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• Serena Williams has withdrawn from the Miami Open (March 23) due to knee issues.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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Feb202015

'Ambitious' Asics Global Campaign Empowers Everyone To Run The World

By Barry Janoff

February 19, 2015: Armed with numbers that show the category of running is is on a growth trajectory and that more people are spending more money on running-related footwear, Asics has unveiled a global marketing campaign that boasts, "It's a big world. Go run it."

Asics plans a multi-platform approach that the brand is calling its "most ambitious to date," including a launch umbrella TV spot that will be followed during the year with sport-specific ads covering tennis and rugby.

Ascis also said it would release 15 short films throughout the year in which brand-sponsored athletes discuss their training routines and diets.

Lead agency is 180 Amsterdam.

Late last year, when Asics opened a high-profile store in New York's Times Square, Kevin Wulff, president and CEO for Asics America Group, explained the company's strategy. "As a global brand, Asics is dedicated to bringing the best in athleticism and innovation to our family, friends and fans," Wulff said.

Katsumi Kato, head of global marketing for Asics, echoed that strategy regarding the new campaign.

"Our new advertising campaign signifies a major step in communicating the Asics brand on a global level," Kato said in a statement. "This demonstrates Asics is the leading running brand, inspiring and helping athletes of all ages and abilities to experience running in all its forms."

The launch spot, shot in New Zealand, includes such athletes as world champion triathlete Gwen Jorgensen, Olympic hurdler and sprinter Queen Harrison, 800m runner Ryan Martin, elite training and fitness competitor Rosario Rios-Aguilar and elite trail runners Sissi Cussot and Genis Zapater along with a bevy of non-competitive running enthusiasts.

According to Asics, the spot "promotes the diversity of running, with Asics bringing every kind of runner together and encouraging them to push boundaries and achieve their goals together." It shows runners of all ages and abilities on streets, country roads, forest trails, snow, ice and mountains "demonstrating the diversity of running and Asics' expert equipment." (See the full spot here.)

Support includes print, outdoor, Internet, social media, POP and activations at marathons around the globe, including the Asics L.A. Marathon (March 15), which has the tag line, "It's A Big Race. Go Run It."

The tennis campaign, 'It's a Tough Game. Go Smash It.," will feature tennis star Gael Monfils (currently ranked No. 21 in the world) and is scheduled to break in May.

The rugby-focused campaign will be launched "in the second half of the year," according to Asics.

According to the National Sporting Goods Assn., total running and jogging participation in 2013 was 42 million, up 5% from 40 million in 2012. Since 2009, participation is up 30%, with men up 14% and women up 50%.

Also according to NSGA, running shoe sales totaled $3.09 billion in 2013, up 31% since 2009, and running apparel sales totaled $1.07 billion in 2013, up 13% since 2009.

According to Kato, "We believe 'It's a big world. Go run it.' will appeal to all types of runners, whilst also keeping the sport fun and accessible."

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