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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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Jul252018

MLB All-Star Game Low Ratings Didn’t Hinder Nearly $45M in Ad Revenue

By Barry Janoff

July 24, 2018: Even with what was called historically low ratings, the 2018 MLB All-Star Game generated the highest ad revenue of any of the major league All-Star games in the past year, according to an analysis by media intelligence firm Kantar Media, NY.

The MLB All-Star game produced $44.8 million in ad revenue, which was played in Nationals Park, Washington DC, and aired on Fox on July 17.

Ratings were not as green: An average of 8.69 million viewers and a 5.2 household rating, the lowest such numbers over the past half century of MLB All-Star Game broadcasts, according to TV and industry analysts.

The MLB All-Star Game figure outpaced its counterparts in ad revenue.

Behind MLB in ad revenue was the 2018 NBA All-Star Game ($43.9 million, Feb. 18, TNT), the NFL Pro Bowl ($3.9 million, Jan. 28, ESPN/ABC), NHL All-Star Game ($3 million, Jan. 28, NBCSN) and the 2017 MLS All-Star Game ($1.6 million, Aug. 2 FS1), according to Kantar Media.

The most active sponsors based on spend for MLB’s All-Star Game were SoftBank Corp., MasterCard, Berkshire Hathaway, Ford, ExxonMobil, Merek, Anheuser-Busch, Dell, Verizon and AT&T, per Kantar Media.

According to research and metrics firm iSpot.TV, among leading brands with on-air time were official MLB official partners Anhsueser-Busch (Budweiser), Chevrolet, Geico and MasterCard; as well as Boost Mobile, ExxonMobil, Ford and Verizon.

AT&T was also the most active brand based on spend during the 2018 NFL Pro Bowl and 2017 MLS All-Star Game (the 2018 MLS All-Star Game presented by Target is scheduled for Aug. 1 in Atlanta), and was among the Top Ten during the NBA All-Star Game this year in Los Angeles.

Berkshire Hathaway was also among the Top Ten during the NFL Pro Bowl and NHL All-Star Game.

Automotive is among the most active categories, with General Motors, Toyota and Nissan in the Top Ten spenders during the NFL Pro Bowl; and Toyota, Volkswagen and Honda among the leaders during the NHL All-Star Game.

According to Kantar Media, beyond audience ratings, key factors that influence advertiser interest in these events include:

• The NBA and MLB All-Star Games occur mid-season when fan interest is building and the young all-star talent is beginning to emerge and attract attention.

• The NFL Pro Bowl is eclipsed by the Super Bowl the following week in both ratings and ad expenditure.

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