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Volume 7 No. 128

Events and Attractions

Major League Soccer and Liga MX signed a long-term partnership aiming to elevate football in North America. At the center of the deal is a new annual event that will see the champions of each league face off in what is being called the Campeones Cup. Toronto FC, last year’s MLS Cup winner, will host the '18 edition of the event on Sept. 19 at BMO Field, facing off against the Liga MX team that wins the annual Campeon de Campeones final, to be played in July.

The partnership will look to launch additional competitions in the future, including at future MLS All-Star Games, where the best players from each league will face each other, rather than MLS All-Stars facing European clubs. The partnership also will see the two leagues share best business practices and collaborate around social responsibility efforts.

The Australian Football League and Richmond believe that the season’s opening game between the Tigers and Carlton "can become the first round-one game to break the 90,000 attendance barrier." The Tigers said that it appeared as if the match "was headed for a sell-out" (THE AGE, 3/13).

ESL announced its next Dota 2 Major competition will be held at Arena Birmingham from May 25-27, "marking the first time such an event" has come to the U.K. Two other ESL territories were "in the running," but it was "not disclosed what these other two territories were." The $1M prize pool tournament will offer 1,500 qualifying points for this year's Dota 2 World Championship (THE ESPORTS OBSERVER, 3/13).
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