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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, Verizon Expand Alliance With Exclusive Content, Live-Stream Offerings

Special to NYSJ Sports-Entertainment Business News Service

Janaury 17, 2018:
The NBA has unveiled what it called an innovative, multi-year partnership with Verizon intended to deliver “one of the most comprehensive video streaming offerings of NBA content — including live out-of-market games via NBA League Pass to highlights, fantasy basketball and original programming — on Yahoo Sports, Yahoo Fantasy and across Verizon’s family of media brands.”

Verizon acquired Yahoo last year for $4.5 billion.
 
Beginning with NBA All-Star 2018 in Los Angeles this February, the NBA and Verizon said they would unveil a series of “innovative collaborations leveraging Verizon’s leading 5G network and technology designed to deliver premium NBA content and unique fan experiences.”  

Under the new deal, Verizon would have mobile-carrier exclusivity for NBA League Pass, which it currently distributes only on its go90 platform.

Non-Verizon users who have NBA League Pass subscriptions would be able to access it through Yahoo Sports.

This deal expands upon a content-marketing alliance that the NBA and Verizon signed in 2015, valued at $400 million by industry analysts .
 
In addition, the NBA and Verizon said they would work together on enhanced global Yahoo Fantasy experiences, including a “new, simplified official NBA Fantasy format, flexible entry for fans to start their fantasy season at any time and customized fantasy highlight packages.”

NBA content will be available to people on any wireless carrier later this season via Oath’s Yahoo Sports.

Verizon said it would offer eight free OOM NBA games on mobile devices through Yahoo Sports and would also offer its League Pass subscription (at a discounted $99 per season) on all its platforms.

The NBA deal follows a recent enhancement of the alliance between Verizon and the NFL that expanded Verizon’s availability of live games, highlights and original content to Yahoo, Yahoo Sports, go90 and other Verizon digital and mobile media platforms, with Verizon relinquishing exclusivity to live-stream NFL games via mobile devices.

“We are absolutely thrilled to extend and grow our unique relationship with Verizon and its various media platforms,” Bill Koenig, NBA president, global content and media distribution, said in a statement. “This expanded partnership allows us to tap into Verizon’s expansive reach and new technologies to engage our fans through a variety of innovative experiences.”
 
According to Brian Angiolet, svp-gobal chief media and content officer for Verizon, “Verizon is uniquely positioned to partner with the NBA in a first of-its-kind technology and content partnership that will serve the NBA’s dynamic fan base with more live action, fantasy and lifestyle content in addition to experiential opportunities in the U.S. and globally through Yahoo Fantasy.

“With the addition of live NBA games, highlights, classic footage, originals and more to our mobile sports offering, Yahoo Sports and Verizon’s family of media brands are becoming the first-screen for fans of live sports, and a superior alternative for partners and advertisers,” said Angiolet.

“This expanded partnership allows us to tap into Verizon’s expansive reach and new technologies to engage our fans through a variety of innovative experiences.”

According to the NBA and Verizon, highlights of the new deal include:

• Access to purchase NBA League Pass in the U.S. —  the league’s out-of-market live game service co-managed by the NBA and Turner Sports  — on Yahoo Sports and other Verizon media platforms.

• New daily show highlighting NBA action, storylines and commentary available exclusively on Yahoo Sports and across Verizon’s media platforms.

• Development of augmented reality and other new forms of content leveraging Verizon’s leading network technology in partnership with the NBA .

• Original sports and lifestyle programming utilizing the league’s vast archive of NBA footage across Yahoo Sports and Verizon’s media platforms.

• Verizon’s “It’s on Us” program, which now makes up to eight NBA League Pass games available to registered users, at no cost to the consumer, to preview the League Pass subscription offering.
 
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