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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.

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 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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Feb142018

NBA Players-Refs Detail ‘Unprecedented’ All-Star Summit To Improve Relationship

By Barry Janoff

February 13, 2018: Tension between NBA players and NBA referees is not new.

What has happened this season, however, is that NBA players’ respect for NBA referees arguably seems to be at an all-time low.

At one point, Golden State Warriors All-Star forward Draymond Green suggested that the NBA should get “a new crop of referees.”

He was fined for his words by the NBA, and managed to keep the green in his wallet after another game when, asked about the referees, declined to offer negative comments. “I’m going to save my money,” he told reporters.

At another point this season, Carmelo Anthony of the Oklahoma City Thunder said, “I’m done with the refs. No disrespect, but I’m done with these guys.”

They were far from alone.

In what was called “an unprecedented meeting” that will seek to ease tensions and create a clearer vision moving forward, representatives from the National Basketball Players Assn. and the National Basketball Referees Assn. will gather in private to discuss player-referee relations.

The meeting is scheduled for Feb. 17 in Los Angeles during All-Star Game break.

Although attendees were not shared, the NBPA executive committee includes Chris Paul (president), LeBron James (first vp), and vps Carmelo Anthony, Stephen Curry, Pau Gasol, Andre Iguodala and Garrett Temple.

According to the NBPA and the NBRA, “The two overriding objectives of the meeting will be furthering communication and transparency  —  two tenets of growing importance in a league with more exposure and attention than perhaps any other in the world.

“It is our shared belief that improvement in these areas will lead to enhanced on-court dynamics and will serve to create an environment characterized by utmost fairness and respect.”

“This meeting provides a rare opportunity for our players to talk directly with the referees off the court, away from the immediate pressures and emotions of the game,” Michele Roberts, NBPA executive director, said in a statement.

“We feel confident that this format will allow for a candid discussion of the issues and that each side will come away with a better understanding of the other’s perspective. It is our hope that this meeting will mark the beginning of an open dialogue that will ultimately lead to progress and improved conditions for all,” said Roberts.

According to NBRA spokesperson Mark Denesuk, “Everything we are focusing on in the meeting with the players is about creating a better experience for the fan. This initiative taken on by the players and referees demonstrates just how seriously we take this responsibility.”

Both sides said that, based on input from their respective members, they wouldl be prepared to “productively discuss strengths and frustrations, as well as ideas and solutions.”

"It is our hope that this meeting will mark the beginning of an open dialogue that will ultimately lead to progress and improved conditions for all."

Among the topics that are on the table for discussion:

• On-court communication and demeanor
• Perception in media, optics, and reality of issues between players and officials
• Respect For The Game rules, and their consistent enforcement
• Tactics for de-escalation of tension from each side
• Equality of treatment for all players and officials

“Night in and night out, the NBA is a showcase for the most competitive professionals in the world,” the NBPA and NBRA said in a  joint statement. “Our community of players, coaches and referees pursue excellence and the continuous improvement of our craft, always working toward the advancement of the game.

“Finding opportunities to work together, like this summit, is the beginning of a process — one that we hope and believe will yield positive results in the long run.”

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