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• Serena Williams has withdrawn from the Miami Open (March 23) due to knee issues.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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WNBA President Lisa Borders Leaving League To Become CEO For Time’s Up

NYSJ Sports-Entertainment Business News Service

October 2, 2018:
Lisa Borders, who was named WNBA president in 2016, is voluntarily leaving the league to become the first president and CEO for Time’s Up Legal Defense Fund, which “provides subsidized legal support to those who have experienced sexual harassment, assault, or abuse in the workplace.”

The NBA said that the search for a new WNBA president would “commence immediately.”

During the interim, NBA deputy commissioner Mark Tatum will be acting WNBA president.

The NBA did not share a list of potential candidates for WNBA president.

The next president would be the fifth in WNBA history, following Val Ackerman (1996-2005), Donna Orender (2005-2010), Laurel Richie (2010-2015) and Borders.

“We are extremely grateful for Lisa’s leadership and tireless commitment to the WNBA,” NBA commissioner Adam Silver said via the league.

“This is a natural transition for Lisa knowing what a champion she is for issues involving women’s empowerment and social justice and fortunately for us, she leaves the league with strong tail winds propelling it forward.”

Prior to joining the WNBA, Borders served as chair for the Coca-Cola Foundation and vp-global community affairs for The Coca-Cola Company; was president of the City Council and Vice Mayor for Atlanta; and was president of the Grady Health Foundation, the fundraising arm of Grady Health System.

According to Borders, “It has been an honor and my absolute privilege leading the WNBA and being part of what it stands for. I want to thank Adam for giving me the opportunity and support to help grow this league.

“I am most proud of the W players for their amazing talents on the court and their dedication to making an impact in their communities. I look forward to continuing my support for the W in my new role with Time’s Up.  I will always be the W’s biggest advocate and fan.”

With Time’s Up, Borders will “continue the organization’s work to ensure equal opportunity and protection for all working women, seizing this unprecedented moment and transforming it into meaningful and institutionalized change across culture, companies and laws.”

In 2017, the WNBA recorded its highest regular-season attendance in six years.

In 2018, the WNBA delivered its most-watched season in four years, with combined viewership across ESPN networks and NBA TV up double digits, according to the NBA.

This past season, the WNBA launched “Take a Seat, Take a Stand,” a marketing campaign and platform that donates a portion of WNBA ticket proceeds to designated nonprofit organizations committed to empowering women and girls.

The 2019 season begins in May.

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