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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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NFL UK 2019
• 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

NFL Mexico 2019
• Nov. 18 Kansas City  Chiefs v Los Angeles Chargers Mexico City Estadio Azteca (ESPN Monday Night Football).

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Mar292018

Bun & Done: MLB (Hot) Dog Days Are Here, With 19M To Be Consumed This Season

By Barry Janoff

March 29, 2018: This season, MLB stadiums will be offering more enticing, tempting and exotic food selections than ever. Options inlcude the Cleveland Indians Flamethrower pulled pork sandwich, Detroit Tigers Chicken Shawarma Nachos, Oakland A’s Monte Khrush Davis Cristo sandwich, Tampa Bay Rays Reuben Cuban Sandwich and the Milwaukee Brewers Cheddar Beer Bratwurst.

In fact, MLB is hosting its first “Fan Food Fest,” scheduled for April 21-22 in New York, during which each team will serve a specialty item from their respective stadium menu.

However, one item on MLB menus remain as much a part of the game as hitting, catching and pitching: Hot dogs.

This season, people in MLB ball parks are predicted to consume more than 19 million hot dogs, plus another 4.6 million sausages, according to the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council, Washington, DC.

“In a love affair that’s spanned decades, baseball and hot dogs remain inseparable,” Eric Mittenthal, president for the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council, said in a statement.

“Year after year, hot dogs continue to hit it out of the park at the concession stand, even as teams innovate to offer more food choices and inventive creations. There’s simply no replacing the unshakable bond baseball and hot dogs share.”

The predicted 19 million is the same figure as in 2017 and down slightly from the 19.4 million in 2016, but up from 18.5 million in 2015.

In 2011, people ate 22.5 million hot dogs in MLB ball parks; in 2014, the number topped 21.3 million.  

The No. 1 stadium hot dog consumers? The people who watch the Los Angeles Dodgers in Dodger Stadium, where more than three million hot dogs (Dodgers Dogs pictured above) are expected to be sold this season, according to the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council.

Based on last year’s attendance, that means that nearly 80% of fans at Dodger home games will eat a hot dog, according to the Council.

Not far behind: Colorado Rockies fans and Texas Rangers fans are tied for No. 2, predicted to consume more than 1.2 million in Coors Field and Globe Life Park, respectively.

Top hot dog eaters also include Wrigley Field-Chicago Cubs (one million), Progressive Field-Cleveland Indians (one million) and Busch Stadium-St. Louis Cardinals (959,700).

The San Francisco Giants are expected to defend their title as MLB’s sausage sale champions, with 475,000 anticipated to be purchased in AT&T Park, according to National Hot Dog and Sausage Council.

The Giants are followed by the St. Louis Cardinals (419,356 sausages) and Cubs (400,000).

The Milwaukee Brewers will maintain their position as the only team in MLB expected to sell more sausages than hot dogs, according to the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council

The Council also found what it called a “growing trend among teams to offer fans hot dog deals throughout the season.”

Among the promotions in 2018: Tampa Bay Rays fans can partake in $2 dog night during every Tuesday home game in Tropicana Field. “Dollar Dog Nights” are scheduled to be held by such teams as the White Sox, Philadelphia Phillies and Cleveland Indians.
 
Of course, even a hot dog is no longer you dad’s hot dog.

Among the new offerings cited by the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council:

Texas Rangers Dilly Dog: A dill pickle that is cored out and stuffed with an angus beef jumbo dog, then battered and fried to a golden brown (pictured).

Atlanta Braves Spec-Tater: A potato stuffed with a jalapeño-cheddar sausage and wrapped in bacon, then topped with cheese, cream, scallions and more jalapeno.

Detroit Tigers An Ode to Detroit Dog: Natural-casing hot dog smothered in brisket chili and drizzled with habanero queso sauce.

Arizona Diamondbacks Asada Dog: 18-inch Schreiner’s hot dog in a telera roll with fries, queso blanco, carne asada, pico de gallo and guacamole.

Colorado Rockies Triple Play Dog: Extreme dog topped with Carolina style pulled pork, crumbled bacon bits and purple slaw.

Pittsburgh Pirates Paella: Three-foot pan that features homemade kielbasa and traditional pierogis.

Kansas City Royals Teflon Don:  Hot dog topped with yellow mustard, Don Carlo’s slow roasted chili, jalapenos, chopped onion and parsley.

Tampa Bay Rays Bacon Fried Doggy: Deep-fried, bacon-wrapped hot dog topped with caramelized onions.

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