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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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• Oct. 13 Carolina Panthers v Tampa Bay Buccaneers Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
• Oct. 27  Cincinnati Bengals v Los Angeles Rams 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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E-Poll: Curry Tops LeBron In Marketability, 'Greek Freak' Leads Up-And-Comers

By Barry Janoff

October 19, 2017: The Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers are arguably on a course to meet in the NBA Finals for the fourth consecutive season.

Stephen Curry of the Warriors and LeBron James of the Cavaliers are also vying for another title: Most Marketable Player in the NBA.

According to E-Poll Market Research, which works with companies to track the positive and negative attributes related to the marketing qualities of more than 9.500 celebrities, athletes, politicians and newsmakers. the winner entering the 2017-18 season is . . .

Stephen Curry.

Curry’s E-Poll “E-Score” was 94 out of 100 versus James 90 out of 100, based on the responses of a representative sample of 1,100 people in the U.S. age 13+.

Although James had 54% awareness to Curry’s 41%, Curry pulled in a 57% appeal rating to James’ 41%.

In a separate Marketability 2017 poll of NBA Up-And-Comers, Giannis (“The Greek Freak”) Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks had the highest E-Score at 58.

Markelle Fultz, the No. 1 overall pick by the Philadelphia 76ers this year, had the highest Appeal, 78%, De’Aaron Fox, the first-round draft pick this year by the Sacramento Kings, was second with 70% Appeal.

Behind Curry and James, the Top 10 players on E-Poll’s “NBA Marketability 2017” ranking were (in order) Dwayne Wade (Cavaliers), Dirk Nowitzki (Dallas Mavericks), Kevin Durant (Warriors), Blake Griffin (Los Angeles Clippers), Chris Paul (Houston Rockets), Klay Thompson (Warriors), Carmelo Anthony (Oklahoma City Thunder) and Anthony Davis (New Orleans Pelicans).

See Top 20 list below.

According to Encino, Calif.-based E-Score, “Appeal is the percent of respondents selecting ‘Like a lot’ or ‘Like,’ the top two boxes on a six-point scale to describe their sentiment toward the subject.

“E-Score can range from 0-100 and is based on a formula rating each celebrity’s awareness and appeal as well as positive and negative measures.”

In the tale of the endorsement tape, James is about $20 million ahead of Curry.

James earns an NBA-leading $55 million in endorsements — second among athletes worldwide behind tennis star Roger Federer ($58 million in endorsements) —  from such brands as Nike (pictured left), Kia, Coca-Cola (Sprite), Intel, Beats and Verizon, according to Forbes.

Curry is second in the NBA (No. 6 worldwide) with $35 million in endorsements from deals that include Under Armour (pictured above), JP Morgan Chase, Brita, JBL Audio and Vivo.

With new Nike jerseys featuring ad patches this season, Curry and the Warriors have a three-year, $60 million deal with Rakuten while James and the Cavs will be sporting Goodyear patches via a three-year, $30 million deal.

Durant is third in the NBA (No. 7 overall) with $34 million in endorsements, followed by James Harden (Rockets) at $20 million, Damian Lillard (Portland Trail Blazers) at $14 million, Wade with $13 million and Russell Westbrook (Thunder) with $12 million in endorsements, per Forbes.

Paul, who joined the Rockets from the Clippers during the off-season, has the top Appeal score, 59%, among NBA players on the E-Poll list, tied with Manu Ginobili (San Antonio Spurs).

Curry is second (57%), followed by Vince Carter (TEAM 55%), Jimmy Butler (Minnesota Timberwolves, 55%) and Thompson (54%).

The average of all active NBA players is 58 overall E-Score, 11% Awareness and 50% Appeal.

Sponsorship spending on the NBA and its 30 teams hit a record $861 million in the 2016-17 season, a 7.8% increase from $799 million the previous season. That is expected to “skyrocket) this year due to the new Nike eight-year, $1 billion deal and the arrival of jersey-patch alliances, according to ESP Properties, Chicago.

E-Poll NBA Marketability 2017

1. Stephen Curry 94 E-Score 41% Awareness 57% Appeal

2. LeBron James 90 E-Score 54% Awareness 41% Appeal

3. Dwyane Wade 80 E-Score 28% Awareness 53% Appeal

4. Dirk Nowitzki 88 E-Score 20% Awareness 54% Appeal

5. Kevin Durant 87 E-Score 29% Awareness 51% Appeal

6. Blake Griffin 84 E-Score 19% Awareness 40% Appeal

7. Chris Paul 83 E-Score 17% Awareness 59% Appeal

8. Klay Thompson 82 E-Score 14% Awareness 54% Appeal

9. Carmelo Anthony 81 E-Score 19% Awareness 47% Appeal

10. Anthony Davis 80 E-Score 15% Awareness 50% Appeal

11. Vince Carter 79 E-Score 12% Awareness 55% Appeal

12. Isaiah Thomas 78 E-Score 17% Awareness 47% Appeal

13. Russell Westbrook 77 E-Score 14% Awareness 53% Appeal

14. John Wall 77 E-Score 11% Awareness 49% Appeal

15. James Harden 76 E-Score 20% Awareness 41% Appeal

16. Jeremy Lin 76 E-Score 12% Awareness 46% Appeal

17. Manu Ginobili 73 E-Score 13% Awareness 59% Appeal

18. Kyrie Irving 70 E-Score 17% Awareness 45% Appeal

19. Derrick Rose 70 E-Score 16% Awareness 46% Appeal

20. Jimmy Butler 70 E-Score 14% Awareness 55% Appeal

SOURCE: E-Poll Market Research

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