2016’s $1.24 billion, according to media intelligence firm Kantar Media, NY.

The 2018 Tournament is expected to set another record when final totals are assessed.

Where does this and other money go?

At a time when the debate over whether or not to pay college athletes has risen to a new crescendo, the NCAA said, “NCAA schools distribute more than $3.3 billion in athletics scholarships each year.”

The NCAA also said that 80% of college athletes are earning degrees, “The highest rate ever.”

“In brief, it is the overwhelming assessment of the Commission that the state of men’s college basketball is deeply troubled,” the Independent Commission on College Basketball report read. “The levels of corruption and deception are now at a point that they threaten the very survival of the college game as we know it.

"It has taken some time to get here, and it will take time to change course.”

“The levels of corruption and deception are now at a point that they threaten the very survival of the college game as we know it."

The commissioners said that they wanted to be very clear about something: “There is much to admire about college basketball even with its significant challenges. The commitment and hard work of student-athletes is seen on basketball courts across the country.”

According to the Report, ”Lost in the talk of big money and corruption is colleges’ central mission to provide higher education to students. There is debate about how to measure the graduation rate for college students, including student-athletes.

“There is, however, general agreement that the graduation rate for men’s Division I basketball players lags behind that of other student-athletes, perhaps significantly. NCAA schools must take seriously the obligation to help all student-athletes obtain the education they are promised.”

The commissioners took direct aim at the cost of running college hoops programs and the value of student-athletes, supporting what is common knowledge.

“Millions of dollars are now generated by television contracts and apparel sponsorship for the NCAA, universities and coaches,” according to the report. “The financial stake in success has grown exponentially; and thus, there is an arms race to recruit the best talent — and if you are a coach — to keep your job.

“Future stars and their families know their value — and can be tempted to monetize their worth as soon as possible since they will not be compensated in college. Some agents, summer coaches and other third parties act as intermediaries and facilitators.

“In other words, the environment surrounding college basketball is a toxic mix of perverse incentives to cheat.”

The Commission made a number of recommendations, among them:

End One-and-Done: “The Commission calls on the NBA and the National Basketball Players Assn. again to make 18-year-olds eligible for the NBA draft, so that high school players who are drafted may proceed to the NBA.

“The NCAA lacks the legal power to change one-and-done on its own; the power to make this change lies exclusively with the NBA and the NBPA.”

Allow Student-Athletes To Test Their Professional Prospects And Maintain Their Eligibility If They Do Not Sign A Professional Contract.

Permit Students To Receive Meaningful Assessment of Professional Prospects Earlier With Assistance From Certified Agents.

On Paying College Players: “Paying modest salaries to Division I basketball players will not address the particular corruption the Commission confronts, nor will providing student-athletes a modest post-graduation trust fund based on licensing of names, images and likeness.’’

Provide Resources To Make The Promise of A College Education Real: ”The Commission recommends that the NCAA immediately establish a substantial fund and commit to paying for the degree completion of student-athletes with athletic scholarships who leave member institutions after progress of at least two years towards a degree.”

Enact and Impose Core Punishments With Significant Deterrent Effect: “The Commission recommends the following increases in the core penalty structure: (i) increase the competition penalties for Level I violations to allow a five-year post-season ban; (ii) increase the financial penalties for Level I violations to allow loss of all revenue sharing in post-season play, including the NCAA tournament, for the entire period of the ban; (iii) increase the penalties for a show-cause order to allow life-time bans; (iv) increase the penalties for head coach restrictions to allow bans of more than one season; and (v) increase the penalties for recruiting visit violations to allow full-year visit bans.”

Enlist the Apparel Companies in Transparency and Accountability Efforts: “The apparel companies that actively sponsor non-scholastic basketball are public companies. It appears, however, that they do not have effective controls in place in their spending in non-scholastic basketball.

“The Commission calls on the boards of these companies to publicly support and implement financial transparency and accountability with respect to their own investments in non-scholastic basketball. Particularly in light of the facts uncovered in the recent FBI investigation, these public companies should be concerned about how their money is used in non-scholastic basketball.”

NBAPA executive director Michele Roberts and NBA commissioner Adam Silver issued a statement in response to the Commission:

“The NBA and the NBPA thank Secretary Rice and the members of the Commission on College Basketball for their commitment to address the issues facing men’s college basketball. We support NCAA policy and enforcement reforms that will better safeguard the well-being of players while imposing greater accountability on representatives and programs that fail to uphold the values of the game.

“We also share the Commission's concern with the current state of youth basketball and echo that all stakeholders — including the NBA, NBPA, NCAA, and USA Basketball — have a collective responsibility to help bring about positive change.

“Regarding the NBA’s draft eligibility rules, the NBA and NBPA will continue to assess them in order to promote the best interests of players and the game.”

NCAA president Mark Emmert in a statement said, “The NCAA appreciates the thorough review and comprehensive work by the Commission on College Basketball. The Board of Governors and Division I Board of Directors will now review the independent commission’s recommendations to determine the appropriate next steps.”

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