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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.

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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 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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Mar272018

Judgement Day: Yankees, Bonds Begin MLB Season As Hottest Tickets On StubHub

By Barry Janoff

March 27, 2018: With MLB’s 2018 Opening Day thisclose, ticket demand for season-opening games as well as rivalry games and games with unique and/or historic implications is on the rise.

StubHub, entering its 11th season as the official fan-to-fan ticket marketplace for MLB and its 30 clubs, says it sorted through its “wealth of data to find the hottest selling games and trending teams” heading into the season.

"As StubHub comes off another record-breaking World Series in terms of demand last season, we're feeling the excitement from baseball fans as we head into Opening Day 2018," Jill Krimmel, StubHub's General Manager of MLB, NCAA and All Other Sports, said in a statement.

"This season is significant for StubHub because for the first time fans will be able to purchase MLB tickets right up until game time for all 30 teams.,” said Krimmel.

The top-selling home opener this year both in demand and price — averaging $218 on StubHub — belongs to the New York Yankees, led by 2017 AL Rookie of the Year Aaron Judge and new teammate and reigning National League MVP Giancarlo Stanton, hosting the Tampa Bay Rays in Yankee Stadium.

Beyond home openers, the San Francisco Giants game on Aug. 11 during which Barry Bonds'  No. 25  Giants jersey will be retired “is the most anticipated moment of MLB's regular season," according to StubHub data.

The second most in-demand Opening Day game on StubHub features California and National League rivals Los Angeles Dodgers and the San Francisco Giants in the Giants' AT&T Park on April 7, averaging $212 on StubHub.

The Yankees are StubHub’s top-selling team in MLB overall going into the season, outselling the Giants and Boston Red Sox by 28% and 70%, respectively.

The Yankees moved up from No. 2 last year and No. 5 in 2016.

The Yankees have third highest growth in the league as demand in terms of ticket sales is up 61% from last year, “likely a result of the team’s off-season moves,” offers StubHub.

The Yankees replace the Chicago Cubs, which were the No. 1 in-demand team on StubHub last year following the team’s World Series win in 2015.

The Giants are currently the No. 2 most in-demand team, up from No. 4 last year after three years at No. 1 (2014-16).

The Top Five also includes the Red Sox, Dodgers and Cubs, respectively.

Coming off their 2017 World Series win, this is the first time in the last five years the Houston Astros at No. 8 have broken into StubHub’s Top Ten MLB teams going into the regular season.

Astros’ ticket sales are up 223% from this time last year, not only the highest growth among all MLB teams but also the highest year-over-year growth of regular season ticket sales over the last four seasons.

The Toronto Blue Jays have also been among the fastest-rising teams regarding ticket demand on StubHub over the past few years, entering the 2018 season at No. 9 after being as low as No. 22 in 2014.

The Yankees home opener against the Tampa Bay Rays currently outsells the Dodgers’ home opener, StubHub’s No. 2 top-selling home opening game (March 29), by 12%, according to StubHub.

Coming off a NL pennant and World Series appearance, the Dodgers‘ 2018 home opener is the “club’s best-selling in recent years and set to outpace the team’s 2017 home opener by 41% in ticket sales,” reports StubHub.

The Giants game in August, being played against Bonds’ other former team, the Pittsburgh Pirates, is currently outselling the second non-home opener in-demand game of the season, Dodgers at Giants on April 7, by 46%.

The first 20,000 fans in attendance on Aug. 11 will receive a No. 25 cap in honor of Bonds, who wore the number during his 15 years with San Francisco, from 1993-2007.

Three of five of the top selling non-home openers on StubHub involve the Giants and Dodgers, which StubHub said "is proving to be the most heated MLB rivalry heading into 2018."

The complete list of top in-demand MLB home openers, according to ticket sales on StubHub:

1. Tampa Bay Rays at New York Yankees, April 2. Average ticket price on StubHub $218
2. San Francisco Giants at Los Angeles Dodgers, March 29. Average ticket price on StubHub $212
3. Seattle Mariners at San Francisco Giants, April 3. Average ticket price on StubHub $197
4. Baltimore Orioles at Houston Astros, April 2. Average ticket price on StubHub $221
5. St. Louis Cardinals at New York Mets, March 29. Average ticket price on StubHub $164

The current list of top MLB in-demand games other than home openers according to ticket sales on StubHub:

1. Pittsburgh Pirates at San Francisco Giants (Barry Bonds Jersey Retirement), August 11. Average ticket price on StubHub $154
2. Los Angeles Dodgers at San Francisco Giants, April 7.  Average ticket price on StubHub $96
3. San Francisco Giants at Los Angeles Dodgers, March 30. Average ticket price on StubHub $92
4. Los Angeles Dodgers at San Francisco Giants, April 6. Average ticket price on StubHub $86
5. Boston Red Sox at New York Yankees, June 30. Average ticket price on StubHub $141
6. Chicago Cubs at St. Louis Cardinals, May 5. Average ticket price on StubHub $118
7. New York Yankees at Boston Red Sox, April 12. Average ticket price on StubHub $120
8. Los Angeles Dodgers at San Francisco Giants, April 28. Average ticket price on StubHub $97
9. Los Angeles Dodgers at San Francisco Giants, April 8. Average ticket price on StubHub $90
10. Baltimore Orioles at New York Yankees, April 7. Average ticket price on StubHub $72

The current list of Top Ten in-demand MLB teams according to regular season ticket sales on StubHub:

1. New York Yankees
2. San Francisco Giants
3. Boston Red Sox
4. Los Angeles Dodgers
5. Chicago Cubs
6. St. Louis Cardinals
7. New York Mets
8. Houston Astros
9. Toronto Blue Jays
10. Texas Rangers

With the big buzz around Shohei Ohtani’s debut season, the Los Angeles Angels come in as StubHub’s No. 11 top-selling team and the fourth highest growth team in the league as demand is up 55% from this time last year, per StubHub.

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