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• Serena Williams has withdrawn from the Miami Open (March 23) due to knee issues.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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Tuesday
Apr092013

Marketing Vet Michael Lynch Now On Board As CMO For Surfing Professionals

By Barry Janoff

April 7, 2013: Michael Lynch, who spent nearly two decades trying to get people to use their cards, will now try to get people to use their boards.

Lynch, who for 17 years headed Visa’s global sponsorship marketing/management strategy, has been named CMO and chief revenue officer for the Association of Surfing Professionals International.

The move comes on the heals of former NFL marketing executive Paul Speaker being appointed CEO and veteran surfer Kieren Perrow being named interim commissioner for ASP.

According to ASP, Speaker and Lynch will work together "to build surfing’s new global sports league."

ASP said that 2013 "is a transitional year" and that leadership would use this season "to focus on data-gathering, analysis and preparation as they build toward the 2014 ASP World Championship Tour launch."  ASP, which was formed in 1976, is based in Australia and has its U.S. headquarters in Huntington Beach, Calif.

“Michael is a highly respected global marketer, a top influencer in the sports industry and a leader in building brands,” Speaker said in a statement. “His extensive experience and expertise identifying and activating sponsorships with the most recognizable sports properties in the world make him the ideal candidate for the position and an invaluable asset to ASP.  He will play a vital role with ASP as we continue to build our infrastructure and grow the organization to better benefit our surfers, sponsors and fans.”

Lynch will be responsible for "helping the organization optimize its growth potential worldwide and specifically manage all ASP marketing, communications and sponsorship activities for professional surfing’s governing body," per ASP.

“The excitement, passion, energy and entrepreneurial spirit of building a new centralized global sports league with Paul was too much for me to pass up."

Lynch, who has more than 25 years of experience in the sports industry, played a strategic role with Visa in the global marketing strategy and execution in such activations as the Olympic and Paralympic Games, FIFA World Cup and NFL. He left Visa in 2012.

“The excitement, passion, energy and entrepreneurial spirit of building a new centralized global sports league with Paul was too much for me to pass up," Lynch said in a statement. "The ASP’s potential is inspiring and I’m looking forward to working with all those associated with ASP as we deliver the very best world-class experience for the fans, surfers and sponsors.”

The ASP World Championship Tour runs now through Dec. 13, with stops that include Australia, Brazil, Fiji, France, Portugal and Hawaii.

Top men's surfers include Kelly Slater, Mick Fanning, Taj Burrow, Adriano de Souza, Joel Parkinson, Nat Young, Jordy Smith, Michel Bourez and Julian Wilson.

Top women's surfers include Carissa Moore, Tyler Wright, Courtney Conlogue, Sally Fitzgibbons, Stephanie Gilmore, Lakey Peterson and Coco Ho.

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