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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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Christmas In August: NBA Unveils Opening Week, Xmas, International Schedule

Special to NYSportsJournalism.com

August 10, 2017: For those fans who have been going through NBA withdrawal, the league has a present for you: The opening week and Christmas Day schedule for the 2017-18 season.

With the league looking to reduce the number of back-to-back games and lighten the travel schedule, this year marks the earliest start to an NBA season since the 1980-81 campaign tipped off on Oct. 10, 1980.

The league’s 72nd season will begin on Tuesday, Oct. 17 with a doubleheader on TNT.

The first four days of the season — Oct. 17-20 — will feature 14 different teams playing eight national TV games as part of Kia NBA Tip-Off 2017, with TNT and ESPN airing two doubleheaders each. (See full schedule below.)

On Oct. 17, the Boston Celtics at Cleveland Cavaliers (8 PM ET TNT) will be the first regular season game with the NBA’s new Nike uniforms and jersey ad patches, Boston wearing GE and Cleveland with Goodyear.

The complete 2017-18 regular-season schedule, which is being finalized, will be released next week.

The NBA will feature five games on Christmas Day (Monday, Dec. 25) for the 10th consecutive year. This marks the 16th consecutive season of day-long NBA action on Christmas.

For the first time, ABC will televise three games on the holiday. The two other games will be on ESPN and TNT. (See full schedule below.)

For the first time since 2006, a NBA Christmas game will coincide with ESPN’s Monday Night Football.

The 2017 season finale of Monday Night Football on ESPN is scheduled to see the Philadelphia Eagles host the Oakland Raiders.

Among other noteworthy games, NBA Mexico City Games 2017 will feature the Brooklyn Nets playing regular-season games against the Oklahoma City Thunder on Dec. 7 and the Miami Heat on Dec. 9, both in the Arena Ciudad de Mexico.

NBA Mexico City Games 2017 culminates the 25th anniversary celebration of the first NBA game in Mexico and marks the 25th and 26th games in Mexico since 1992, the most NBA games held in any country outside the U.S. and Canada.

NBA London Game 2018 will see the Philadelphia 76ers and Boston Celtics playing a regular-season game in The O2 on Thursday, Jan. 11.  The game marks the league’s eighth regular season playing in London.

According to London Mayor Sadiq Khan, "I am delighted the NBA continues to bring the world’s best basketball to our great city in what has now become a well-established and eagerly anticipated event on London’s sporting calendar.

"I know Londoners will be thrilled to see the Philadelphia 76ers and Boston Celtics up close at our world-famous O2.  I am determined to make sure London remains the sporting capital of the world, and a key part of that is bringing major sports events here.

"It is also important that those major events provide important community benefits, which the NBA does so well.  I look forward to welcoming visitors from the UK, Europe and across the globe and showing once again that London is open," said Khan.

Kia NBA Tip-Off 2017 Opening Week (all times ET)
Oct. 17 Boston Celtics at Cleveland Cavaliers 8 PM TNT
Oct. 17 Houston Rockets at Golden State Warriors 10:30 PM TNT
Oct. 18 Philadelphia 76ers at Washington Wizards 7 PM ESPN
Oct. 18 Minnesota Timberwolves at San Antonio Spurs 9 :30 PM ESPN
Oct. 19 New York Knicks at Oklahoma City Thunder 8 PM TNT
Oct. 19 Los Angeles Clippers at Los Angeles Lakers 10:30 PM TNT
Oct. 20 Cleveland Cavaliers at Milwaukee Bucks  7 PM ESPN
Oct. 20 Golden State Warriors at New Orleans Pelicans 9:30 PM ESPN

NBA Christmas Dec. 25 (all times ET)
• Philadelphia 76ers at New York Knicks Noon ESPN
• Cleveland Cavaliers at Golden State Warriors 3 PM ABC
• Washington Wizards at Boston Celtics 5:30 PM ABC
• Houston Rockets at Oklahoma City Thunder 8 PM ABC
• Minnesota Timberwolves at Los Angeles Lakers 10:30 PM TNT
SOURCE: NBA

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