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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)

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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Mar032016

MLB Cubbies Swinger Kris Bryant Gets His Smooth On With Express Clothing Deal

By Barry Janoff

March 3, 2016: Kris Bryant, entering his second season as third baseman for the Chicago Cubs, knows how to look good at the plate and on the field.

Now, he seeks to hone his sense of fashion away from  Wrigley Field.

Bryant has signed a deal to become brand ambassador for the Express line of men's clothing, and will appear in multi-media marketing including TV, print, digital, social media, in-store platforms and Internet, with a dedicated destination at Express' Web site that drills down deeper into his life and style.

Financial terms of the alliance were not disclosed.

Bryant follows in the sports footsteps of the NBA's Stephen Curry, who endorsed the brand last year.

"Express' ongoing mission is to engage our customers with exemplary role models," David Kornberg, president and CEO for Express, said in a statement. "Kris is one of the world's most talented athletes and with his confident style, hard work ethic and unrelenting determination, we know he is going to be a game-changer for baseball and Express alike."

Bryant last season was named the NL Rookie of the Year after a campaign that included 26 HRs, 99 RBIs and a trip to the NL championship series, the team's first such in a dozen seasons, where the Cubs lost to the New York Mets.

The 24-year-old Bryant also has deals that include adidas and Red Bull.

"On and off the field, I am always ready for new, exciting opportunities," said Bryant in a statement. "Express has consistently been my go-to brand– whether I'm suiting up for press conferences or relaxing in jeans on my off days. I am honored to join Express as brand ambassador and look forward to being part of a brand that is true to my personal style and inspires fans."

The initial spot, "The Big League," follows Bryant on a photo shoot for Express as he recounts the events of 2015 that led him to this point. "This year has definitely been one of the best years of my life," he says. "Making it to the Big Leagues, winning Rookie of the Year. The team won a lot of games and went pretty far in the playoffs.

"Express is something that I've worn before, my family wears it," he says. "They say if you look good, you play good. So if you look good off the field, that definitely helps you play good on the field. Every play has their own style. I just try to be myself (and) not copy anybody." (See the full spot here.)

According to Express, Bryant's initial campaign would feature him in "apparel for all wearing occasions, from classic cotton sateen Photographer suits and Tech 1MX shirts for dressing up, to casual stretch denim and signature polos for every day."

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