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• Serena Williams has withdrawn from the Miami Open (March 23) due to knee issues.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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Louisville Slugger Still Swinging As It Hits 125

April 2, 2009: Not many products can claim to have been used by Babe Ruth, Ty Cobb, Joe DiMaggio, Mickey Mantle, Jackie Robinson, Derek Jeter, Evan Longoria and Dustin Pedroia, but Louisville Slugger can. The official bat of Major League Baseball will be honored in 2009 during its 125th anniversary with marketing support, special logos on bats and commemorative products available to fans and consumers. The special logo will be placed between the center and end brand that contains the player's name and model number for each bat. It will contain the both year in which Louisville Slugger began (1884) and the 125th anniversary (2009). This will be only the third such commemorative logo on an official MLB bat. In 1976, a special 200th anniversary of the U.S. logo was added to each Louisville Slugger used in the Major Leagues, and in 2006, Louisville Slugger placed the breast cancer ribbon logo on the pink bats it created for Mother's Day. The 125th anniversary logo Louisville Slugger bats are available at www.MLB.com, www.Sluggergifts.com, in MLB parks and at the Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory gift shop. "We're happy to help Louisville Slugger celebrate this historic milestone for one of the truly iconic brands in baseball," Howard Smith, svp-licensing for MLB, said in a statement. "We think fans will also appreciate the opportunity to get a personalized bat commemorating the anniversary."

Among the 8,500 players who have signed deals with Louisville Slugger are:

Babe Ruth, Ty Cobb, Honus Wagner, Lou Gehrig, Joe DiMaggio, Stan Musial, Ted Williams, Mickey Mantle, Jackie Robinson, Roberto Clemente, Hank Aaron, Johnny Bench, Harmon Killebrew, George Brett, Robin Yount, Tony Gwynn, Alex Rodriguez, Derek Jeter, Manny Ramirez, Jim Thome, Ken Griffey, Jr., Evan Longoria, Dustin Pedroia and Prince Fielder.

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