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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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Feb162019

Hulu Has Live Sports, Pays Endorsers Lillard, Embiid, Giannis To Say So

By Barry Janoff

February 15, 2019: If you didn’t know that Hulu has live sports, you will soon, thanks to a trio of NBA All-Star players.

And if you didn’t know that companies pay athletes to endorse their products, well, that’s something Hulu will tell you, as well.

OTT platform Hulu gets in-your-face about product endorsements in a new humorous caustic multi-media campaign, “Hulu Sellouts,” in which Damian Lillard, Joel Embiid, Giannis Antetokounmpo not only tout the fact that Hulu has live sports, but go to extremes to spread the word.

In his standalone spot, "Damian Lillard’s Tattoo," the Portland Trail Blazers guard gets a tattoo that literally reads, “Hulu Has Live Sports.”

In "Joel Embiid's Nickname," the Philadelphia 76ers center changes his nickname from “The Process” to “Hulu Has Live Sports.”

NBA MVP candidate Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks will have fun with his “Greek Freak” persona in a spot to be revealed.

The campaign also includes digital and social media, as well as consumer activation beginning All-Star Weekend.

On Twitter, Facebook and other social media destinations, Hulu said accounts for each of the players would have such hash tags as #ad, #paid, #sponsored, #hulupaidme, #neversellout and #hulusellouts.

The campaign will run throughout the year with athletes from other sports, according to the company.

Lead agency is Big Family Table, Los Angeles.

Hulu, which is jointly owned by Comcast Corp., Walt Disney Co., 21st Century Fox Inc. and AT&T WarnerMedia, said that in 2018, its advertising revenue rose more than 45% to nearly $1.5 billion – the most in its history – and increased its advertiser base by 50%.

Hulu also said it added eight million subscribers in 2018 and closed its fiscal year with more than 25 million total subscribers across its subscription on demand and live TV plans in the U.S.

The “Sellout” effort is running concurrently with Hulu’s “Better Ruins Everything” push, also from Big Family Table, which uses the same type of caustic humor.

In his spot, NBA All-Star James Harden, one of several celebrities in the effort, says, ”Never get a king-size bed — it ruins sleeping on anything else forever. And never get Hulu, with live TV for sports plus tons of shows and movies. It will ruin TV for you forever.”

All three players in the “Sellout” campaign are highly visible among NBA partners and other companies.

Lillard stars in a new effort from Biofreeze. Embiid currently appears in spots for Mountain Dew, NBA League Pass and HyperX, and was in the recent campaign for “The Grinch” movie.

Antetokounmpo just signed with Metro by T-Mobile, is on the cover of NBA 2K and even appears in a safety video that plays on flights on Aegean Airlines.

In his spot, Lilliard is asked why he’s getting a tattoo that reads, “Hulu Has Live Sports.”

“It’s in the contract,” he replies, sitting in a tattoo parlor along with two Hulu lawyers.

“Can I at least change the font?” asks the tattoo artist.

“If you want to be sued,” replies one of the lawyers, who also kills such options as having the text come out of a dragon’s mouth or written on the back of a dolphin.

In his spot, fans notice that Embiid is signing his autographs “Joel ‘Hulu Has Lve Sports’ Embiid.”

“Mr. Embiid, why’d you change your nickname?” asks one young fan.

Embiid’s terse answer, “Money.”

All three spots end with the players sitting at a press conference table, wads of cash piled next to them, wearing a jersey and in from of a page backdrop, both of which read, “Hulu Has Live Sports.”

As Embiid continually repeats the phase, his pile of money grows each time.

Disney, 21st Century Fox and Comcast each currently own 30% of Hulu, with AT&T Warner Media at 10%. An acquisition deal still being finalized that would give Disney the share owned by Fox.

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