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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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Jul302014

IMG Renews Licensing Deals With Sugar Bowl, Rose Bowl, Heisman Trophy Trust

Special to NYSportsJournalism.com

July 30, 2014: With college football season fast approaching, global marketing and representation firm IMG, through its licensing affiliate the Collegiate Licensing Company, has signed deals that extend and enhance current partnerships with the Sugar Bowl Committee, the Tournament of Roses and the Heisman Trophy Trust to manage their respective trademark licensing programs.

The Allstate Sugar Bowl and the Rose Bowl presented by Northwestern Mutual both will host semi-final games as part of the CFB playoff series that begins this season.

Financial terms of the deals were not disclosed.

CLC currently represents nearly 200 collegiate properties, including 25 bowl games and the College Football Playoff, in the $4.6 billion retail market for collegiate products, according to IMG Worldwide.

“We are excited to extend our agreements with three of the most prestigious brands in college football,” Cory Moss, svp/managing director for CLC, said in a statement. “With unparalleled resources, deep expertise, and the broadest capabilities, CLC remains committed to developing cutting-edge initiatives and creative, customized solutions to help maximize each brand’s presence in the marketplace.”

In addition to title sponsor Allstate, Sugar Bowl marketing partners include AT&T, Chevy, Taco Bell, Hilton and Marriott.

Tournament of Roses partners include Disney, Macy's, Nike, Tiffany, American Airlines, Coca-Cola, Farmer's Insurance, Honda, Northwestern Mutual and FTD.

"CLC remains committed to developing cutting-edge initiatives and creative, customized solutions to help maximize each brand’s presence in the marketplace.”

The Heisman Trophy Trust, a CLC partner since 1999,  works with such marketing and media partners as Nissan, Aflac, Kellogg's, Wendy's and ESPN. The 2014 Heisman Trophy will be presented in New York in December on ESPN.

“The stewardship of The Heisman Trophy is a vital part of The Heisman Trust’s responsibilities," Rob Whalen, executive director for The Heisman Trophy Trust, said in a statement. "CLC understands that and has been a tremendous ally in the protection, management and development of The Heisman Trophy brand.”

According to Jeff Hundley, COO for the Sugar Bowl, "We look forward to leveraging the new College Football Playoff, along with the Bowl’s new partnership with the SEC and Big 12 Conferences, into greater excitement and expanded retail distribution of our merchandise, and we feel CLC is the best partner to help us accomplish that."

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