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• For the 15th consecutive year, ESPN will present the NCAA Division I Men’s Ice Hockey Championship in its entirety, with the 15-game, 16-team tournament beginning with regional action March 29-31 and concluding with the Frozen Four on April 11 and 13. The Frozen Four will be in Buffalo, NY, with all three games on ESPN2.

• The NFL's 100th season will begin with the Chicago Bears hosting the Green Bay Packers in Soldier Field on Thursday, Sept. 5 (NBC, 8:20 PM ET). This will be the 199th meeting between the Bears and Packers, including regular- and post-season. Super Bowl champion New England Patriots will begin their season on NBC Sunday Night Football Sept. 8. Their opponent will be named when the full 2019 regular season schedule is released later this spring.

• Kraft Heinz, in partnership with the NHL and NHLPlayers’ Association (NHLPA) has unveiled the top four finalist communities competing for the coveted title of Kraft Hockeyville USA 2019. Voting begins March 30.

• NBA Experience, the new destination coming to Disney Springs at Walt Disney World Resort (Orlando) will officially open Aug. 12, 2019. In collaboration with the NBA, Disney is developing NBA Experience with 13 interactive elements and hands-on activities across 44,000 square feet and two floors, also including a NBA-themed retail store.

• D.G. Yuengling & Son brewery has signed a deal with Philadelphia Phillies' pitcher Aaron Nola, making him one of the first active, MLB players to have a partnership with a beer brand. Yuengling has been a sponsor of the Phillies since 2017,

• 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)

BUY SELL

Weekend Box Office March 22-24
1. Us $70.2M
2. Captain Marvel $35M
3. Wonder Park $9M
4. Five Feet Apart $8.8M
5. How To Train Your Dragon 3 $6.5M
6. A Madea Family Funeral $4.5M
7. Gloria Bell $1.8M
8. No Manches Frida 2 $1.8M
9. Lego Movie 2 $1.1M
10. Alita: Battle Angel $1M
Source: Box Office Mojo

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Oct162018

Seeing Eye To Eye: Bulls Sign Zenni Optical To Jersey Patch, Marketing Alliance

NYSJ Sports-Entertainment Business News Service

October 16, 2018:
On the eve of the 2018-19 NBA campaign, the Chicago Bulls have become the league’s 26th franchise to sign a jersey patch sponsor, inking a five-year deal with online eyewear company Zenni Optical that includes various activation platforms.

The Bulls and Zenni Optical unveiled their alliance today with an event in the team’s home venue United Center atrium, which included executives from both sides and new Zenni Bulls ambassadors Zach LaVine (pictured), Lauri Markkanen and Robin Lopez.

Bulls’ management said it purposely waited until the second year of the NBA’s three-year jersey patch trial program to sign a sponsor.

"The Chicago Bulls jersey is one of the most iconic in the NBA and recognized across the globe, so it was important for us to be methodical and intentional in our search for a jersey patch partner,” Michael Reinsdorf, Bulls president and COO, said via the team.

“This kind of partnership unites two brands in very substantial and visible ways, meaning that who we choose to partner with will represent so much of who we are as a team and signals to our fans what we stand for. In our search, we put a high priority on partnering with a company that shares many of the Bulls' values,” said Reinsdorf.

Financial terms were not shared.

The average value of the previous NBA jersey-patch deals is about $9 million, per industry analysts, most of them three-year alliances.

The Houston Rockets also today signed a jersey ad deal with Rokit Phones, beoming the 27th NBA team with such a deal.

The only teams currently without jersey ad deals include the Indiana Pacers, Oklahoma City Thunder and Washington Wizards.

The Bulls jersey patch will make its first home court appearance in the United Center on Oct. 20 when the team hosts the Detroit Pistons.

In addition to the jersey patch, Zenni Optical will have presence in United Center and multi-media marketing including Internet and social media, including a video piece by Chicago artist Travis Ramos Brooks that “melds Zenni glasses with Bulls imagery and photos of Bulls players/fans wearing Bulls colored Zenni frames.”

The Bulls and Zenni Optical will also collaborate on “community initiatives that will demonstrate their shared commitment to providing neighbors with resources they need.”

According to Julia Zhen, co-founder of Zenni Optical, “The Bulls brand is iconic and global and Zenni aspires to have that same domestic and international relevance someday.

“We know this will be a significant step to creating awareness that eyewear, especially prescription glasses, can be affordable, high quality and stylish at the same time. We're excited about amplifying our brand in the Chicago market and beyond wherever the Bulls are being seen around the world.”

Among the biggest NBA jersey ad deals to date, the Golden State Warriors jersey-logo pact with Rakuten is valued at $60 million over three years.

The Los Angeles Lakers signed with e-commerce firm Wish, a three-year deal that analysts put at $12-$14 million annually, similar in value to an alliance between the New York Knicks and SquareSpace.

The Cleveland Cavaliers signed with Goodyear for $30 million over three years. The Boston Celtics have a three-year deal with GE valued at $24 million.

NBA Teams With Jersey-Logo Deals (to date):

• Atlanta Hawks (Shareware)

• Boston Celtics (GE)

• Brooklyn Nets (Infor)

• Charlotte Hornets (LendingTree)

• Chicago Bulls (Jenni Optical)

• Cleveland Cavaliers (Goodyear)

• Dallas Mavericks (5miles)

• Denver Nuggets (Western Union)

• Detroit Pistons (Flagstaff Bank)

• Golden State Warriors (Rakuten)

• Houston Rockets (Rokit)

• Los Angeles Clippers (Bumble)

• Los Angeles Lakers (Wish)

• Memphis Grizzlies (FedEx)

• Miami Heat (Ultimate Software)

• Milwaukee Bucks (Harley Davidson)

• Minnesota Timberwolves (Fitbit)

• New Orleans Pelicans (Zatarain’s)

• New York Knicks (Squarespace)

• Orlando Magic (Disney World)

• Philadelphia 76ers (StubHub)

• Phoenix Suns (PayPal)

• Portland Trail Blazers (Biofreeze)

• Sacramento Kings (Blue Diamond)

• San Antonio Spurs (Frost Bank)

• Toronto Raptors (Sun Life)

• Utah Jazz (Qualtrics)

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