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• 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,

• Alex Rodriguez' future is so hot he needs to wear shades. Good thing Jennifer Lopez also needs to wear shades. The celebrity couple stars in a new year-long marketing from Quay Australia, which is being called “their first major fashion campaign together,’ by industry analysts. Media includes print, digital and social media.

• The 2019 Alliance of American Football Championship, originally scheduled for April 27 in Las Vegas, will be played in Ford Center at The Star in Frisco, Texas., which is owned and operated by Jerry Jones and the Dallas Cowboys.

• 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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Apr152010

ESPN's World Cup Marketing, Coverage Kicks It Up Several Notches

April 15, 2010: ESPN will take its mantra of being the "worldwide leader in sports" to the world's game, blanketing its coverage of the upcoming FIFA World Cup with what the network is calling "the largest single-event marketing campaign in ESPN history."

"The World Cup will dominate the discussion of sports fans in this country in a way that has not happened before," John Skipper, evp-content for ESPN, said during a preview press event in New York on April 14. "We will pull out all the stops to make sure people pay attention."

ESPN said it would have more than 230 hours of live coverage; air all 64 games in HD among ESPN, ESPN 2 and ABC; televise 25 games in 3D on ESPN 3D, launching June 11; and have more than 300 people on the ground in South Africa, where the World Cup will take place June 11-July 11. To support its massive effort, ESPN will have TV, a print campaign comprised of 33 original works of South African art, Internet, radio, outdoor, mobile, a book, numerous dedicated mini-films and other marketing partnerships across the Disney Co. system. As it did during the 2006 World Cup, the campaign falls under the umbrella theme, "One Game Changes Everything."

ESPN Deportes will have its own marketing campaign, "90 Minutes No Son Suficientes" ("90 Minutes is Not Enough"). International ESPN outlets also will support with local campaigns.

Sea of fans in ESPN World Cup promo spot."[The 'One Game' theme] resonated in Germany during the 2006 World Cup and it certainly will resonate in South Africa," said Seth Ader, ESPN's senior director of sports marketing. As for the enormous marketing push, Ader said, "We tend to promote things heavily."

Ader said that ESPN has targeted two key groups with its World Cup marketing: soccer fans and big event sports fans.

"Soccer fans are the most important audience — they have waited four years for the World Cup," said Ader. "We don't have to sell them on soccer. What we must convey to them is the authenticity of our coverage and the importance of the event to us. They make up the majority of our World Cup audience. We must show them that we understand their passion."

The second audience, said Ader, consists of "tens of millions of sports fans [who] don't want to miss drama that comes at the highest order. They watched The Masters [with the return of Tiger Woods], they watch the World Series, the NBA Finals. We have to engage them around the high stakes of the World Cup."

Scene from ESPN World Cup TV ad, "Robben Island." TV spots for ESPN's World Cup marketing will feature the music of U2. An intro spot showed highlights of the 2006 World Cup played out to "City of Blinding Lights." "Robben Island," which broke earlier this month and was filmed at the prison where Nelson Mandela and other political prisoners were incarcerated during the country's era of apartheid, is anchored by a mash-up between U2 and the Soweto Gospel Choir singing "Where The Streets Have No Name." The collaboration has also spawned a video, with footage from U2's October 2009 concert at the Rose Bowl, that ESPN said would appear "in every program throughout ESPN's presentation of the 2010 FIFA World Cup, including highlights, match and studio coverage."

Among other TV spots, "United" is played out to "Magnificent" and has Bono in voiceover offering, "This is not about politics, religion, borders, global warming, elections, sanctions, the Stock Market, the black market . . . This is about the world coming together every four years." "The Power of Ten" focuses on players who have worn the No. 10 jersey with the U2 song, "Out of Control." "Passion" looks at the spike in the number of berths in Germany nine months after the 2006 World Cup, with the U2 song "Desire."

"This matters to us globally," said Skipper. "We will leave no soccer ball unturned to bring the World Cup to the U.S. in  a meaningful way."

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