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• Serena Williams has withdrawn from the Miami Open (March 23) due to knee issues.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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May242018

Basketball Hall Scores $30M+ For Innovations, Renovations, Puts It To Work

NYSJ Sports-Entertainment Business News Service

May 23, 2018:
The destination that is home to Michael Jordan, Bill Russell, Wilt Chamberlain, Walt Frazier and more than 350 other players, coaches, refs and contributors — as well as countless items of basketball history — is getting a 21st Century makeover.

Three years after unveiling  “It’s Time to Step Forward” campaign to generate finances and public support for a major renovation,  the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame said that more than $30 million has been pledged to move the project forward.

This week, the hoops Hall, located in Springfield, Mass., shared the results of Phase 1 in its multi-million-dollar renovation, the first undertaking since the Hall opened in its present location (1000 Hall of Fame Ave.) in 2002.

The original Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame opened in 1959.

The museum’s full renovation is expected to be completed by the end of 2019.

"Today is a very exciting day for the Basketball Hall of Fame as we celebrate a new look to our museum and thank our many generous supporters,” John Doleva, president and CEO for the Basketball Hall of Fame, said during a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Wednesday.

“We continually strive to be the finest sports museum in the world, celebrating today’s greats and the legends who paved the way. The updates we’ve been able to make to our venue will help us to continue our mission and offer a tremendous experience for the fans of the game we love.”

The Hall said that the $30 million-plus has been pledged from “members of the national basketball community, as well as individual donors and Connecticut and Massachusetts-based organizations.”

Renovations and additions revealed included the Tip-Off Pavilion Lobby Presented by Mohegan Sun, a surround-sound Nike Theater and a donor recognition wall featuring an interactive kiosk.

Phase 1 also includes the Coaches Circle exhibit, which pays tribute to hoops founder Dr. James Naismith and will “celebrate current coaches who are following in his footsteps by emphasizing a commitment to positively impacting communities, players, peers, and society as a whole.”

In addition, the new attractions feature a Players Locker Room (pictured), which highlights the lives and careers of 24 Hall of Famers in an interactive exhibit, including Michael Jordan, Larry Bird, Jerry West, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Oscar Robertson and Class of 2018 members Grant Hill, Steve Nash and Jason Kidd.

According to the Hall, proposed technological renovations in future phases will “engage the millions of basketball fans who cannot travel to Springfield through digital media access to the museum’s exhibits and inspirational stories.”

The museum’s full renovation is expected to be complete by the end of 2019.

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