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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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Feb282013

MLB Fan Cave Up To The International Challenge For World Baseball Classic

By Barry Janoff

February 27, 2013: Major League Baseball officially unveiled the third generation of its New York-based Fan Cave on Wednesday (Feb. 27), making it an international affair as a tie-in to the World Baseball Classic, which begins on March 2.

The quest of the Fan Cave's creators has been to house baseball fanatics who are willing to spend the entire season in the high-tech decked-out digs to watch every single game during the regular and post-season, including the All-Star Game and the World Series.

The World Baseball Classic version of the Fan Cave will see 16 fans — one representing each of the 16 national teams playing in the tournament — watch every game. The twist is that when a team is eliminated, so too is the fan representing that club.

The knockout round will whittle 16 fans down to a final four, mirroring the final four teams that will play at San Francisco's AT&T Park on March 17-18-19 to determine the ultimate champion via single-elimination games.

All games will be aired on MLB Network and ESPN Desportes and ESPN Radio in the U.S.

Global sponsors are Delta, Konami, MetLife and DiscoverAmerica.com.

Marketing support includes TV, radio, print, Internet and such social media destinations as Twitter and Facebook.

As with the previous two Fan Cave experiences, the location in lower Manhattan will host athletes, celebrities and concerts, and participants will chronicle their experiences online through videos, blogs and social media. The location is outfitted with accouterments supplied by Fan Cave marketing partners, including Sony, Pepsi, Anheuser-Busch (Budweiser) New Era, Scotts and Majestic.

Companies that have also contributed to the Fan Cave's booty include Samsung, Firestone, Fender, Rawlings and Louisville Slugger.

"The World Baseball Classic is a logical extension of the Fan Cave, which has been enormously successful in generating entertaining baseball content for social media," Tim Brosnan, evp-business for MLB, said during a media event to launch the World Baseball Classic Fan Cave competition. "So much has changed in the media landscape since 2009, the last time we held a World Baseball Classic. The Fan Cave's ability to show a different side of baseball and the players to fans around the world instantaneously is perfectly suited for the World Baseball Classic in a rapidly changing media environment."

The fans are representing the sixteen countries/territories participating in the World Baseball Classic: Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Chinese Taipei, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Italy, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Kingdom of the Netherlands, Puerto Rico, Spain, United States and Venezuela.

Japan is the two-time defending World Baseball Classic champ, having won the tournament in 2006 and 2009.

Joe Torre is managing the USA Team, which includes Joe Mauer, R.A. Dickey, Adam Jones, Mark Teixeria, Brandon Phillips, Jimmy Rollins, David Wright, Giancarlo Stanton, Derek Holland and Ryan Vogelsong.

 "The Fan Cave's ability to show a different side of baseball and the players to fans around the world instantaneously is perfectly suited for the WBC."

Beginning with this World Baseball Classic, the event will be held every four years. Baseball is no longer an Olympic sport, having been voted out by the International Olympic Committee in 2005 and were not part of the 2008 (Beijing) or 2012 (London) Summer Games,

After the World Baseball Classic, the Fan Cave will be home to a new round of fans who will attempt to watch every game from 2013 Opening Day until the end of the World Series. The All-Star Game this July will be seen in person as it is just across the East River at Citi Field in Queens.

MetLife Joins Marketing Rosters For 2013 World Baseball Classic

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