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• Jon Hayes, the Cincinnati Bengals TE coach for the last 16 seasons and a NFL TE for the Kansas City Chiefs and Pittsburgh Steelers, has been named head coach and GM XFL St. Louis. Hayes joins Kevin Gilbride (New York), Pep Hamilton (Washington, D.C.), Bob Stoops (Dallas), Marc Trestman (Tampa Bay) and Jim Zorn (Seattle) as XFL head coaches. Los Angeles and Houston head coaches are still to be named.

• MLS and U.S. Soccer have signed a three-year deal with Headspace, which develops meditation and mindfulness apps. Headspace is also creating a personalized training program for each individual athlete on the U.S. Women’s National Team prior to their defense of the FIFA Women’s World Cup this summer in France.

• adidas has unveiled the ”Loop Creation Process,” to produce fully recyclable performance footwear working with Parley for the Oceans using products made from up-cycled marine plastic waste.

FutureCraft Loop is a 100% recyclable performance running shoe which “can be returned to adidas, broken down and reused to create new performance running shoes.” adidas said the first-gen release is a part of adidas' “widest-ever global beta program, ahead of the wider commercial release targeted for Spring-Summer 2021.”

• Per the NFL: “As of earlier this week NFL Network and NFL RedZone are no longer available to AT&T U-Verse subscribers or DTV Now subscribers. While the NFL remains committed to negotiating renewed agreements on fair and equitable terms, AT&T has not been willing to actively engage." 

• Grey Goose vodka has unveiled a global brand platform, “Live Victoriously,” described as “an answer to consumers' demand for more authentic and relatable luxury brands..." TV is led by a 60-second spot that implores people to “Live like  ... you're the special occasion ... every day is your birthday ... your phone doesn't exist ... the world is your stage . . . you crashed your own wedding . . . like you’re worth it.” Spots will air thru June across cable, network primetime and sports programming.

• A significant collection of Jackie Robinson memorabilia is part of the Goldin Auctions 2019 Spring Auction, now through May 11 celebrating the 100th anniversary of the birth of Jackie Robinson, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the Jackie Robinson Foundation. Full story here.
POLL POSITION

The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Class of 2019

(To be enshrined on Sept. 6 in Springfield, Mass.)

• Al Attles
• Carl Braun
• Charles “Chuck” Cooper
• Vlade Divac
• Bill Fitch
• Bobby Jones
• Sidney Moncrief
• Jack Sikma
• Teresa Weatherspoon
• Paul Westphal
• Tennessee A&I Teams of 1957-1959
• Wayland Baptist Flying Queens of 1948-1982

KEEPING SCORE

Top Ten Most Valuable MLB Franchises
1. New York Yankees $4.6B
2. Los Dodgers $3.3B
3. Boston Red Sox $3.2B
4. Chicago Cubs $3.1B
5. San Francisco Giants $3B
6. New York Mets $2.3B
7. St. Louis Cardinals $2.1B
8. Los Angeles Angels $1.9B
9. Philadelphia Phillies $1.85B
10. Houston Astros $1.77B

Source: FORBES

BUY SELL

Weekend Box Office April 12-14
1. Shazam! $25.1M
2, Little $15.5M
3. Hellboy $12M
4. Pet Seminary $10M
5. Dumbo $9.2M
6. Captain Marvel $8.6M
7. Us $6.9M
8. After $6.2M
9. Missing Link $5.8M
10. The Best of Enemies $2M
Source: Box Office Mojo

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Channel Chasers

NFL UK 2019
• Oct. 6 Chicago Bears v Oakland Raiders Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
• Oct. 13 Carolina Panthers v Tampa Bay Buccaneers Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
• Oct. 27  Cincinnati Bengals v Los Angeles Rams Wembley Stadium
• Nov. 3 Houston Texans v Jacksonville Jaguars Wembley Stadium

NFL Mexico 2019
• Nov. 18 Kansas City  Chiefs v Los Angeles Chargers Mexico City Estadio Azteca (ESPN Monday Night Football).

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Mar142019

Harper Driving In MLB Tickets, But Yankees-Red Sox London Scores Hottest Series

By Barry Janoff

March 14, 2019: Bryce Harper has yet to play a regular-season game for the Philadelphia Phillies, but he already has had a major impact on the team’s marketing and ticket sales at home and in MLB.

The Phillies 2019 home opener on March 28 against the Atlanta Braves is among the Top Three best-selling MLB home opener tickets, and overall Phillies ticket sales are among the Top Ten, according to online event ticket exchange StubHub.

StubHub, an official MLB partner, said that “For the first time in a decade, the Philadelphia Phillies earn a spot on StubHub's Top Ten most in-demand teams (No. 7 on the list) after signing Bryce Harper.

“Sales are up 93% from this time last year, the highest growth of all teams since last season.”

Overall, the New York Yankees are the most in-demand MLB team based on total ticket sales on StubHub (thru March 14).

The two-game Mitel & MLB Present London Series 2019 between the Yankees and defending World Series champion Boston Red Sox, scheduled for June 29-30 in London Stadium, is the most in-demand series to date..

In the days after signing Harper as a free agent to a 13-year, $330 million deal on March 1, the Phillies said they sold more than 180,000 tickets. Sales of his Philadelphia jerseys were up 5,000% over the previous year, with Harper No. 1, according to Fanatics.

The free-agent signing of Manny Machado by the San Diego Padres to a ten-year, $300 million contract on Feb. 21 lifted team ticket sales on StubHub by nearly 300% compared to the prior day prior; overall, the team saw a 44% jump in ticket sales from last year, according to the ticket firm.

The most in-demand MLB teams based on total ticket sales on StubHub (thru March 14) behind the Yankees, which also held the No. 1 spot at this time in 2018 are the Red Sox, San Francisco Giants, Chicago Cubs and St. Louis Cardinals.

StubHub’s Top Ten also includes the Los Angeles Dodgers, Phillies, Texas Rangers, New York Mets and Houston Astros.

The most-in-demand MLB home openers based on total ticket sales on StubHub (thru March 14) are led by the Arizona Diamondbacks at the Dodgers (March 28), with an average ticket price of $229.

The Top 5 home openers also include:

• Baltimore Orioles at Yankees (average ticket price $202)

• Atlanta Braves at Phillies (average ticket price $84

• Cubs at Rangers (average ticket price $254)

• Pittsburgh Pirates at Cincinnati Reds (average ticket price $122).

Also driving league ticket sales is the two-game Mitel & MLB Present London Series 2019.

“The MLB match-up in London between the Red Sox and Yankees is already the top-selling series heading into the season,” according to StubHub.

“The June 29 game is the No. 1 single event and is outpacing the next best-selling game, the Red Sox home opener against the Blue Jays, by nearly 50%.”

"The appeal of MLB to a global audience continues to grow, and the overwhelming response for the rivalry matchup between the Yankees and Red Sox in London certainly proves that the sport has fans worldwide," Jill Krimmel, StubHub's GM-MLB, said via the San Francisco-based company.

"So far, fans from 44 different states in the U.S. and 27 different countries have already purchased tickets for the MLB London series, demonstrating that baseball has tremendous potential overseas much like the NFL and NBA have seen."

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