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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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Jun032018

FIFA Gives U.S-Led 2026 World Cup Bid Strong Marks Vs. Lone Rival Morocco 

By Barry Janoff

June 2, 2018: FIFA this past week reviewed bid reports from  the two main groups seeking to host the 2026 World Cup — Morocco and a United bid from the U.S.-Canada-Mexico — and came away with a 224-page report that states, “The Morocco 2026 bid and United 2026 bid represent almost two opposite ends of the spectrum when it comes to the nature of their bids.”

Perhaps the most impactful conclusion of the FIFA Bid Evaluation Task Force: The Untied bid would create a forecasted $14.3 billion in revenue for FIFA, the Morocco bid forecasted $7.2 billion for what would be the first 48-nation event in FIFA World Cup history.

The report was released less than two weeks ahead of a planned meeting on June 13 to name the 2026 host region, which itself comes just a day before the start of the 2018 FIFA World Cup (June 14-July 15).

Also of major importance to FIFA’s Task Force was the proposed stadiums in which games would be played.

United 2026 said that of the 23 potential stadiums that might be used for matches, 17 currently exist and need no major renovation for the World Cup, and the remaining six are built but are due for renovation.

Morocco is proposing 14 stadiums, nine of which have not yet been built and the other five of which exist but need renovation.

“The United 2026 bid has a clear lead in this area, with all major infrastructure already in place, allowing FIFA to focus on a number of exciting initiatives relating to sports science, fan engagement, multi-media integration and other new forms of digitalization," according to the FIFA committee.

“The amount of new infrastructure required for the Morocco 2026 bid to become a reality cannot be overstated."

The report from the Bid Evaluation Task Force examined a plethora of some 20 categories, from revenue and marketing to legalities, transportation, security and stadiums.

Although not the final decision, FIFA officials said they would use the report as a foundation when the voting process is enacted.

According to FIFA’s Bid Evaluation Task Force, in 20 categories, Morocco was deemed at “High” risk regarding stadiums, accommodation and transport; and at “Medium” risk in ten other areas, including organizing costs, safety and security, health and medical and human rights and labor standards.

The United 2026 bid had no “High” risk tags and just three deemed as “Medium”: Organizing costs, legal and government support and human rights and labor standard.

The United 2026 bid had “Low” risks in the 17 other categories.

“The Morocco 2026 bid is well presented and strong in terms of government commitment, but would need to newly build most of its tournament-related and wider infrastructure," according to the report. "The United 2026 bid, on the other hand, has promising levels of infrastructure already in place and fully operational."

Member associations from UEFA (European Football) and AFC (Asian Football Confederation) were not eligible to bid as the 2018 FIFA World Cup and 2022 Cup are being held in Russia (Europe) and Qatar (Asia), respectively.

However, should the two current bids both be rejected, those associations would be invited to bid among with others, according to FIFA.

“An obvious difference of the two bids is that the United 2026 bid is a joint bid (by the U.S. Soccer Federation, Canadian Soccer Association and Mexican Football Association), while the Morocco 2026 bid is a single bid (by the Moroccan Football Association),” wrote the FIFA committee.

“While single bids offer some advantages in terms of having just one host member association and one host country government, it should be noted that FIFA anticipated the possibility of joint bids — which offer the advantage of scale — when it decided to expand the format of the tournament to include 48 teams.”

For FIFA, Morocco’s bid has cost and marketing advantages over the U.S.-Canada-Mexico.

Morocco listed $1.87 billion in forecast organizing costs versus the United bid of $2.16 billion.

And, according to FIFA’s report, “Morocco’s advantageous location in terms of its proximity to Europe and the key TV markets for football is expected to produce an increase in media and marketing revenue connoted to the baseline figure calculated using revenue from the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil."

For the United bid, the report reads, “Distance from Europe and the world’s largest TV markets for football is expected to have a slight tampering effect on potential media revenues. Taking into account the tournament’s expansion to an 80-match format, however, global television audience figures comported to the 2014 World Cup are projected to increase by 9.3%.”

Of the 80 matches to be played in the expanded tournament, under the United bid, ten would be held in Canada, ten in Mexico and 60 across the U.S.

Among the United bid locations are Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Dallas, Denver, Edmonton, Guadalajara, Los Angeles, Mexico City, Miami, Montreal, New York-New Jersey, San Francisco Bay Area, Seattle, Orlando, Philadelphia, Toronto and Washington DC.

Considering its recent financial and legal problems, FIFA made sure in the report to emphasize transparency.

“When we are dealing with the most prestigious competition in the most popular sport on earth, there is simply too much at stake for this selection process to be tainted by any shadow of doubt,” wrote the Task Force committee.

“We have therefore committed to being fully open and transparent every step of the way.”

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