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• Amazon has launched MLB.TV on Prime Video Channels, allowing Prime members to subscribe to MLB.TV and stream regular season out-of-market baseball games live and on-demand, all from the Prime Video service.

• WWE said it would move its global headquarters to a new office complex in Stamford, Conn, where WWE is now headquartered, to “allow the company to bring together its operations, including its production studios and corporate offices at its new site.” The move is expected to take place in early 2021.

• “Inspired by the intersection of past and future,” Foot Locker is launching the Discover Your Air Network, featuring “cable network-inspired programming for the ultimate sneakerhead” filled with Nike Air Max content, news and product. People will be able to view DYA Network content on Foot Locker's Instagram, Facebook, YouTube and Snapchat channels.

NBA2K League has unveiled the match-ups and tournaments for the second season, with $1.2M prizes Begins 4-2.

• ESPN and UFC have extended their deal, naming ESPN+ as the exclusive distributor of UFC Pay-Per-View events in the U.S. through 2025, beginning with UFC 236: Holloway vs. Poirier 2 on April 13. UFC’s alliance with ESPN, which began in January, also has been extended through 2025

• MLB and the MLB Players’ Assn. have unveiled numerous changes to the game to be installed over the next two seasons that will impact game length, marketing broadcast partners, the All-Star Game and the Home Run Derby. Full story here.

POLL POSITION

Top Ten Most In-Demand MLB Tickets (based on total ticket sales on StubHub thru March 14):
1. New York Yankees
2. Boston Red Sox
3. San Francisco Giants
4. Chicago Cubs
5. St. Louis Cardinals
6. Los Angeles Dodgers
7. Philadelphia Phillies
8. Texas Rangers
9. New York Mets
10. Houston Astros

SOURCE: STUBHUB

KEEPING SCORE

The Most-In-Demand MLB Home Openers
(based on total ticket sales on StubHub thru March 14, all on March 28):

• Arizona Diamondbacks at the Dodgers (average ticket price $229.
• Baltimore Orioles at New York Yankees (average ticket price $202)
• Atlanta Braves at Philadelphia Phillies (average ticket price $84)
• Chicago Cubs at Texas Rangers (average ticket price $254)
• Pittsburgh Pirates at Cincinnati Reds (average ticket price $122)

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Weekend Box Office March 15-17
1. Captain Marvel $69.3M
2. Wonder Park $16M
3. Five Feet Apart $13.2M
4. How To Train Your Dragon: Hidden World $9.4M
5. Madea Family Funeral $8M
6. No Manches Frida 2 $3.9M
7. Captive State $3.2M
8. Lego Movie 2 $2.1M
9. Alita: Battle Angel $1.9M
10. Green Book $1.3M
Source: Box Office Mojo

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Sep232016

Big Papi Gets Big Thanks From MLB In Spots With Pedro Martinez, Ben Affleck

By Barry Janoff

September 23, 2016: Among the gifts that David “Big Papi” Ortiz has received in the final season of what has been a 20-year career are the actual dugout phone he smashed in Camden Yards in 2013 (Baltimore Orioles), a custom-made black Stetson cowboy hat (Houston Astros), a hand-made humidor with 50 Dominican cigars (Chicago White Sox), contributions to the David Ortiz Children’s Fund and a life-size stature made with Legos (Boston Red Sox).

Now add to the treasure trove a multi-language tribute from MLB featuring former teammate Pedro Martinez and actor Ben Affleck.

“Thank You, Big Papi” will break this week and air in both Hispanic (narrated by Martinez) and English (Affleck), showing Ortiz in action and interacting with players and fans on and off the field.

The 30-second spots highlight many of the classic moments in Ortiz’ career, including World Series wins, game-winning hits and his rallying the people in Fenway Park in the aftermath of the tragedy at the Boston Marathon in 2013.

Both spots are played out to “I Will Never Let You Down” sung by Rita Ora.

“For all the big moments,” offers Affleck. “The big blasts. The big smile. The big heart. Thanks, Big Papi. You’re not walking away. You’re walking off.” (See the full spot here.)

Martinez does his voiceover in Spanish. (See the full spot here.)

The promotional spots will be distributed on digital/social platforms and premiere during national broadcasts this weekend. They will also be featured during Boston’s celebration of Ortiz next weekend at Fenway Park, his final regualr-season games.

Ortiz, who played with the Minnesota Twins from 1997-2002 and the Red Sox from 2003 through 2016, has 36 home runs this season to date, most among players in their final season and most among players 40 or older.

“I’m watching him now and I’m thinking, Why are you retiring?,” said Cal Ripken Jr. who had his own farewell tour in 2001 and is now an analyst for MLB on TBS, which will cover Ortiz and the Red Sox in the upcoming playoffs. “He has a lot left in the tank. But physically, I’m sure it’s wearing him down. But I’d be surprised if he wasn’t an integral part of Boston’s playoffs.”

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