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• Serena Williams has withdrawn from the Miami Open (March 23) due to knee issues.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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Friday
May172013

Cracker Jack Goes From Ball Game To Ashley Tisdale Hard Ball Marketing

By Barry Janoff

May 17, 2013: Fans infinitum have been singing the words to “Take Me Out To The Ball Game,” which includes the line, “Buy me some peanuts and Cracker Jack, I don’t care if I never back.”

Now, there’s a new Cracker Jack’D in town, and it ain’t your grandfather’s caramel-covered popcorn snacking food or the product immortalized by the song’s authors, Jack Norworth and Albert Von Tilzer, anymore.

The rebranded and remodeled Cracker Jack’D, a division of PepsiCo’s Frito-Lay, has gone hard core. The brand has signed deals with hip-hop musicians Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, uber-automotive design firm West Coast Customs and actress Ashley Tisdale – not the High School Musical version but the woman on the cover of the current Maxim magazine – to tout a new line of flavors.

They include Intense Mix Spicy Pizzeria and Buffalo Ranch, Power Bites Vanilla Mocha and Cocoa Java and, with a nod to health-oriented consumers, a line of granola and nut Hearty Mixes.

Tisdale, wearing much more than she did for her Maxim photo shoot, was handing out samples this week in New York’s Manhattan Flat Iron district. The event officially launched a 16-week sampling tour in that will feature a soup-up vehicle designed by West Coast Customs and ticket giveaways to Macklemore & Ryan Lewis concerts.

Tisdale, along with Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and the guys from West Coast Customs, will also be part of a national multi-media marketing campaign. Along for the ride is the iconic Sailor Jack and his dog Bingo, which have been part of packaging and marketing almost from the start, although here in a backseat role to the more high-profile spokespersons now on board.

“Today’s male customers are looking for intense tastes and more satisfying snack options that can easily fit into their busy lifestyles."

Missing, however, will be the cheesy yet fun toys that came in each package.

“Today’s male customers are looking for intense tastes and more satisfying snack options that can easily fit into their busy lifestyles,” David Skena, vp-marketing for Frito-Lay, said in a statement. “Cracker Jack’D is unique because of the way it combines hard-working ingredients, different textures, flavors and innovative packaging in a way that works best for on-the-go consumers.”

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