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• Serena Williams has withdrawn from the Miami Open (March 23) due to knee issues.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

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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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Big3, adidas Launching Young3 Kids Tournament, Clinic For 2018 Season

NYSJ Sports-Entertainment Business News Service

May 23, 2018:
As Big3 prepares for its second season of 3-on-3 games with teams mostly populated by former NBA players, the organization is expanding its landscape to include youngsters who might someday become NBA stars.

In association with partner adidas, Big3 is launching Young3, a 3-on-3 youth basketball initiative.

According to Big3, throughout the season, Young3 will host 3-on-3 tournaments and skills clinics for kids ages 7-14.

The events will take place  in all ten Big3 city stops on Thursdays, ahead of the league's scheduled Friday night prime time games on Fox and FS1.

Former NBA player Jerome Williams, who participated in the Big3's inaugural season, will serve as the president of Young3 and will oversee all program operations.

"As a league, we couldn't be more excited to share our passion for the sport of 3-on-3 with the young people in each community we visit," Clyde Drexler, Big3 commissioner and a member of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, said in a statement.

"Our hope is that through Young3 we will instill that same enthusiasm for the game, and hopefully cultivate the next generation of Big3 all-stars or Olympic medalists."

All participants will receive a Big3 and adidas-branded jersey.

The second Big3 season is scheduled to begin June 22 in the Toyota Center, Houston.

The championship is scheduled for Aug. 24 in Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY.

Big3, which was created by musician/producer/actor Ice Cube (O’Shea Jackson) and entertainment executive Jeff Kwatinetz, said they will also invest time and money in each city on the tourn “into improving the infrastructure of community courts so players are able to have the ultimate 3-on-3 experience.

“This new community outreach program will work to engage young audiences in the growing popularity of 3-on-3 basketball,” which was added as an official Olympic event beginning with the 2020 Summer Games in Tokyo.

Young3 clinics are open to children ages 7-14 and will teach participants three-on-three skills as well as tips and tricks from BIG3 players and coaches who will make special appearances throughout the summer.

(Information on Young3 tournaments and skills clinic is here.)

2018 Big3 Schedule (subject to change):

• June 22: Toyota Center, Houston

• June 29: United Center, Chicago

• July 6: Oracle Arena, Oakland, Calif.

• July 13: Little Caesars Arena, Detroit

•  July 20: American Airlines Arena, Miami

• July 27: Air Canada Centre,  Toronto

• Aug. 3: TD Garden, Boston

• Aug. 10: Infinite Energy Arena, Atlanta

• Aug. 17: Playoffs American Airlines Center, Dallas

• Aug. 24: Championship Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY

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