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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.

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 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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Feb172017

At NBA All-Star Game, Pepsi Making Much Ado About Uncle Drew (aka Kyrie Irving)

By Barry Janoff

February 16, 2017: Some people know him as Kyrie Irving, basketball player for the Cleveland Cavaliers, All-Star, NBA champion.

But when historians look back, they will see his true identity: Uncle Drew.

The beloved, albeit fictional, character is getting new multi-media support from its creator, Pepsi, which since has developed a storyline about the lovable neighborhood character who knows a lot about basketball and knows a lot of people who strangely resemble basketball players and legends.

This week, to tie-in with Irving’s appearance in the NBA All-Star Game in New Orleans, Pepsi has rolled out a new platform that includes TV, a dedicated Web site and a pop-up store on location.

Pepsi also shared the news that Uncle Drew would be coming to the big screen in a feature length film conceived, developed and produced by PepsiCo's in-house content creation arm, Creators League Studio.

A new spot, "All-Star Game," features former NBA player Baron Davis and writer/actor J.B. Smoove (Jerry Brooks), in which the trio, in character, sit in the neighborhood pizza parlor and discuss the upcoming game and NBA players.

Among those who have appeared as characters in the Uncle Drew saga are Bill Russell, Kevin Love, Ray Allen, Nate Robinson and Maya Moore.

The original video has received some 48 million views on YouTube since its release in 2012.

Irving is also involved as writer and creator.

"With fresh and exciting content, Pepsi will look to reignite the courtside excitement around Uncle Drew and continue its legacy of rewarding fans with fun, exciting and authentic moments in pop culture and sports," Aziel Rivers, director, Pepsi marketing, said in a statement. "With the availability of brand new Uncle Drew merchandise on UncleDrew.com, we are really able to show the evolution of the Uncle Drew brand which keeps fans connected at multiple touch points both on and off the screen."

The Web site features all of the Uncle Drew spots, merchandise and behind-the-scenes and other new content.

The pop-up location in New Orleans is modeled after Uncle Drew's pizza hangout and will feature Uncle Drew merchandise, player appearances, music from Peps partner iHeartMedia and giveaways.

According to Lou Arbetter, GM for Creators League Studio. "Today's consumers want to live the brand as much as consume it, and the tremendous success we've had with the Uncle Drew franchise is a perfect example of how we're building ecosystems around our flagship brands.

"Pepsi and Kyrie Irving are looking forward to expanding the Uncle Drew universe. We are excited for the recent launches of both UncleDrew.com and a corresponding merchandise line, and can confirm there are plans to feature Uncle Drew in a feature length film," said Arbetter.

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