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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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May062014

Mudcats, IronPigs, Flying Squirrels: MiLB Teams Top $55M In Merchandise Sales

Special to NYSportsJournalism.com

May 6, 2014: The Albuquerque Isotopes, Carolina Mudcats, Columbus Clippers, Corpus Christi Hooks, Pensacola Blue Wahoos, Sacramento River Cats and Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders may not be top of mind with baseball fans and consumers, but they are among the top 25 Minor League Baseball teams in licensed merchandise sales for 2013.

MiLB unveiled its list of top 25 teams in licensed merchandise sales, which, combined with the other 135 teams under the MiLB auspices, topped $55.4 million in retail sales for 2013. MiLB did not break out slaes figures per team or list them in order by sales.

The total is the second highest sales figure behind 1994 for the licensing program since its inception in 1992 and a 2.6% rise from the previous year, according to MiLB.

The total licensed merchandise sales were calculated for Jan. 1 - Dec. 31, 2013, and are based on the 160 teams in the domestic-based leagues that charge admission to their games.

Online sales increased 27% from the previous year, according to data compiled by Baseball Internet Rights Company. That has continued into 2014, where online sales saw a 28% growth through the end of April vs. the same time period in the previous year.

In 2013, the clubs that charge admission attracted more than 41.2 million fans to their ballparks.

The news comes on the heels of MiLB signing a pact to air 15 Thursday night games nationally this season on the CBS Sports Network.

"The Top 25 list reflects the popularity of Minor League Baseball team names and logos not only among all baseball fans, but with casual observers and celebrities as well," Sandie Hebert, director of licensing for MiLB, said in a statement. "The popularity of our logos is due in part to the fact that our marks are fresh, inventive and most of all, fun. Each team has its own unique identity."

"The Top 25 list reflects the popularity of MiLB team names and logos not only among all baseball fans, but also with casual observers and celebrities."

The MiLB online store platform currently hosts 143 live sites which includes both team and league sites. Of the top 25 teams, 24 have online stores using the MiLB platform.

According to Herbert, "With fans now having the ability to shop for merchandise in both team stores and online, we continue to expand Minor League Baseball's reach through branding efforts. Minor League Baseball merchandise bridges the gap between on-field authenticity and fashion."

MiLB Top 25 Teams In Licensed Merchandise Sales 2013  (listed alphabetically):
Albuquerque Isotopes, Carolina Mudcats, Columbus Clippers, Corpus Christi Hooks, Durham Bulls, Fort Wayne TinCaps, Hillsboro Hops, Indianapolis Indians, Lake Elsinore Storm, Lakewood BlueClaws, Lansing Lugnuts, Lehigh Valley IronPigs, Midland RockHounds, Myrtle Beach Pelicans, Pensacola Blue Wahoos, Portland Sea Dogs, Reading Fightin Phils, Reno Aces, Richmond Flying Squirrels, Round Rock Express, Sacramento River Cats, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders, Toledo Mud Hens, Trenton Thunder and Wisconsin Timber Rattlers.

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