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• Serena Williams has withdrawn from the Miami Open (March 23) due to knee issues.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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Oct302013

'Da Bears' Mike Ditka, Jim McMahon Re-Team For Overstock.com Campaign

By Barry Janoff

October 30, 2013: "Da Coach" Mike Ditka and his former quarterback with the Chicago Bears, Jim McMahon, are reunited in a new marketing campaign from online discount retailer Overstock.com.

Salt Lake City-based Overstock.com said the duo would be featured in a series of commercials and in other media activations.

The launch spot finds Ditka and McMahon addressing media in a press conference, much as they did in the 1980s and especially during the Bears' 1985 Super Bowl XX victory.

"Overstock.com is a big player in online shopping and a world-class operation. I’m only going to associate my name with that level of company," Ditka said in a statement. "It was a pleasure to work with the company and to be reunited with Jim McMahon."

The spot will air on such networks as HGTV, ABC Family, USA Network, FX Channel and Spike.

Overstock.com said that the next commercial in the Ditka-McMahon series wouid be a holiday spot also featuring Overstock.com price checkers. New commercials are planned for 2014.

The online retailer said that this campaign, as well as a previous effort featuring Snoop Lion (aka Snoop Dogg), shows that "Overstock.com is reaching out to a diverse demographic with its brand."

In 2011, Overstock signed a six-year naming rights deal to the stadium that is home to the NFL's Raiders and MLB's A's, known as O.co Stadium.

According to Stormy Simon, co-president for Overstock.com, "Overstock.com's online shopping customer base spans a wide demographic. We're no longer appealing to just the middle-aged housewife. Our varied commercials demonstrate that."

In the spot, Ditka is introduced as "The price coach," much to the surprise of McMahon.

"Don't get all soft and gooey on me," Ditka says to McMahon. "We have a job to do here. We're grinding down prices. And we're going to deliver the best deals."

When a reporter says he's getting married, Ditka replies, "We'll save you thousands on dazzling diamonds. Trust me. I'm the coach here. We price-check over 500,000 items a week to make sure [we have the lowest prices]."

"Overstock.com is a big player in online shopping and a world-class operation. I’m only going to associate my name with that level of company."

The spot ends with the tag, "Re-Ditka-lous" deals." (See the full spot here.)

The 54-year-old McMahon, who finished his career with 100 passing touchdowns, 16 touchdowns rushing and more than 18,100 yards passing, has been in the news of late due to his financial and medical problems, the latter of which he attributes to injuries he suffered while playing football. In August 2011, he was part of a class-action lawsuit filed by former NFL players regarding concussions suffered during their time in the NFL.

Ditka, a member of the Pro Fottball Hall of Fame, played for the Bears, Philadelphia Eagles and Dallas Cowboys and coached the Bears and New Orleans Saints. He is currently an NFL analyst for ESPN.

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