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• Amazon has launched MLB.TV on Prime Video Channels, allowing Prime members to subscribe to MLB.TV and stream regular season out-of-market baseball games live and on-demand, all from the Prime Video service.

• WWE said it would move its global headquarters to a new office complex in Stamford, Conn, where WWE is now headquartered, to “allow the company to bring together its operations, including its production studios and corporate offices at its new site.” The move is expected to take place in early 2021.

• “Inspired by the intersection of past and future,” Foot Locker is launching the Discover Your Air Network, featuring “cable network-inspired programming for the ultimate sneakerhead” filled with Nike Air Max content, news and product. People will be able to view DYA Network content on Foot Locker's Instagram, Facebook, YouTube and Snapchat channels.

NBA2K League has unveiled the match-ups and tournaments for the second season, with $1.2M prizes Begins 4-2.

• ESPN and UFC have extended their deal, naming ESPN+ as the exclusive distributor of UFC Pay-Per-View events in the U.S. through 2025, beginning with UFC 236: Holloway vs. Poirier 2 on April 13. UFC’s alliance with ESPN, which began in January, also has been extended through 2025

• 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.

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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 15-17
1. Captain Marvel $69.3M
2. Wonder Park $16M
3. Five Feet Apart $13.2M
4. How To Train Your Dragon: Hidden World $9.4M
5. Madea Family Funeral $8M
6. No Manches Frida 2 $3.9M
7. Captive State $3.2M
8. Lego Movie 2 $2.1M
9. Alita: Battle Angel $1.9M
10. Green Book $1.3M
Source: Box Office Mojo

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King James, Greek Freak Lead Initial Fan Voting For 2019 NBA All-Star Game

NYSJ Sports-Entertainment Business News Service

January 3, 2019: In the first tabulations from the NBA on voting for the 2019 All-Star Game, LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers and the Milwaukee Bucks Giannis Antetokounmpo lead their respective conferences with 1,083,363 and 991,561 votes, respectively.

Kyrie Irving of Boston Celtics is the only other player to date with more than 900,00 votes (910,329).

Luka Dončić of the Dallas Mavericks leads all rookies with 679,839 votes and is second overall among front court players in the West in the first fan returns of NBA All-Star Voting 2019 presented by Google.

Fans account for 50% of the vote — which began on Christmas Day — to determine the ten starters for the 68th NBA All-Star Game.

All current NBA players and a media panel each account for 25% of the vote.

The NBA All-Star Game is scheduled for Feb. 17 in Spectrum Center in Charlotte, N.C. (TNT, 8 PM ET).

Behind James and Dončić, the Top Five Western Conference front court vote getters also include Golden State Warriors Kevin Durant (659,968)., Anthony Davis of the New Orleans Pelicans (605,417) and the Oklahoma City Thunder’s Paul George (580,055).

Golden State’s Stephen Curry holds first place among West guards with 793,111 votes.

The Minnesota Timberwolves Derrick Rose, a leading candidate for Comeback Player of the Year, is second with 698,086 votes.

The Top Five West Guard also include the Houston Rockets James Harden (541,606), Oklahoma City Thunder Russell Westbrook (459,792) and golden State’s Klay Thompson (247,618).

Behind Antetokounmpo, the Top Five East front court players include Kawhi Leonard of the Toronto Raptors (774,172), Joel Embiid of the Philadelphia 76ers (648,002), Sixers teammate Jimmy Butler (222,206) and Jayson Tatum of the Celtics (214,622).

Among the Top Five East guards behind Irving are Dwyane Wade of the Miami Heat, now in his final NBA season (409,156), Kemba Walker of the NBA All-Star Game host team Charlotte Hornets (319,519), Ben Simmons of the Sixers (259,993) and Victor Oladipo of the Indiana Pacers (198,009).

NBA All-Star Voting 2019 presented by Google voting for fans, players and media will conclude on Jan. 21 (11:59 PM ET).

Two remaining fan voting updates will be shared on  Jan. 10 and Jan. 17. 

The 2019 NBA All-Star Game will follow last year’s format.

Two team captains — the All-Star starter from each conference who receives the most fan votes — will draft rosters from the pool of players voted as starters and reserves in each conference, making their picks regardless of conference affiliation.

Details about the NBA All-Star Draft regarding TV airing, will be shared at a later date.

TNT will reveal the NBA All-Star Game starters, including the two captains, on  Jan. 24 during TNT NBA Tip-Off presented by Autotrader, featuring Ernie Johnson, Charles Barkley, Shaquille O’Neal and Kenny Smith.

The network will announce the reserves, as selected by NBA head coaches, on Jan. 31 during TNT NBA Tip-Off.

NBA ALL-STAR VOTING 2019 PRESENTED BY GOOGLE

Eastern Conference
Frontcourt

1. Giannis Antetokounmpo (MIL) 991,561 votes
2. Kawhi Leonard (TOR) 774,172 votes
3. Joel Embiid (PHI) 648,002 votes
4. Jimmy Butler (PHI) 222,206 votes
5. Jayson Tatum (BOS) 214,622 votes
6. Blake Griffin (DET) 192,694 votes
7. Vince Carter (ATL) 76,022 votes
8. Andre Drummond (DET) 68,204 votes
9. Gordon Hayward (BOS) 66,492 votes
10. Al Horford (BOS) 62,288 votes

Guards
1. Kyrie Irving (BOS) 910,329 votes
2. Dwyane Wade (MIA) 409,156 votes
3. Kemba Walker (CHA) 319,519 votes
4. Ben Simmons (PHI) 259,993 votes
5. Victor Oladipo (IND) 198,009 votes
6. Kyle Lowry (TOR) 180,571 votes
7. Zach LaVine (CHI) 128,605 votes
8. Jeremy Lin (ATL) 62,573 votes
9. Bradley Beal (WAS) 61,269 votes
10. John Wall (WAS) 54,366 votes

Western Conference
Frontcourt
1. LeBron James (LAL) 1,083,363 votes
2. Luka Dončić (DAL) 679,839 votes
3. Kevin Durant (GSW) 659,968 votes
4. Anthony Davis (NOP) 605,417 votes
5. Paul George (OKC) 580,055 votes
6. Steven Adams (OKC) 261,327 votes
7. Nikola Jokić (DEN) 235,272 votes
8. Kyle Kuzma (LAL) 195,477 votes
9. Draymond Green (GSW),138,017 votes
10. DeMarcus Cousins (GSW) 92,977 votes

Guards
1. Stephen Curry (GSW) 793,111 votes
2. Derrick Rose (MIN) 698,086 votes
3. James Harden (HOU) 541,606 votes
4. Russell Westbrook (OKC) 459,792 votes
5. Klay Thompson (GSW) 247,618 votes
6. Damian Lillard (POR) 200,609 votes
7. DeMar DeRozan (SAS),197,524 votes
8. Lonzo Ball (LAL) 175,040 votes
9. Devin Booker (PHO) 111,897 votes
10. Chris Paul (HOU) 101,104 votes

NBA Signs Google As All-Star Game Voting Presenting Partner

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