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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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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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NewZoo: eSports Revenue To Top $1B For First Time Amid Industry Changes

NYSJ Sports-Entertainment Business News Service

February 13, 2019:
Global revenue from eSports will reach a record $1.1 billion this year, topping one billion for the first time and up 27% from 2018, driven by advertising, sponsorship and media rights deals, according to a just-released report from industry research, analytics and consulting firm NewZoo, San Francisco.

That could reach $3.2 billion by 2022 on the optimistic side but potentially $1.8 billion.

Deals with brand marketers such as State Farm — which last month continued to build its eSports roster by signing a deal with Benjamin “DrLupo” Lupo, Fortnite captain and streamer for ReKTGlobal's Rogue — are the largest category, with nearly $457 million in revenue anticipated for 2019.

Top income-generating categories this year also include media rights ($251.3 million), advertising ($189.2 million), merchandise and tickets (($103.7 million) and game publisher fees ($95.2 million), according to NewZoo’s 2019 Global eSports Market Report.

Audiences will grow to 453.8 million this year.

The report comes as the eSports industry in undergoing significant changes.

This week, Activision Blizzard (“Call of Duty,” “Overwatch”) said it would cut 8% of its workforce, about 780 people, over the next few months, citing revenue that was expected to decline this year versus 2018.

The NBA 2K League, prepping for is second season, has added to its roster of non-endemic marketing partners via a multi-year deal naming Champion Athleticwear as the league’s official outfitter.

Champion said it would provide the NBA 2K League’s 21 teams with game uniforms as well as warmup, travel and practice apparel. NBA 2K League partners also include State Farm, Intel, New Era, HyperX and Scuff Gaming.

The Overwatch League just signed Coca-Cola as its official beverage sponsor, adding to its roster of non-endemic partners including Toyota, T-Mobile, HP and Intel.

Last month. EA enhanced the Madden NFL 19 Championship Series, adding Bose, New Era Cap and Snickers as official sponsors.

This past September, MasterCard signed a multi-year partnership with Riot Games to become the first global sponsor for League of Legends and the exclusive global payment services partner for League of Legends global eSports events.

The brands, also partners with the NFL, will integrate into Madden NFL 19 Championship Series broadcasts to “increase exposure with digitally-native NFL and eSports fans.”

The Madden NFL 19 Club Championship was held Jan. 30-Feb. 2, timed to coincide with Super Bowl LIII in Atlanta.

According to NewZoo’s 2019 Global eSports Market Report, North America will account for $409.1 million of the $1.1 billion eSports revenue this year, China $210.3 million.

NewZoo said that overall brand investment revenue is predicted to increase to $1.5 billion by 2022,

League of Legends was the most-watched live eSports event (via Twitch and YouTube) in 2018 with 347.4 million viewers.

The Top Five also included Counter-Strike: Global Offense (274.9 million), DOTA 2 (250.4 million), Overwatch (101.3 million) and Hearthstone (54.1 million).

Overwatch League Signs Coca-Cola To Global Deal

LoL Gets Carded By MasterCard

NBA 2K League Builds Sponsor Roster With Champion Alliance

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