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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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Nov162016

WWE: WrestleMania 32 Smacked Down Record $170.4M In Fan Spending

By Barry Janoff

November 16, 2016: When WWE unveiled the lineup for WrestleMania 32, held this past April 3 in AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, there seemed little doubt that attendance, financial and marketing records would be broken.

As it turns out, the event — highlighted by Roman Reigns defeating Triple H to win the world heavyweight title, The Rock taking down Erick Rowan and a guest appearance by Shaquille O’Neal — proved to be even better than expected.

WrestleMania 32 generated $170.4 million in direct, indirect and induced impact derived from spending by visitors to the Dallas/Arlington region — including $25 million spent on hotels and accommodations and $8.4 million in area restaurants — and also generated about $23.8 million in federal, state and local taxes, according to a study conducted for WWE by the Enigma Research Corp.

WWE said that was a new record for WrestleMania’s economic impact and marked the fifth consecutive year that WrestleMania generated more than $100 million in economic impact for its host region.

In addition, the crowd of 101,763 fans in AT&T Stadium (home to the NFL’s Dallas Cowboys) made it the highest-grossing and best-attended event in WWE history.

The previous WWE attendance record was at WrestleMania 3 in 1987, when 93,173 fans watch the action in the Pontiac Silverdome in Detroit.

Marketing support was strong, as well, anchored by a deal with Snickers that made the candy brand presenting partner for WrestleMania 32, with promotional activity at WrestleMania Axxess (WWE’s four-day, interactive fan festival), integration on WWE’s flagship TV programs, presence at WWE live events leading up to WrestleMania and TV spots featuring WWE athletes and divas.

WrestleMania 32 also became the highest-grossing live event in WWE history, at $17.3 million.

The previous record was WrestleMania 31 in 2015  in Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., home for the San Francisco 49ers, where gross revenue was $12.6 million, according to WWE.

In addition, WWE figures showed its digital subscription service, WWE Network, hit a record 1.82 million total subscribers following WrestleMania 32, making it the most viewed WrestleMania in history.

"On behalf of our city, we would like to thank all of the domestic and international WWE fans that converged on Dallas for WrestleMania Week to enjoy all that North Texas has to offer," Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings said in a statement. "The week-long series of events brought a tremendous economic windfall to our region."

WWE said the economic impact derived from WrestleMania Week was equal to the creation of 1,550 full-time jobs for the area.

According to John Saboor, evp-special events for WWE, "We are thrilled that WrestleMania continues to break records for both WWE and our host community. This success would not have been possible without the support of  Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings, Arlington Mayor Jeff Williams and Charlotte Jones (evp and chief brand officer) and the entire Dallas Cowboys organization as well as all of our public and private sector partners that embraced WWE’s worldwide fan base for this historic celebration.

"We now look ahead to our return to Orlando for WrestleMania 33," said Saboor.

WrestleMania 33  is scheduled for April 2 in the Orlando Citrus Bowl.

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