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• Serena Williams has withdrawn from the Miami Open (March 23) due to knee issues.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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UPDATE: Manny Marketing Keeps Bob-Bob-Bobbleheading Along

Manny's Dodgers bobblehead.One of Manny's BoSox bobbleheads.July 23, 2009: There is little doubt that Manny Ramirez has been welcomed back to the fold with open arms following his 50-game suspension for violating Major League Baseball's performance-enhancement drug policy. On July 20, Ramirez moved past Mickey Mantle for 15th place on the all-time career home run list with No. 537. The two-run shot in the Los Angeles Dodgers' 7-5 win over the Cincinnati Reds was accompanied by chants of "Manny! Manny!" from the hometown crowd.

On July 22, the Dodgers' home game against the Reds included a giveaway of Ramirez bobbleheads. Although the promotion was put in place prior to his suspension, the club had 56,000 reasons not to cancel it. Not only is the game sold out, according to the team, but those ticket sales "pushed the club over the three-million mark in tickets sold for the 2009 season." Ramirez was not in the starting line-up, having been on the hand by a pitch in the game on July 21. But his pinch-hit grand slam home run in the sixth inning, which true to Hollywood form landed in the leftfield section known as "Mannywood", led the Dodgers to a 6-2 victory.

"It's crazy," Ramirez told reporters after the game. "It was one of the best moments of my career. I'm just glad it happened in [Los Angeles]."

This is not a fluke: On July 17, the San Bernardino (Calif.) Sixty-Sixers, the Class 'A' minor league affiliate of the Dodgers, where Ramirez played a handful of games just prior to rejoining the Dodgers this month, also had a Manny bobblehead giveaway, using the same item Los Angeles will hand out on July 22. According to the San Bernardino Sun, fans started to line up three hours before the gates opened at 6:05 PM, with the first 2,000 fans receiving a bobblehead. According to the Sun, 6,634 fans were at the game, the third-largest figure this season behind a game on the Fourth of July and the second of the three games Ramirez played for the Sixty-Sixers.

This actually might be a case of déjà vu for Ramirez as there were at least two bobblehead versions of him created while he was with his former team, the Boston Red Sox.

During his suspension, which began in early May, he received more than 1.5 million votes for the All-Star team (but was not on the roster). In his first post-suspension home stand at Dodger Stadium, beginning July 16, the Los Angeles Dodgers reinstated "Mannywood," a section in the left field bleachers that offers tickets and T-shirts, and initially came with a marketing campaign prior to Ramirez' suspension. Will there be more Manny love to come. Yes, if team executives have their way.

"He has paid the penalty and it is now up to us to welcome him back to the team," Dodgers' CEO Jamie McCourt told the press upon Ramirez' return last week. And Dodgers president Dennis Mannion said the team's decision to reinstate "Mannywood" was "directly based on our fans' interest."

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