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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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Mar272018

Judgement Day: Yankees, Bonds Begin MLB Season As Hottest Tickets On StubHub

By Barry Janoff

March 27, 2018: With MLB’s 2018 Opening Day thisclose, ticket demand for season-opening games as well as rivalry games and games with unique and/or historic implications is on the rise.

StubHub, entering its 11th season as the official fan-to-fan ticket marketplace for MLB and its 30 clubs, says it sorted through its “wealth of data to find the hottest selling games and trending teams” heading into the season.

"As StubHub comes off another record-breaking World Series in terms of demand last season, we're feeling the excitement from baseball fans as we head into Opening Day 2018," Jill Krimmel, StubHub's General Manager of MLB, NCAA and All Other Sports, said in a statement.

"This season is significant for StubHub because for the first time fans will be able to purchase MLB tickets right up until game time for all 30 teams.,” said Krimmel.

The top-selling home opener this year both in demand and price — averaging $218 on StubHub — belongs to the New York Yankees, led by 2017 AL Rookie of the Year Aaron Judge and new teammate and reigning National League MVP Giancarlo Stanton, hosting the Tampa Bay Rays in Yankee Stadium.

Beyond home openers, the San Francisco Giants game on Aug. 11 during which Barry Bonds'  No. 25  Giants jersey will be retired “is the most anticipated moment of MLB's regular season," according to StubHub data.

The second most in-demand Opening Day game on StubHub features California and National League rivals Los Angeles Dodgers and the San Francisco Giants in the Giants' AT&T Park on April 7, averaging $212 on StubHub.

The Yankees are StubHub’s top-selling team in MLB overall going into the season, outselling the Giants and Boston Red Sox by 28% and 70%, respectively.

The Yankees moved up from No. 2 last year and No. 5 in 2016.

The Yankees have third highest growth in the league as demand in terms of ticket sales is up 61% from last year, “likely a result of the team’s off-season moves,” offers StubHub.

The Yankees replace the Chicago Cubs, which were the No. 1 in-demand team on StubHub last year following the team’s World Series win in 2015.

The Giants are currently the No. 2 most in-demand team, up from No. 4 last year after three years at No. 1 (2014-16).

The Top Five also includes the Red Sox, Dodgers and Cubs, respectively.

Coming off their 2017 World Series win, this is the first time in the last five years the Houston Astros at No. 8 have broken into StubHub’s Top Ten MLB teams going into the regular season.

Astros’ ticket sales are up 223% from this time last year, not only the highest growth among all MLB teams but also the highest year-over-year growth of regular season ticket sales over the last four seasons.

The Toronto Blue Jays have also been among the fastest-rising teams regarding ticket demand on StubHub over the past few years, entering the 2018 season at No. 9 after being as low as No. 22 in 2014.

The Yankees home opener against the Tampa Bay Rays currently outsells the Dodgers’ home opener, StubHub’s No. 2 top-selling home opening game (March 29), by 12%, according to StubHub.

Coming off a NL pennant and World Series appearance, the Dodgers‘ 2018 home opener is the “club’s best-selling in recent years and set to outpace the team’s 2017 home opener by 41% in ticket sales,” reports StubHub.

The Giants game in August, being played against Bonds’ other former team, the Pittsburgh Pirates, is currently outselling the second non-home opener in-demand game of the season, Dodgers at Giants on April 7, by 46%.

The first 20,000 fans in attendance on Aug. 11 will receive a No. 25 cap in honor of Bonds, who wore the number during his 15 years with San Francisco, from 1993-2007.

Three of five of the top selling non-home openers on StubHub involve the Giants and Dodgers, which StubHub said "is proving to be the most heated MLB rivalry heading into 2018."

The complete list of top in-demand MLB home openers, according to ticket sales on StubHub:

1. Tampa Bay Rays at New York Yankees, April 2. Average ticket price on StubHub $218
2. San Francisco Giants at Los Angeles Dodgers, March 29. Average ticket price on StubHub $212
3. Seattle Mariners at San Francisco Giants, April 3. Average ticket price on StubHub $197
4. Baltimore Orioles at Houston Astros, April 2. Average ticket price on StubHub $221
5. St. Louis Cardinals at New York Mets, March 29. Average ticket price on StubHub $164

The current list of top MLB in-demand games other than home openers according to ticket sales on StubHub:

1. Pittsburgh Pirates at San Francisco Giants (Barry Bonds Jersey Retirement), August 11. Average ticket price on StubHub $154
2. Los Angeles Dodgers at San Francisco Giants, April 7.  Average ticket price on StubHub $96
3. San Francisco Giants at Los Angeles Dodgers, March 30. Average ticket price on StubHub $92
4. Los Angeles Dodgers at San Francisco Giants, April 6. Average ticket price on StubHub $86
5. Boston Red Sox at New York Yankees, June 30. Average ticket price on StubHub $141
6. Chicago Cubs at St. Louis Cardinals, May 5. Average ticket price on StubHub $118
7. New York Yankees at Boston Red Sox, April 12. Average ticket price on StubHub $120
8. Los Angeles Dodgers at San Francisco Giants, April 28. Average ticket price on StubHub $97
9. Los Angeles Dodgers at San Francisco Giants, April 8. Average ticket price on StubHub $90
10. Baltimore Orioles at New York Yankees, April 7. Average ticket price on StubHub $72

The current list of Top Ten in-demand MLB teams according to regular season ticket sales on StubHub:

1. New York Yankees
2. San Francisco Giants
3. Boston Red Sox
4. Los Angeles Dodgers
5. Chicago Cubs
6. St. Louis Cardinals
7. New York Mets
8. Houston Astros
9. Toronto Blue Jays
10. Texas Rangers

With the big buzz around Shohei Ohtani’s debut season, the Los Angeles Angels come in as StubHub’s No. 11 top-selling team and the fourth highest growth team in the league as demand is up 55% from this time last year, per StubHub.

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