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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

KEEPING SCORE

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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Dec042018

Ticket To Ride: Super Bowl, World Series, CFB Top-Selling 2018 Events Via StubHub

By Barry Janoff

December 4, 2018: Everyone has their favorite sports and music events of 2018, but StubHub has the numbers to show which events actually were the best-sellers for the past year.

Topping the list: Super Bowl LII with the New England Patriots vs. Philadelphia Eagles as the best-selling ticket in the U.S., Anthony Joshua vs. Joseph Parker as the top-selling event worldwide (excluding the U.S.), Bruce Springsteen as the top-selling musician in U.S. tickets and Ed Sheeran as No. 1 in music worldwide.

The information was revealed by StubHub in its fourth annual Year in Live Experiences report.

"The power of live experiences transcends languages and borders," Sukhinder Singh Cassidy, president of StubHub, said via the San Francisco-based company.

"This year, StubHub saw fans from 144 countries cross borders to travel to live events, indicating that shared experiences pull people together, even during challenging times.”

After Super Bowl LII, among the Top Ten best-selling sports event in the U.S., the 2018 College Football Championship with the Alabama Crimson Tide vs. Georgia Bulldogs was No. 2; followed by Games 3-4-5 from the 2018 World Series between the Boston Red Sox and Los Angeles Dodgers, all played in Los Angeles.

Game 2 of the World Series, played in Boston, came in at No. 9.

Worldwide, Anthony Joshua was No. 1 and No. 2 (vs. Alexander Povetkin), followed by three NFL games in London and a NBA game in London.

Cassidy said that with nearly 200,000 StubHub customers crossing borders to attend more than 30,000 events in 2018, “It’s clear that people continue to love being with fellow fans, seeing their favorite artists or teams live."

Top 10 Best-Selling Sports Events in the U.S.
1. Super Bowl LII: New England Patriots v. Philadelphia Eagles
2. 2018 College Football Championship: Alabama Crimson Tide v. Georgia Bulldogs
3. World Series Game 4: Boston Red Sox at Los Angeles Dodgers
4. World Series Game 3: Boston Red Sox at Los Angeles Dodgers
5. World Series Game 5: Boston Red Sox at Los Angeles Dodgers
6. 2018 Rose Bowl: Georgia Bulldogs v. Oklahoma Sooners
7. NFC Championship Game: Minnesota Vikings at Philadelphia Eagles
8. Stanley Cup Finals Game 5: Washington Capitals at Vegas Golden Knights
9. World Series Game 2: Los Angeles Dodgers at Boston Red Sox
10. AFC Championship Game: Jacksonville Jaguars at New England Patriots

Top 10 Best-Selling Sports Events Worldwide*  
1. Anthony Joshua v. Joseph Parker
2. Anthony Joshua v. Alexander Povetkin
3. NFL London: Philadelphia Eagles v. Jacksonville Jaguars
4. NFL London: Seattle Seahawks v. Oakland Raiders
5. NBA London: Philadelphia 76ers v. Boston Celtics
6. NFL London: Tennessee Titans v. Los Angeles Chargers
7. Golden State Warriors at Toronto Raptors (Jan. 13 )
8. New York Yankees at Toronto Blue Jays (March 29)
9. NBA Eastern Conference Semifinals Game 2: Cleveland Cavaliers at Toronto Raptors
10. NBA Eastern Conference Semifinals Game 1: Cleveland Cavaliers at Toronto Raptors
*International markets outside the U.S.

Top 10 Best-Selling Acts on StubHub in the U.S.
1. Bruce Springsteen
2. Taylor Swift
3. Elton John
4. Ed Sheeran
5. Justin Timberlake
6. Drake and Migos
7. The Eagles
8. Bruno Mars
9. P!NK
10. Billy Joel

Top 10 Best-Selling Artists Worldwide*
1. Ed Sheeran
2. BTS
3. Elton John
4. Foo Fighters
5. Paul McCartney
6. U2
7. Drake and Migos
8. Taylor Swift
9. The Rolling Stones
10. Eagles
*International markets outside the U.S.

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