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• 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.

• Amazon has launched MLB.TV on Prime Video Channels, allowing Prime members to subscribe to MLB.TV and stream regular season out-of-market baseball games live and on-demand, all from the Prime Video service.

• 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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Sep172018

Coca-Cola’s Dasani Sparkling Inks First Sports Sponsorship As PGA Tour Partner

NYSJ Sports-Entertainment Business News Service

September 17, 2018:
Calling it the first sports partnership in the brand’s history, Coca-Cola’s Dasani Sparking has signed a deal naming it the “official sparkling water of the PGA Tour.

The alliance begins this week at the Tour Championship at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta.

Coca-Cola, headquartered in Atlanta, is a partner of the Tour Championship, which serves as the culminating event of the FedExCup Playoffs.

Financial terms were not released.

Coca-Cola said that company ambassador Jordan Spieth would be featured across Dasani Sparkling’s POP and on-course creative.

“We are extremely grateful for Coca-Cola’s longstanding involvement in golf and support of the Tour Championship since 1982,” Brian Oliver, evp-corporate partnership for the PGA Tour, said in a statement.

“We are thrilled that Dasani Sparkling has chosen the PGA Tour for its first sports sponsorship, and look forward to activating the PGA Tour platform to connect with fans and active golfers around the world.”

Coca-Cola said the Dasani Sparking pact builds on its “longstanding partnership with the PGA Tour, the company’s pouring rights with the Tournament Players Club network of clubs and its overall history in the game of golf, which traces back to the 1940s when Hall of Fame golfer Bobby Jones appeared in his first Coca-Cola campaign.

The alliance comes with other multi-media marketing, anchored by a TV spot, “Dasani Sparking Brings Extra Sparkle To PGA Tour,” that will break on NBC during its coverage of the Tour Championship.

The working tag line: "Dasani Sparking: Officially adding sparkle to the PGA Tour and the Tour Championship."

On-site, the product will be featured at the Dasani Sparkling seating sections, located at the 1st tee and 18th green.

For people 21 and over, several venues on-site will offer the signature cocktail of the Tour Championship, The Shamrock, made with  fresh lemonade, Dasani Sparkling Black Cherry and Grey Goose Cherry Noir.

According to Brad Spickert, svp-hydration for Dasani, “The PGA Tour continues to be one of sport’s most celebrated brands, and the Tour Championship one of golf’s most prestigious events.

"We look forward to extending our history in golf and connecting Dasani Sparkling with golf fans and the Tour’s tournaments around the world through the partnership.”

In the humorous commercial, a man who is not but appears to be a stockier version of golfer Dustin Johnson talks about the water obstacles at East Lake Golf Club but how Dasani would bring an “extra sparkle” to the proceedings.

“Golf is a tough game,” he says. “It’s about close-calls. It’s a game of risks and rewards. Go easy . . . or go for it. Breezes, teases, yips, shanks . . . water hazards.

“Golfers lose millions of balls each year in this lake,” he then says, referring to the major hazard at the signature 6th Hole (213 Yard Par 3), which the Club said was the first island green in America and “requires the golfer to fly the ball 200+ yards over water before seeing any signs of dry land.”

Said Spickert, “Dasani Sparkling is excited to make a splash at the storied East Lake property."

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