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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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May102016

NBA Goes 3x3 With Mountain Dew For National Hoops Tournament, Marketing

By Barry Janoff

May 9, 2016: The NBA said it is planning multi-media coverage to support the launch of its initial Dew NBA 3X, a national three-on-three hoops competition with title sponsor Mountain Dew.

The invite-only competition begins later this month in Atlanta and culminates on Oct. 23 in Los Angeles with the Dew NBA 3X National Finals. (Full schedule below)

Mountain Dew, a division of NBA marketing partner PepsiCo, earlier this year unveiled a TV spot with lead brand ambassador Russell Westbrook and NBA players Jimmy Butler and Julius Randle.

An updated spot will tout the Tour, and will be supported by print, Internet and social media.

A dedicated Web site will enable people to get updated results and information about the teams and events.

NBA Hall of Famer Gary Payton, has been named Dew NBA 3X ambassador. Payton, along with local NBA players and legends, are scheduled to make appearances during the six-city tour.

In addition to skills contests, celebrity DJs, food trucks and other on-site activations at each Dew NBA 3X tour stop, Mountain Dew said it would create a pop-up gallery showcasing basketball and youth culture-themed artwork submitted by local artists and fans. Mountain Dew said it would select "relevant artists in each city to curate the gallery and also contribute their own live art."

“Through our multi-year partnership with the NBA, we continue to bring one-of-a-kind experiences to Dew Nation that celebrate the game and lifestyle of basketball,” said Greg Lyons, Mountain Dew svp-marketing, said in a statement.

“At Dew NBA 3X, we are hosting talented players on the court and bringing the game off the court through onsite activities that combine the love of basketball, art and music, including an art gallery series designed and curated by local artists," said Lyons.

According to the NBA and Mountain Dew, at each Dew NBA 3X stop, more than 30 pre-selected men’s and women’s teams would participate in the 3x3 competition. Each two-day event will begin with pool play, followed by a single-elimination playoff bracket, resulting in city champions. (Details here.)

The winning teams in each city would qualify for the championship event of the tour in Los Angeles.

The championship men’s and women’s teams from the Dew NBA 3X Finals would then qualify for the 2017 USA Basketball 3x3 National Tournament.

The winning Dew NBA 3X men’s team would also qualify for the 2016 FIBA 3x3 All Stars, scheduled for November in Qatar, as well as a 2017 FIBA World Tour event.

The winning teams from the tip-off event in Atlanta also qualify for the 2016 USA Basketball 3x3 National Tournament, scheduled for this August in Colorado. 
 
According to Kiki VanDeweghe, NBA evp-basketball operations, “The upcoming tour is sure to attract impressive talent from across the country. “The 3X program allows us to continue growing the game of basketball by introducing fans to quality amateur play that will set the new standard for 3x3 competition.”

Dew NBA 3X Tour Scheduled Dates

• May 21-22, Atlanta (The Gulch)
• June 25-26, Miami (National YoungArts Foundation)
• July 30-31, Dallas (The Bomb Factory)
• Aug.13-14, Chicago (Aragon Ballroom)
• Sept. 17-18, Houston (TBC)
• Oct. 22-23, Los Angeles (The Barker Hanger)

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