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• Serena Williams has withdrawn from the Miami Open (March 23) due to knee issues.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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Jun112014

MapQuest Shows MLB Fans The Way Around Baseball Stadiums, Cities, Sites

Special to NYSportsJournalism.com

June 11, 2014: Major League Baseball wants fans and travelers to know their way around ballparks and host cities as well as players know their way around the bases.

To that end, MLB.com has joined with MapQuest to launch an original online video series, “Key to the City,” described as "completely customized ballpark content featuring 'Game Day Guides' for all 30 MLB teams."

The series goes far beyond directions to the stadium, offering up restaurants, shops and attractions intended to enhance the in-game experience.

The series is hosted by comedian Matt Fisher, a member of the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, who adds a humorous, irreverent tone to the proceedings.

The “Key to the City” series complements MapQuest’s "Game Day Guides," which include articles created by MapQuest’s editorial team along with area travel experts "who know MLB ballparks and cities inside-and-out."

“MapQuest is perhaps best known for its maps and directions, but what we believe we do is deliver people to more meaningful experiences,” Brian McMahon, general manager for MapQuest, said in a statement. “Sometimes our users know exactly where they’re headed, and other times, they need us to inform their decisions with the most relevant options. Our partnership with MLB.com addresses two of the top searches from our community — baseball and travel.”

The series launched this week with a look at Denver, where MapQuest is headquartered, and the Colorado Rockies and Coors Field. It includes visits to such local sites as Coors Brewery, the Hidee gold mine, Cherry Cricket restaurant and Hammond's Candy Factory.

Next in order are such cities as New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Washington DC and Boston.

According to Michael Yessis, editor-in-chief for MapQuest, “MLB ballparks and the surrounding areas have distinct personalities and they deserve to be explored. Our game day guides capture the flavor of these parks and passions of teams’ fans.”

Support for the original content series includes MapQuest-powered mapping and directions through an exclusive app-to-app experience within the “MLB.com At the Ballpark” smartphone app and at MLB.com and all 30 MLB team Web sites.

MapQuest said it also offers custom-branded MLB team experiences, available within its iOS and Android apps.

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