• 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.” 


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).


Adrianna Franch* (Portland Thorns FC), Ashlyn Harris** (Orlando Pride), Alyssa Naeher** (Chicago Red Stars)
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)
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)
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


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).


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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Behind 'Honor Of Kings', Video Game Revenues Blast To Record $41.4B

By Barry Janoff

September 28, 2017: Led by Tencent and the enormous popularity of its Honor of Kings game — plus the fervent fans of such titles as League of Legends, Call of Duty, Grand Theft Auto and The Legend of Zelda — mobile and video game revenues generated by the top 25 public companies topped $41.4 billion in the first half of 2017.

That represents a 20% increase versus the same period in 2016, when revenues were $34.5 billion, according to the just released Global Games Market Report from Newzoo, San Francisco.

The $41.4 billion figure for the first half of 2017 is nearly double that from the first half of 2013, when the Top 25 public companies had game revenues of $22.2 billion.

First-half revenues in 2014 were $25.8 billion, $28.4 billion in 2015.

With China-based Tencent entrenched at No. 1, the Top Ten companies generated $31.4 billion of this, up 24%.

Mobile gaming accounted for 42% of all revenues generated by the Top Ten companies, up 40%. according to Newzoo.

Tencent stayed firm in its top position with revenues of $7.4 billion, a 50% increase versus the same period last year.

Tencent’s  growth was driven by the strength of Honor of Kings, a multi-player battle game for mobile phones, which the report said has 200 million players in China alone and more than 50 million daily users. The app is free but users can purchase items to advance and become stronger in the game.

The game is so popular in that nation that parents and teachers began to complain, according to local news reports. That led Tencent to limit that number of hours players under 18 could access the app and play per day, about 1-2 hours.

Looking forward, Tencent said it would be releasing a version of Honor of Kings in the U.S and Europe.

Tencent also plans to launch gaming platform WeGame and also a free-to-play version of Rocket League in China.

Tencent games also include League of Legends (via Riot, owned by Tencent), Clash of Clans (via Supercell, majority owned by Tencent), Call of Duty and World of Warcraft (the latter two via ownership deals with Activision Blizzard).

Sony was No. 2 among the top 25 public companies with revenues of $4.3 billion, up 25%. "That was primarily due to an increase in sales through the PlayStation network," according to Newzoo’s report.

"Honor of Kings is so popular in China that parents began to complain, moving Tencent to limit that number of hours players under 18 could access it."

Activision Blizzard was No. 3 with $3.9 billion in revenue (up from $3 billion in the first half of 2016).

Microsoft was No. 4 ($3.2 billion) and tied for No. 5 were Apple and EA ($3 billion each).

The Top Ten also includes NetEase ($2.9 billion), Google ($2.1 billion), Bandai Namco ($1.1 billion) and Nexon ($1 billion).

Newzoo said the fastest-rising company here was Korea-based Netmarble, (No. 12 overall behind Nintendo), "which completed a successful IPO in May and reported revenue growth of 81% versus the first half of 2016."

Among the companies that showed a decline versus the first half of 2016 were GungHo Entertainment (down 20%), which Newzoo said "struggled to replicate the success of Puzzles & Dragons"; Disney (down 8%) and Warner Bros. (down 2%).

See the full Top 25 numbers here.

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