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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.

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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 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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Aug012017

Western Union Now Sending Messages With NBA Denver Nuggets Jersey Deal

By Barry Janoff

August 1, 2017: The Western Union Co., founded in 1851 and based in Denver, plans to get its message out in a new way — via the jerseys of the hometown NBA’s Nuggets.

Western Union has signed a three-year sponsorship to become the team’s first jersey logo-patch sponsor, under a three-year plan the NBA is launching this coming season.

Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

The wide-ranging strategy between Kroenke Sports & Entertainment, which owns the Nuggets, and Western Union could have an impact across several leagues and two cities.

Among other holdings, Kroenke Sports & Entertainment owns the NFL’s Los Angeles Rams and the new billion-dollar stadium being built for the team in Inglewood; in addition to the Nuggets, MLS Colorado Rapids, the Nuggets’ home arena Pepsi Center and the Rapids’ home venue, Dick’s Sporting Goods Park.

Beyond the logo patch, Western Union branding will appear in Pepsi Center, including digital in-game signage and features during Altitude Sports television and radio broadcasts.

The Nuggets and Western Union launched the deal with marketing support under the umbrella theme, "United in hometown pride. Courtside and worldwide."

The company will also be featured in digital and social media platforms and print advertising, and will be an official sponsor of the Rapids beginning in 2018.

Western Union said it would help "develop bilingual resources to better serve the Hispanic Community for both the Pepsi Center and Dick’s Sporting Goods Park (hoe for the Rapids)."

In addition, the Nuggets have agreed to make annual donations to The Western Union Foundation to support the Foundation’s philanthropic activities.

The Nuggets are the 11th NBA team with a jersey-patch deal, joining the Boston Celtics (GE), Brooklyn Nets (Infor), Cleveland Cavaliers (Goodyear), Detroit Pistons (Flagstaff Bank), Minnesota Timberwolves (Fitbit), Orlando Magic (Disney World), Philadelphia 76ers (StubHub), Sacramento Kings (Blue Diamond), Toronto Raptors (Sun Life) and the Utah Jazz (Qualtrics).

"We are proud to have this new partnership with Western Union who, like the Nuggets, are Colorado-based but with an incredible international presence," Jim Martin, CEO and president for Kroenke Sports & Entertainment, said in a statement.

"Being able to better connect with our fans both locally and worldwide is crucial, and combining forces with such a highly regarded global company as Western Union, with its powerful presence and brand, is an affirmation of the significance the NBA and Nuggets have in Colorado, the U.S. and throughout the world," said Martin.

Most of the logo patch deals unveiled to date have been in the $5-$8 million range annually.

However, a recent deal signed between the Cavaliers and Goodyear could top $10 million, according to industry analysts.

"We are proud to have this new partnership with Western Union who, like the Nuggets, are Colorado-based but with an incredible international presence."

The NBA champion Golden State Warriors, which have not yet signed a jersey patch deal, were said to be asking $15-$20 million.

All patches will be 2.5 x 2.5 on the left side, with a Nike Swoosh logo on the right side, with Nike taking over as the league's official on-court uniform provider.

The Charlotte Hornets will wear a Nike division Jordan Brand as the team is majority owned by Michael Jordan.

According to Western Union CEO Hikmet Ersek, "Western Union is proud to call Denver home, and, just like the Nuggets, we are a global team who brings out the best in one another.

"Basketball is a tremendous global sport with a very loyal following — unifying communities and erasing borders. It’s exciting to share our support and pride with our community, our customers in Denver, and those around the world who are passionate fans of the game," said Ersek.

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