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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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Jul122018

MLB Makes It Clear: Biometric Ticketing Technology Is Here, Beginning At ASG

By Barry Janoff

July 12, 2018: Clear, a New York-based firm that has developed a biometric identity technology for security, ticketing and other consumer platforms, has signed a deal to become the official biometric identity and ticketing partner with MLB.

The ticketing technology, created in conjunction with Tickets.com, a MLB wholly owned ticketing technology company, offers people a “faster, more secure entry experience” by using “biometrics to enter ballparks, eliminating the need to present a paper or mobile ticket,” as well as at concession stands and other consumer touch-points.

Financial terms of the pact were not releases.
 
According to Clear, “Enter the game like a V.I.P. Say goodbye to waiting in security lines. With Clear, you are your ticket.”

The technology will be used during MLB All-Star Week for events in Nationals Park in Washington DC, where a dedicated entrance near the third base side of the stadium will allow Clear members to enter.

Clear will also have two enrollment stations outside the stadium.

MLB and Clear said the biometric ticketing technology would be tested at select MLB ballparks later this season, with broader roll-out to Clear and Tickets.com-enabled ballparks beginning in 2019.

Tickets.com is the primary ticketing partner for 23 MLB clubs.

The technology allows Clear members who link their Clear profile with their MLB.com account to gain entry “with just the tap of a finger or, in the near future, facial recognition technology . . . enabling fans to pay for food, beer and validate legal age.”

Clear said its ongoing expansion in sports builds on the company’s success in “delivering secure, frictionless customer experiences in major airports around the country.”

Clear said it is certified as a Qualified Anti-Terrorism Technology by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

“Our collaboration with Clear is an important new technology initiative, delivering safe, simple and seamless experiences for fans,” Noah Garden, evp-business for MLB, said in a statement.

“Developing a partnership that will unify emerging identity technology and ticketing is reflective of our commitments to always improving ballpark accessibility and maintaining critical security standards.”

Clear said it is also working with MLB to roll out Clear Lanes at ballparks hosting MLB Jewel Events after All-Star Week, including post-season games at participating ballparks.

Participating Clear MLB  teams and their home venues currently include the Atlanta Braves, Colorado Rockies, Detroit Tigers, Miami Marlins, New York Mets, New York Yankees, Oakland A’s, San Francisco Giants and Seattle Mariners.

Among its 13 professional sports partnerships are MLS’ NYCFC (which plays in Yankee Stadium), LAFC and the San Jose Earthquakes, according to Clear.

Enrollment for Clear Sports is free at any participating venue, takes less than five minutes and can be used at the game immediately. (Details here.)

"We are thrilled to partner with MLB to make game days more enjoyable and secure for fans with biometric ticketing,” Caryn Seidman-Becker, CEO & co-founder for Clear.

“We look forward to continuing to innovate alongside the League and the sports community to transform the fan experience from ticketing to concessions and more.”

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