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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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Jul102018

ESPN Touches All Bases For All-Star Game T-Mobile Home Run Derby Coverage

By Barry Janoff

July 10, 2018: The All-Star Game itself may be the big star during MLB’s All-Star Week, but the T-Mobile Home Run Derby attracts its own bright lights and excitement, and ESPN is treating the event like the star it is.

The 2018 exclusive broadcast of the T-Mobile Home Run Derby on ESPN, July 16 from Nationals Park in D.C., will get a plethora of fan-friendly coverage, beginning on-site at 3 PM (ET) that afternoon.

“The annual event is one of ESPN’s signature telecasts of the summer, and this year it will include more coverage than ever,” according to ESPN.

T-Mobile, an official MLB partner since 2013, became presenting sponsor for the Home Run Derby in with a three-year deal in 2016.

Prior to that, the Home Run Derby was sponsored by Gillette and before that State Farm and Chevrolet.

Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper, who has been voted a starter on the National League roster, is currently the only other confirmed participant in the 2018 Home Run Derby.

Los  Angeles Dodgers infielder Max Muncy said on the club’s radio station that he would participate in the Home Run Derby.

However, official participants and brackets will not be known until a special ESPN telecast, the 2018 T-Mobile Home Run Derby Bracket Show, immediately following Wednesday Night Baseball with Texas Rangers at the Boston Red Sox on July 11 (approximately 10 PM ET).

Editor's Note: The 2018 T-Mobile Home Run Derby Participants are scheudled to be:
1. Jesus Aguilar Milwaukee Brewers
2. Bryce Harper Washington Nationals
3. Max Muncy Los Angeles Dodgers
4. Alex Bregman Houston Astros
5. Kyle Schwarzer Chicago Cubs
6. Javier Baez Chicago Cubs
7. Freddie Freeman Atlanta Braves
8. Rhys Hoskins Philadelphia Phillies

Aaron Judge of the New York Yankees was crowned last year's T-Mobile Home Run Derby champion in Marlins Park in Miami, and the year before Giancarlo Stanton, now with the Yankees but then with the Miami Marlins, won the event. Both have decided to pass on the 2018 competition.

ESPN and T-Mobile have been touting the event with a spot featuring the Nationals' Racing Presidents mascots.

As part of what ESPN called exclusive, cross-platform coverage, a bevy of new technology will be employed to bring the event to fans.

ESPN said 4D replay would be used to  “provide viewers with 360-degree replays of the participants and their swings”; and “new 3D spray charts that will show paths and arcs of home runs.”

In addition, an on-screen scoreboard will feature a new “pace tracker” with a “sliding scale of projected home run totals for each hitter in the bracket and whether the hitter’s total is ahead or behind his opponent.”

Karl Ravech will return for his second year as lead announcer for the T-Mobile Home Run Derby, joined by analysts Mark Teixeira, Jessica Mendoza and Buster Olney.

ESPNEWS will televise a “first-of-its-kind alternative viewing experience” for this event, with on-screen graphics, data and information from Statcast.

The ESPNEWS telecast will also feature its own commentator team, including play-by-play voice Jason Benetti and analyst Eduardo Perez, according to ESPN.

ESPN Radio will have the national radio broadcast as Jon “Boog” Sciambi describeing the action with analysts Chris Singleton,  Marc Kestecher and Tim Kurkjian.

All ESPN and ESPN2 Home Run Derby day telecasts will stream via the ESPN App. Audio from the ESPN Radio broadcast will also be available on the ESPN App.

Among other T-Mobile Home Run Derby coverage on ESPN:

Baseball Tonight: Home Run Derby – Around the Cage will include live footage of batting practice and on-site interviews with participants.

Pardon The Interruption commentators Michael Wilbon and Tony Kornheiser will talk about the Derby.

MLB Intentional Talk will be on site with hosts Chris Rose and Kevin Millar.

SportsCenter guest hosts Keith Olbermann and Karl Ravech will preview the T-Mobile Home Run Derby and the 2018 MLB All-Star Game.

The Home Run Derby Preview Show leads into the T-Mobile Home Run Derby telecast. Adnan Virk will join analysts David Ross, Tim Kurkjian and Eduardo Perez for commentary.

PHOTO COURTESY WASHINGTON NATIONALS

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