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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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Jun052018

LeBron James ‘Humbled’ To Get Covered On NBA 2K 19 20th Anniversary Edition

By Barry Janoff

June 5, 2018: LeBron James represents different things to different people.

For James himself, words that would describe him include “Driven,” “Equality,” “Strive for Greatness,” “Chosen One,” “James Gang,” “330” “King” and “G.O.A.T.”

Those are among the words and terms selected by James for the cover of the NBA 2K19 20th Anniversary Edition, which features James’ face surrounded by text.

Add another word: “Humble.”

“It’s humbling to be on the 20th anniversary cover of a game I’ve played and loved since I was a little kid,” said James in a statement.

“We were able to do something really unique for the cover that represents everything that drives me and inspires me — from my family to where I come from and words I live by.”

This marks the second time in James’ career he will be on the cover of the game, having appeared as the cover athlete on NBA 2K14 (when he was a member of the Miami Heat).

The cover athlete for the NBA 2K19 Standard Edition has not yet been revealed.

Kyrie Irving was the cover athlete for NBA 2K18 when he was a teammate with James on the Cleveland Cavaliers before being traded to the Boston Celtics..

Marketing support for the NBA 2K19 20th Anniversary Edition includes a spot, "How Could They Have Known,” with a rap song featuring 2 Chainz, Rapsody and Jerreau.

As part of its homage to James, the full spot addresses the G.O.A.T debate.

“How could they have known the legacy he would create,” rap 2 Chainz, Rapsody and Jerreau. “With their hands they raise him up to greatest of the great."

We then the word G.O.A.T., a shot of James, an actual goat and then a shot of Michael Jordan.

2K Games said the NBA 2K19 20th Anniversary Edition includes a LeBron James NBA 2K19 poster, NBA 2K sticker sheet and a custom wristband featuring LeBron’s chosen words; digital goodies include King's Collection — Nike LeBron apparel and 25 pairs of footwear.

According to Alfie Brody, vp-marketing for NBA 2K, “This year marks the 30th anniversary for the development team at Visual Concepts and the 20th for the NBA 2K series, so it was important to commemorate this milestone by partnering with the most iconic athlete of this generation in LeBron James.

“LeBron’s carefully crafted wording on the NBA 2K19 20th Anniversary Edition cover encapsulates the passion and drive that have elevated him to all-time greatness, making him the perfect cover star," said Brody.

The extended spot is headlined by text, “Legends aren’t born, they’re made.”

2 Chainz, Rapsody and Jerreau rap: “How could they have known? His drive. His power. the generations he has inspired. The heartache he endured. Sacrificing for each other in the 330 (James’ hometown area code).

“LeBron’s carefully crafted wording on the 20th Anniversary Edition cover encapsulates the passion and drive that have elevated him to all-time greatness."

“From Chosen One to falling short. He wouldn’t stop at the sport. A champion for equality. This game is bigger than the court. With their hands they raise him up to Greatest of the Great. That the world would know his name."

Said James, ”I’m honored my journey can be part of this special time in 2K history and I’m excited for fans to see it.”

The NBA 2K19 Standard Edition will be available on Sept. 11 ($59.99) on Xbox One, PlayStation4 system, Nintendo Switch and Windows PC platforms.

People who purchase the NBA 2K19 20th Anniversary Edition ($99.99) can receive the game beginning Sept. 7.

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