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• Serena Williams has withdrawn from the Miami Open (March 23) due to knee issues.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

Arby's Free Food Foray For March Madness

March 16, 2009: Following in the "free food" footsteps of Denny's and Taco Bell, Arby's said it would give away All-American Roastburgers on Monday, March 23, if any 16th seeded team defeats any of the four No. 1 seeded teams in the NCAA Division I men's basketball tournament this week. The problem: A No. 16 has never defeated a No. 1 in the 70-year history of the event. “Each year at this time, people crave that Cinderella story – the team that takes everyone by surprise,” Jason Abelkop, svp-marketing and national media at Arby’s Restaurant Group, said in a statement. However, hungry hoops fans dreaming of a free Roastburger might want to make other plans. As Sheldon H. Jacobson, a professor of computer science and the director of the simulation and optimization laboratory at the University of Illinois, put it, "In the first round, the No. 1 seed has beaten the No. 16 seed 100% of the time." In this year's tournament, No. 1 Pittsburgh plays No. 16 East Tennessee State (East Region) and No. 1 Connecticut plays No. 16 Chattanooga (West Region) on March 19; and No. 1 North Carolina plays No. 16 Radford (South Region) while No. 1 Louisville plays the winner of tonight's play-in game between Alabama State and Morehead State (Midwest Region), both on March 20. Should the Cinderella story actually happen, Arby's said that customers must bring in proof of the win to participating locations, such as the game’s box score, to receive one free All-American Roastburger per person (while supplies last). Denny's offered a free "Grand Slam" breakfast on Feb. 3, the day after it ran a TV spot during Super Bowl XLIII unveiling the promotion. More than 2 million consumers took Denny's up on the offer. "The response [was] been even better than we thought," John Dillon,vp-marketing at Denny's, said in a statement. "We thought we were going to have a great day, and we had an awesome day." Taco Bell has offered a "Steal a base, steal a Taco" promotion during each of the last two World Series based on a player stealing a base during a game. Last month, Quiznos had a "Million Sub Giveaway" promotion offering a limited-time "free" sub sandwich to consumers who showed up with a printable coupon found at the chain's Web site. Back to Home Page

 

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