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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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Jun262018

WWE Deals With Fox ('SmackDown Live'), USA Net ('Monday Night Raw') Top $3B

By Barry Janoff

June 26, 2018: Sometimes, partners need to go their separate ways in order to grow.

That is what WWE appears to be doing with its duo of SmackDown Live and Monday Night Raw, encompassing more than $3 billion in media deals.

Fox Sports today confirmed reports that, every Friday night beginning Oct. 4, 2019, Fox network would be the new home for WWE’s SmackDown Live under a five-year deal.

Concurrently, USA Network, which has aired SmackDown since January 2016 and will remain its home until the Fox deal kicks in, said it was renewing Monday Night Raw, which debuted on the network in January 1993.

The deal is also for five years.

Financial terms were not disclosed for either deal, but was put at just over $200 million per year for SmackDown Live and about $400 million annually for Monday Night Raw by industry analysts.

USA Network aired Monday Night Raw from its inception in January 1993 through September 2000, when it moved to TNN/Spike TV before returning to USA Network in October 2006.

WWE said the the shift of SmackDown from cable to broadcast would help expand its audience.

“WWE and Fox are a perfect match,” Vince McMahon, WWE chairman and CEO, said in a statement. “Moving SmackDown Live to broadcast TV and having the ability to leverage Fox’ extensive portfolio of world-class sporting events will expand the reach of our flagship programming.”

Fox Sports has been focusing on what it intends to be new programming mainstays.

Earlier this year it acquired rights to Thursday Night Football in a multi-year deal with the NFL.

“At Fox we are thrilled to welcome WWE to the Fox Sports family and bring SmackDown Live to broadcast television,” Eric Shanks, president, COO and executive producer Fox Sports, said in a statement. “We are huge fans and know that together Fox Sports will be the leader in live events for the foreseeable future.”

According to WWE, Smackdown Live, is closing in on 1,000 episodes and is the “second-longest running weekly episodic cable television show in U.S. prime time history” behind only Monday Night Raw.

Monday Night Raw has aired more than 1,300 episodes.

Keeping Monday Night Raw on USA Network was seen as a no-brainer for parent company NBCUniversal.

Monday Night Raw and USA Network have dominated Monday nights during a truly historic run,” Chris McCumber, president, Entertainment Networks for NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment, said in a statement.

“Our partnership with WWE is one of the strongest and most successful in the business, and together we’ll take Raw to even greater heights.”

“We look forward to continuing our long-standing partnership with NBCUniversal and USA Network,” said McMahon. “Monday Night Raw has been synonymous with USA Network and we are excited about what the future holds for WWE’s flagship program.”

WWE said that SmackDown Live has helped to launch the careers of such stars as Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, John Cena, Undertaker, Triple H, “Stone Cold” Steve Austin and The Bella Twins.

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