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• 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,

• Alex Rodriguez' future is so hot he needs to wear shades. Good thing Jennifer Lopez also needs to wear shades. The celebrity couple stars in a new year-long marketing from Quay Australia, which is being called “their first major fashion campaign together,’ by industry analysts. Media includes print, digital and social media.

• The 2019 Alliance of American Football Championship, originally scheduled for April 27 in Las Vegas, will be played in Ford Center at The Star in Frisco, Texas., which is owned and operated by Jerry Jones and the Dallas Cowboys.

• 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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Mar252015

NCAA, IMG Extend, Expand Marketing, Sales Alliance In $4.6B Playing Field

Special to NYSportsJournalism.com

March 25, 2015: The NCAA and IMG have signed a new ten-year alliance that focuses on marketing rights with the National Association of Basketball Coaches and Women’s Basketball Coaches Assn., includes extended rights for publishing programs, licensing agreements, and assistance with championship ticketing sales; and broadens their relationship in several new key areas.

Financial terms of the new deal with IMG, which as been partnered with the NCAA since 1975, were not disclosed. IMG handles marketing, events, sponsorships and representation in sports, fashion and media worldwide,

As part of the new pact, IMG, through its licensing affiliate, the Collegiate Licensing Company, IMG will continue to manage the NCAA’s trademark licensing program, as well as the equipment supplier program for NCAA championships. This also includes the sale of officially licensed NCAA products, such as NCAA championship basketballs, baseballs, volleyballs, and softballs.

Retails sales of college merchandise tops $4.6 billion annually, according to IMG College.

IMG, the exclusive licensed publisher and vendor for all NCAA championship game programs, including both print and digital formats, will continue to cover all 90 NCAA Division I, II and III championships in 23 sports, held annually at more than 600 sites.

Among the new platforms, IMG will handle sales representation of the NABC and WBCA programs at various club meetings, awards shows, professional development programs, fantasy camps, marketing symposia, and other events throughout the year.

Also new, ticket sales to select NCAA championship events will be run by a new operation in Indianapolis,where the NCAA is headquartered, that will be managed and staffed by IMG Learfield Ticket Solutions.

"We’re honored to extend, expand and strengthen our relationship with an organization that is vital to the continued growth and success of college sports.”

“IMG has tremendous reach in the collegiate market and with many of our NCAA member schools," Mark Lewis, evp-championships and alliances for the NCAA, said in a statement. "We’re excited about the opportunities this expanded relationship will bring to the assets we have to offer in the market place to strengthen our current programs and activations."

According to Ben Sutton Jr., chairman and president for IMG’s College Division, “IMG is proud to have been partnered with the NCAA since 1975. We’re honored to extend, expand and strengthen our relationship with an organization that is absolutely vital to the continued growth and success of college sports.”

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