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• Serena Williams has withdrawn from the Miami Open (March 23) due to knee issues.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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Apr012014

New Balance Changes MLB Balance Of Power With Longoria, Bautista, Cabrera

Special to NYSportsJournalism.com

April 1, 2014: MLB players Evan Longoria, Ryan Howard, Matt Moore, Mike Napoli and Jean Segura have joined a roster that comes as close to being on an all-star team without being voted on to the official All-Star Game roster.

The five players have signed deals with sportswear and athletic shoe company New Balance to wear the brand's cleats on the field and to appear in marketing and other activations for the Boston-based company.

New Balance also said that it has re-signed C.J. Wilson, Yadier Molina, Curtis Granderson, and J.J. Hardy to multi-year endorsement contracts.

Financial details were not disclosed.

Two-time American League MVP Miguel Cabrera, Dustin Pedroia, Jose Bautista (pictured above), Nick Swisher and R.A. Dickey are also among what was described as more than 500 professional baseball players, including Minor League athletes, for whom New Balance will be the official on-field footwear and off-field athletic footwear and apparel provider.

Marketing comes with the tag line, "Change your shoes, not your swing."

Longoria unveiled his new deal by posting a photo of himself on his Twitter page holding New Balance shoes as well as his young daughter, Elle.

In 2014, New Balance baseball athletes will be wearing either the new 4040v2 or the MB3000 cleat on the field, per the company.

New Balance said that i has "set out to change the game of baseball and sports marketing by sponsoring athletes who share the brand’s philosophy that doing good is just as important as doing well." The company said it works with its Team NB athletes to "support their charitable endeavors off the field. . . .  to give back to charities or their local communities."

“We are proud to associate our brand with athletes who share our values, believe in our brand, and are committed to giving back to their communities,” Mark Cavanaugh, general manager of sports marketing at New Balance, said in a statement. “New Balance values strength of character as much as we value accolades on the field.”

“I always knew New Balance made great running shoes, then when I tried on a pair of their baseball cleats I was blown away at how comfortable they were," Longoria of the Tampa Bay Rays said in a statement. "I did not want to take them off. In addition to making a high-quality product, I really like that New Balance is so committed to giving back to their communities; it’s completely aligned with my own work supporting cancer patients and animal shelters in the Tampa area.”
 
According to Cavanaugh, "Athletes are joining our brand because of the great things they’re hearing from teammates and other players about our products and our brand philosophy."

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