• 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.” 


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).


Adrianna Franch* (Portland Thorns FC), Ashlyn Harris** (Orlando Pride), Alyssa Naeher** (Chicago Red Stars)
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)
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)
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


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).


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
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• 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).


StubHub NFL Sales Show Cowboys (Home & Away), Eagles, Niners Hottest Tickets

By Barry Janoff

August 24, 2018: It doesn’t matter whether they are home in the confines of AT&T Stadium or playing on the road, the Dallas Cowboys are StubHub's most in-demand NFL team for the fifth year, based on ticket sales at StubHub.

On the road, StubHub said it sees an increase of nearly 300% in sales over the average when the Cowboys are the visiting team.

“The Cowboys are an iconic franchise with a reputation that continues to draw a crowd season after season,” Scott Jablonski, StubHub’s GM for NFL, NBA & NHL, said in a statement.

The Green Bay Packers are No. 2 for ticket demand at home in Lambeau Field, followed by the defending Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles, New England Patriots, Pittsburgh Steelers, San Francisco 49ers, Minnesota Vikings, Carolina Panthers, Seattle Seahawks and Los Angeles Rams.

The 49ers, Panthers, Seahawks, and Rams were not among StubHub’s Top Ten last season.

The Eagles moved up to No. 3 in StubHub ticket sales from No. 9 the previous two seasons thanks in part to their victory over the Patriots in Super Bowl LII, according to StubHub’s 2018 NFL Preview.

The Eagles also have the No. 1 in-demand game heading into the 2018 season, the London game against the Jacksonville Jaguars on Oct. 28.

According to StubHub, this is the first time an international series game has appeared in its Top Ten most in-demand games based on ticket sales.

For that game, 37% of sales is coming from the state of Pennsylvania — which StiubHub said is the highest amount of sales from a U.S. state for an NFL London game it has ever seen.

The Eagles-Jaguars U.K. game is driving 10% more sales than Cowboys at Panthers Sept. 6, the No. 2 most in-demand game on StubHub to date for the 2018 season.

According to StubHub, demand for the NFL London series is up 40% from this time last year with one less game being played. Buyers from 35 different countries have purchased tickets for the three games so far.

StubHub said demand on its site for the NFL games in London is up 333% over the past five years. 

The game with the highest average ticket price at StubHub, however is the Packers at the Patriots on Nov. 4, with an average of $700.

No. 2 on that list is the Atlanta Falcons at the Eagles on Sept. 6, with an average ticket prices of $428 on StubHub.

However, the 49ers had the biggest gain among NFL teams based on StubHub tickers, moving up to No. 6 from No. 19 last season after finishing the 2017 campaign with five consecutive wins behind new quarterback Jimmy Garappolo.

The Niners were ranked as high as No. 2 in 2014.

Also on the move were the Rams, jumping up to No. 10 from No. 21 last season.

In 2016, the team’s first season in relocating back to Los Angeles from St. Louis, the team was No. 8 in StubHub ticket sales. In 2015 and 2014, the franchise’s last two seasons in St. Louis, they were ranked No. 27 and No. 25, respectively, by StubHub.

The top trending NFL teams based on percentage increase in StubHub ticket sales since 2014 are lead by the Jaguars, which have experienced a 381% increase over that period.

The Top Five also includes the Niners (85%), Rams (84%), Eagles (53%) and New York Jets (51%).

The 2018 Preview coincides with StubHub’s first season as the “NFL Authorized Ticket Resale Marketplace” meaning StubHub is directly integrated with all 32 NFL teams for people to buy and sell tickets.

Also new this year, StubHub is working with eBay data analysts to find the top-trending fantasy players, “demonstrating which players are generating the most fan gear sales.”

Based on eBay sales from the past six months, four of the top five players are running backs, led by New York Giants rookie running back Saquon Barkley.

“NFL fans are eager to show their support for top rookies, regardless of the demand the team may be driving,” according to Sam Bright, vp-soft goods, North America for eBay.

“Even though the Giants didn’t break the top ten in StubHub’s rankings, the excitement for Saquon Barkley is undeniable as we’ve seen remarkably strong demand since he was drafted in the first round by the Giants in April.”

“The Dallas Cowboys are an iconic franchise with a reputation that continues to draw a crowd season after season."

Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott  is No. 2, followed by Alvin Kamara (New Orleans Saints), Kareem Hunt of the Kansas City Chiefs, Odell Beckham Jr, (Giants), Todd Gurley (Rams), Leonard Fournette (Jaguars), Antonio Brown (Pittsburgh Steelers), Christian McCaffrey (Panthers) and Rob Gronkowski (Patriots).

Dallas Cowboys at Carolina Panthers on Sept. 9  is the most in-demand season opener, outselling the next highest opener, the Eagles hosting the Falcons on Sept. 6 on Thursday Night Fooball on NBC, by 6%.

Green Bay hosting the Chicago Bears on Sept. 9 in the Packers home opener is No. 3.

The Top Five home openers based on StubHub ticket sales also includes the Minnesota Vikings hosting the 49ers on Sept. 9 in U.S. Bank Stadium and the Patriots host the Houston Texans in Gillette Stadium that same day.

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