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• Serena Williams has withdrawn from the Miami Open (March 23) due to knee issues.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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Tuesday
Dec102013

Thanks To Foot Locker, Blake Griffin Loses Clippers Locker Room Space To Little Chris

By Barry Janoff

December 13, 2013: Is All-Star forward Blake Griffin out of the Los Angeles Clippers locker room?

Perhaps not in real NBA life, but that's the scenario in a new TV spot from Foot Locker for its Kids Foot Locker division.

The 30-second commercial, "Locker," features Griffin, teammate Chris Paul and Paul's son, "Little" Chris, with a focus on merchandise available for young consumers in Kids Foot Locker locations.

The spot, from BBDO, NY, debuts this week during NBA and kids programming and online.

"We were excited to have Chris Paul and Blake Griffin in our new Kids Foot Locker spot, as both parents and kids identify with these talented athletes," Stacy Cunningham, evp for Foot Locker and for Kids Foot Locker., said in a statement.

According to Cunnigham, the spot features such items as Jordan One Flights and Flight Origin Sneakers, varsity hoodies and T-shirts.

Support includes Internet and social media sites such as Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and Pinterest.

The spot opens in the Clippers locker room with Paul and a team trainer talking about the abundance of items that Little Chris has gotten for the holidays. So much, in fact, that Paul has given his son a locker adjoining his to store all the goodies.

However, the trainer notices something odd. "Isn't that where Blake's locker used to be?"

"Not any more," Paul replies. "Ain't that right, man," Paul says to his son, who readily agrees.

The next scene shows Griffin standing in a bus terminal, anxiously waiting to use one of the lockers. "C'mon, man, I've got practice," he says to a guy who is blocking his "new" locker. (See the full spot here.)

Text uses the Foot Locker tag, "Go Big."

"Sharing the spotlight with people that I love and one of my favorite brands brings this spot close to home," Paul said in a statement. "I really enjoyed kicking off the holiday with this collaboration with my son, my buddy Blake, and the Foot Locker family. I'm glad to be a part of a campaign that inspires kids of all ages to dream big, play big and go big."

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