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• Serena Williams has withdrawn from the Miami Open (March 23) due to knee issues.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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Mar042010

If You Call Dickie V A Fathead, He'll Smile And Say, 'Awesome, Baby!'

Dickie V Fathead will speak as much - or as little - as you want it to.March 4, 2010: If you are going to pick someone to debut your line of talking products, it would be hard  to avoid ESPN analyst Dick Vitale, whose distinct voice is as much a part of men's college basketball as the Duke University Blue Devil mascot and the Gonzaga cheerleaders.

To coincide with this year's NCAA Division I March Madness tournament, wall graphics company Fathead is unveiling two images of Vitale, one of which not only has his smiling features but also, via an embedded technology, enables the product to repeat several of Vitale's signature phrases. The Livonia, Mich.-based company said it would be expanding the line to other celebrities.

Support for the product includes a “You’re  A Winner Baby” sweepstakes in partnership with Dick Vitale’s Web site, www.DickVitaleOnline.com. As the real and Fathead version of Vitale would say, "It's awesome, baby!"

The sweepstakes, which runs March 5-April 8, 2010, includes such prizes as an XZipit Game Rocker, Dick Vitale autographed memorabilia and Fathead merchandise. (Full details here.)

Other catch phrases from the talking Vitalte Fathead include “Diaper Dandy,” “PTP’er” and “Dipsy-doo,Dunk-a-roo.” This is the second time Fathead has teamed with Vitale, a member of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, on a March Madness event.

“We could not have chosen a better ambassador of collegiate basketball than Dickie V to launch and lead off our talking Fathead Line timed with our second annual sweepstakes,” Patrick McInnis, Fathead CEO, said in a statement. “We are honored and excited to be working with him again to provide these unique experiences and opportunities to both of our loyal and passionate fans.”

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