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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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Dec202018

NBA Warriors, LeBron Top MVPindex List Of Most Valuable In Social Media Sports

By Barry Janoff

December 20, 2018: The Golden State Warriors are not only the two-time defending NBA champions and winners of three of the past four NBA titles, but the team is the champion of social media among teams in the NBA, NFL, MLB, NHL and MLS.

The Warriors social footprint is worth an estimated $512 million, with a total social media engagement of more than 282 million engagements between Jan. 1-Dec. 12, 2018, according to MVPindex, a social media sports and entertainment measurement and evaluation platform.

The team has almost six million followers on Twitter, more than 11.2 million followers on Facebook and some 10.3 million followers on Instagram.

Among its players, Stephen Curry has 13 million followers on Twitter and more than 8.2 million on Facebook; and Kevin Durant has 17.4 million followers on Twitter and more than 10.3 million on Facebook.

The NBA has four of the Top Five spots on the MVPindex Engagement Value Assessment list, with the Warriors followed by the Cleveland Cavaliers ($365 million), Los Angeles Lakers ($294 million) and the Boston Celtics at No. 5 ($180 million).

MVPiindex said its EVA is based on engagements including Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube from Jan. 1-Dec. 12, 2018.

The Los Angeles Dodgers are No. 4 overall with an EVA of $269 million.

The Dallas Cowboys are the NFL’s top franchise on the list at No. 6 overall with an EVA of $173 million.

The ranking of both the Cavaliers and Lakers were impacted by LeBron James, who moved from Cleveland to Los Angeles as a free agent during the summer.

According to MVPindex, “At the beginning of 2018, the Lakers already had more social followers than any other NBA team with 34 million, but the team added an additional three million with the addition of the league's top player.

“Not only have they added followers, but the Lakers have also capitalized on James' social popularity to drive engagement up 69% vs. 2017) and, more importantly, to increase their social value by 36% to $78 million.”

James has 41.8 million followers on Twitter (the most among all pro athletes in the U.S. and second in the world behind Cristiano Ronaldo’s 75.6 million) and nearly 123 million on Facebook (also tops among all pro athletes in the U.S.).

Among the Top 50 most valuable team in U.S. sports on social media in 2018, the MVPindex EVA includes 17 NFL teams, 14 NBA teams, 11 MLB teams and eight from the NHL.

The EVA Top 10 also includes the Houston Rockets ($164.9 million EVA), World Series champions Boston Red Sox ($163.8 million), New England Patriots ($151.9 million); and the Chicago Bulls ($139.1 million).

MVPindex said winning the Series helped the Red Sox generate 24.5 million more engagements versus 2017.

Concurrently, winning Super Bowl LII helped the Philadelphia Eagles double their overall engagement  (to 73.9 million) versus 2017. The Eagles finished No. 13 overall with an EVA of $111.5 million.

Fellow Philadelphia residents the 76ers also doubled their engagement versus 2017 (to 50.1 million), coming in No. 22 on the list with an EVA of $68.5 million.

The year's highest-performing NHL team was the Pittsburgh Penguins at No. 25 overall with an EVA of $66 million.

The Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals were No. 45 overall with an EVA of $40.6 million.

The top MLS team was league champion Atlanta United at No. 64 with an EVA of $27 million.

MVPindex said its MVPindex Engagement Value Assessment evaluates all of the social activity throughout the past year to determine the potential market value of a property's social media footprint, including but not limited to: Reach (fans, followers, impressions), Engagement (likes, comments, shares, retweets, favorites) and Conversation (positive/negative mentions).

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