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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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Sep192014

Johnnie Walker Drives 'Drink Responsible' Message As New Formula 1 Partner

Special to NYSportsJournalism.com

September 18, 2014: Calling it "a great example of how an alcohol brand can dedicate time and money to be a force for good," Johnnie Walker has signed a deal to become the official whisky of Formula 1.

Executives from both sides stressed that the partnership would be endowed with significant responsible drinking programs around the world as part of the Diageo brand's "Join the Pact" initiative, in addition to being supported by a multi-platform marketing effort. Diageo has set a target of adding five million people to the more than one million who have signed a pledge to "Never Drink and Drive’."

Financial terms of the multi-year deal, unveiled during at an event today (Sept. 18) in the Conrad Centennial Hotel in Singapore, were not released.

According to Nick Blazquez, president for Diageo in Africa and Asia, Johnnie Walker, "as a pioneering whisky brand with a progressive spirit, was the perfect whisky to partner with the world’s most progressive and technologically-advanced sport."

"Becoming the official whisky of Formula 1 will enable Johnnie Walker to greatly extend its reach to race fans," said Blazquez. "As a result of our new arrangement, we will have access to a global television audience of more than 450 million people and a track attendance audience of around 1.5 million every year.

“Equally important, and a key reason for Johnnie Walker to become the official whisky of Formula 1, is the huge opportunity we have through this expanded global platform to reach even more F1 fans around the world with responsible drinking messages," said Blazquez.

The alliance official begins this weekend at the Formula 1 Singapore Airlines Singapore Grand Prix on the Marina Bay street circuit. The 2014 season began in March and runs through late November.

Johnnie Walker joins a roster of F1 marketing partners that include Rolex, DHL, UBS and Tata.

"We have a huge opportunity through this expanded global platform to reach even more F1 fans around the world with responsible drinking messages."

According to Bernie Ecclestone, CEO for the Formula One Group,  "I have admired the way that Johnnie Walker has entered into their sponsorship of Formula 1 to not only achieve commercial benefits but to also highlight the importance of responsible drinking. It is a great example of how an alcohol brand can dedicate time and money to be a force for good.”

“We believe there is great potential in what we can achieve together," said Blazquez. "The Johnnie Walker 'Join the Pact' campaign is a proven, powerful program that is already driving positive change. More than one million people around the world have signed the 'Join the Pact' pledge to ‘Never Drink and Drive’.

"We are therefore announcing today our intention to increase our investment behind this program,activating it in new territories with an ambition of gaining a further five million personal commitments over the next four years.”

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