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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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May022019

Red Bull Named USA Basketball Partner, Will Lead 3x3 Push To Olympic Games

By Barry Janoff

May 2, 2019: In anticipation of the 2020 Olympics, which among other competitions will introduce 3x3 Basketball to the Summer Games, USA Basketball has signed a multi-year deal with Red Bull North America to “build an elite pathway for men’s and women’s players who have a goal of competing at the highest levels of 3x3 basketball.”

The 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo — scheduled for July 24-Aug. 9 — will include eight men’s and eight women’s 3x3 basketball national teams competing for the first time in the new Olympic discipline.

Anchoring the partnership, Red Bull — which has been named the official energy drink for USA Basketball — will host more than 20 qualifying tournaments nationwide under the newly-created Red Bull 3X series to ”identify the eight athletes who could potentially represent USA Basketball at the 2020 Olympics.”

Financial terms of the partnership were not shared.

According to USA Basketball, the winning teams at these qualifiers will compete to accumulate enough individual FIBA (International Basketball Federation) points with the goal of advancing to the Red Bull USA Basketball 3X Regionals, scheduled for Fall 2019,

They then would progress to the Red Bull USA Basketball 3X Nationals in March 2020, which will be used to select the USA men’s and women’s 3x3 national teams.

Players may also be selected from the rosters of the teams competing to reach the 2019 USA Basketball Men’s and Women's 3x3 National Championships, which will be held May 3-4 in Las Vegas.

The inaugural Red Bull 3X qualifier is scheduled for Detroit on June 22. Other tournament sites include Boston, Chicago, Denver, Los Angeles, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, New Orleans, New York (Brooklyn), Philadelphia and Seattle. (Details here; full schedule below.)

“USA Basketball has a rich tradition of success on the court, and Red Bull has a legacy in progressing sports and engaging fans, so this partnership is a perfect pairing,” Jim Tooley, CEO for USA Basketball, said via the organization.

“Both organizations are synonymous with athletes, groundbreaking events, creative projects and content, and USA Basketball is thrilled to collaborate in this unprecedented partnership to take 3x3 basketball to new heights.”

Support will include multi-media marketing, with a promo spot, "USA Hoops Stars Talk 3x3," unveiled along with the partnership. It features such hoops stars as Bruce Bowen, Asia Durr, Kara Lawson and Chris Mullin taking about 3x3 basketball, Red Bull and the Olympics.

NBA stars Anthony Davis and Blake Griffin and WNBA All-Star Breanna Stewart are all Red Bull athletes, but it was not indicated if they would appear in 3x3 marketing.

Red Bull Media House will create original stories with USA Basketball to focus on the 3x3 game, qualifiers and players and “celebrate the journey as the sport makes its debut at the Olympics.”

According to Sean Eggert, head of Red Bull Sports-North America, “Our partnership with USA Basketball furthers our ongoing commitment to basketball and will give wings to the next generation of world-class players.

“With 3x3 joining the Olympic movement for the first time in 2020, we are excited to be at the forefront of establishing a pathway to the highest levels of the game, build on our NBA team and athlete partnerships, and energize the sport across the country.”

In the promo spot, Mullin — who has stared in hoops at the collegiate and pro level and won two Olympic gold medals with Team USA (1984, 1992) —  offers, “This is going to carve out a whole new generation of basketball players. In the NBA we play 3x3: If guys are not getting playing time you play 3x3. I used it all the time to develop skills.

“With 3x3 coming to the Olympics, I want to help grow the sport.”

2019 Red Bull 3X Qualifier Schedule (subject to change)
 

  • Detroit, MI: June 22
  • Washington, DC: June 29
  • Atlanta: June 29
  • Brooklyn, NY: July 13
  • Minneapolis: July 13
  • Los Angeles: July 20
  • New Orleans: July 20
  • Philadelphia: July 27
  • Denver: July 27
  • Milwaukee: Aug. 3
  • Oakland, CA: Aug. 3
  • Chicago: Aug. 17
  • Houston: Aug. 17
  • Cleveland: Aug. 24
  • Raleigh, NC: Aug. 24
  • Dallas: Aug. 31
  • Boston: Sept. 7
  • Memphis: Sept. 7
  • San Antonio: Sept. 14
  • Salt Lake City: Date TBD
  • Portland, OR: Date TBD
  • Phoenix: Date TBD
  • Seattle: Date TBD

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