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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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Jan242010

Infiniti Campaign Putting The 'M' Into March Madness Marketing

The Infiniti M luxury sedan will get a lot of playing time during March Madness.January 24, 2010: Infiniti will use a major alliance with the NCAA Men's Division I basketball tournament, a multi-platform deal with ESPN and "official luxury vehicle" designations with powerhouse conferences SEC and the Big Ten to support the launch of its  2011 Infiniti M luxury sedan.

Financial details were not released, but the division of Nissan called it "the most comprehensive marketing initiative" in its 20-year history.

Infiniti said a "360-degree" approach includes TV on ESPN during college basketball for the rest of the current season and on CBS during "March Madness," print, an integrated package of sponsorships, content-driven original programming and online and social media extensions at USAToday.com, Twitter, Facebook and elsewhere. The campaign will build through March Madness to the 2010 NCAA Men's Division I Final Four April 3-5, which will take place in Indianapolis. Lead agency is TBWA/Chiat/Day, Playa del Rey, Calif.

Infiniti will break its first 2011 M luxury sedan TV spot debut during the tip-off of the NCAA championship on CBS. The multi-tier marketing will also support the 2010 Infiniti G as well as Infiniti's "Inspired Performance" brand messages.

Analysts said the alliance with March Madness will put Infiniti in touch with a large, attentive audience that fits well into the automaker's target demographics of 30-45-year-old upscale men. The Infiniti M is scheduled to go on sale at Infiniti dealers nationwide in Spring 2010. Base price was put at $48,000.

"College basketball, and particularly the NCAA championship tournament, is one of those special moments in time that everyone looks forward to every year," Ben Poore, vp-Infiniti Business Unit, said in a statement. "We're creating our own platform with our original themed content and new media applications and extensions to build awareness of Infiniti and our exciting Infiniti luxury performance vehicles."

In addition to TV, marketing elements on ESPN will include the Infiniti College Basketball Tip-Off, to air on ESPN prior to the start of eight top college match-ups; an "Inspiring Coaches" spotlight series on ESPN.com, ESPN mobile and the Infiniti Facebook page, which will look at such head basketball coaches as Mike Krzyzewski (Duke), Bill Self (Kansas), Tom Izzo (Michigan State), Billy Donovan (Florida) and Roy Williams (North Carolina); "What To Watch For" teasers during the week leading up to each Saturday primetime game, along with spots during the ESPNews "Infiniti Saturday Recap"; and "Game of the Night" branding on ESPN Mobile.

Designation as the "official luxury vehicle" of the SEC and Big Ten Conferences will include on-site fan experiences at conference championship tournaments. Infiniti has also formed an alliance with the National Association of Basketball Coaches as part of March Madness marketing.

"With this multi-platform approach and the creation of unique editorial content in conjunction with the National Association of Basketball Coaches, we're creating a great space from which to promote our brand and launch the exciting new Infiniti M sedan," said Poole.

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