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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.

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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)

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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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Apr272018

Nascar Acquires ARCA To Develop Sport, Support Next Generation Of Drivers

NYSJ Sports-Entertainment Business News Service

April 27, 2018:
Nascar and the Automobile Racing Club of America have a multi-level relationship that dates back more than 60 years.

Now, ARCA is officially part of the Nascar universe with Nascar’s acquisition of the Toledo, Ohio-based racing circuit.

Financial terms were not released.

ARCA was founded in 1953 and began racing at Daytona International Speedway in 1964

Among other assets, ARCA “has provided a valuable platform for talented drivers looking to make it to Nascar’s national series,” according to Nascar.

“Our Nascar family has long had a special connection with our friends at ARCA, and this is a logical step in demonstrating our commitment to the next generation of racers,” Jim France, chairman and evp for Nascar, said during a media conference today in Talladega (Ala.) SuperSpeedway, site of this weekend’s Nascar and ARCA events. “Our business is racing and that’s what we’ve invested in.

“This continues the legacy our sport was built upon and will deliver the great racing our fans expect.”

Nascar and ARCA have shared teams and drivers “and that will continue in a major way,” said France.

The ARCA Racing Series will continue to operate under its current structure through the 2019 season and remain “as a free-standing organization,” according to France.

According to Ron Drager, ARCA president (and grandson of circuit founder John Marcum), “2020 and beyond is still a work in progress. For ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards, we are always working on it, polishing it, trying to make it better, stronger. And that’s a big part of us joining Nascar.”

“The industry is stronger together than as individuals,” Drager said during the media conference.

Addressing the changing finances, challenges and logistics in the world of auto racing, Drager said that sometimes he and ARCA “feel like a little rowboat in the middle of an ocean and an ocean liner goes by and they rock the boat. And a big storm comes along and rocks the boat. So far we haven’t turned over.

“I want to be on a bigger boat,” he said, which drew laugher and applause from those at the media event.

This year’s schedule of 20 ARCA races includes nine events at Nascar national series venues, and three others at Nascar Whelen All-American Series tracks.

ARCA owns both the Toledo Speedway and Flat Rock Speedway.

“Taking the two leading groups in this area of motorsports and combining them, you will see a big boost in a lot of areas,” said France.

“We are proud of the history and tradition of the ARCA Racing Series and the relationship we’ve built over six decades with Nascar,” said Drager. “We look forward to the opportunity to be more fully integrated with Nascar and help shape the future of our sport.”

PHOTOS COURTESY ARCA

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