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• For the 15th consecutive year, ESPN will present the NCAA Division I Men’s Ice Hockey Championship in its entirety, with the 15-game, 16-team tournament beginning with regional action March 29-31 and concluding with the Frozen Four on April 11 and 13. The Frozen Four will be in Buffalo, NY, with all three games on ESPN2.

• 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,

• 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 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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With New Alliance, PGA Tour Establishes First Official Tournament In Japan

NYSJ Sports-Entertainment Business News Service

November 20, 2018: In a strategic move intended to expand the game and its brand globally, the PGA Tour has signed a six-year deal with Japan-based online fashion retailer ZozoTown to establish what would be the first annual PGA Tour tournament in Japan.

The Zozo Championship is scheduled to debut at Accordia Golf Narashino Country Club the week of Oct. 21, 2019, coinciding with the opening segment of the 2019-20 PGA Tour FedExCup Season.

The event will be co-sanctioned by the Japan Golf Tour Organization.

Financial terms of the alliance were not disclosed.

“We are thrilled to have the opportunity to bring the first annual, official PGA Tour event to Japan through our partnership with Zozo, Inc.,” Ty Votaw, PGA Tour evp-international, said through the organization.

“Japan’s passion for golf is widely recognized and something our stars have experienced first-hand through various events held here and the support of standout PGA Tour players like champion Hideki Matsuyama (a multiple winner on the PGA Tour and runner-up at the 2017 U.S. Open).”

This deal follows a recent alliance between the PGA Tour and and Jupiter Golf Network Co. to grow viewership of golf across Japan.

That new partnership will see live PGA Tour coverage featured on Golf Network, as well as the “ambition to develop a broader digital ecosystem leveraging GolfTV’s invigorated digital content to engage even more golf fans.”
 
Starting in January 2019, the PGA Tour pact would enable viewers in Japan to watch extensive live action on the Golf Network linear channel and simulcast coverage via its Golf Network Plus App. Live coverage would include the PGA Tour’s biggest tournaments, such as The Players Championship, the FedExCup Playoffs and the Presidents Cup.

The PGA Tour, which opened an office in Tokyo in 2016, said it has a long history in Japan, beginning with the 1957 World Cup of Golf in Tokyo.

The Zozo Championship field will consist of 78 pros, including 60 available players from the previous season’s FedExCup points list, ten designated by the JGTO and eight special exemptions, according to the PGA Tour.

The PGA Tour said it has had at least one Japanese player on its roster every year since 1993,  including two for the 2018-19 season: Matsuyama and Satoshi Kodaira.

Five Japanese players have accounted for 11 PGA Tour victories over the past decades, led by Matsuyama with five and Shigeki Maruyama with three. Isao Aoki, Ryuji Imada and Kodaira each have won once.

“(The Zozo Championship) further strengthens our presence in Asia and certainly comes at an opportune time with golf set to follow its highly successful return to the Olympics in Rio when Tokyo hosts the 2020 Games,” said Votaw.

Several companies aligned with the PGA Tour and pro golf also have official ties with the Olympics, including Bridgestone, Coca-Cola, Panasonic and Toyota.

According to Yusaku Maezawa, CEO for Zozo Inc., “Just like golf has the power to motivate and connect people all over the world, regardless of nationality, gender, age or body shape, we hope to grow our private brand ZOZO into a brand that is loved all over the world, regardless of big, small, tall or short.

“I am extremely grateful of this miracle of becoming a title sponsor of the historical and prestigious PGA Tour for the very first Japan tournament, and to be able to hold this tournament in Chiba prefecture, where our roots are.”

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