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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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Dec072018

Like Déjà Vu, 'Money' Mayweather Jr. Is Back In The Ring With Nasukawa in Japan

By Barry Janoff

December 7, 2018: As Yogi Berra once said, “It’s like déjà vu all over again.”

Floyd Mayweather Jr. versus undefeated kickboxing champion Tenshin Nasukawa in Japan, which was on then off when “Money” said he was blindsided about the match, is back on.

But . . .

“This is not a fight to me,” Mayweather Jr. said during a press conference in Las Vegas on Thursday (Dec. 6) in his Mayweather Boxing Club. “A fight to me is 12 rounds. This is a chance for me go out an entertain, an exhibition bout.”

Last month, Mayweather Jr. was part of a press conference in Japan to unveil plans to fight Nasukawa in cooperation with Rizin Fighting Federation, scheduled for New Year’s Eve in Tokyo’s Saitama Super Arena. Other fights were to follow.

Days later, that changed.

“Now that I am back on U.S. soil after a long and disappointing trip to Tokyo, I now have the time to address you, my fans and the media in regard to the upcoming event on December 31st that was recently announced,” Mayweather Jr. posted to his official Instagram account.

“First and foremost, I want it to be clear that I, Floyd Mayweather, never agreed to an official bout with Tenshin Nasukawa. In fact (with all due respect) I have never heard of him until this recent trip to Japan."

Now, that has changed again, back to square one.

“It’s not going on our records. It’s a chance for me to go out and try something different.,” Mayweather said during his media conference on Thursday.

“To compete against fighters from all walks life from all around the world. This will be nine minutes of entertainment.”

Mayweather Jr. again stated that he would make seven-figures for this appearance.

Rules for the exhibition include three three-minute rounds, boxing rules, no ringside judges, RIZIN eight-ounce gloves.

"Everything is always on my terms because I am the 'A' side," said Mayweather Jr. ”I’m not going to fight in an MMA ring . . . Everything is my rules, my way.  . . . I call all of the shots. He may be a kickboxer, but he has to abide by my rules, simple and plain."

Mayweather Jr. may be 50-0 in the ring, but he is 0-1 in dealing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, which this month busted him and musician/producer DJ Khaled for "failing to disclose payments they received for promoting investments in Initial Coin Offerings," an SEC violation.

Both men did that via their social media accounts, but both also settled with the government agency via disgorgement, penalties and interest — Mayweather Jr. more than $600K and Khaled more than $150K.

Neither had to officially admit or deny the charges.

The SEC said it has on-going investigations into other celebrities who may also have done the same.

Mayweather Jr.: 'I Was Blindsided By MMA Fight Deal'

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