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• Serena Williams has withdrawn from the Miami Open (March 23) due to knee issues.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

Tuesday
Dec292009

Mars' NFL Super Bowl Promo Has Eye On North Dallas Forty-Five

December 29, 2009: Mars Chocolate North America has unveiled a sweet promotion offering football fans the opportunity to hang with the NFL's Super Bowl champions - in 2011! The umbrella campaign, which includes Mars brands M&M's, Snickers, Twix, Milky Way and 3 Musketeers, is offering fans an all-expense-paid trip for four to Super Bowl XLV at Cowboys Stadium in North Texas, where they will get to "celebrate on the field with the next Super Bowl champion."

The promotion is actually misnamed "Be On The Field 2010 Instant Win Game" as Super Bowl XL will take place in February 2011, and is also described incorrectly as the celebrating with the "next Super Bowl champion" as that actually refers to the team that will win Super Bowl XLIV in Miami on Feb. 7, 2010.

None the less, consumers are being encouraged to stock their upcoming NFL playoff and Super Bowl XLIV parties with Mars products and then register select UPC codes at www.BeOnTheField.com between now and Feb. 7, 2010, for their chance to win. Other prizes include Visa gift cards and packages of Mars chocolate products. (Full details here.)

Jim Kelly, former NFL quarterback who led the Buffalo Bills to four Super Bowls but failed to win any of them, is spokesman in marketing efforts that include print and Internet.

"Mars chocolate brands have always been a staple among fans and the great camaraderie that exists at football parties and celebrations," Michele Kessler, vp-marketing for Mars Chocolate North America, said in a statement. "Our 'Be on the Field 2010 Instant Win Game' allows us to take that celebration to the next level by giving fans the chance to celebrate on the field with the next Super Bowl champs - a prize envied by many fans and NFL players!"

Added Jim Kelly, "Making the Super Bowl was a life-long dream. Of course, it would have been better if I got to hoist the trophy and celebrate with my teammates following the game. I may have missed my chance. That's why every fan should participate in this once-in-a-lifetime promotion."

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