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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.

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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Apr252018

No Lie: Despite Challenges, Golf Business An $84B Industry, $192B Economic Activity

By Barry Janoff

April 24, 2018: In 2016, golf returned to the Summer Olympics in Rio for the first time since 1904.

That same year, worldwide sponsorship spend on golf hit a record $1.82 billion, up 5.1% from the $1.72 billion spent in 2015, according to the Golf Sponsorship Spending Report from research and media intelligence firm ESP Properties, Chicago.

That $1.82 billion, however, represents just a small portion of golf’s financial impact worldwide.

In 2016, there was $84.1 billion in activity directly driven by golf, including $34.4 billion in revenue from golf courses, clubs, resorts, driving ranges and other facilities; and $25.7 billion in golf-related tourism spending, according to the just released U.S. Golf Economy Report from We Are Golf.

Overall, the golf industry supported $191.9 billion in total annual activity, including 1.89 million jobs and $58.7B in wages and benefits, according to St. Augustine, Fla.-based We Are Golf, a coalition of the game’s top associations and industry partners.

The report was released to coincide with National Golf Day (April 25).

The golf industry has hit some traps over the past few years, including Nike Golf phasing out clubs, balls and bags; adidas selling its golf-equipment brands TaylorMade, Adams and Ashworth; and Golfsmith filing for bankruptcy, with Dick’s Sporting Goods purchasing the name and 30 of Golfsmith’s 100-plus locations.

Also, according to industry analysts, since 2011, the number of golf facilities has declined and new course construction and golf community development is down.

On the plus side, The PGA Tour Superstore, now regarded as the No. 1 golf-specific national retailer in the U.S., is expanding and TopGolf continues to open and plan for new locations.

The financial impact of the golf business is seen in the rise of activity.

The $84.1 billion in golf-driven activity was up 22% from the $68.8 billion in the 2011 Golf Sponsorship Spending Report, the last time that We Are Golf researched the market.

One in 75 jobs in the U.S. is impacted by the golf industry, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

“The many positive trends show how golf is vital to the prosperity of America’s economic and social well-being," Steve Mona, CEO for the World Golf Foundation and administrator of We Are Golf, said in a statement.

“Increases in so many categories signify the health of golf has far-reaching influence across many sectors of the U.S. economy.”

Among the findings in the U.S. Golf Economy Report, which was conducted by TEConomy Partners: golf’s annual contributions to the U.S. economy include:

• $34.4 billion in revenue from golf courses, clubs, resorts, driving ranges and other facilities (2.9% compound annual growth rate since 2011)

• $25.7 billion in tourism spending (4.6% CAGR)

• $7.2 billion in new home construction in golf communities (18.5% CAGR)

• $6 billion in sales of golf equipment, apparel and supplies (1.4% CAGR)

• $2.4 billion in professional tournaments, associations and player endorsements (3.16% CAGR)

• $1.9B billion investment in existing golf facilities (4.6% CAGR)

In addition, $3.94 billion was raised in 2016 for charity, through tournaments and other activities.

Sponsorship spend on golf $1.65 billion in 2014, $1.6 billion in 2013, $1.51 billion in 2012. $1,4 billion in 2011 and $1.36 billion in 2010, according ESP Properties.

According to the National Golf Foundation, in 2017, the number of people who played golf within the last 12 months amounted to 25.95 million in the U.S.

Among the highest-paid athletes in the world in 2017, according to Fobes, Rory McIlroy was No. 6 at $50 million ($34 million from endorsements), Phil Mickelson No. 12 ($43.5 million, $40 million from endorsements), Tiger Woods No. 17 ($37.1 million all but $100,000 from endorsements), Jordan Spieth No. 21 ($34.5 million, $29 million from endorsements) and Dustin Johnson No. 48 ($27.6 million, $11 million from endorsements).

"With one in 75 U.S. jobs impacted by golf, the industry plays a significant role in stimulating our economy nationwide,” said Mona.

“Last year, a record 2.5 million people tried golf for the first time, further cementing why it is vital to share golf’s interests with our country’s lawmakers, showcasing the game’s many economic, charitable and fitness benefits.”

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