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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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Apr052016

Harper, Bryant, Trout: MLB Brings All-Star Marketing Power To Get 2016 Party Started

By Barry Janoff

April 4, 2016: The All-Star Game in San Diego is still months away, but MLB has brought star power to its 2016 marketing campaign, with such players as Mike Trout, Bryce Harper, Felix Hernandez, Giancarlo Stanton, Kris Bryant, Anthony Rizzo and Andrew McCutchen among those getting featuring roles.

Several new spots, which range from humorous to light-hearted, are part of a multi-level effort to usher in the new season, under the league's umbrella "This" marketing push.

The spots are breaking this week during Opening Day and Opening Night games across MLB media broadcast and cable media partners, as well as Internet, with social media support. They will enter into regular rotation as new spots appear throughout the season.

Among other campaigns to boost awareness for the new season include Skechers, with a Relaxed Fit spot starring Baseball Hall of Fame shortstop Ozzie Smith; "Caps On" from New Era;  Topps with Buster Posey and PlayStation's MLB The Show 16.

Quicken Loans has unveiled the second year of its "Steal A Home" sweepstakes, in which people have the opportunity to win prizes including tickets, jerseys, MLB.TV subscriptions and the grand prize of a mortgage-free year and a trip for two to the 2016 World Series. (Details here.)

New partners such as Papa John's and Apple are expected to unveil campaigns as the season progresses.

"As we begin our 2016 regular season, millions of fans around the world can realistically hope that their team will be playing October baseball and contending for a World Championship," Rob Manfred, entering his second season as MLB commissioner, wrote in an open letter. "Our game is characterized by great competitive balance. The last five seasons have produced more playoff teams 24 — than any such period in baseball history and we have now gone a record 15 straight years without a repeat World Series Champion.

"Fans can also be excited about the great group of young stars in our game today. These extraordinary young players also stand out as ambassadors for the sport," said Manfred."

MLB plans to set a new record in sponsorship spend, topping the league's all-time high of $778 million in sponsorship spending during the 2015 season. That was up more than $80 million from the previous record of $695 million in 2014, according to the MLB IEG Sponsorship Report from research, marketing and consulting firm IEG, Chicago.

MLB's marketing revenue has shown solid growth since 2011, with $663 million in 2013, $626 million in 2012 and $585 million in 2011.

Players get to show their acting, rather than baseball, skills in the MLB This campaign.

In "Souvenir Business," Chicago Cubs teammates Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo are working a start-up called Bryzzo Souvenir Company, to help fans get the home run balls they deserve. "We put the ding in dinger" they offer as we see them speaking on the phone to perspective customers, interspersed with game action of the pair hitting home runs into the stands.

Last season, the two combined to get 57 home run souvenirs to fans (Bryant 26, Rizzo 31).

We see two sides of "King" Felix Hernandez in "Nice Guy." Off the mound, the pitcher for the Seattle Mariners is everybody's best friend, bringing coffee to clubhouse meetings, bussing tables, mingling with fans and helping teammates to fold their laundry. But on the mound, it's no more Mr. Nice Guy as we see scenes of him striking out batters and displaying a competitive attitude.

Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout's mom gets a starring role in his spot, "Memorabilia," in which we see that her home in Millville, NJ, is filled with such items as his 2014 Hank Aaron Award (top hitter in the American League), a neon sign that reads "Trout-Standing," his life-size Fathead poster, fan mail from around the world and a plethora of jerseys, which, says his mom, she plans to turn into a quilt.

In "Catch Anything," the skills of Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Andrew McCutchen are put to the test when we see him standing near the outfield wall with a guy dressed as Humpty Dumpty precariously perched on wall, about to have a great fall.

Bryce Harper of the Washington Nationals shows his compassion — and haircutting techniques — in "Fresh Flow" when kids who play for the Little Nats Little League team seek ways to break a losing streak, Harper offers uplifting advice and free styles to match his own coiffure.

We see one way in which the defending World Series champion Kansas City Royals celebrated, by taking selfies and "Family Pictures," with the featured group here including Salvador Perez, Lorenzo Cain, Eric Hosmer and Jarrod Dyson.

Other spots in the initial 2016 This campaign include:

• "Bestie," with pitcher David Price of the Boston Red Sox and his dog, who won't chase pitched balls.

"Dangerous Desert Predator" Paul Goldschmidt of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

"Tug Of War" with Giancarlo Stanton of the Miami Marlins displaying his strength by taking on a team of youngster.

"How To Turn Two" with second baseman Jose Altuve and shortstop Carlos Correa of the Houston Astros displaying their double-play prowess.

Papa John's Gets A Slice of MLB Pie

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