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• Serena Williams has withdrawn from the Miami Open (March 23) due to knee issues.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 22-24
1. Us $70.2M
2. Captain Marvel $35M
3. Wonder Park $9M
4. Five Feet Apart $8.8M
5. How To Train Your Dragon 3 $6.5M
6. A Madea Family Funeral $4.5M
7. Gloria Bell $1.8M
8. No Manches Frida 2 $1.8M
9. Lego Movie 2 $1.1M
10. Alita: Battle Angel $1M
Source: Box Office Mojo

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Wednesday
Dec202017

Quiet Kawhi Leonard Goes Wild In Foot Locker-Air Jordan Gatorade Campaign

By Barry Janoff

December 20, 2017: Kawhi Leonard, who has just returned to the San Antonio Spurs line-up after missing the first months of the season with right quadriceps tendinopathy, gets a starring and humorous role in Foot Locker's "Bold Like Kawhi,” which seeks to pay homage to Michael Jordan and Gatorade’s “Be Like Mike” campaign from the 1990s.

The anchor spot, "Bold Like Kawhi,” follows the all-star forward, usually known for his low-key, relaxed demeanor, through a day of high-key, energized adventures after receiving a new pair of orange “Be Like Mike”  Air Jordan I OG High Gatorade hoops shoes from teammate LaMarcus Aldridge.

According to Leonard, "I had a ton of fun partnering with Foot Locker and Jordan Brand to show off another side of my personality that most fans don't get to see every day.

“Being part of a holiday campaign that pays homage to the original 'Be Like Mike' Gatorade ad is really special."

When Leonard puts on his new Jordans, he excitedly shares the news on social media via his cell phone. He then proceeds to go on a pumped-up day-long road trip while wearing the new kicks.

Among other encounters, all shared on social media, he shows up in a recording studio with rapper Nipsey Hussle, goes to an auction and bids on a piece of eccentric art, breaks boards in a taekwondo studio, parties in a nightclub with Les Twins and drives a low-rider muscle car dubbed “Kawheels.”

When later interviewed by the media about about his day, Leonard, wearing a "Be Like Mike" T-shirt, says with a sly smile, “I was hacked.”

The spot will break on ESPN and ABC during NBA Christmas Day games.

Support includes Internet, social media and POP.

Lead agency is BBDO.

"We were thrilled to partner with Kawhi Leonard for our Jordan holiday campaign," Patrick Walsh, vp-marketing for Foot Locker North America, said in a statement,

"We all know Kawhi is bold on the court, but highlighting his style and confidence in the new Air Jordan Gatorade Collection will help all of our customers at Foot Locker make bold sneaker selections this holiday season,” said Walsh.

The campaign supports the release of a premium assortment of the Air Jordan Gatorade Collection, including the Air Jordan I OG High Gatorade in four flavorways — Orange, Lemon Lime, Grape and Cool Blue — (launching Dec. 26) and Air Jordan VI Gatorade (launching Dec. 30).

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