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• Amazon has launched MLB.TV on Prime Video Channels, allowing Prime members to subscribe to MLB.TV and stream regular season out-of-market baseball games live and on-demand, all from the Prime Video service.

• WWE said it would move its global headquarters to a new office complex in Stamford, Conn, where WWE is now headquartered, to “allow the company to bring together its operations, including its production studios and corporate offices at its new site.” The move is expected to take place in early 2021.

• “Inspired by the intersection of past and future,” Foot Locker is launching the Discover Your Air Network, featuring “cable network-inspired programming for the ultimate sneakerhead” filled with Nike Air Max content, news and product. People will be able to view DYA Network content on Foot Locker's Instagram, Facebook, YouTube and Snapchat channels.

NBA2K League has unveiled the match-ups and tournaments for the second season, with $1.2M prizes Begins 4-2.

• ESPN and UFC have extended their deal, naming ESPN+ as the exclusive distributor of UFC Pay-Per-View events in the U.S. through 2025, beginning with UFC 236: Holloway vs. Poirier 2 on April 13. UFC’s alliance with ESPN, which began in January, also has been extended through 2025

• 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 15-17
1. Captain Marvel $69.3M
2. Wonder Park $16M
3. Five Feet Apart $13.2M
4. How To Train Your Dragon: Hidden World $9.4M
5. Madea Family Funeral $8M
6. No Manches Frida 2 $3.9M
7. Captive State $3.2M
8. Lego Movie 2 $2.1M
9. Alita: Battle Angel $1.9M
10. Green Book $1.3M
Source: Box Office Mojo

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New NBA G League President Abdur-Rahim NBA All-Star, Olympic God Medalist

NYSJ Sports-Entertainment Business News Service

December 11, 2018:
Vanderbilt University has a new athletic director and the NBA G League has a new president.

Shareef Abdur-Rahim, NBA vp-basketball operations and an NBA All-Star during his pro career, has been named president of the NBA G League

He will replace Malcolm Turner, who steps down from the position on Jan. 11, 2019, to become the AD for Vanderbilt University.

Turner has been with the NBA G League since the 2014-15 season.

Abdur-Rahim, the No. 3 overall pick in the 1996 NBA Draft, averaged 18.1 ppg in 12 NBA seasons and was named an NBA All-Star with the Atlanta Hawks in the 2001-02 season.

He also earned a gold medal with USA Basketball at the 2000 Sydney Olympics.

“Shareef’s unique experiences as a player, team executive and member of the NBA’s Basketball Operations department make him a fantastic fit to be the next president of the NBA G League,” Mark Tatum, NBA deputy commissioner and COO, said via the league.

“He is well-prepared to build on the tremendous progress that the NBA G League has made under Malcolm, who deftly oversaw a pivotal period of expansion and transition.”

During Turner’s four-year tenure, the NBA G League expanded from 18 during the 2014-15 season to 28 for the 2019-20 season and transitioned from the NBA Development League to the NBA G League as part of an entitlement partnership with Gatorade.

Also during Turner’s watch was the implementation of both NBA Two-Way and Select Contracts and an enhanced partnership with USA Basketball to field teams comprised of NBA G League players during the qualifying rounds of the 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup.  

According to the NBA, when Turner joined the NBA D (now G) League, 33% of players on 2013-14 NBA end-of-season rosters had NBA G League experience. That number grew to 53% to close the 2017-18 season.

The NBA G League set records for attendance and visibility last season when more than 1.6 million people attended games (+11% over the previous season) and combined viewership across ESPNU and NBA TV grew 5% from 2016-17 to 2017-18.

The league also set records for social media metrics last season, with more than 150 million video views (up 47%) and four million actions  (up 25%).

According to Abdur-Rahim. “I’ve seen firsthand the NBA G League’s remarkable growth under Malcolm’s leadership, and I look forward to working with the players, teams and my colleagues to take the league to even greater heights.”  

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