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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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May302017

Samsung Deal Bringing First Live-Stream VR Bout To UFC, Plus X Games, Live Nation

Special to NYSportsJournalism.com

May 30, 2017: Calling it an opportunity for fans and consumers to enhance the experience of sports and music events, Samsung Electronics Co., said it has signed deals to bring its VR Live Pass on Gear VR to the UFC, X Games and Live Nation.

The alliance kicks in with what Samsung said would be the first time in UFC history an event would be live-streamed in virtual reality the UFC 212 bout pitting featherweight champion José Aldo vs. interim featherweight champ Max Holloway, scheduled for June 3 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

According to Ike Lawrence Epstein, UFC COO, "We’ve always felt that the potential of combining UFC events with virtual reality would give our fans the ultimate enhanced experience. We’re excited to partner with Samsung on this game-changing initiative to further revolutionize how fight fans consume our content and live events around the world."

Live-streams of the UFC 212 main card, including the championship main event, will be available in countries where Samsung VR is available. Unfortunately for local fans, that does not include the U.S., where fans will have access only to the UFC FIGHT PASS early prelims.

Samsung said there are more than 4.5 million Gear VR headsets worldwide.

Samsung and UFC are supporting with a spot on social media.

Upcoming VR Live Pass on Gear VR events also include the X Games in U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, July 13-16 (televised on ESPN and ABC) and a Live Nation concert with an as-yet international artist this August.

The VR Live Pass on Gear VR events will be available through the Samsung VR app.

Samsung said it recently expanded its global presence to 45 countries, enabling more consumers around the world to use the Gear VR platform.

"We are excited to offer Samsung Gear VR users the opportunity to experience their favorite live music and sporting events through our industry-leading VR ecosystem,” Younghee Lee, CMO and evp-Samsung Electronics, said in a statement. "Partnering with these companies to expand our VR services helps us to open up a new gateway of opportunities for fans and demonstrate our commitment to delivering experiences that make the seemingly impossible, possible."

"The X Games is the premier action sports event that continually provides a platform for athletic progression," Tim Reed, vp-ESPN X Games, said in a statement. "From never been done tricks to awe-inspiring competition, Samsung’s Gear VR technology is perfect to showcase dynamic action sports to viewers across the world."

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