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• Serena Williams has withdrawn from the Miami Open (March 23) due to knee issues.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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Apr182018

Kobe Bryant Plays Point Guard For New BodyArmor Against Old Gatorade

By Barry Janoff

April 17, 2018: BodyArmor is coming for Gatorade, and they are not kidding around, even though the brand’s new campaign is full of humor.

“Thanks, Gatorade, We’ll Take It From Here,” is a multi-media effort that takes direct aim at the competition, not only calling out the product by name, but picturing it as out of date and out of synch with modern athletes.

The effort is driven by Kobe Bryant, a major investor in the brand, who conceived, co-directed and wrote the TV spots.

They star BodyArmor athlete spokespersons James Harden, Mike Trout, Skylar Diggins-Smith and Kristaps Porzingas.

The campaign also includes digital, social media, outdoor and radio.

In the spots, each of the BodyArmor athletes is seen in an outdated scenario: Harden wears Revolutionary War clothing into a basketball arena instead of a current outfit, Trout exercises with obsolete rather than modern workout machines, Diggins-Smith is seen leading an out-of-style jazzercise class and wearing vintage apparel and Porzingas keeps in touch with his parents via carrier pigeon.

Each ad implies that the dated, dusty methods are akin Gatorade, with BodyArmor seen as the modern, crisp replacement.

The new effort harkens back to a BodyArmor campaign from 2015, “This Is Now,” in which BodyArmor positioned itself as the sports energy drink for modern athletes versus the competition, but did not mention Gatorade by name.

In that campaign, such athlete endorsers as Harden, Trout, Diggins-Smith, Buster Posey, Andrew Luck and Richard Sherman were seen in black-and-white film playing their respective sports using early versions of equipment (leather football helmets, flimsy hockey goalie masks) before transitioning to color and modern equipment.

“I’m notorious for taking what’s old and finding a way to make it new,” Bryant said in a statement about his BodyArmor effort.

“A lot of my inspiration comes from finding things from the past and evolving them to be better. That’s exactly what we’ve done with BodyArmor Sport Drink. We found a way to make the sports drink category better, with natural flavors and sweeteners, potassium-packed electrolytes and coconut water.”

Last year, Bryant wrote, directed and narrated for the brand the national TV spot, “Obsession is Natural.”

BodyArmor, under the auspices of co-founders Lance Collins and Mike Repole, said it has about 5% of the sports drink category versus Gatorade’s 65+% and Powerade’s 25+%, according to industry analysts.

Other BodyArmor athletes, all of whom also are listed as investors, include Andrew Luck, Rob Gronkowski, Buster Posey, LeSean McCoy, Richard Sherman, Sydney Leroux and Dustin Johnson.

Among other alliances, BodyArmor recently signed a multi-year partnership with UFC as the MMA organization's “official sports drink.”

In each spot, the athletes appear to be enjoying their outdated situations but then realize that there is a better, more effective option.

“This is ridiculous,” says Skylar-Diggins in her spot of her antiquated workout routine. A voiceover replies, “It is, Skylar Diggins-Smith, but not as ridiculous as an outdated sports drink. This is BodyArmor. Thanks, Gatorade, we’ll take it from here.”

In Harden’s spot, a voiceover asks, "James Harden wouldn’t go to the game wearing outdated fashion, so why would he choose an outdated sports drink?” To which Harden answers, “I wouldn’t.”

In their respective commercials, we learn that “Kristaps Porzingas wouldn’t use a carrier pigeon to keep in touch with his parents in Latvia,” while “Mike Trout wouldn’t use an outdated workout machine to be All-Star Mike Trout,” and they "wouldn’t drink an outdated sports drink, either.”

Ever since retiring from the NBA after the 2016 season, Bryant has been on a mission to become as least as good in his new career as he was in winning five championships with the Los Angeles Lakers.

His Granity Studios is working with some of the top talent in Hollywood; his animated film, Dear Basketball, won an Emmy and an Oscar this year; and he currently has a 15-episode project on ESPN+, Detail, that will run throughout the NBA playoffs and Finals.

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