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• Serena Williams has withdrawn from the Miami Open (March 23) due to knee issues.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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Dec072015

Very Interesting: Dos Equis Goes Bowling As Official Beer For CFB Playoffs, Title Game

By Barry Janoff

December 7, 2015: Even the Most Interesting Man in the World would find this interesting.

Dos Equis has signed what it called "an historic, multi-year agreement" with ESPN to become the official beer sponsor for the College Football Playoffs.

The deal, which takes effect immediately, includes the CFP Semi-finals, National Championship and the “New Years’ Six” bowl properties: Peach, Sugar, Fiesta, Rose, Cotton and Orange Bowls.

Financial terms of the alliance were not released.

Dos Equis will support with extensive integration throughout ESPN's CFP coverage via a multi-platform effort to include TV, print, radio, Internet, social media and logo usage rights on-pack for Dos Equis brands.

In addition, Dos Equis said it would have a "significant presence across ESPN's platforms" throughout the regular season.

Dos Equis, a division of Heineken, will promote a variety of "Drink Responsibly" communications for fans 21+, alongside promotion of its various products.

The brand's "Stay Thirsty" umbrella campaign features the "Most Interesting Man in the World." It was not revealed whether the character would become part of new college football-themed creative.

The College Football Playoff semifinals, both on Dec. 31 and both on ESPN, feature No. 1 Clemson vs. No. 4 Oklahoma in the Capital One Orange Bowl 4 PM ET); and No. 2 Alabama vs. No. 3 Michigan State in the Goodyear Cotton Bowl (8 PM ET).

The National Championship will be played on Jan. 11 in the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Az., on ESPN.

"This is a remarkable opportunity to help our consumers stay thirsty during one of the biggest sporting events in America."

The CFB National Championship game this past January, won by Ohio State, averaged 33.4 million viewers, the highest in ESPN and cable TV history.

Dos Equis joins a roster of College Football Playoff national sponsors that  include Allstate. AT&T, Buick, Capital One, Chick-fil-A, DirecTV, Dr. Pepper, Ford, Gatorade, Goodyear, Nissan, Northwestern Mutual, Reese's and Taco Bell.

Dos Equis said the sponsorship deal "further establishes Dos Equis' standing in sports, giving the brand a strong platform to drive fan engagement in one of the country's most exciting and growing franchises."

"Both Dos Equis and college football have seen tremendous growth over the past decade and working with the College Football Playoff and ESPN will be a bold platform for Dos Equis," Nuno Teles, CMO for Heineken USA, said in a statement. "Millions of fans tuned in as part of last years' record-setting championship telecast, and this is a remarkable opportunity to help our consumers stay thirsty during one of the biggest sporting events in America."

According to Ed Erhardt, president-global sales and marketing for ESPN, "Adding Dos Equis to the roster of brands aligned with the College Football Playoff further underscores the broad reach of the college football audience. We look forward to working with Dos Equis to create 'interesting' brand integrations."

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