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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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NBA Got Gaming: League Adds Stars Group To Growing Sports Betting Roster

NYSJ Sports-Entertainment Business News Service

December 11, 2018: The NBA continues to build its roster of legal sports-betting partners, signing a multi-year pact naming The Stars Group, a global leader in the online and mobile gaming and interactive entertainment industries, as an authorized gaming operator of the NBA in the U.S.
 
As part of the deal, The Stars Group, will have rights to use official NBA betting data and league marks across The Stars Group’s digital sports betting offerings.

The Stars Group said this would be its first alliance with a pro sports league in the U.S. 

“The Stars Group is an accomplished global online gaming leader and we are excited to work with them on their first U.S. sports league partnership,” Scott Kaufman-Ross, head of fantasy and gaming for the NBA, said via the league.

“This dynamic partnership will be another way to create authentic fan engagement with league logos and official NBA betting data, while leveraging Stars’ global expertise to further optimize the fan experience.”

The NBA recently signed a deal with MGM Resorts International as its official gaming partner and last month signed Sportradar and Genius Sports as non-exclusive rights partners to distribute official NBA betting data to licensed sports betting operators in the U.S.

The Supreme Court in May overturned the national law preventing legal betting on sports in individual states, with each state now deciding whether or not to allow the platform.

States that currently allow legal sports betting are Delaware, Mississippi, Nevada, New Jersey, West Virginia, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island. Others have bills waiting to be passed or rejected.

According to the American Gaming Assn., annual revenue for the NBA could increase by nearly $600 million due to legal sports betting, including $160 million from spending by betting operators and data providers and $78 million from sponsorship revenue.

The Stars Group said its vision is to “become the world’s favorite iGaming destination and its mission is to provide its customers with winning moments.” It said its brands have millions of registered customers globally.

The Stars Group is currently operating in New Jersey with its BetStars brand, with plans to expand its business nationwide as additional states legalize online sports betting.

The Stars Group also owns or licenses such gaming and related consumer businesses and brands as PokerStars, PokerStars Casino, BetStars, Full Tilt, BetEasy, Sky Bet, Sky Vegas, Sky Casino, Sky Bingo and Sky Poker.

In addition, it has live poker tour and event brands including the PokerStars Players No Limit Hold’em Championship, European Poker Tour, PokerStars Caribbean Adventure, Latin American Poker Tour, Asia Pacific Poker Tour, PokerStars Festival and PokerStars MegaStack.

Over the past year, The Stars Group expanded its global business with the purchase of UK-based Sky Betting & Gaming and Australia-based BetEasy.

“We are excited to partner with the NBA as we continue to execute on our U.S. strategy,” Matt Primeaux, svp-strategy and operations, USA for The Stars Group, said via the company. “This agreement enables us to use official NBA data and league marks, providing a better experience to our customers, while working with the NBA to protect the integrity of games.”

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