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• Serena Williams has withdrawn from the Miami Open (March 23) due to knee issues.

• Picking up the mantle of National Women’s Month, and anticipating what next year will be its 70th anniversary, the LPGA has unveiled “Drive On,” a multi-platform refined brand position. According to the LPGA, “Drive On is clearly rooted in golf, but it's a bigger idea. It captures the power and potential in each of us and celebrates the hard work, focus and tenacity that it takes to achieve our goals.” Full story here.

• The NBA said that the Chinese and Croatian National Teams would join all 30 NBA teams to compete at MGM Resorts NBA Summer League 2019 in Las Vegas, marking the first time that the league will feature two international teams, with 83 games over 11 days (July 5-15).

• The 2019 Alliance of American Football Championship, originalluy 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 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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Dec052018

Report: Led By Rangers, Average Value Of NHL Franchises A Record $630M

By Barry Janoff

December 5, 2018: The average value of NHL teams rose 6% during the past year, to a record $630 million according to a new report from Forbes.

The New York Rangers top the list at $1.55 billion, followed by the Toronto Maple Leafs at $1.45 billion.

Two other franchises also top $1 billion: The Montreal Canadiens ($1.3 billion) and the Chicago Blackhawks ($1.05 billion).

The Top Five also includes the Boston Bruins ($925 million).

Value was driven up by recent broadcast and cable deals, according to Forbes.

Also impacting the rise in the average value of teams: the NHL's ten-year collective bargaining agreement. Ratified in 2013, it reduced the players' share of hockey-related revenue from 57% to a 50-50 split with ownership.

However, another key factor was the success last season of the expansion Vegas Golden Knights, which had a solid fan base locally and built a following nationally by reaching the Stanley Cup Finals (losing to the Washington Capitals).

According to Forbes, the Knights took in $180 million in revenue in the past year — the tenth highest in hockey — and $53 million in operating income, the fifth highest among the league's 31 teams.

Forbes said the Knights are now worth $575 million, 15% more than their expansion fee ($500 million), and No. 12 among all NHL franchises.

The defending NHL champion Capitals are No. 10 on the list, valued at $725 million.

The NHL this week approved expansion to Seattle, the league’s 32nd franchise, which plans to hit the ice for the 2021-22 season. Team owners will pay an expansion fee of $650 million.

NHL team values should continue to rise over the next few years if for no other reason than the league’s potential annual income from legal sports betting.

"Much like the NHL's recent successful expansion into Las Vegas, legal sports betting will continue to expand across the country, bringing with it a $216 million opportunity for the league," according to a new report from the American Gaming Assn.

According to the AGA, “Greater fan engagement and viewership could boost the NHL's total annual revenue from media rights, sponsorships, merchandise and ticket sales by 3.5%, producing $151 million in new revenue from increased consumption of the league's products.”

In addition, gaming operators "may spend $24 million on advertising, which would directly increase the league's rights fees by the same amount."

Another $35 million in sponsorship revenue and $6 million in data is also projected for the league and its teams.

Following the Bruins, there is a significant drop to the No. 6 Los Angeles Kings, valued at $810 million.

The bottom four teams on the Forbes list are each valued at less than $400 million: the Buffalo Sabres ($375 million), Columbus Blue Jackets ($320 million), Florida Panthers ($295 million) and the Arizona Coyotes ($290 million).

By comparison, the NFL’s Dallas Cowboys are the most valuable sports franchise in the world, valued at $4.8 billion. The New York Yankees are MLB’s most valuable franchise ($4 billion) and the New York Knicks top the NBA list ($3.8 billion), according to Forbes.

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