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• Serena Williams has withdrawn from the Miami Open (March 23) due to knee issues.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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Nov092017

Bob Bowman, Who Hit Grand Slam With MLBAM Growth, Is Going Home

Special to NYSportsJournalism.com

November 8, 2017: Bob Bowman, president-business and media for MLB and the first and only CEO for Major League Baseball Advanced Media, has told commissioner Rob Manfred that “he would not seek to renew his current contract upon its expiration next month.”

Bowman joined MLB in 2000, overseeing since then the growth of MLBAM, led by the launch of MLB TV (in 2002) and the highly successful At Bat sports app.

In December 2014, Bowman became president-business and media for MLB as Manfred was taking over for Bud Selig as MLB commission.

MLBAM also runs and/or owns the official Web sites for MLB, Minor League Baseball, YES Network (New York Yankees) and SportsNet New York (New York Mets); and has provided the backend infrastructure for WWE Network, WatchESPN, ESPN3, HBO Now and PGA Tour Live.

MLB split BAM's non-baseball business into BAMTech, then in August 2016 sold 33%  to The Walt Disney Co. for $1 billion.

This past August Disney acquired an additional 42% to Disney for $1.58 billion to become a majority owner.

"With the recent completion of the sale of a majority stake in BAMTech to The Walt Disney Co., and recognizing the enormous talent pool that exists at MLB and MLB.com, it is an ideal time for new leadership,” Bowman said in a statement.

“Of all that we have accomplished, I am most proud of the people I have worked with, many of whom have been with me each step of the way over the past 17 years.”

According to Manfred, “Bob's vision made our game even more accessible and enjoyable to millions of fans. He and I will work closely to ensure a smooth transition in the weeks ahead, and our talented staff at MLB, MLB Advanced Media and MLB Network will continue to build on his many accomplishments.”

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