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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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May312018

Penn Mutual College Rugby Championship In Growth Mode With ESPN, Olympics

NYSJ Sports-Entertainment Business News Service

May 31, 2018: Many sports fans may be focused on the Vegas Golden Knights and the Washington Capitals in the NHL Stanley Cup Finals and the Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors meeting for the fourth consecutive time in the NBA Finals, but fans of rugby, considered one of the fastest-growing sports in the U.S., also have a lot to get excited about.

The 2018 Penn Mutual Collegiate Rugby Championship in Talen Energy Stadium, Philadelphia (June 1-2-3), will feature the nation’s top 24 men’s collegiate rugby 7s teams and the top 16 women’s college teams.

More than 30,000 people are expected to attend. For the first time the event will air live on ESPN2, ESPNews and ESPN+ app.

Event organizers said the interest in Rugby Sevens (also known as Sevens Rugby) continues to grow after the return to the Olympic Games in 2016, following a 92-year hiatus. National teams are now vying for a spot in the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics.

Penn Mutual is in the fourth year of title sponsorship for the event.

Sponsors also include Dunkin’ Donuts, Magners Irish Cider, 5-Hour Energy, the United States Marines, Sheraton, BrandyWine Valley, 1847 Financial, Aspire Wealth Planners and the Hong Kong Economic Trade Office.

According to event organizers, The Penn Mutual Collegiate Rugby Championship is “America’s national sevens championship and serves as the centerpiece of a nationwide effort to build American rugby talent for competition on the international stage.”

Over the past eight years, this tournament has produced more than 30 players who have gone on to play for the U.S. National team.

The 24-team men’s field includes Air Force, Arizona, Arkansas State, Army, Boston College, Dartmouth, Delaware, Eastern Washington, Indiana, Iona, Kutztown, Life, Lindenwood, Maryland, Mount Saint Mary’s, Navy, Notre Dame, Penn State, Saint Joseph’s, South Carolina, Temple, UCLA, Virginia Tech and Wisconsin.

Leading the women’s national championship field is two-time defending champion Life University, Bloomsburg, Boston University, Clemson, Delaware, Drexel, East Stroudsburg, Kutztown, Navy, Notre Dame, Penn State, Temple Virginia, Virginia Tech and the National Small College Rugby Organization Selects squad, an all-star team chosen from the best of NSCRO’s 7 teams.

In addition to the main men’s and women’s college rugby 7s competition, the weekend also includes a six-team men’s rugby 7s field in the Freedom Cup, competing for a spot in next year’s 24-team field in the men’s Penn Mutual Collegiate Rugby Championship. 

Also this weekend is the NSCRO Powered by Penn Mutual Rugby 7s National Championship

The nation’s top high school and club rugby 7s squads will also be in  Philadelphia this weekend. The 11 states represented in this year’s high school and club tournament field include: California, Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Mississippi, New Jerse,; Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Utah and Virginia.

PHOTO COURTESY Penn Mutual Collegiate Rugby Championship

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