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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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Jun052018

Dubai Duty Free Extends, Expands With WTA, Adds Halep, Svitolina To Marketing

By Barry Janoff

June 5, 2018: Dubai Duty Free, which has been a WTA partner since 2004, has extended and expanded its alliance with the women’s tennis organization.

In addition, Dubai Duty Free said it has signed world No.1 ranked Simona Halep and Elina Svitolina, currently ranked No. 4, as spokespersons, joining Caroline Wozniacki in that capacity.

The global airport retailer said the core elements of the partnership are designed to “align Dubai Duty Free with WTA's premium assets, allowing (it) to increase its reach through a newly expanded ambassador program, new high-profile event experiences and custom headlining exposure for its most prestigious events.”

Financial terms of the new deal were not released.

“The WTA is tremendously proud of our longstanding relationship with Dubai Duty Free,” Steve Simon, WTA CEO and chairman, said in a statement. “Dubai Duty Free is an avid supporter of women’s tennis and we look forward to continue growing the sport even more in this next chapter of our partnership.”

Other WTA global partners include Porsche, SAP, USANA and IQIYI online video platform.

Prominent in its WTA and tennis presence is Dubai Duty Free as owner, organizer and title sponsor for the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships, an equal-prize money premier tournament played in Dubai, UAE, in the Aviation Club Tennis Centre

Past winners of the tournament include all three Dubai Duty Free ambassadors: Svitolina (2017, 2018, pictured) Halep (2015) and Wozniacki (2011).

The agreement continues Dubai Duty Free’s sponsorship of the WTA year-end World No.1 singles and doubles awards, most recently presented to Halep for singles and the former doubles team of Martina Hingis and Latisha Chan at the 2017 BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global.

Among activation under the new deal, Dubai Duty Free will host a special "Women That Achieve Power Lunch," which will bring together tennis’ most influential women, media and WTA partners.

It will be held as part of WTA’s just unveiled “WTA Tennis on the Thames” event (June 28), just prior to Wimbledon 2018 (July 2-15) in the Bernie Spain Gardens at London’s Oxo Tower.

It is described as “a public celebration of women who are shaping the world through their pioneering spirit and achievements both on and off the court.”

“For the past 45 years the WTA has been at the forefront of change in women’s sport,” Micky Lawler, WTA president, said in a statement. “From Billie Jean King fighting for gender equality to Serena Williams ushering in a new era of power and athleticism, the WTA has left an undeniable impression.

“The Tennis on the Thames event is a celebration of the WTA, our players and their personal accomplishments that have sparked positive change in the lives of one or thousands of individuals, both on and off the court,” said Lawler.

“There are some new innovations planned for this year and we are looking forward to working with the WTA on making these effective for our brand.”

Partners of the WTA Tennis on the Thames also include Häagen-Dazs, SAP and USANA

According to Colm McLoughlin, executive vice chairman and CEO for Dubai Duty Free, “We are delighted to extend our partnership with the WTA and look forward to working with the three ambassadors, Caroline, Simona and Elina, all of whom we know very well through our Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships.

“There are some new innovations planned for this year, not least the new and exciting activation in London, and we are looking forward to working with the WTA on making these effective for our brand.”

“It’s an honor to represent Dubai Duty Free as a brand ambassador,” Halep said in a statement. “I have many memories at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships, especially winning the title in 2015, but also all of the experiences I have been part of due to Dubai Duty Free’s love for women’s tennis.”

PHOTO COURTESY Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships (Elina Svitolina)

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