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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
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Box Score: Pizza Hot Stays Hot, Signs New Multi-Year Alliance With NCAA

NYSJ Sports-Entertainment Business News Service

July 11, 2018: The NCAA likes its pizza, and especially likes pizza delivered to fans, student-athletes and alumni from Pizza Hut, signing a multi-year pact that maintains the brand's status as the official pizza of the NCAA.

Pizza Hut signed with the NCAA as a corporate sponsor in November 2016, enabling it to activate around all 90 NCAA championships each year.

The new pact runs through the 2020-2021 academic year. Financial terms were not released.

During March Madness in 2017 and 2018, Pizza Hut incorporated Pie Top shoes into its marketing efforts, enabling wearers to order pies with Bluetooth technology that links the shoe to the user’s phone and Pie Tops app.

Earlier this year, Pizza Hut became the official pizza partner for the NFL, replacing Papa John's in the category and becoming the only brand to have national partnerships with both the NCAA and NFL.

Pizza Hut said it would continue to support intercollegiate athletics and student-athlete achievements through marketing programs and initiatives at multiple NCAA championships.

"The excitement and entertainment of enjoying live sports with friends and family is a time-honored tradition, and Pizza Hut aligns naturally with these experiences," Zipporah Allen, CMO for Pizza Hut, U.S, said in a statement.

"Pizza and sports are a perfect match. From the Men's Final Four and College World Series, to the NFL Draft and Super Bowl, we're looking forward to feeding the passion and excitement of all sports fans at every level."

The partnership provides Pizza Hut the ability to use official NCAA marks and media, as well as the opportunity activate at official NCAA events, including NCAA March Madness, College World Series and Frozen Four.

The partnership was facilitated through CBS Sports and Turner, which manage and collaborate on the NCAA's corporate champion and partner program.

According to Ellen Lucey, director of championships and alliances for the NCAA, ”We've seen some highlight-reel worthy performances from Pizza Hut over the past few years, everything from the pizza ordering Pie Tops to the Pizza Hut Fan Challenge at many of our championships.

“We can't imagine a partner who is more committed to bringing additional excitement and entertainment to NCAA fans.”

Over the past year, Pizza Hut has rolled out a new loyalty program, Hut Rewards; and worked to improve technology and equipment.

Pizza Hut said it has spent more than two years looking at the entire delivery ecosystem, "from the box, to the pouch, to delivery dispatch at the restaurant."

Pizza Hut also said it is in the process of “redesigning several of its 6,300 dine-in and delivery/carryout locations in an effort better service customers and efficiency back of house.”

“We can't imagine a partner who is more committed to bringing additional excitement and entertainment to NCAA fans than Pizza Hut.”

The recently released 2018 American Customer Satisfaction Index report saw Pizza Hut tied with Papa John’s for the top spot among national pizza chains.

However, according to ACSI, Papa John’s index dropped 2% versus 2017 while Pizza Hut rose 5% “for the biggest ACSI gain in the industry — likely the result of a new rewards program, and investments in equipment, technology, and marketing,” according to the ACSI.

Domino’s was third, Little Caesars fourth.

"We are extremely proud to be ranked No. 1 in customer satisfaction, as it is a testament to the commitment that our 120,000 team members show to our customers every day," Nicolas Burquier, chief customer and operations officer for Pizza Hut, said in a statement.

"We re-trained all of our employees in the fall, and also introduced an oven-hot delivery system that keeps our pizzas hotter while adding thousands of drivers to enable our speed of service to be faster. It's great to know that customers are noticing and we are constantly engaging with our teams to make sure their satisfaction only continues," said Burquier.

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