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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)

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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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Dec182018

WNBA To Get Expanded Coverage On ESPN, ABC For 2019 Season, Playoffs

NYSJ Sports-Entertainment Business News Service

December 18, 2018: When the WNBA begins its 23rd season on May 24, it will come with expanded coverage from ESPN’s networks, with nationally televised games including ABC and ESPN, plus an extensive schedule on ESPN2.

The ESPN networks’ slate of 16 regular-season telecasts — which will include three games on ABC, two on ESPN and 11 on ESPN2 — is up from 13 a year ago, when each of those telecasts was on ESPN2.

In addition, the WNBA All-Star Game will air on ABC on July 27 from Las Vegas and up to 19 post-season games. All ESPN telecasts will also stream live on the ESPN app.

The WNBA Draft 2019 presented by State Farm in April also will air on ESPN networks.

The WNBA will have two games on May 24, three on May 25 and one on May 26 during its 2019 opening weekend.
 
Live national TV coverage of the 2019  begins on ABC on May 25, when Sue Bird, reigning MVP Breanna Stewart and the defending champion Seattle Storm host Diana Taurasi and the Phoenix Mercury.

“We’re excited that ESPN will feature expanded coverage of WNBA games in the 2019 season,” Mark Tatum interim WNBA president, said via the league.

“The enhanced schedule reflects ESPN’s commitment to the WNBA and gives our fans additional opportunities on ESPN networks to see the best players in the world compete at the highest level.”

The WNBA is currently searching for a new president following the departure of Lisa Borders in October. She is now president and CEO for Time’s Up Legal Defense Fund.

Seattle, Phoenix and the Los Angeles Sparks will each appear on ESPN’s networks five times.

The four-time WNBA champion Minnesota Lynx, Washington Mystics and Connecticut Sun will appear four times apiece.

According to Carol Stiff, ESPN vp-programming and acquisitions, “ESPN is thrilled to once again bring fans a stellar lineup of WNBA action.

“We are committed to showcasing the sport and its stars with more marquee matchups than ever before available on ABC and ESPN.”

Borders Leaves WNBA To Become Time’s Up CEO

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