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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.

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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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Jun282017

Dale Jr. Unveils JR Nation Appreci88ion Campaign To Fete Fans, Nascar Career

By Barry Janoff

June 27, 2017: Arnold Palmer had Arnie’s Army, his most loyal fans who would support and honor him through thick and thin.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. has JR Nation, his most loyal fans, many who have been with him long before his first win in the 1998 Coca-Cola 300.

Now in his final laps as a fulltime Nascar driver, having shared this past April his decision not to race full time following the current season, Earnhardt Jr. has launched what he called JR Nation Appreci88ion, a five-month campaign to get closer to, and connect with, his fans.

"The rest of this season is about two things . . . Winning and #Appreci88ion," Earnhardt Jr. wrote on his social media platforms, which include more than two million followers on Twitter and nearly three million on Facebook.

In a video posted to Nascar.com, Earnhardt Jr. unveils the campaign and even thanks many of his fans by name.

The effort begins July 1 at the Daytona International Speedway during the Coke Zero 400 and will continue through the completion of the 2017 Monster Energy Nascar Cup series.

According to Earnhardt Jr. he will "create opportunities in social media, at-track activation, fan engagement, industry participation and philanthropy to celebrate his historic career while offering gestures of gratitude to everyone who made the ride possible."

He said that includes fans, teammates, colleagues, family members, lifelong friends and "anyone who influenced (my) time in the driver’s seat."

Earnhardt Jr. has also unveiled a line of Appreci88ion merchandise, including hats, T-shirts and mugs. The goods will be available at tracks in the Dale Earnhardt Jr. souvenir trailer and at ShopJRNation.com.

Among other activation, Earnhardt Jr. said he would release weekly videos "recollecting memories and milestones achieved at each of the specific racing venues."

His sponsors and industry partners will have featured roles as well, activating in "unique ways to give back to JR Nation."

Earnhardt Jr.’s partners include Nationwide, Mountain Dew, Chevrolet, Hellmann’s, Breyers, Suave, Goodyear, Wrangler, Under Armour and Axalta.

He said he selected  Daytona International Speedway  to launch the effort because "it has been home to many (of m) career highlights," including two Daytona 500 trophies (2004, 2014), four total Cup wins, seven non-points Cup victories and six Nascar Xfinity Series wins.

"My expectations were very low when I started racing — I just wanted to pay my bills," Earnhardt Jr. said in a statement. "If I could pay bills and make a living by racing, that was a win.

"Now some 18 years later, I look at what became of it, and I just feel grateful. I wouldn’t be where I am today without the support of so many people, especially fans.

"So as I visit tracks for the last time in this role, that is my motivation. I’m going to drive as hard as I can for the people who made an 18-year Cup career possible," he said.

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