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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

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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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Led By ‘Money’ Mayweather Jr., 100 Highest-Paid Athletes In 2018 Earned $3.8B

By Barry Janoff

June 5, 2018: Over the past 12 months, the Top 100 highest-paid athletes  took in a cumulative $3.8 billion — almost a quarter of that (23%) from endorsements and personal appearances.

The 100 top-earning athletes in 2018 compete in 11 sports — led by 40 from the NBA — and come from 22 countries, topped by 66 from the U.S., according to the just-released "World’s Highest-Paid Athletes" from Forbes.

There are no women among the Top 100 and no players from the NHL.

Serena Williams, the only woman athlete on the 2017 list (No. 51), was off the circuit following her win at the Australian Open at the beginning of the year due to her pregnancy. She earned less than the $23 million in endorsements to reach the $23 million cutoff (although she has other earnings from businesses in which she has invested or owns).

Two of the top four athletes on the list earned the majority of their money together: No. 1 Floyd “Money” Mayweather Jr. and No. 4 Conor McGregor, the former UFC champ who got into the boxing ring with Mayweather Jr. in August 2017 in Las Vegas.

Mayweather Jr. earned $275 million over the past 12 months and another — and a mere — $10 million from endorsements.

McCregor took in $99 million overall, $85 million winnings, another $14 million from endorsements, including Burger King.

With the World Cup just days away, it is no surprise that soccer players are prominent and high on the list.

Leo Messi is No. 2 overall at $114 million, with $84 million in salary, with $27 million in endorsements.

Cristiano Ronaldo is No. 3 at $108 million, $61 million in salary and $47 million from endorsements.

Neymar took in $90 million, $73 million in salary and $17 million from endorsement deals.

LeBron James at No. 6 led all NBA players with $85.5 million in income. His $33.5 million salary from the Cleveland Cavaliers was topped by his $52 million from marketing deals, including Nike, Intel, Kia, Sprite, and Beats.

The leading tennis player on the list is No. 7 Roger Federer at $77.2 million, with his $12.2 million in earnings outweighed by more than five times by his $65 million in endorsements, according to Forbes.

Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors at No. 8 was second on the NBA list, his $76.9 million coming from $34.9 million salary and $42 million via endorsement deals.

If nothing else, the Forbes list shows that NFL players may have high salaries, but are soft in endorsements.

No. 9 Matt Ryan, quarterback for the Atlanta Falcons, heads up the list of NFL players at $67.3 million, a mere $5 million of that from endorsements.

No. 10 Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions quarterback, has $57.5 million in salary, just $2 million in endorsements.

The top golfer on the list is Tiger Woods at No. 16, with $42 million in endorsements and just $1.3 million in winnings due to his inactivity following surgery and rehabilitation.

The top MLB player on the list is Clayton Kershaw of the Los Angeles Dodgers at No. 37: $33.8 million in salary, $750.000 from endorsements.

See the full Forbes list here.

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