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• Serena Williams has withdrawn from the Miami Open (March 23) due to knee issues.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

Monday
Feb272012

Was That Actor Jeff Goldblum Co-Starring With The NBA's Blake Griffin For Kia?

By Barry Janoff

February 26, 2012: Moviegoers and TV viewers are familiar with the face, voice and acting chops of Jeff Goldblum, whose Hollywood resume includes Independence Day, Jurassic Park and on TV as Det. Zach Nichols on Law & Order: Criminal Intent.

Now, basketball fans and auto consumers can see Goldblum playing the role of a scientist whose forte is "dunkology" in a new commercial for Kia that stars Blake Griffin of the Los Angeles Clippers.

The 60-second spot, which broke on TV this past weekend during the NBA's 2012 All-Star festivities, finds its origins in the 2011 All-Star Weekend. That's when Griffin won the Slam Dunk Contest after jumping over a Kia Optima (the official car of the NBA) and subsequently being unveiled as the carmaker's new national spokesperson.

Fast-forward to 2012, which finds Griffin wondering aloud whether or not a Kia Optima could dunk over him. "I looked into it," Griffin says as the commercial rolls, "and it's entirely possible."

That's when Goldblum makes his appearance. "That's right, B.G. And I should know," Goldblum, wearing a lab coat, confirms. "I'm a 'dunkologist.'"

"Actually, I'm a theoretical physicist but that doesn't have quite the [same] ring to it, does it?!" deadpans Goldblum.

He then explains, with the help of a mini-display, how the Kia Optima "is going to go at full speed down this runway, up the ramp [over Griffin]." He then demonstrates to a bewildered colleague how a basketball attached to the front of the Kia detaches "and it dunks over Blake."

As the Kia Optima and Griffin take their places for the real deal, Goldblum and other members of his team run through a series of faux instructions: "Add 60% more quantum boosters." "Turn the over-thrusters to 62 degrees."

"Ignition!" Goldblum finally yells, which sends the Kia flying toward the ramp and Griffin. However, a slight miscalculation occurs and the car goes through the ramp and straight at Griffin, who manages to yell "Time out!" before getting slammed by the vehicle and into a pile of boxes.

As Hoops Nation holds its collective breath, an unharmed Griffin shakes off the impact and asks, "Did it work?"  Goldblum's reply: "Making ourselves scarce," as he and his team jump into a van and speed off.

Griffin currently stars in other commercials as part of a multi-year deal with Kia, which said the alliance with the 2010-11 NBA Rookie of the Year has "greatly exceeded its expectations" in reaching what it describes as an educated, urban and multicultural target audience.

See the full spot here.

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