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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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Jun172017

Nike Releasing Retro Jordan Shoes Based On Clause In MJ’s First Pro Contract

Speciall to NYSportsJournalism.com

June 16, 2017: Basketball shoes often pay homage to a player’s home town, family, college, teammates or hopes and aspirations.

Nike is releasing shoes based on a clause in a player’s contract.

Of course, it helps that the player is Michael Jordan, who not only redefined the game of basketball on the court but rewrote the rules of wearing basketball shoes, as well.

Jordan signed with Nike in 1984 as a 21-year-old rookie entering the NBA with the Chicago Bulls. The alliance put more focus on Jordan’s skills and abilities, ultimately giving birth to the $1 billion Jordan Brand.

As part of his first NBA contract with the Bulls, who drafted him No. 3 overall in 1984 out of North Carolina, Jordan had was was called a "Love of the Game" clause. That enabled him to play in "non-sectioned" basketball games not associated with the Bulls or the NBA "regardless of potential liability.”

Among others, it encompassed pick-up games at Jordan’s favorite gyms, parks and playgrounds as well as alumni games at UNC,

Now, Nike is scheduled to release under a multi-media “Love of the Game” campaign a basketball shoe that would recall the original Nikes he wore back in the day during alumni games, the Air Jordan II.

Another par of retro Converse (now a division of Nike) shoes, Fastbreak in Carolina Blue, honors Jordan’s role in helping to guide the USA National Basketball "Dream Team" to an Olympic gold medal in 1984. He also wore the shoes while leading UNC to a national title in 1982.

Nike is packaging the shoes together in a special box that features the "Love of the Gane" contract clause printed on the inside of the box.

The release date for the limited-edition shoes is June 28.

Nike did not disclose a retail price, but a previous limited-edition Air Jordan 9 retro "Love of the Game" shoe sold for $700.

"When you have a love of the game, no one can tell you when to play and when not to play," Jordan says in a Nike video. "It came about when I was cut from my high school basketball team. That disappointment compelled me to say, I have something to prove to the people who didn’t think I could achieve (my goal).

"Whether you’re paid a dime or a dollar, or nothing, you still want to play basketball," said Jordan.

As Nike explains it, "Jordan’s relentless pursuit of off-season competition was solidified before his pro career even began. During high school (in North Carolina), he spent countless summer days at Wilmington’s Empie Park challenging anyone who would accept.

"This embrace of playground hoops also continued during trips home from the University of North Carolina."

According to Nike, during a 1986 UNC alumni game, Jordan debuted his original PE (player edition) shoes, wearing the Bulls home colorway version of the Air Jordan II that featured Carolina Blue on the heel.

"'Love of the Game means whether you’re paid a dime or a dollar, or nothing, you still want to play basketball."

The game, played on Sept. 6, 1986, featured two competing teams of Tar Heel alumni as part of the dedication of the Dean Edward Smith Center.

In a game on June 28, 1987, which featured UNC alumni against alumni stars from a rival university,  he wore a low-cut version of the II in his alma mater’s team colors, according to Nike.

"Never missing an opportunity to compete, MJ shined in both games while wearing his second signature sneaker," said Nike.

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