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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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Apr162018

Pro Fight League Unveils $10M,126-Bout Schedule On NBCSN, Facebook Watch

NYSJ Sports-Entertainment Business News Service

April 16, 2018: The Professional Fighters League, calling itself MMA re-imagined, has unveiled its roster of 72 fighters from 13 countries and its official 11-event, 126 fight schedule, with the first PFL regular season event to be held on June 7 in New York’s Madison Square Garden Theater.

The league, co-founded by Donn Davis, Russ Ramsey and Mark Leschly, will have its bouts aired on NBCSN and Facebook Watch.

The 2018 PFL season features the 126 fights in seven regular-season competitions, a bracket-style ”win or go home” playoff and a $10 million post-season prize pool.

“PFL is the new league for the new era of MMA, the fastest-growing sport in the world,” Peter Murray, CEO for the PFL, said in a statement.

“We are confident that our innovative win-and-advance format will excite MMA fans and draw new fans to the sport. We are honored to provide these incredibly skilled athletes the opportunity to compete on a major global stage..”

All of the PFL regular season bouts will air live on Thursday in primetime during MMA Night in America on NBC Sports Network.

According to Jon Miller, president for NBC Sports. “We are looking forward to the start of the first ever 2018 PFL season on NBCSN. MMA fans now have regularly scheduled exciting live fights on Thursday nights throughout the summer.

“The PFL win and advance true sport format will be game-changing for MMA.”

PFL recently unveiled a partnerships with Mark Burnett (Survivor, The Voice, Shark Tank, The Contender), president of MGM Television Group & Digital and MGM Television, to develop and produce new content and programming for PFL’s upcoming season.

MGM and Burnett will both join as PFL investors.

The deal will feature PFL’s “What Do you Fight For?” short-form digital and social content with behind-the-scenes videos, “Top 10 of The Week," "Path to the Finals," "24:7: Life of a Fighter," and “Inside the Gym” cam.

Events televised by NBCSN will also stream on NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app. All regular season events will have encore telecasts on NBCSN later the same night.

Facebook will also open each event with a live 30-minute pre-fight show and close with a live 30-minute post-fight show. In the U.S., fans can watch the first three hours of coverage of each event on Facebook prior to NBCSN’s presentation of the main bouts.

The season will begin with 12 athletes in each of six different weight-classes. Eight fighters from each class will earn their way into the playoff round, and one fighter in each division will earn the title of champion.

According to Carlos Silva, PFL president, “The most talented fighters from around the world will proudly fight under the PFL banner.

“In our format, every single punch and every single round matters, as fighters compete for a shot at the PFL championship. We can’t wait to see all the action in the regular season, which stars emerge post-season in October, and who will share in the biggest MMA prize pool ever on New Year’s Eve.”

The 2018 PFL season:

  • June 7: Madison Square Garden Theater, New York
  • June 21: Chicago Theater, Chicago
  • July 5: GWU Smith Center, Washington, D.C.
  • July 19: Nassau Coliseum, Long Island, NY
  • August 2: Nassau Coliseum, Long Island, NY
  • August 16: Ocean Resort Casino, Atlantic City, NJ
  • August 30: Ocean Resort Casino, Atlantic City, NJ
  • October 5: Playoff Event (Venue and City TBA)
  • October 13: Playoff Event (Venue and City TBA)
  • October 20: Playoff Event (Venue and City TBA)
  • December 31: Championship Event (Venue and City TBA)

(Tickets for the June 7 PFL1 regular season event in Madison Square Garden Theater in New York go on sale April 18 at PFLMMA.com.

See the full current roster here.

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