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• Serena Williams has withdrawn from the Miami Open (March 23) due to knee issues.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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NBA, Players, Partners Prepare For Final Stages Of Jr. NBA World Championship

By Barry Janoff

July 26, 2018: Even as NBA players gather in Las Vegas for USA Basketball training camp, other NBA and WNBA players are taking a lead role in the finals phase of the inaugural  Jr. NBA World Championship.

The tournament for the top 13- and 14-year-old boys and girls teams from around the world, which began with regional competitions in May, is down to the final 32 squads that will compete Aug. 7-12 in the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World Resort, Orlando.

Gatorade, which signed on as a primary partner in June, will be among a bevy of Jr. NBA partners activating during the event, including Kaiser Permanente and KaBOOM!

Fox Sports will air 16 games throughout the week, totaling 20 hours of programming on FS1 and Fox.

Dwyane Wade and Candace Parker have been serving as global ambassadors and appearing in multi-media marketing, including a new spot with D-Wade.

“We jumped at the opportunity to partner with the NBA on this unique event,”  Mark Silverman, President, National Networks at Fox Sports, said in a statement. “The NBA’s stars of tomorrow — the next Dwyane Wade or Candace Parker — might get their first big turns in the spotlight with us, right here at Fox Sports.”

Wade, Andre Drummond, Vince Carter, Brook Lopez, Grant Hill. Tamika Catchings, Swin Cash and Jennifer Azzi are among NBA and WNBA players and legends scheduled to participate in supporting events.

The Jr. NBA World Championship will feature 16  U.S. teams (eight boys, eight girls) that won  regional tournaments to advance to Orlando (see full list below).

Also participating are 16 international teams (eight boys and eight girls teams) representing Africa & Middle East, Asia Pacific, Canada, China, Europe, India, Mexico and South America.

“The Jr. NBA World Championship represents another significant step in our effort to promote youth basketball globally,” NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said when the event was unveiled earlier this year.

During the week-long event, all 32 teams will participate in activities designed to reinforce the Jr. NBA’s core values and provide the players with development opportunities and memorable experiences off the court.

From Aug. 6-8, each player will participate in life skills sessions as part of the event’s Developing the Total Athlete Series supported by Kaiser Permanente and led by medical professionals and NBA and WNBA talent, covering the total health of mind, body and spirit in a culturally inclusive environment.

In partnership with KaBOOM!, the Jr. NBA World Championship Day of Service on Aug. 9 will feature all 32 teams giving back to the local community by collectively building a new playground for community youth at the nearby Oak Street Park.

Gatorade’s multi-media support, which has included digital and social media, will be featured courtside on rotational signage at the World Championship event.

“The Jr. NBA World Championship represents another significant step in our effort to promote youth basketball globally."

The Gatorade Sports Science Institute has overseen athlete testing and heat safety and hydration sessions.

According to Wade, “The Jr. NBA World Championship is more than a basketball competition; it’s a global stage for some of the top youth players from around the world to showcase their talent, have fun and learn from one another.

“I am excited to watch these young stars leave it all on the court and compete for the first Jr. NBA World Championship title.”

The Jr. NBA World Championship will feature boys and girls divisions, separated into U.S. and international brackets that begin with round-robin play and continue with single-eliminations competition.

The winners of the U.S. and international brackets will play in the World Championship games, scheduled for Aug. 12.

All games will be officiated by representatives from the NBA’s Referee Development Program, which provides rising professionals and former players with the skills necessary to pursue a career as a referee in the NBA, WNBA or NBA G League.

U.S. Boys Division               
Central – Lenexa, Kan.
Mid-Atlantic – Upper Marlboro, Md.
Midwest – Detroit
Northeast – Westchester, N.Y.
Northwest – Seattle
South – Dallas
Southeast – Atlanta
West – Los Angeles

U.S. Girls Division
Central – Kansas City, Mo.
Mid-Atlantic – Germantown, Md.
Midwest – South Bend, Ind.
Northeast – Westchester, N.Y.
Northwest – New Castle, Wash.
South – Dallas
Southeast – Columbia, S.C.
West – Los Angeles

(Teams are based in the cities listed, but comprised of youth from throughout the respective regions .)

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