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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.

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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 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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Nov152018

New Deals Ensure Fox Sports, Manfred, DAZN Will Continue To Be Hits With MLB

By Barry Janoff

November 15, 2018: The World Series is over, and the 2019 season is months off, but, just like crying, there is no off-season in baseball.

MLB unveiled three deals today during its GM meetings that will have major impacts on the league with Fox Sports, DAZN and commissioner Rob Manfred.

Fox Sports and MLB have signed a multi-year, multi-platform rights agreement, beginning in 2022, expanding the network’s TV, digital and Spanish-language rights thru 2028.

Fox Sports and Fox Deportes maintain the TV rights to MLB’s jewel events, including serving as the exclusive TV broadcast partner.

Financial terms were not shared, but the extension was put at $5.1 billion by industry analysts.

MLB also said that owners have unanimously agreed to extend the contract of commissioner Rob Manfred through the 2024 regular season. Manfred was elected commissioner in August 2014, taking over from Bud Selig in January 2015.

In addition, MLB signed a pact with DAZN (pronounced Da-Zone), the sports-streaming and PPV service under the auspices of former ESPN president John Skipper, to create live “look-in” shows during the season.

The weeknight shows will be similar to the NFL’s RedZone and segments on NBA TV that move from game to game to present live key plays and highlights.

Financial terms of the DAZN deal were also not released, but were put at $300 million over three years by industry insiders.

“We have great partners, and at the top of that list is Fox,” Manfred said during a press event at the GM meetings in Carlsbad, Calif.

“Fox has been innovative in the way our game is presented to fans, which is important to us. It is really important to have a partner like Fox to represent our games and jewel events.”

Fox Sports has been a national MLB rights-holder since 1996 and the league’s exclusive national broadcast partner since 2001. To date, Fox Sports said it has aired 21 World Series and 23 All-Star Games since its inaugural national rights deal with MLB.

Beginning in 2022, the amount of regular season and post-season games televised by the Fox broadcast network will increase.

The new MLB and Fox agreement includes expanded streaming, social media and highlight rights. Fox will also televise special event games to be determined over the term of the agreement.

The network’s League Championship Series and Division Series coverage will remain the same as it’s been since 2014, alternating leagues each season (currently with Turner’s TBS).

As in previous deals, MLB Network would continue to have the rights to two games from the League’s Division Series that Fox is airing. Under terms of the new deal, Fox Sports will also expand its digital rights.

In addition, under the new deal, Fox Sports continues its Saturday regular-season broadcast windows — two per Saturday (52 total) — with highlights packages as well as MLB-centric programs and Spanish-language rights through Fox Deportes.

According to Eric Shanks, Fox Sports CEO and executive producer, “Major League Baseball has been a cornerstone of Fox Sports since 1996.

“It’s an honor to have shared countless historic moments with our viewers over the last 22 seasons. We are extremely proud to continue to be the home of Major League Baseball’s jewel events for the next decade.”

The deal with DAZN is its first for a U.S.-based MLB telecast but not the first between the two sides.

Prior to the 2018 season, DAZN signed a three-year agreement to carry programming in Canada from MLB Network, including 200 live regular season games.

In 2017, DAZN signed a four-year deal to show more than 600 live MLB games in Austria, Germany and Switzerland, covering the regular season, the All-Star Game, playoffs and World Series.

The MLB-DAZN alliance will be anchored by a live show each weeknight, co-produced by MLB and DAZN and available to subscribers via DAZN's digital sports streaming platform.

It will feature live look-ins at MLB action across the AL and NL. There also will be on-demand MLB content and live weekend wrap shows available to DAZN subscribers.

"DAZN's multi-sport streaming platform provides Major League Baseball and our clubs an important opportunity to extend the game's digital reach," said Manfred via MLB.

"Our collaborative production will benefit DAZN's subscribers with new ways to follow the captivating storylines, talented young stars and impactful plays happening around the game every day."

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