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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)

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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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LeBron James Set To Lead L.A. Lakers Vs. Brooklyn Nets In NBA '19 China Games

NYSJ Sports-Entertainment Business News Service

January 7, 2019:
The NBA has named the two teams that will appear in a pair of pre-season NBA China Games 2019 Presented by Vivo, but it will be the presence of one player who will have the biggest impact: LeBron James.

NBA China Games 2019 will feature the Los Angeles Lakers and the Brooklyn Nets. The Games are scheduled for Oct. 10 in Shanghai and Oct. 12 in Shenzhen.
 
This would be the Lakers’ second trip to China following their visit in 2013.

The Nets will be playing in China for the third time (2010, 2014).

James has also made numerous trips to China for Nike Basketball.

China-based telecom company Vivo in December extended its alliance with the NBA, which began in 2016, to remain presenting partner for the China Games thru 2020.

The NBA China Games 2019 will be the NBA’s 27th and 28th games in China, with 17 NBA teams having played games in Beijing, Guangzhou, Macao, Shanghai, Shenzhen and Taipei since 2004.

The NBA said it would play its first games in India, also scheduled for the pre-season in October, a two-game series in NSCI Dome between the Indiana Pacers and the Sacramento Kings,

The NBA’s entity that conducts all of the league’s businesses in China was formed in January 2008.
 
The NBA China Games 2019 are presented by Vivo, promoted and produced by iRENA and co-produced by AEG Presents.

The games will be available in more than 200 countries and territories on television, digital and social media. 

The NBA China Games 2019 will feature a variety of fan activities.

Highlighting the events will be the eighth annual NBA Fan Day Presented by Dongfeng Nissan in Shanghai.

People will have the opportunity to watch a performance by Chinese celebrities and watch the Lakers and the Nets participate in on-court drills and team with celebrities and players from the two teams to compete in shooting contests.

The NBA Fan Day will be broadcast live and streamed through NBA China’s media partner platforms.  In addition to the NBA Fan Day, the league and its partners will conduct a series of NBA Cares community outreach activities in Shanghai and Shenzhen.

According to  Derek Chang, NBA China CEO, “These games are the pillars of our efforts to bring authentic NBA action to our Chinese fans.

“I want to thank the cities of Shanghai and Shenzhen for their support and commitment to help us grow the game and promote an active and healthy lifestyle in China.”

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