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• Serena Williams has withdrawn from the Miami Open (March 23) due to knee issues.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
Dec282010

Mars Using Visa, NFL Heroes, Brands In Sweet Super Bowl XLVI Campaign

December 27, 2010: Super Bowl XLV is just over a month away, but Mars Chocolate North America is already focusing on Super Bowl XLVI, which will be played Feb. 5, 2012 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.

Mars, in conjunction with Visa, has unveiled its "Celebrate on the Field 2011 Instant Win Game," with a grand prize of four field passes for the NFL's big game in Indianapolis. On board for marketing support are three former Super Bowl heroes: Marshall Faulk, running back for the Super Bowl XXXIV champion St. Louis Rams; Mark Schlereth, offensive guard. a three-time Super Bowl champion as a member of the Washington Redskins (Super Bowl XXVI) and Denver Broncos (Super Bowls XXXII and XXXIII); and Rodney Harrison, a two-time Super Bowl champion safety with the New England Patriots (Super Bowl XXXVIII, XXXIX).

"NFL players work their whole lives for the opportunity to experience those few precious moments celebrating a Super Bowl victory," Debra Sandler, chief consumer officer for Mars Chocolate North America, said in a statement. "We are thrilled to afford fans who serve Mars Real Chocolate at their football-viewing parties the exclusive chance to enjoy those special moments of celebration alongside the newest Super Bowl champions. For an NFL fan, what could be more exciting?"

To enter the contest, consumers are being directed to upload the UPC codes from specially marked packages of Mars brands to www.BeOnTheField.com now through Feb. 7, 2011 (the day after Super Bowl XLV). The brands are M&M'S, Snickers, Twix, Milky Way and 3 Musketeers. Among the "thousands of other great prizes" are Visa gift cards and packages of Mars chocolate products. (Full details here.)

In addition to on-package and POP, marketing support is anchored by Internet, including dedicated Facebook pages where Schlereth and Harrison will be conducting live chats with fans of the Snickers and M&M's Facebook Fan Pages.

Mars also will have a presence at Super Bowl XLV where it will be celebrating with the winners of its "Go Nuts At The Super Bowl with Snickers Instant Win Game" and its "Be On The Field" promotion that ran at the end of the 2009 season.

The Mars Chocolate North America brand, which will have air time on Fox during the upcoming Super Bowl, generated a lot of publicity with a TV spot starring Betty White that aired during Super Bowl XLIV, which was atop numerous post-game ad monitors and was also among the top spots of 2010.

´╗┐According to Marshall Faulk, "Winning a Super Bowl for St. Louis Rams fans everywhere was a huge thrill for me and I'll never forget those few fleeting moments when we had the opportunity to celebrate our amazing accomplishment. This is an experience you can't buy, nor will you ever forget."

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