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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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Apr252018

No Lie: Despite Challenges, Golf Business An $84B Industry, $192B Economic Activity

By Barry Janoff

April 24, 2018: In 2016, golf returned to the Summer Olympics in Rio for the first time since 1904.

That same year, worldwide sponsorship spend on golf hit a record $1.82 billion, up 5.1% from the $1.72 billion spent in 2015, according to the Golf Sponsorship Spending Report from research and media intelligence firm ESP Properties, Chicago.

That $1.82 billion, however, represents just a small portion of golf’s financial impact worldwide.

In 2016, there was $84.1 billion in activity directly driven by golf, including $34.4 billion in revenue from golf courses, clubs, resorts, driving ranges and other facilities; and $25.7 billion in golf-related tourism spending, according to the just released U.S. Golf Economy Report from We Are Golf.

Overall, the golf industry supported $191.9 billion in total annual activity, including 1.89 million jobs and $58.7B in wages and benefits, according to St. Augustine, Fla.-based We Are Golf, a coalition of the game’s top associations and industry partners.

The report was released to coincide with National Golf Day (April 25).

The golf industry has hit some traps over the past few years, including Nike Golf phasing out clubs, balls and bags; adidas selling its golf-equipment brands TaylorMade, Adams and Ashworth; and Golfsmith filing for bankruptcy, with Dick’s Sporting Goods purchasing the name and 30 of Golfsmith’s 100-plus locations.

Also, according to industry analysts, since 2011, the number of golf facilities has declined and new course construction and golf community development is down.

On the plus side, The PGA Tour Superstore, now regarded as the No. 1 golf-specific national retailer in the U.S., is expanding and TopGolf continues to open and plan for new locations.

The financial impact of the golf business is seen in the rise of activity.

The $84.1 billion in golf-driven activity was up 22% from the $68.8 billion in the 2011 Golf Sponsorship Spending Report, the last time that We Are Golf researched the market.

One in 75 jobs in the U.S. is impacted by the golf industry, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

“The many positive trends show how golf is vital to the prosperity of America’s economic and social well-being," Steve Mona, CEO for the World Golf Foundation and administrator of We Are Golf, said in a statement.

“Increases in so many categories signify the health of golf has far-reaching influence across many sectors of the U.S. economy.”

Among the findings in the U.S. Golf Economy Report, which was conducted by TEConomy Partners: golf’s annual contributions to the U.S. economy include:

• $34.4 billion in revenue from golf courses, clubs, resorts, driving ranges and other facilities (2.9% compound annual growth rate since 2011)

• $25.7 billion in tourism spending (4.6% CAGR)

• $7.2 billion in new home construction in golf communities (18.5% CAGR)

• $6 billion in sales of golf equipment, apparel and supplies (1.4% CAGR)

• $2.4 billion in professional tournaments, associations and player endorsements (3.16% CAGR)

• $1.9B billion investment in existing golf facilities (4.6% CAGR)

In addition, $3.94 billion was raised in 2016 for charity, through tournaments and other activities.

Sponsorship spend on golf $1.65 billion in 2014, $1.6 billion in 2013, $1.51 billion in 2012. $1,4 billion in 2011 and $1.36 billion in 2010, according ESP Properties.

According to the National Golf Foundation, in 2017, the number of people who played golf within the last 12 months amounted to 25.95 million in the U.S.

Among the highest-paid athletes in the world in 2017, according to Fobes, Rory McIlroy was No. 6 at $50 million ($34 million from endorsements), Phil Mickelson No. 12 ($43.5 million, $40 million from endorsements), Tiger Woods No. 17 ($37.1 million all but $100,000 from endorsements), Jordan Spieth No. 21 ($34.5 million, $29 million from endorsements) and Dustin Johnson No. 48 ($27.6 million, $11 million from endorsements).

"With one in 75 U.S. jobs impacted by golf, the industry plays a significant role in stimulating our economy nationwide,” said Mona.

“Last year, a record 2.5 million people tried golf for the first time, further cementing why it is vital to share golf’s interests with our country’s lawmakers, showcasing the game’s many economic, charitable and fitness benefits.”

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