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• Serena Williams has withdrawn from the Miami Open (March 23) due to knee issues.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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Jul192010

Blimpie Goes Running Back To Catch Up To Subway For 'Lighter Stuff' Debut

July 10, 2010: Subway has relied heavily on sports figures to tout its foot-long sub sandwiches and low-fat "healthy options"  menu, including Michael Phelps, Michael Strahan, CC Sabathia, Laila Ali, Blake Griffin and Nastia Liukin.

Rival Blimpie is just now introducing what it calls "The Lighter Stuff," a six-item menu line "encouraging healthy, active lifestyles."  To get the word out to consumers, the Scottsdale, Az.-based chain has called upon Chris "Beanie" Wells, now in his second season with the NFL's Arizona Cardinals, to appear in national marketing.

Wells, a running back who rushed for nearly 800 yards during his rookie season in 2009, will appear in marketing and act as a spokesman, ala Subway's Jared Fogle and that chain's roster of athletes. Blimpie has very infrequently used athletes as spokespersons but did star Nascar driver Jeff Gordon in Blimpie marketing in 2005.

“Being a professional athlete, nutritious, wholesome meals are an important part of my daily routine,” Wells said in a statement. “Now with The Lighter Stuff menu, Blimpie has made it even easier and tastier for me to stay on point with my health and fitness goals."

Blimpie is even mimicking the popular Subway "five-dollar foot-long" concept, offering "Lighter Stuff"  foot-long subs for $5 or a $5 combo deal (6" sub, chips, 22 oz. drink).

The"Lighter Stuff" menu includes a Deli Trio Sub (330 calories for a 6-inch sandwich), Asian Teriyaki Chicken Sub (370 calories), Veggie Salad Sub (270 calories), Turkey and Sweet & Spicy Mustard Sub (340 calories) and Ham and Pepper Relish Sub (330 calories). All have less than six grams of fat, according to Blimpie.

"I love all the options from The Lighter Stuff menu, but my favorite sub is the Deli Trio," said Wells.

According to Nola Krieg, R&D chef for Blimpie. “It’s becoming increasingly important for restaurants to offer healthier menu options, but never at the expense of taste. I order my subs with extra pickles. It adds taste without adding any significant fat and calories."

The campaign also includes a social media aspect with destinations on Facebook and Twitter.

Blimpie is a division of Kahala, which owns about a dozen quick-service restaurant brands worldwide, including Cold Stone Creamery, Taco Time and Ranch 1.

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