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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. 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

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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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Jun012018

Father’s Day Consumer Spend Is Expected To Top $15B For Second Consecutive Year

By Barry Janoff

May 31, 2018: Father’s Day is June 17, and spending is expected to reach $15.3 billion this year, with 77%  of people in the U.S. not only celebrating but spending an average of $133 per person.

The figure comes up just short of last year’s record $15.5 billion spend, according to a just-released study from the National Retail Federation and Prosper Insights & Analytics.

The survey found that 47% of consumers plan to give a “special outing” gift, such as a concert, sporting event or dinner., which represents the largest share of spending at $3.2 billion.

But Father's Day is about more than spending on goodies.

MLB and the Prostate Cancer Foundation are supporting the 23rd Annual Home Run Challenge, a national men's health campaign designed to increase research and bring awareness to the fight against prostate cancer.

From the NRF survey, also among the leading categories, consumers plan to spend $2.2 billion on clothing (purchased by 43% of shoppers), $2.1 billion on gift cards (42%) and $1.8 billion on consumer electronics (20%).

“We are pleased to see consumer confidence continue to rise, leading to another near-record holiday spend on Father’s Day,” Matthew Shay, president and CEO for Washington, DC-based NRF, said in a statement.

“Leading into the second half of the year, Americans are looking forward to treating their dads and retailers will be prepared to offer a variety of gift options that will create new memories on this special day.”

Until this year, the total spend on Father’s Day had gone up every year since 2009, when it was an estimated $9.4 billion.

People spent $14.3 billion on Father’s Day in 2016, $12.7 billion in 2015 and $12.5 billion in 2014.

By comparison, people spent more than $23 million last month on Mother’s Day, which also was down from a record $23.6 million in 2017.

People spent $18.2 billion on Easter this year, per NRF.

As to where people will shop for dad, 39% will go to a department store and 34% will shop online.

Nearly 50% of smartphone users plan to use their device to help make purchasing decisions.

Among the sports events attended on Father’s Day will be MLB games, which would be to see top athletes in action, but a whole lot more.

From June 1 to Father's Day, MLB and the Prostate Cancer Foundation are supporting the Home Run Challenge, which invites people to "Keep Dad in The Game" and pledge a donation for every home run hit by signing up at HomeRunChallenge.org.

To date, the Home Run Challenge has raised nearly $50 million for scientific research, according to PCF.

"Partnering with Major League Baseball for the 23rd Annual Home Run Challenge has been like winning the World Series," Michael Milken, founder and chairman of PCF, said in a statement.

"We are enormously grateful to our MLB partners for their ongoing dedication to help raise awareness about prostate cancer and the need to fund groundbreaking research that so many men living with the disease need in order to survive."

Blue is the official color for prostate cancer awareness and MLB players, coaches and managers will lend their support in solidarity by wearing specially designed blue-infused caps on Father's Day.

The hats and other exclusive Father's Day apparel are be available to purchase at MLBShop.com and at MLB stadiums nationwide, with 100% of MLB's proceeds going to support PCF and partner Stand Up To Cancer.

According to Phil Rist, Prosper Insights evp-strategy, “Special outing gifts have steadily grown in  popularity for Father’s Day since their lowest point in 2009. These consumers, especially those between 18-24 years old, want to offer something to their dad’s that is unique, thoughtful and allows for quality time on dad’s special day.”

Among other categories, $878 million will be spent on home improvement supplies (16%), $862 million on personal care products (19%), $844 million on greeting cards (63%) and $830 million on tools or appliances (16%), $798 million on sporting goods or leisure items (16%, $686 million on automotive accessories (16% and $628 million on books or music (22%).

The survey of 7,681 consumers was conducted May 3-10, per the NRF.

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