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• Serena Williams has withdrawn from the Miami Open (March 23) due to knee issues.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 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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Sep112015

Miller Lite Evokes 'Tastes Great-Less Filling' Memories In New Troy Aikman Ad

By Barry Janoff

September 10, 2015: Miller Lite left its mark in marketing and beer sales history with a series of iconic TV spots in the 1970s and 1980s under the theme, "Great Taste-Less Filling" (and revived for a time in 2008) that featured sports legends and celebrities.

The brand is tapping into their creative history with a new spot that features Troy Aikman, former quarterback with the Dallas Cowboys and current NFL analyst and commentator.

Perhaps not so ironically, Aikman in the spot admits to "dwelling in the past" regarding his former pro career, which included 165 career touchdowns, 32,942 yards passing, three Super Bowl wins (XXVII and MVP, XXVIII and XXX) and induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2006.

The commercial is part of Miller Lite's campaign centered around a bodega run by Fred, described as "half store clerk, half sage," who gives advice and usually encourages customers to be themselves, somehow then associated to buying the product.

In one spot, a guy sings "Karaoke" after being asked to do so by Fred. In another, "Advice," Fred suggests to a woman customer that she bring Miller Lite (her preferred choice) to a Chardonnay party. In a third, Fred downgrades his suggestions to a woman in the bodega looking for a "Last Minute Gift" from a case of Miller Lite to a 12-pack to a six-pack as the woman's description of her acquaintance slips from friend to "frenemy." (He ultimately tells her to keep five of the bottles and give away just one.)

Lead agency is TBWA\Chiat\Day LA.

The union between Aikman and Miller Lite is relatively organic. The Miller Lite Plaza and Miller Lite Club are located in AT&T Stadium, home of the Dallas Cowboys, and the brand is the team's exclusive beer partner through 2020.

In his spot, Aikman goes into Fred's bodega to buy Miller Lite when another customer, wearing Aikman's No. 8 Dallas Cowboys jersey, recognizes him. "I'm a huge fan," the guy says to Aikman. "All the touchdowns, the wins, the passes."

"You know, I don't like to dwell in the past," says Aikman. "But thank you."

Just then, Aikman's cell phone buzzes. The ring tone is an old play-by-play announcer. "Aikman, touchdown! Unbelievable! Airman, touchdown! Unbelievable," it repeats over and over.

"I dwell in the past," admits Aikman.

"I would, too," says Fred.

"I don't blame you," says the fan.

"Okay," smiles Aikman, followed by the tag line, "As long as you are you, it's Miller Time." (See the full commercial here.)

The Great Taste-Less Filling spots featured the likes of Joe Frazier, Yogi Berra, Dick Butkus, Boog Powell, Bob Uecker, Bubba Smith, Billy Martin, George Steinbrenner, politician Tip O'Neill and author Mickey Spillane.

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