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• Serena Williams has withdrawn from the Miami Open (March 23) due to knee issues.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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Coca-Cola, 7-Eleven Serve Up March Madness Marketing

Special to NYSportsJournalism.com

March 4, 2012: Coca-Cola's PowerAde is the official sports drink of the NCAA. 7-Eleven stores know that consumers in March want to celebrate March Madness.

In anticipation of the Big Dance ready to being later this month, PowerAde and 7-Eleven have joined to honor four memorable moments in NCAA Men's Basketball Div. I Final Four history.

Four limited-edition cups are now available in participating 7-Eleven stores nationwide ($1.49 each). Each of the four "Miracle Match-up" Big Gulp cups features a stand-out former NCAA basketball student-athlete during a "game-changing play."

Included are (in chronological order): Lorenzo Charles, 1983, North Carolina State Wolfpack; Jon Bryant, 2000, University of Wisconsin Badgers; Taliek Brown, 2004, University of Connecticut Huskies; and Tony Skinn, 2006, George Mason University Patriots.

A quick response (QR) code on each Big Gulp cup links to a mobile PowerAde Web site, where CBS Sports analyst Greg Anthony hosts a brief video on each cup's featured big play. For a limited time, this video content is exclusive to 7-Eleven, compliments of PowerAde.

Other March Madness-related features this month at 7-Eleven stores include:

• A custom-made pair of neon-colored Slurpee high-top sneakers will be awarded to five Slurpee consumers. The cost to enter the contest is five Slurpee Rewards Points, and winners will be selected in a random drawing at the end of March. (Full details here.)

• Slurpee fans who tweet answers to daily basketball opinion or trivia questions on Twitter and include the hashtag – #BigGulpHoop – will be entered to win a Slurpee-branded mini-basketball hoop and ball. Five of the mini-hoops will be awarded daily during March.

• 7-Eleven has created a virtual towel pop (like painful towel pops in locker rooms after a big game) for sports-lovers to send to friends from the Slurpee Web page. The e-towel pop can be found on the Slurpee Nation Rewards page and is free to send. Unlimited towel pops can be sent, but only one animated snap at a time.

• A second free offer is a "teeny-tiny sweatband" for a Slurpee spoon-straw. The wee red, white and blue sweatband art can be printed from the Web page, cut out and affixed to any Slurpee straw, because nobody likes a sweaty straw.

"These Big Gulp collectible cups match up well with one of our key consumer demographics, sport fans ages 18 to 45," Jesus Delgado-Jenkins, 7-Eleven svp-merchandising, marketing and logistics, said in a statement. "These cups are a create value as a re-useable soft drink container."

A Mountain Berry Blast flavored by PowerAde is available on both Slurpee frozen carbonated beverage and Big Gulp fountain machines. This is the first time a PowerAde flavor has been developed for a 7-Eleven frozen carbonated beverage, but it is not a sports drink, according to Coca-Cola.

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